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AFC North News: Cleveland Browns hire Hue Jackson to be their next head coach

There was a coaching toss up in the AFC North Wednesday, and it was Hue Jackson leaving the Cincinnati Bengals to become the Cleveland Browns head coach.

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While the Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the AFC Divisonal playoff game against the Denver Broncos in Colorado, the other teams in the AFC North are looking ahead to next season.

The Cleveland Browns, who are a revolving door of coaches and quarterbacks, have hired former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to be the latest man to take a stab at being the head coach of the Cleveland organization. Since 1999, the Browns have employed 8 different head coaches. In a humorous spin at history, the Steelers have had 8 coaches since 1952 -- just to give you some perspective. After the Bengals loss to the Steelers, Jackson interviewed with several teams before actually choosing to take a position with the beleaguered Browns.

Jackson was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 season before becoming the Bengals secondary and special teams coach. When Jay Gruden was hired as the Washington Redskins head coach in 2014, Jackson was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Meanwhile, the Bengals are now without an offensive coordinator, and are reeling after their avoidable loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card game last week. The impact of Jackson's departure from the Bengals organization could prove worrisome for Cincinnati fans, considering Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will again be learning a new offense with a new coordinator after both Gruden and Jackson have jettisoned for head coaching positions. The Bengals offense thrived under Jackson, and with his experience coaching defense, he brings much hope to the Browns organization.