*The Cleveland Browns have hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as its new head coach, succeeding Mike Pettine, according to NFL Media columnist Michael Silver.
Jackson’s lone head coaching job was for the Oakland Raiders, where he amassed an 8-8 record in 2011. He ultimately landed in Cincinnati as assistant secondary and special teams coach in 2012, teaching defense for the first time in his career.
He has since worked his way back up the coaching ladder, assuming coordinator duties after Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins in 2014.
Already well respected for his work with wide receivers and running backs, Jackson earned praised for elevating Andy Dalton into the MVP discussion and getting backup AJ McCarron ready to play meaningful games in a playoff race.
“We’re happy to help Hue,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis recently told Silver. “We know how rough it was for him four years ago, when he basically went through hell, and how hard it was for him to work his way out of that. He has been a great addition to our staff for four years, in ways that people don’t even understand.
“Now, he’s getting the attention he deserves, and we’re very happy for him. We want to support him in any way we can.”