It’s not an official rumor but when a former NFL quarterback advocates the current head coach of the Cleveland Browns to a college head coaching job, it’s definitely something to talk and speculate about.
Jake Plummer was on a local radio show in Arizona to talk about the Arizona State football program after they fired their head coach Todd Graham this past weekend.
Plummer talked about the potential of Herm Edwards returning to the sidelines and also mentioned Hue Jackson who he said he’d support him if he becomes a legitimate candidate.
He did a lot for my advancement and evolution as a quarterback. I have a close relationship with Coach Jackson. If he were to come into the mix, of course I would lend my support to him.
Plummer also took a jab as many others have at the Browns organization
If I was him I would be wanting to get out of Cleveland.
Hue Jackson spent four years as an assistant at Arizona State from 1992 to 1995.
He was the running backs coach from 1992 to 1994 and then became the quarterback coach during the 1995 season which was Plummer’s junior season in which his completion percentage increased by 3% from 54 to 57%, threw for 2,222 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 11 games.
Jackson spent 14 years as a college assistant coach spending time in Pacific, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State, California and USC.
Albert Breer did his weekly spot with “Bull and Fox” on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland and was asked about the chance of Jackson leaving Cleveland for Arizona State.
Breer said that Jackson along with Edwards will be among other former or current NFL coaches tied to the job opening because of Arizona State’s athletic director Ray Anderson who was formerly the vice president of the Atlanta Falcons and executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League.
Obviously, Jackson is still under contract with the Cleveland Browns as he’s in year two of his tenure. He’s on the hot seat with a 1-26 record that is tied for the worst start by a head coach with a team in NFL history.
While many believe he’ll be fired at the end of the season, some things like the conversation between Jackson, owner Jimmy Haslam and Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron during the pregame of last Sunday’s game against Cincinnati makes you wonder if Jackson will get a third season.
Jackson also likes to talk to people through the media and I don’t think it’s a surprise he got Plummer to name drop him like that in an interview.
He could be looking for a new job because he knows he’s going to be fired or he could be trying to convince the Haslams that he’ll be a hot commodity if he’s fired and someone else will snatch him up immediately.
I’m sure Hue Jackson will deny everything in daily press conference come Thursday but this could be something to watch in the coming weeks.