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Hue Jackson joins Bengals as 'Special Assistant'

Hue Jackson joins Bengals as 'Special Assistant'

Only two weeks after being ousted in Cleveland, former head coach Hue Jackson is headed back to his former stomping grounds.

On Tuesday morning, the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that coach Marvin Lewis officially announced Jackson’s move to his staff as a "Special Assistant to the Head Coach."

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to join the Bengals this season," said Jackson of his new job. "There is a lot of talent on this team, and I look forward to doing my part to help it finish the season strong.”

Coach Lewis has known Jackson for years, and knew that he could help his team finish out the 2018 season.  

“I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense," said Lewis. "Including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches."

On Monday, Lewis was succinct and smiling when asked about the former Browns coach joining his staff to help ease the burden of taking on defensive play calling.

"I've got a plan," Lewis said. "Watch and see." 

Jackson previously served as an offensive coordinator from 2014-15 and helped Andy Dalton put together two solid seasons. Before joining the Bengals as an offensive coordinator, Jackson originally served as the wide receivers coach from 2004-06. During this period, he worked with Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the pair became one of the most feared duos in the NFL. The pair combined for 175 receptions and 2,388 yards as the Bengals secured an NFC North title and the first playoff appearance in 15 years. Under Jackson's tutelage, Johnson earned three straight trips to the Pro Bowl. 

After a successful run in Cincinnati, Jackson served as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta (2007), quarterbacks coach in Baltimore (2008-09), the offensive coordinator in Oakland (2010), and finally, the head coach in Oakland (2011). In his lone season with Oakland, Jackson coached his team to a 7-4 start, but the Raiders ultimately finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. He was fired after one season. 

Jackson rejoined Lewis in Cincinnati in 2012, kicking off a run that would last seven years. He started as the secondary/special teams coach, moved up coaching running backs in 2013, and eventually became the offensive coordinator after Jay Gruden left to become the Redskins head coach. In his two seasons as offensive coordinator, Jackson helped the Bengals go to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Cincinnati finished second in the AFC North in 2014, earning a wild-card berth but losing to the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals won the division in 2015 but lost to the Steelers in the wild-card round. 

 

Source: 247Sports | John Newby | November 13, 2018