Hue Jackson had all the makings of a great NFL head coach.
He was personable and seemed like an offensive genius.
But there always seemed to be a problem.
He was fired by the Oakland Raiders after one season even after going 8-8.
His next big opportunity came with the Cleveland Browns, and NFL fans know how that turned out.
Jackson saw a 1-31 stretch of play damage his reputation and he was ultimately fired in 2018.
It was clear no teams were calling for his services after that disaster.
But Jackson did find a job in the college ranks as an offensive coordinator under Eddie George at Tennessee State.
That appeared to do enough to build up his name again as Jackson has found a new job leading a team, this time in the college ranks.
Longtime NFL coach Hue Jackson agreed to terms late Thursday night on a four-year contract to become the new head coach at Grambling State, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 10, 2021
Jackson will be the new head coach at Grambling State.
Hopefully, for him and the program, things go better than they did in Cleveland.
A Better Fit In College
It will be hard for Jackson to ever land another job in the NFL leading a franchise.
Going 0-16 in 2017 and then being fired with a Browns record of 3-36-1 was enough to prove he was in way over his head.
His tenure in Cleveland was filled with excuses and when he did leave, he immediately joined back up with the Cincinnati Bengals during the same season.
That lost him any remaining respect from his former Browns players as the two teams met up with Jackson on the Cincinnati sideline.
NFL players don’t want a coach who failed so miserably.
But he can get a fresh start at Grambling State.
Hue Jackson is officially introduced as the next head coach of Grambling State University pic.twitter.com/HJxTPZgjZk
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) December 10, 2021
The players he will recruit may not even know or care about his NFL past.
Jackson has proven he is a talented mind when it comes to running an offense.
His goal now should be to assume a more CEO role and focus on recruiting and building a program.
That allows his personality to shine, while making sure he delegates properly to his assistants.
Trying to do it all in Cleveland went terribly from the start.