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Andy Dalton

Hue Jackson takes over lowly Browns: "I came here to win."

Hue Jackson strolled into the Browns' facility unafraid, brimming with optimism.

He's well aware of Cleveland's football misery, the losing, continuous change and dysfunction encasing one of the NFL's most storied franchises.

Jackson doesn't mind the mess. He's ready to clean it up.

"I like challenges," he said. "And boy, what a challenge."

The downtrodden Browns hired Jackson, a former Oakland coach and innovative offensive coordinator in Cincinnati the past two seasons, as their new coach Wednesday — the club's eighth since 1999 and sixth since 2008.

Following a search that lasted less than two weeks, owner Jimmy Haslam made...