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Age / DOB:  (52) / 10/22/1965
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns have been selected for this season of Hard Knocks.
The Browns were one of six teams -- the Ravens, Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, and Redskins were the other five -- who could have been forced to do the show. With two new quarterbacks including the No. 1 overall pick and a coach with a 1-31 record over the last two years, it is not a surprise HBO went with the Browns. May 17 - 9:48 AM

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Hue Jackson's Browns lost Sunday's Week 17 game to the Steelers to infamously finish 0-16 and move Jackson's record to 1-31 through two seasons in Cleveland.

Jackson's latest loss will be widely blamed on Corey Coleman's final-drive drop, but Hue was the primary culprit for the Browns' ineptness all season. His handling of rookie QB DeShone Kizer was beyond embarrassing with repeated in-game benchings, and Jackson undermined Kizer by trying to swing a back-door trade for A.J. McCarron on Halloween. Team MVP Duke Johnson and playmaking rookie TE David Njoku were painfully underutilized, while Hue's handpicked defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' scheme was the most beatable in football, giving up free yards to enemy offenses with off-zone cushion coverage and a free safety who lined up 20-25 yards off the line of scrimmage while leading the NFL in blitz percentage despite ranking near the bottom in pressure rate. Jackson has proven a better salesman than coach, winning a power struggle with fired EVP Sashi Brown by commanding the ear of Jimmy Haslam, who has quickly put himself in direct competition for the worst owner in all of sports.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:12:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns aren't expected to fire Hue Jackson.

The Browns have consecutive last place finishes, but GM John Dorsey has "told people close to him" the plan is to keep Jackson for another year. Jackson has one win since taking over in 2016, and is a loss away from an 0-16 season. It's still not a lock that he's back, but Jackson looks to have the support of ownership. Jackson will likely have to give up playcalling if he returns.
Source: NFL Network
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:30:00 AM

Profootballtalk.com passes along "concern" that Browns coach Hue Jackson "may have lost the team."

Less than a month ago, Browns ownership made the utterly unjustifiable decision to fire EVP Sashi Brown but retain Jackson, who has embarrassed himself en route to a 1-29 record and throws his players under the bus each week. This week, Jackson claimed he was "uninspired" by Isaiah Crowell's 59-yard run in last week's loss to Baltimore -- the Browns' longest offensive play of the season -- because the hole Crowell ran through was too big. Browns players, and specifically Crowell, are believed to be heated over those comments. Per PFT's Mike Florio, "there are also rumblings about friction" between players and Cleveland's defensive staff. Florio says there is a "lingering sense" new GM John Dorsey will lobby ownership to allow him to hire his own coach. At present, Cleveland's dysfunctional hierarchy has Jackson answering to only owner Jimmy Haslam, and not Dorsey.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 10:03:00 PM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed Hue Jackson will return for the 2018 season.

Browns fired EVP Sashi Brown on Thursday. "Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season," Haslam said in a statement, "but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department." The moves suggest Jackson has won some sort of internal power struggle, likely indicating he will have an important voice in personnel decisions moving forward. If that is true, it could hinder Cleveland's search for a new general manager.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 10:54:00 AM

According to. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Browns coach Hue Jackson's job is safe "for now."

Per Rapsheet, Jackson will maintain his job even if the Browns suffer another "ugly" loss Sunday against Minnesota. "Changes are expected to come at the end of the season in some form or fashion," he said. "But at this point, they are not expected to involve Hue Jackson." The Browns are trying to establish some continuity after years of endlessly cycling through coaches and players, but with just one win in 23 games as head coach, Jackson's leash is getting shorter by the minute.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 09:43:00 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer does not expect Browns coach Hue Jackson to be on a short leash this season.

Jackson's 1-15 first season in Cleveland was a disaster, but that was always the plan. Thus far, the Browns have been patient as they execute a top-to-bottom rebuild. They understand what Jackson is dealing with. The odds are extremely high that no matter what happens this year, Jackson will be back in 2018.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 02:19:00 PM

The NFL awarded 32 compensatory picks to 16 teams for the 2017 Draft.

The Browns, Bengals, Broncos and Chiefs lead the way with four picks a piece while the Dolphins will receive three. All compensatory selections will occur during Rounds 3-7. A new wrinkle was added this year as teams are now permitted to trade compensatory picks.
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the team has "the right people in place."

Haslam has had a quick trigger in the past, but he is rightfully giving Sashi Brown, Paul DePodesta, Andrew Berry, and Hue Jackson time to turn the ship around despite a disappointing 1-15 season. All four will be back next season.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 11:57:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam spoke at an organization-wide meeting about the importance of staying the course despite the specter of an 0-16 season.

Jimmy Haslam reportedly blamed past regimes and his own quick trigger for the team's current predicament before stressing the need for continuity. The comments suggest the jobs of both coach Hue Jackson and EVP Sashi Brown are safe even if the Browns go winless, but Haslam has been impetuous in the past. Still, firing Jackson for not winning after completely gutting the team in the offseason would be a nonsensical move. Both he and Sashi should get some time to turn the organization around.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:57:00 AM

A former NFL executive told ESPN new Browns coach Hue Jackson is "a very bad fit" with the analytics approach of the new front office.

"It's not just Hue Jackson," the same source said. "When data overrides gut, the majority of his coaching staff will all be there screaming, 'What the [expletive] are these computer guys doing? They don't understand football, they don't understand the locker room. They're killing us.'" It is an interesting take on a unique situation, but it is important to remember Jackson had many other job offers and knew about the front office's focus on analytics before he accepted the gig. Perhaps he will push back against some decisions made by Sashi Brown or Paul DePodesta, but that kind of back and forth happens in every front office. All early indications have Jackson on board with the regime’s approach.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 01:34:00 PM

In a radio interview, new Browns coach Hue Jackson said he is not planning to hire an offensive coordinator.

"Right now in my mind, I don't really plan on having an offensive coordinator," Jackson said, "because I want to reserve that right to call plays." Even when the head coach calls plays, teams will traditionally give the top assistant a coordinator title. The Browns are deviating far from tradition this offseason, so it is possible no coach is given the coordinator tag. Even so, Jackson will certainly bring in several coaches to assist on the offensive side. Ex-Colts OC Pep Hamilton was interviewed Friday and could be added with an assistant head coach title. No matter what happens, it is clear Jackson will be calling the plays in 2016. That is great news for Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson and whichever rookie is under center.
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 01:18:00 AM

Browns hired Hue Jackson as head coach.

According to NFL Network's Mike Silver, Jackson said the Browns "made me feel comfortable." After firing GM Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine, the Browns reshaped the organization's power structure, promoting Sashi Brown to executive VP of football operations and hiring Paul DePodesta as VP of player development and scouting. All three of Brown, DePodesta, and Jackson will collaborate in personnel decisions based heavily on analytics with Jackson probably having the best eye for football talent. He's expected to have a big say on the roster. Jackson, 50, is a bright offensive mind who got the best out of Andy Dalton in 2015 and has a knack for featuring his best players. It's good news for Gary Barnidge and potentially Josh Gordon if -- very likely -- he's cleared to return from his suspension. The arrow is pointing up in Cleveland if owner Jimmy Haslam can stay out of the way. That's a big "if."
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 01:09:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns are "finalizing" a deal to make Bengals OC Hue Jackson their new head coach.

Cleveland isn't expected to let Jackson leave town for his interview with the Giants. Odd to say, but the Browns are making a heck of a decision here. Jackson is one of the brighter offensive minds and a nose-to-the-grindstone coach who has the ability to turn this team around. Jackson is expected to have control of the 53-man roster in Cleveland. First order of business: finding a quarterback. Josh McCown could be a stopgap option after a strong 2015, but he was injured too much, so Jackson will need to find another reliable option if McCown is brought back.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 12:53:00 PM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson left his second interview with the Browns on Tuesday without an offer.

The Browns are still mulling their options but it's worth noting that Jackson is the only candidate they've interviewed twice so far. The Browns were also hoping to bring back Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for second interviews but that will have to wait until the playoffs are over. Jackson is scheduled to interview with the Giants on Wednesday.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 10:14:00 PM

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