In 1976, Hutchinson had two knee operations within a span of seven months and ended up missing the entire 1976 season. In August 1977, he asked the Browns to waive him and the team did so. Earlier in the week the Browns had also attempted to trade him. He was later offensive line coach for the Toronto Argonauts. He joined the Oakland Invaders in 1982. On March 13, 1984, Invaders head coach John Ralston was fired and Hutchinson was named the team's interim head coach. At the time of his promotion, Hutchinson was serving as the team's offensive line coach and director of player personnel. The Invaders had a 7–8 record under Hutchison.