There will be no Hue for Big Blue.
Hue Jackson has agreed to become coach of the Browns, according to multiple reports, and will be introduced in that position at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon . . . which is just about the time he was expected to be landing in New Jersey for his interview with the Giants about their head coach vacancy.
Jackson, 50, seemed to be a strong candidate for the Giants. He had head coaching experience in 2011 with the Raiders, had something to prove after being fired from that job, and had success as an offensive coordinator with the Bengals the past two seasons. The Browns interviewed Jackson on Sunday, after the Bengals lost in the wild-card round on Saturday, and again on Tuesday.
Jackson was expected to be the final interview for the Giants in their search, with co-owner Steve Tisch telling reporters at the owners meeting in Houston on Tuesday he thought the team would reach a decision by the end of the week.
Barring an 11th-hour candidate, the Giants’ choices now include in-house coordinators Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, former Falcons coach Mike Smith, former Bills coach Doug Marrone and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. All have been interviewed by co-owner John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese since Tom Coughlin resigned last week.