Hue Jackson has been named head coach of the Cleveland Browns before he even got to New York to interview with the Giants, who were in hot pursuit of the former Bengals offensive coordinator and Oakland Raiders head coach.
The Browns and Jackson agreed to terms today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and multiple reports.
ESPN said Jackson was scheduled to fly to New York tonight to interview with the Giants. Jackson also was initially interested in the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job, but withdrew interest.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stayed behind in Cleveland and did not attend Tuesday's NFL owners meeting in Houston so he could finalize a deal to hire Jackson. ESPN said a topic of the discussions between Haslam and Jackson was embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel. ESPN said Jackson indicated he would prefer the organization move on from Manziel, if he were to become head coach, and "he was told that would not be a problem," ESPN reported.
Jackson was Bengals OC for two years in his second stint with Cincinnati. He was previously the wide receivers coach, before eventually coaching the Raiders as the head man for one season, then being fired. He arrived in Oakland in 2010, serving first as offensive coordinator. He was the head coach in 2011. The Raiders finished 8-8, and Jackson returned to Cincinnati, where he spent the 2012 season coaching defensive backs before moving back to offense in 2013 when he coached running backs. He was the Bengals OC from 2014-15.
With Jackson in Cleveland and becoming an AFC North rival, the Bengals are looking for their fourth OC in seven years. Jackson replaced Jay Gruden as Bengals OC after Gruden served in the position from 2011-13.
The Bengals don't want him to go.
According to NFL Media's Mike Silver, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis reached out to Jackson with "a last-ditch proposal to keep him in (Cincinnati) with (a) succession plan."
Hue Jackson's coaching stops:
1987 Pacific (graduate assistant)
1988 Pacific (wide receivers/ special teams)
1989 Pacific (running backs/ special teams)
1990–91 Cal State Fullerton (running backs/ special teams)
1991–92 London Monarchs WLAF (running backs/ wide receivers/ special teams)
1992–94 Arizona State (running backs)
1995 Arizona State (quarterbacks)
1996 California (offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks)
1997 USC (offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks)
1998–99 USC (offensive coordinator/ running backs)
2000 USC (offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks)
2001–02 Washington Redskins (running backs)
2003 Washington Redskins (offensive coordinator)
2004–06 Cincinnati Bengals (wide receivers)
2007 Atlanta Falcons (offensive coordinator)
2008–09 Baltimore Ravens (quarterbacks)
2010 Oakland Raiders (offensive coordinator)
2011 Oakland Raiders (head coach)
2012 Cincinnati Bengals (secondary/assistant special teams)
2013 Cincinnati Bengals (running backs)
2014–present Cincinnati Bengals (offensive coordinator)
2016-? Cleveland Browns (head coach)