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Hue Jackson will remain in the AFC North as head coach of Browns

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator waves Hue Jackson before an NFL wild-card playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati on Jan. 9, 2016. Jackson was named the Cleveland Browns head coach on Jan. 13, 2016.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator waves Hue Jackson before an NFL wild-card playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati on Jan. 9, 2016. Jackson was named the Cleveland Browns head coach on Jan. 13, 2016. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)

Hue Jackson was Joe Flacco's quarterbacks coach with the Ravens in both 2008 and 2009. Flacco and Jackson had a strong relationship and Jackson's work with the young quarterback was widely applauded.

He left the Ravens to become the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in 2010 and a year later, he became the Raiders head coach, succeeding Tom Cable. Jackson was then fired by Oakland after just one season in which he guided the Raiders to a respectable 8-8 regular season.

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After a highly successful stint with the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant to Marvin Lewis, Jackson is finally getting another head-coaching opportunity and it's with another AFC North team. The Cleveland Browns are prepared to name Jackson as their new head coach and a news conference will be held later today to introduce Jackson, according to multiple reports.

Jackson, 50, will replace another former Ravens' assistant, Mike Pettine, and he'll become the sixth Browns coach since 2008.

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Jackson is well respected by the Ravens, and they probably don't feel too bad that the Bengals are losing their offensive coordinator of the past two seasons. Jackson did a tremendous job tutoring Andy Dalton and his play-calling gave the Ravens fits the past couple of seasons.

The Bengals have beaten the Ravens five straight times. Now, Jackson takes over a team that has beaten the Ravens just twice since 2007.

All things being equal, the Ravens probably wish that Jackson got another well-deserved head coaching opportunity outside the AFC North. But no such luck.

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