CLEVELAND -- Hue Jackson has hit the ground running in his first 10 days as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
In less than two weeks, Jackson completed his offensive coaching staff with the announcement of the hirings of Pep Hamilton (associate head coach/offense), Al Saunders (senior offensive assistant/wide receivers), Kirby Wilson (running backs/run game coordinator), Hal Hunter (offensive line), Mark Hudson (assistant offensive line), Greg Seamon (tight ends) and Bob Saunders (offensive quality control).
Also, Jackson announced the hirings of special-teams assistant Shawn Mennenga and special-teams quality-control coach Stan Watson, who will work with coordinator Chris Tabor after the veteran coach was retained last Friday.
“I think we’ve been able to assemble a really good group thus far,” Jackson said. “We are very excited about the men who have decided to come here to Cleveland and join the organization in our quest to win football games.
“As an offensive staff, I think first and foremost, we have to work together. Our players need to see a staff that is committed, that is together and will do anything and everything to help them become better football players. What we wanted to do is try to hire the best staff that was going to give us a chance to teach, motivate, instill discipline and drive our players.”
According to Jackson, the thing he found most encouraging when building the offensive and special-teams staffs was the coaches’ desire to be in Cleveland and help turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has not had a winning season since 2007 or made it to the postseason since 2002.
“The other thing that I love about this group of coaches is they all want to be here with the Browns,” Jackson said. “They want to be a part of the change. I want a bunch of guys who really want to be in Cleveland because they have to understand there is a lot of work ahead.
“We are going to have to roll up our sleeves and get some work done and just put our head down and go. Do it the right way. We need guys that are going to be loyal, guys who can be totally trusted and guys when I turn my back, I am not worried about what they are doing. They are trying to do one thing, which is improving this team to help us win.”
With the announcement of the staff hirings, Jackson confirmed that he will serve a dual role as head coach and offensive coordinator and handle the play-calling duties.
“I think I have to start that way for our team,” said Jackson, the former offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-2015), Oakland Raiders (2010), Atlanta Falcons (2007) and Washington Redskins (2003).
“When you take these jobs, you get them for a reason. You have to be aware of what you’ve been successful at and what got you this opportunity. You want to make sure the team is really good at what got you here, first and foremost.”
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