CLEVELAND — 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.