Hue Jackson

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
22 149-182-2 45.05% 3-7 30.00%

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Tom Cable, John Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis, Bobby Petrino, Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier


Freddie Kitchens


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Career Summary

Hue Jackson was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1990 to 2018, finishing his career as the special assistant to the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Over his twenty-one years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 159-191-2. During his career he was a head coach for four seasons, first with the Oakland Raiders. He led the Raiders for one season, compiling a record of 8-8-0. He was fired from the Raiders on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. His next head coaching stint was with the Cleveland Browns from 2016 to 2018, as he led the team to a 8-39-1 record. He was fired from the Browns on Monday, October 29, 2018. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 16-47-1 across four seasons.

Hue Jackson Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Jackson served as an assistant coach for Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier, Marvin Lewis, Bobby Petrino, John Harbaugh, and Tom Cable. Eight of these years were spent on Lewis' coaching staff. One assistant coach from his coaching staffs, Freddie Kitchens, was eventually hired as a head coach. After coaching on Hue Jackson's coaching staff, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for one season where he combined for a regular season record of 6-10-0 and 0-0 in the playoffs.

Playing Career

Jackson played quarterback while at college.

Personal Information

Jackson was born on Friday, October 22, 1965 in Los Angeles, California.

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Background & Education

Los Angeles native Huey “Hue” Jackson was born in 1965. He starred at quarterback at Dorsey High, in L.A., before moving onto nearby Glendale Community College where he continued to play football and graduated with an associate’s degree. Jackson would then go on to University of Pacific where he would play two more years and acquire his degree in physical education.

College Football Positions

University of Pacific

From 1987 through 1989, Jackson spent the first three years of his coaching career at his alma mater. His first year he worked as a graduate assistant for the team. In 1988, Jackson began coaching full time for the team as their running backs coach.

Cal State Fullerton

Jackson’s 1990 move to Cal State Fullerton put him in position of Running Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. In the summer of that year, he would also serve the first of what would be three internships in the NFL, still remaining close to home with the Los Angeles Rams. After two years at Cal State Fullerton, Jackson’s next moved would not just take him away from California, but out of the country.

World League of American Football

The London Monarchs

In 1991, Jackson made the move to the new World League of American Football (WLAF) with the London Monarchs. With the Monarchs, he served as Running Backs Coach, Wide Receivers Coach and Special Teams Coach. Jackson’s foray out of California was a memorable one as the Monarchs played in front of an average of 40,000 fans at historic Wembley Stadium. The London team also won the first World Bowl over the Barcelona Dragons 21–0.

A Return to College Football

Arizona State

Jackson’s return to college football saw him become Running Backs Coach at Arizona State from 1992 to 1994, and continuing his coaching career at ASU as Quarterbacks Coach in 1995. While he was with Arizona State, he completed two more internships, Phoenix Cardinals in 1992 and with the Washington Commanders in 1995.


In 1996, Hue Jackson would take on the offensive coordinator role at Cal along with quarterback coaching duties. He would help guide California to a berth in the Christmas Day Aloha Bowl where they would lose a close 42-38 offensive battle with Navy. He would spend only a year at Cal before moving on to USC.


Jackson’s career would take a turn that would affect him for years to come when he accepted a position as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach in 1997 at the University of Southern California. It was here he helped recruit and coach Carson Palmer who would ultimately win the Heisman Trophy in 2002 and become the first pick in the 2003 NFL draft. The Trojans struggled during the period from 1997-2000 and after four years at USC and helping to bring future Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Carson Palmer to the team, Jackson entered the NFL permanently.

NFL Career

Washington Redskins

Jackson was hired as Running Backs Coach for the Washington Redskins in 2001, a team he had interned for in the summer of 1995. Here, he would gain valuable experience under Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer in 2001 and Steve Spurrier, but just as importantly would be on the same staff as Defensive Coordinator Marvin Lewis in 2002. In 2003, Jackson was named to his first Offensive Coordinator position in the NFL, a position he held until a head coaching change the following year had him seeking employment elsewhere.

Cincinnati Bengals

In 2004, Hue Jackson joined Marvin Lewis with the Cincinnati Bengals, working as the wide receiver coach. Jackson was fortunate to be working with Chad Johnson and T. J. Houshmandzadeh during this time, when the pair combined for 2,388 yards in 2005. For the first time in 15 years the Bengals, with their potent receiving team, made the playoffs. After his success with the Bengals receivers, Jackson was ready for a move back to an offensive coordinator position when the Falcons came calling in 2007.

Atlanta Falcons

Jackson’s move to the Atlanta Falcons as Offensive Coordinator in 2007 was a short one. The season was one of turmoil as the Falcons lost starting quarterback Michael Vick to a prison sentence. After 13 games, head coach Bobby Petrino resigned from the team to return to coaching college football. Defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas would serve as interim coach the rest of the season.

Baltimore Ravens

As untimely as Jackson’s move to Atlanta was, he made up for it in 2008 with a exceptional move to the Baltimore Ravens. Here, he worked as quarterbacks coach under new head coach John Harbaugh. In 2008, he was able to help rookie quarterback Joe Flacco achieve status as the first rookie to win two playoff games. After two seasons in Baltimore, Jackson left the Ravens.

Oakland Raiders

In 2010, Jackson was back in California, but this time with the Las Vegas Raiders as Offensive Coordinator with the Raiders. His offense had the Raiders sixth in the league, but a porous defense gave up 371 points and head coach Tom Cable was replaced after an 8-8 season.

This led to Hue Jackson’s first stint as a head coach in 2011. That would be significant year for the Raiders as long time Owner/GM Al Davis passed away and Jackson in effect, not only became head coach, but also interim GM. Following an 8-8 season in 2011, new GM Reggie McKenzie let Jackson go.

Cincinnati Bengals

Jackson returned to the Bengals in 2012, working once again with Marvin Lewis as his Secondary Coach and Assistant Special Teams Coach. In 2014, he was promoted to offensive coordinator of the Bengals, a position he holds today. His creative offensive schemes have rejuvenated the Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton as the team went through the first half of the 2015 season undefeated. However, injuries, notably to Dalton, caused the team to stumble at the end of the season. The team lost their first playoff game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cleveland Browns

In 2016, Jackson was hired by the Cleveland Browns as the team's new head coach.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2018 Cincinnati Bengals Special Assistant to the Head Coach 1-4-0 0-0
2018 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 2-5-1 0-0
2017 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 0-16-0 0-0
2016 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 1-15-0 0-0
2015 Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator 12-4-0 0-1
2014 Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator 10-5-1 0-1
2013 Cincinnati Bengals Running Backs Coach / Special Assistant to the Head Coach 11-5-0 0-1
2012 Cincinnati Bengals Assistant to the Secondary Coach / Assistant Special Teams Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2011 Oakland Raiders Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2010 Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2009 Baltimore Ravens Quarterbacks Coach 9-7-0 1-1
2008 Baltimore Ravens Quarterbacks Coach 11-5-0 2-1
2007 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator 4-12-0 0-0
2006 Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receivers Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2005 Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receivers Coach 11-5-0 0-1
2004 Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receivers Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2003 Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinator 5-11-0 0-0
2002 Washington Redskins Running Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2001 Washington Redskins Running Backs Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2000 USC Trojans Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 5-7-0
1999 USC Trojans Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach 6-6-0
1998 USC Trojans Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach 8-5-0
1997 USC Trojans Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 6-5-0
1996 California Golden Bears Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 6-6-0
1995 Arizona State Sun Devils Quarterbacks Coach 6-5-0
1995 Washington Redskins Summer Internship 6-10-0 0-0
1994 Arizona State Sun Devils Running Backs Coach 3-8-0
1993 Arizona State Sun Devils Running Backs Coach 6-5-0
1992 Arizona State Sun Devils Running Backs Coach 6-5-0
1992 Phoenix Cardinals Summer Internship / Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship 4-12-0 0-0
1991 Cal State Fullerton Titans Running Backs Coach / Special Teams Coach 2-9-0
1990 Los Angeles Rams Summer Internship 5-11-0 0-0
1990 Cal State Fullerton Titans Running Backs Coach / Special Teams Coach 1-11-0
1989 Pacific Tigers Offensive Backs Coach 2-10-0
1988 Pacific Tigers Wide Receivers Coach / Tight Ends Coach 2-9-0
1987 Pacific Tigers Graduate Assistant 4-7-0

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