Hue Jackson will be the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are reportedly finalizing a deal with their top target: Hue Jackson.

Jimmy Haslam decided that getting the guy he wanted was more important than attending the owner's meetings in Texas.

Now, it appears as though that decision was the one that got the job done. 

After the Browns targeted him as their top choice and interviewed him for a second time, Hue Jackson, the former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, will be named Cleveland's next head coach, according to multiple reports.

Jackson, 50, will be Cleveland's eighth head coach since 1999, as the team and the coach are apparently finalizing the terms of the agreement on Wednesday afternoon. 

According to Jackson's friend, Mike Silver of Sports Illustrated, the coach said that the Browns made him feel comfortable, which is why he decided to take the job when it was offered. 

Another part of the reason that Jackson took the job in Cleveland, according to reports, might've been due to the fact that he'll have a significant say in personnel decisions. 

As Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stated multiple times on the "bloody Sunday" amidst which he fired GM Ray Farmer and HC Mike Pettine, newly appointed Executive VP of Football Operations, Sashi Brown, will have final say on the 53-man roster, but Jackson could have control over his starting quarterback, amongst other positions. 

Following Jackson's initial interview with Cleveland on Sunday, the Browns made it clear, through multiple reports on Monday, that Jackson was the team's top choice for the vacant head coach position.

On Tuesday, the team confirmed it interviewed Jackson for a second time. 

Despite the multiple interviews, it was reported that Jackson was still set to fly to New York for an interview with the New York Giants on Thursday. 

Clearly, that interview won't happen, as Jackson has all but signed with the Browns at this point.

The chase for Jackson came down to three teams: the Giants, the Browns and the San Francisco 49ers, though just San Francisco and Cleveland interviewed the coach.

It was reported by Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday that the 49ers had dropped out of the race for Jackson's services, after interviewing long-time Giants coach, Tom Coughlin.

That news left just the Browns and Giants in the running and, as it turns out, the Giants were never really given a chance. 

Jackson, a former football player at Pacific, has coached in the NFL since 2001. 

Starting his NFL coaching career as a running backs coach for the Washington Redskins, Jackson has been the offensive coordinator for four different organizations-- Redskins, Falcons, Raiders and Bengals-- and was a head coach for the 2011 season in Oakland. 

Amidst said season, Jackson led the Raiders to an 8-8 record, but was let go as part of a regime change in the front office, with general manager, Reggie McKenzie, cleaning house. 

Since his firing, Jackson has spent four seasons in Cincinnati, starting as a special teams assistant and secondary coach, before becoming the team's running backs coach in 2013. 

Following that 2013 season, Jackson was named Cincinnati's offensive coordinator, a title he held in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. 

Jackson, a Los Angeles native, has worked under a plethora of head coaches in the NFL, including Steve Spurrier, Bobby Petrino and Marvin Lewis.

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