It didn’t take Hue Jackson very long to find a new coaching job.
The former Cleveland Browns head coach will reportedly join the Cincinnati Bengals’ coaching staff on Tuesday according to multiple reports.
It’s unclear what role he’ll be taking on the staff although speculation is that he could be helping head coach Marvin Lewis either on the defensive side of the ball or overseeing the entire operations.
Jackson was fired October 29 as the head coach of the Browns after two and a half seasons and a 3-36-1 record. His overall win percentage (.205) is the worst in the modern era of NFL football.
Since being fired, he has made multiple media appearances on ESPN and Fox Sports 1 trying to sway some of the football fans and experts that it wasn’t his fault for the team’s lack of success during his tenure as head coach, throwing shade at former football executive Sashi Brown and his offensive coordinator Todd Haley who was also fired two weeks ago.
Now he’s trying to back into coaching which previous Browns head coaches have done and some have worked their way back through the ranks which is what Jackson is going to have to do.
This isn’t Jackson’s first stint with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the wide receivers coach from 2004 to 2006 and then returned to the franchise in 2012 as a secondary assistant and special teams coach before being moved to running backs coach in 2013 and then offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before taking the Browns job in January of 2016.
Cincinnati fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday after the team gave up 500 yards in three consecutive games and the team’s season was starting to spiral out of control going 1-3 in the last four games.
Lewis will reportedly take over the defensive play calling for the remainder of the season which is likely why Jackson is coming in to help out over the remaining seven games.
Cleveland plays Cincinnati in two weeks and I’m sure a lot of attention will be made all this week during the team’s bye week as well as next week about Jackson being on Cincinnati’s staff as we look towards the “Battle of Ohio” matchup.
Some have already speculated that Jackson is being brought on because Cleveland and Cincinnati will meet two times down the stretch and he’ll know how to slow down rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Sadly, if Cincinnati wanted to know how to slow down Mayfield, they should’ve hoped Jackson was still the head coach of the Browns because it looks like he was the one slowing him down.