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Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 3:38 pm
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JacksonBy Josh Katzowitz

Whatever faults you  might find with Bengals owner Mike Brown -- and I haven’t been ashamed in pointing them out -- you never can begrudge the man his loyalty. And he made another example of that today as the Bengals have announced they’ve hired former Raiders coach (and former Bengals receivers coach) Hue Jackson as an assistant helping the secondary and special teams*.

Jackson, you might recall, was fired only one season into his Oakland tenure after leading the team to an 8-8 record and trading first- and second-round picks to the Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer.

*It should be noted that Jackson doesn't appear to have ever coached defense, though he did work with special teams when he was at Cal State-Fullerton in 1990 and the World League's London Monarchs in 1991. So yeah, this totally seems like a loyalty hire.

After Al Davis’ death and the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie, Jackson’s stay with the Raiders was doomed. Particularly after he tore into his team following a Week 17 loss, saying he was pissed off and disappointed. “I’m going to take a stronger hand in this whole team, in this whole organization,” Jackson said at the time. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now. I promise you that."

Well, that’s totally true now, because Jackson should be in Cincinnati in Week 17 of 2012.

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It’s a place where he spent 2004-06, helping mold Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh into two of the better receivers in the league. And while he had the Raiders in the race for an AFC West title this year -- until, that is, a guy named Tim Tebow emerged for the Broncos -- McKenzie decided to bring in his own coach after the season.

“A the end of the day, I didn’t win enough games, didn’t get to the playoffs,” Jackson said in January. “Once Mark (Davis, Al’s son) saw where the franchise was, after he hired Reggie, he gave Reggie the opportunity to bring in his own coach.”

There has been speculation on who actually brokered the trade that seems like it’ll pay off awfully well for the Bengals -- Jackson now says he only helped bring the Raiders and Bengals together and that those on a higher pay-grade made the final decision.

But now, Jackson is in the strange position to see how the deal works out from the opposite side of where he was when he first helped make it.

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Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

I think He got a raw deal from the Raiders front office. I wish him well and hope He gets another chance to be a HC in the NFL again.


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Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:20 am
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Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:26 am
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

i liked Hue but wish he could have been a little harder on the players when they screwed up.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:27 am
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

Wait, he was helping the offensive before, now he's with the defensive squad...Huh?



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

He will probably be a HC again within a season or two. Most people seem to think pretty highly of him. I thought he was an offensive coach but if people also respect him defensively that means he's a complete coach, which at least two-thirds of the HCs in the league aren't.



Since: Jun 1, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

2 Top ten seasons running the Oakland offense and he cant get at least a coordinator job anywhere. Hue was a great coach for us in Oakland, he never lost the locker room and was the reason we progressed on offense so much in the last 2 years. Not to mention we did not have our best offensive playmaker in Darren McFadden most of the 2011 season.

He will be a head coach again sooner than later. 

 



Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

Sounds like the spy who gets brought in.  While masquerading as a head coach and GM advisor in Oakland, Jackson engineers the "trade of the century" - for the Bengals.  The Bengals owed him after that insdie job.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

I love that Hue Jackson now benefits directly from his monumental blunder.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

Are the Bengals turning into a smart team? I've been impressed with their moves the last 2 years.
Good Pick Up Here!



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

He's probably happy they have another 1st round pick instead of Carson Palmer, now that he's back with the bengals.


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