After compiling a horrible record with the Cleveland Browns, Hue Jackson is without an NFL gig for the 2019 season. Given his 3-36-1 record in two and a half seasons in Cleveland along with the strange 8-8 year with the Oakland Raiders in 2011, it’d seem Jackson would be tough to convince an owner to give him a second shot.
Raiders manager and the former Browns , however, told WFNZ Charlotte on Wednesday he believes he can be a head coach.
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“Oh, yeah, I mean I think I could,” Jackson explained, through Professional Football Talk. “I mean, simply because the situation in Cleveland [didn’t work out] does not mean that you can’t coach. There’s a good deal of excellent coaches who came and did things. From time to time, the situation differs. I think if folks dig in and actually take the time to look at the total situation there, perhaps they’d know it more. At the exact same time, I understand what narrative gets put on the market, that is what people understand. Hopefully, folks will come back to the times once I’ve put myself in that position. I needed to do something right. To go back and become a coordinator again or become a head coach, I think it’s in my future. I’ve just got to go work through the procedure and see where it goes”
Jackson interviewed for the Cincinnati Bengals training gig this offseason and the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator job. He landed neither.
Once viewed as the prime candidate to succeed Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati, Jackson’s public standing got ripped to shreds through his stint in Cleveland. The stench of the 0-16 year will follow him everywhere. The record is poor enough to make it hard for an owner to sell him to the general public. Even worse compared to three wins in Cleveland could be quarterback Baker Mayfield’s very public rebuke of Jackson’s style — something owners would be aware of and weigh heavily — and the troubling back-and-forth meetings revealed throughout HBO’s Hard Knocks last training camp.
Yet it only takes one staff, and one owner to be certain that the situation had to do with Jackson’s poor tenure than his ability to coach.
“Here is a guy who knows how to overcome,” Jackson said when asked his story. “There is a lot of individuals who would run from it all. I am not likely to run out of it. In the end of the afternoon, our staff and the people who headed Cleveland, that doesn’t mean those coaches can not coach or they do not know what they’re doing. Maybe that just wasn’t the right match, the ideal situation for this group, and they just should have the ideal opportunity to have success.”
Jackson would likely have to do heavy image rehabilitation, beginning with landing a lower-level coaching gig for a team to even consider giving him a second shot. At a league where coaches are continuously recycled, possibly there’s a possibility for your own 53-year-old to build back up his crippled image. It is going to take a lot of time, and also a huge market job to the public for it to take place. Even then, it would be a stunner when Jackson landed another head coaching gig in the NFL.
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