Browns hire Hue Jackson as coach, team's 8th since 1999
CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have hired former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their new coach, the team's eighth since 1999.
Jackson brings head coaching experience, knowledge of the AFC North and a knack for fixing quarterbacks to the Browns, who fired Mike Pettine following a 3-13 season. The 50-year-old has spent the past two seasons directing Cincinnati's offense.
He coached Oakland in 2011, leading the Raiders to an 8-8 record. Jackson waited for his second chance as a head coach and he'll get it in Cleveland, where coaches - and quarterbacks - have come and gone with regularity for more than a decade.
After a second meeting with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Jackson backed out an interview scheduled for Thursday with the New York Giants.