Hue Jackson is returning to the ranks of NFL head coaches, as he reportedly agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.
“They made me feel comfortable,” Jackson said, per Mike Silver of NFL Network. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the deal as done.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported Jackson “hit it off” with the Browns’ front office during his interview Sunday. Albert Breer of NFL Network reported new Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown “came off very well in the process of pursuing” Jackson, giving Cleveland fans even more reason for optimism.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated provided insight into Jackson’s choice, noting he’d have “been sick if he let Cleveland job go, then got stuck without a job when other jobs filled” because he “wanted badly” to be a head coach and the Browns made an offer.
Jackson, 50, has spent the past two seasons running the Cincinnati Bengals offense. He spent one year as the Oakland Raiders head coach in 2011, going 8-8 before being fired after new general manager Reggie McKenzie decided to bring in his own head coach in his rebuilding effort.
Jackson has been in the NFL since 2001 and has served on the coaching staffs of Washington, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Baltimore and Oakland. He had one-season stints as the offensive coordinator in Washington, Atlanta and Oakland before his current gig with the Bengals.
Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth provided a statement via text message to Breer on what Jackson will bring to his new team: