Jackson to take the reigns


Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden has accepted a job offer as head coach of the Washington Redskins. Thant means a few things in Cincinnati, the most pressing being who will step in as offensive coordinator?

Early Reports seem to believe Hue Jackson, currently the Bengals running backs coach and special assistant to Marvin Lewis, will be promoted to offensive coordinator. This is not Jackson’s first crack at a coordinator position; he was even head coach of the Oakland Raiders for the 2011 season, going 8-8. Jackson was also offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons for the 2007 season and of the Raiders for the 2010 season.

Jackson is considered by some to be one of the most underrated coaches in all of the NFL. In his only season as head coach of the Oakland Raiders he led a less than sub-par group of players to an impressive 8-8 season. Jackson was fired shortly after the season which came as a shock to many. He had to deal with numerous misfortunes throughout his year at the helm in Oakland. The death of owner Al Davis and the injuries to star players Darren McFadden and Jason Campbell were just a few of those misfortunes. One “mistake” that is placed on Jackson during his stint in Oakland was the trade for then, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Carson Palmer. Palmer had been out of football all season after refusing to play for the Bengals and Jackson took a chance on him that did not work in his favor.

Jackson is very familiar with Cincinnati. This is already his second stint with the Bengals as he was wide receivers coach for three seasons during the Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmanzadeh era. Jackson came back to Cincinnati in 2012 as an assistant defensive backs coach before being named running backs coach in 2013.

The offense in Cincinnati is ready for the chance to finally win a playoff game under the direction of Hue Jackson. Many believe that Jay Gruden’s play calling lacked the flare that Jackson is ready to produce. It is believed that quarterback, Andy Dalton and running backs, Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, will thrive under the new offensive coordinator.