Hue Jackson, whose 13 NFL seasons include a head coaching assignment and three offensive coordinator postings, was named today as Bengals offensive coordinator. Jackson has spent five seasons, including the last two, on the Cincinnati coaching staff.
Jackson replaces Jay Gruden, who earlier today was named head coach of the Washington Redskins after three seasons as Bengals coordinator. Jackson served this past season as Bengals running backs coach and as special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis.
“I am very excited to move forward with Hue,” Lewis said. “We are blessed to have a staff that allows us to promote from within. It keeps some of the continuity with our offensive team, yet we get new direction and fire from an aggressive and innovative coaching mind. Hue’s expertise in all aspects of football and coaching is very wide.”
Jackson has served as offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. He was promoted to head coach of the Raiders in 2011, leading a team that missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker after tying for the best record (8-8) in the AFC West Division. The 8-8 record is tied for the best by any Raiders club since 2002.
Jackson returned to the Bengals for 2012. From 2004-06, Jackson was Bengals wide receivers coach.
“It’s an honor to be Bengals offensive coordinator, and to keep working with Marvin and Mike Brown and the Brown family,” Jackson said. “I thank them all for this opportunity. Our goal is to be the best, to be the one team hoisting that trophy when it’s all over, and that’s what I’ll be working for every day.”
This past season, Jackson oversaw the rapid development of HB Giovani Bernard, who logged the second-most yards from scrimmage (1209) in a season by any Bengals rookie. Bernard’s eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) were the most by a Cincinnati rookie since 1997.
The roster of individual players who flourished under Jackson’s direct mentorship also includes WR Chad Johnson with the Bengals, QB Joe Flacco with Baltimore (Jackson was Ravens QB coach) and QB Carson Palmer at Southern California (Jackson was USC offensive coordinator).
A native of Los Angeles, Jackson played QB at the University of the Pacific in 1985-86, he he started there on what would be a 16-year stint in college coaching. He moved to the NFL with Washington in 2001.