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Hue Jackson
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Jackson with the Browns in 2017
Cincinnati Bengals
Position:Special Assistant to the Head Coach
Personal information
Born: (1965-10-22) October 22, 1965 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
High school:Susan Miller Dorsey
(Los Angeles, California)
Career history
As coach:
  • Pacific (1987–1989)
    Graduate assistant, Wide receivers, Running backs & special teams coach
  • Cal State Fullerton (1990–1991)
    Running backs coach & special teams coach
  • London Monarchs (1991)
    Running backs coach
  • Arizona State (1992–1994)
    Running backs coach
  • Arizona State (1995)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • California (1996)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • USC (1997)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • USC (1998–1999)
    Offensive coordinator & running backs coach
  • USC (2000)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Washington Redskins (2001–2002)
    Running backs coach
  • Washington Redskins (2003)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2004–2006)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Atlanta Falcons (2007)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Baltimore Ravens (2008–2009)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Oakland Raiders (2010)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Oakland Raiders (2011)
    Head coach
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2012)
    Secondary assistant & special teams coach
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2013)
    Running backs coach
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2014–2015)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Cleveland Browns (2016–2018)
    Head coach
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2018–Present)
    Special Assistant to the Regional Head Coach
Career highlights and awards
  • PFWA NFL assistant Coach of the Year (2015)
Head coaching record
Regular season:11–44–1 (.205)
Coaching stats at PFR

Hue Jackson[1] (born October 22, 1965) is an American football coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and former player. He has served as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He has also been an offensive coordinator for multiple teams.[2][3] 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 half seasons with the Browns is the worst record a coach has recorded while presiding over one team in NFL history.

Early life and playing career

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

Jackson played quarterback at Pacific in the mid-1980s under 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 University of the Pacific from 1985 to 1986, 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


Jackson began his coaching career in 1987 at Pacific, his alma mater. Jackson spent 3 years (1987–89) there. From 1990 to 1991, Jackson was the 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 four years (1992–1995) at Arizona State, he was ASU's running backs coach for the first three years (1992–1994), 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 University of Southern California's offensive coordinator from 1997 to 2000, helping to recruit and develop players, including quarterback Carson Palmer, with whom he was later reunited in Cincinnati and Oakland.

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

Washington Redskins

From 2001 until 2002, Jackson was the 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

Jackson was the wide receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals for three seasons. Under Jackson’s tutelage in Cincinnati, Chad Johnson and T. J. Houshmandzadeh became one of the most prolific wide-receiving tandems in the NFL. In 2005, the Johnson-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 15 years. In 2006, Johnson (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. In each of Jackson's 3 years in Cincinnati, Johnson was named to the Pro Bowl.

Atlanta Falcons

In 2007, after leaving Cincinnati, Jackson was an NFL offensive coordinator for the second time when he served in that capacity for the Atlanta Falcons under Bobby Petrino and Emmitt Thomas (Interim).

Baltimore Ravens

From 2008 until 2009, Jackson was Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach under head coach John Harbaugh. In 2008, Jackson tutored Joe Flacco, who became the first rookie quarterback 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 as offensive coordinator, the Raiders' offense finished fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in scoring (25.6 points per game). They 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 yards/carry and 7 rushing touchdowns. McFadden also had 47 receptions for 507 yards and 3 touchdowns. His end of year 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 the 2010 season, Jackson was named Oakland Raiders head coach in 2011, succeeding Tom Cable.[4]

Jackson was fired by the Oakland Raiders on January 10, 2012, after one season as head coach, by new general manager Reggie McKenzie. In his lone season as head coach, the Raiders finished with a record of 8–8 and missed the playoffs after starting the season 7–4.[5]

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.[6] The Bengals finished 10–6 in 2012 and made the playoffs, losing in the wild card round to the Houston Texans on the road.[7] On January 14, 2013, Jackson interviewed for the offensive coordinator position with the Carolina Panthers.[8] On January 30, 2013, Jackson became the Bengals running backs coach, replacing the retired Jim Anderson.[9] He was promoted to offensive coordinator in January 2014, replacing Jay Gruden.[10] Jackson spent seven years with the Bengals.[11]

Cleveland Browns

Jackson in 2016

On January 13, 2016, Jackson was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

Return to 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.[15]

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 .313 4th in AFC north (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.


  1. ^ "Hue Jackson's rise to Raiders coach began in tough section of L.A." January 26, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Hue Jackson Joins Raiders Coaching Staff". 2010-01-26.
  3. ^ "Raiders promote Hue Jackson to coach". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Oakland Raiders Name Hue Jackson Head Coach".
  5. ^ "Raiders fire Hue Jackson".
  6. ^ Cincinnati Bengals Coaches Access Date on 11-25-2012; Hugh Jackson Access Date on 11-25-2012
  7. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans - Box Score - January 5, 2013".
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  9. ^ "Hue Jackson to slide over to coach RBs in Cincinnati". 30 January 2013.
  10. ^ Harvey, Coley (January 10, 2014). "Comparing Hue Jackson's style to Gruden's". ESPN. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals: Hue Jackson". Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  12. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (January 13, 2016). "Hue Jackson hired as Cleveland Browns' 8th head coach since 1999". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  13. ^ Florio, Mike (December 31, 2017). "Hue Jackson is defiant in the face of 1-31". NBC Sports. Pro Football Talk. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
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  15. ^ Dubin, Jared. "Bengals officially announce hiring of Hue Jackson as 'Special Assistant to the Head Coach'". CBS Sports.

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