Former Browns Coach Hue Jackson Says Organization ‘Lied To Him’ While Head Coach

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That was the mark for Hue Jackson at one point while in Cleveland. Jackson served as the team’s head coach for two of the most painful seasons in the history of the franchise.

The Browns finally parted ways with him in 2018, his third season, and since then, the club has slowly begun to be a force again in the NFL.

The club hired Kevin Stefanski after one forgettable year with Freddie Kitchens, and this past year the team made the postseason as a Wild Card, beating their biggest rival the Steelers in a memorable road AFC Wild Card game in early January.

Jackson may be feeling a bit jealous these days. He seems to be on a ‘woe is me’ tour, taking to local radio in Cleveland Monday to pronounce that he was lied to by the front office, including GM at the time Sashi Brown and owner Jimmy Haslam.

Jackson claims that both Haslam and Brown never said that Cleveland’s roster would be torn down as it was so that the team had a hard time even competing, much less winning, on most Sundays.

The bottom dropped out in Year Two when a loss in Pittsburgh to end the regular season clinched the Browns going 0-16. Overall, Jackson was 3-36-1 in his tenure in Cleveland, but for some reason still feels he was in the right.

“There is no doubt I was lied to by ownership and the executive team,” Jackson told AM 850 WKNR on Monday.

“They were going to be football plus analytics, but they intentionally made it football versus analytics,” he said. “They were going to take two years and they were going to find a way to use us as an experiment to make sure that they got the data that they needed for it to get better — at the expense of whoever — and that’s not right.

“That’s not the way it should be.”

The reason for Jackson’s sudden decision to air dirty laundry about his time in Cleveland, which sounds like it wasn’t all that great, could also have to do with a book that he’s written about it.

“I want to make sure everybody knows and understands exactly what went on in Cleveland,” Jackson said.

“The truth needs to come out. I am tired of being the brunt of jokes and memes and things that people say when they don’t know.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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