Hue Jackson was named the 16th full-time head coach in Cleveland Browns history by Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam on January 13, 2016. He has 30 years of coaching experience, including the last 16 in the NFL. He has spent 10 seasons coaching in the AFC North, during which time he helped his team advance to the postseason seven times. Jackson was head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and guided the team to an 8-8 record. He has also served as offensive coordinator in Washington (2003), Atlanta (2007), Oakland (2010) and Cincinnati (2014-15).
In his first year with Cleveland, he helped the Browns finished second in the NFL with a 4.89 rushing average, the team’s best mark since 1966. Terrelle Pryor made a successful transition from quarterback to wide receiver and became just the seventh wide receiver in team history to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving mark. Linebacker Christian Kirksey finished third in the NFL with 148 tackles, while left tackle Joe Thomas was selected to his 10th career Pro Bowl.
Jackson helped develop one of the youngest teams in NFL history. The Browns opened the 2016 season with 17 rookies on their 53-man roster, the most by an NFL team in a season opener since 2002. First-round pick wide receiver Corey Coleman was named NFL Rookie of the Week after a 104-yard, two touchdown performance in Week 2. Second-round pick defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah recorded a team-best 5.5 sacks, tied for the fourth-most by a Browns rookie. Third-round pick quarterback Cody Kessler registered the second-highest single-game passing yardage total by a Browns rookie with 336 in Week 6.
Prior to joining the Browns, Jackson spent the previous four seasons (2012-15) with the Cincinnati Bengals. During that time, he helped the Bengals to two division titles and a trip to the postseason all four years. In 2012, he served as secondary/assistant special teams coach before coaching the running backs in 2013. Jackson spent 2014-15 as offensive coordinator.