Despite stating otherwise earlier this week, Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff turned down an opportunity to coach in the 2018 Senior Bowl, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
On Wednesday, the Senior Bowl confirmed that it would be the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos staffs -- and not the Browns' -- that will coach in its annual All-Star Game later this month.
On Monday, after Cleveland completed just the second 0-16 season in NFL history, Jackson said he'd welcome the chance to coach in the Senior Bowl for a second straight season after doing so in 2017. "If we have the opportunity to, then we would," he said.
Traditionally, the Senior Bowl follows the NFL's draft order when choosing its staffs, excluding teams that had fired their head coaches. That would put the Browns first in line for the second straight year, with the Senior Bowl stating that it followed its traditional process in selecting the Broncos and Texans to coach in 2018.
Coaching in the Senior Bowl would allow Jackson and his staff the opportunity to work with a number of the draft's top prospects, including Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has already committed to participating in the annual all-star game. A year ago, the Browns received some criticism for the way they ran their Senior Bowl practices, as detailed by Bleacher Report draft analyst Matt Miller.
With the Browns having turned down the opportunity to coach in Mobile, however, those are no longer issues that analysts, prospects and other teams scouting at the event will have to worry about this year.