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Hue Jackson
Hue Jackson press conference 2016
Hue Jackson at the offical press conference upon the hiring of he as the new Cleveland Browns head coach, Januray 13, 2016.
Date of birth October 22 1965 (1965-10-22) (age 58)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California
Position Head Coach / Assistant coach / Quarterback
College Glendale (CA) Community College / Pacific
Career highlights
Awards PFWA NFL assistant Coach of the Year (2015)
Coaching Record / Statistics
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Career player statistics (if any)
NFL head coauhing record     11-44-1 (as of end of 2017 season)
Win pct. (%)     .200
Playoff appearances     None as of end of 2017
Team(s) as a player (if any)
Glendale (CA) Community College
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)


















(Graduate Assistant)
(Wide Receivers Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
(Running Backs Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
Cal State Fullerton
(Running Backs Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
London Monarchs (WLAF)
(Running Backs Coach)
(Wide Receivers Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
Arizona State
(Running Backs Coach)
Arizona State
(Quarterbacks Coach)
(Offensive Coordinator)
(Quarterbacks Coach)
(Offensive Coordinator)
(Running Backs Coach)
(Offensive Coordinator)
(Quarterbacks Coach)
Washington Redskins
(Running Backs Coach)
Washington Redskins
(Offensive Coordinator)
Cincinnati Bengals
(Wide Receivers Coach)
Atlanta Falcons
(Offensive Coordinator)
Baltimore Ravens
(Quarterbacks Coach)
Oakland Raiders
(Offensive Coordinator)
Oakland Raiders
(Head Coach)
Cincinnati Bengals
(Assistant Special Teams)
Cleveland Browns
(Head Coach)
{Assistant Head Coach/Defensive coordinator)

Hue Jackson (born October 22, 1965) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Grambling State Tigers. Before that, he most recently served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, after two years as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. He was prewiously the secondary and special teams coach for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2012-15. He also previously served as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League, in 2011, this after previously serving as the team's offensive coordinator in 2010.[1][2] Before joining Oakland, Jackson served as offensive assistant coach for several NFL teams, most notably as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins under Steve Spurrier and the Atlanta Falcons under Bobby Petrino. Jackson’s 3-36-1 record over two-and-a-half seasons with the Browns is the worst record that a head coach has recorded while presiding over one team in NFL history.[3]

Early life and playing career[]

Jackson, a native of Los Angeles, was a star quarterback at Dorsey High School in his hometown, where he also lettered in basketball. He starred in football at Glendale (Calif.) Community College in 1983 and 1984, where he earned his associate’s degree in 1984.

Jackson played quarterback at Pacific in the mid-1980s under the late Bob Cope. As a junior, Jackson had 1,595 yards of total offense, including 502 yards rushing, second-most on the team. In his senior season, he passed for 1,455 yards and rushed for 417 yards. As a quarterback at Pacific from 1985-86, Jackson threw for 2,544 yards and 19 TDs and the Tigers went 9-14 in Jackson's two seasons. He also lettered in basketball in 1986 and earned his degree in Physical Education.

Coaching career[]

Collegiate assistant (1987–2000)[]

He began his coaching career in 1987 at Pacific, his alma mater. Jackson spent 3 years (1987-89) there. From 1990-91, Jackson was running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Cal State Fullerton. In the spring of 1991, he coached the running backs, receivers and special teams for the World League’s inaugural year champion London Monarchs. Then he spent 4 years (1992-95) at Arizona State, he was ASU’s running backs coach for the first 3 years (1992-94), then he handled the Sun Devil quarterbacks in 1995. He led California’s high-powered offense in 1996 as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, he helped lead the Golden Bears to an Aloha Bowl berth. Jackson served as USC’s offensive coordinator from 1997-2000, helping to recruit and develop players, including QB Carson Palmer, with whom he was later reunited in Cincinnati and Oakland.

Jackson also held 3 NFL summer coaching internships, in 1990 with the Los Angeles Rams, 1992 with the Phoenix Cardinals and 1995 with the Washington Redskins.

National Football League (2001-present)[]

Washington Redskins[]

From 2001 until 2002, Jackson spent as Redskins’s running backs coach under Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier. In 2001, under Jackson’s tutelage, RB Stephen Davis rushed for 1,432 yards, breaking the record he had set in 1999 for most rushing yards in a season by a Redskin. In 2002, Davis was on pace for another 1,000-yard rushing season before suffering a season-ending injury. Jackson was promoted to offensive coordinator in Washington by head coach Steve Spurrier in 2003 and handled the team’s offensive play-calling, becoming the only coach to perform that duty other than Spurrier.

Cincinnati Bengals[]

From 2004 until 2006, Jackson spent as Bengals’s wide receivers coach under Marvin Lewis. Under Jackson’s tutelage in Cincinnati, Chad Ochocinco and T. J. Houshmandzadeh became one of the most prolific wide-receiving tandems in NFL history. In 2005 the Ochocinco-Houshmandzadeh tandem combined to total 175 receptions for 2,388 yards, while helping the team secure the AFC North title and a playoff berth for the first time in a decade. In 2006, Ochocinco (1,369 yards) and Houshmandzadeh (1,081 yards) became the first pair of Bengals to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season.

Atlanta Falcons[]

After leaving Cincinnati, Jackson served under Bobby Petrino and Emmitt Thomas (Interim) as offensive coordinator.

Baltimore Ravens[]

From 2008 until 2009, Jackson spent as Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach under head coach John Harbaugh. In 2008, Jackson tutored Joe Flacco, who became the first rookie QB to win two playoff games in NFL history as the Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship game. He helped the Ravens advance to the postseason in both seasons.

Oakland Raiders[]

In 2010, under Jackson’s guidance, the Raiders offense finished fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in scoring (25.6 points per game) also finished fifth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL in total offense (354.6 yards per game) and second in the NFL and AFC in rushing (155.9 yards per game). The Raiders more than doubled their scoring output from the previous year, totaling 410 points. Under Jackson’s offense, RB Darren McFadden finished the season with 1,157 yards rushing on 223 carries for a 5.2 average YPC and 7 rushing touchdowns. McFadden also had 47 receptions for 507 yards and 3 touchdowns. His total numbers were 1,664 total yards and 10 total touchdowns for the 2010 NFL season. Making McFadden the NFL's 5th leader in total yards from scrimmage for the 2010 season. After 2010 season Hue Jackson was named Oakland Raiders head coach in 2011, succeeding Tom Cable.[4]

Return to the Cincinnati Bengals[]

On February 17, 2012, Jackson returned to the Cincinnati Bengals working as an assistant defensive backs coach as well as assisting on special teams.[5] The Bengals finished 10–6 in 2012 and made the playoffs, losing in the wild card round to the Houston Texans on the road.[6] On January 14, 2013, Jackson interviewed for the offensive coordinator position with the Carolina Panthers.[7] On January 30, 2013, Jackson became the Bengals running backs coach, replacing the retired Jim Anderson.[8] He was promoted to offensive coordinator in January 2014, replacing Jay Gruden.[9] Jackson spent six years with the Bengals.[10]

Third stint with the Cincinnati Bengals[]

On November 12, Jackson joined the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff in an unknown role. The following day, it was confirmed he'd serve as an assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis.[11] On Friday, January 11, 2019 Jackson was released by the Bengals.[12]

Cleveland Browns[]

On January 13, 2016, Jackson was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.[13]

On December 18, 2016, Jackson became the first NFL coach since Rod Marinelli in 2008 to start a season 0–14. Jackson got his first win with the Browns in a 20–17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on December 24, 2016. The Browns finished the season with a 1–15 record, finishing last in the NFL. The Browns finished the 2017 season without a single win, making the Browns the second team in league history to finish with a 0–16 record.[14]

On October 29, 2018, the Browns announced that they had fired Jackson, who had amassed a record of 3–36–1 during his tenure with the team, including a 2–5–1 start to the 2018 season.[3] He has also never won a road game in his tenure with Cleveland (0-20).

Coaching tree[]

NFL head coaches under whom Hue Jackson has served:

Head coaching record[]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OAK 2011 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC West
OAK total 8 8 0 .500 - - - -
CLE 2016 1 15 0 .063 4th in AFC North
CLE 2017 0 16 0 .000 4th in AFC North
CLE 2018 2 5 1 .250 (fired)
CLE total 3 36 1 .088
Total 11 44 1 .205

Personal life[]

Jackson and his wife, Michelle have two daughters. The family currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.


External links[]

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