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Hue Jackson to take next week to mull hiring offensive coordinator, other staff changes

Posted Jan 1, 2018

Cleveland’s coach open to bringing on play-caller

Browns coach Hue Jackson reiterated Monday he was open to hiring an offensive coordinator for his third season with the team.

Jackson has called plays since he was hired in 2016. Pep Hamilton held the title of associate head coach - offense during his one season with the team, and Kirby Wilson has served as the team’s run game coordinator over the past two years. Hamilton was replaced by David Lee, who served as quarterbacks coach this past season.

“It is something that I have thought about, adding a coordinator here,” Jackson said. “I think the staff decisions for me will be from reflecting over the next week or so and just seeing where we are, seeing what I think in need to do to help this organization be the best it can be. I think that is one of my jobs as a leader is to go back and look how can we improve and how can we get better in all of the areas.”

After the team went 1-15 in 2016, Jackson hired Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator, and the defensive staff subsequently took on a new look in 2017. Jackson said he’ll give a thorough evaluation of everyone on his staff, much like he did Monday with Browns players, who met with Jackson individually throughout the day.

“I will look at everything,” Jackson said. “I will go back through and look at everything, all the guys that are on our staff and all of those things. That is going to be a little time.”

Jackson acknowledged serving as the head coach and calling plays “could have been too much” for him to handle during his first two seasons but reiterated why he made the decision in the first place. When he was hired as head coach, Jackson was coming off back-to-back seasons coordinating a Cincinnati Bengals offense that was among the league’s best.

“When you look back, there are all kind of decisions that you could say, ‘Man, I wish I would have done this differently,’” Jackson said. “I don’t regret [not] putting somebody in a situation to not be successful. I just don’t believe in that. I believe I got this job because I was very good at what I did, which was call plays. Obviously, that hasn’t been the case here that way. I just think it would have been somebody else’s issue, and I don’t think that would have been fair.

“I think as we move forward, it is something I will really think through of what is best for the team and what is best for the organization. If that is what it is, that is what it is.”

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