Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports is reporting that not only is Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson not interviewing with the Carolina Panthers as previously reported, but he’ll likely remain in Cincinnati for at least one more season:
Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson would be next in line to take over the team’s offense if coordinator Jay Gruden gets a head-coaching job, and could stay in Cincinnati regardless, according to league sources.
Jackson does not have an interview with the Panthers, contrary to a report, and Carolina may end up promoting quarterback coach David Shula for that job.
The Jets have expressed interest in Jackson for their offensive coordinator opening, but Jackson has not scheduled anything there, either, and the opportunity to stay and work with quarterback Andy Dalton with the Bengals seems more attractive than entering the cauldron in New York with a coach on the hot seat and embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez.
I would be shocked to see Jackson back on some teams’ sidelines next year as a head coach while Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden remain assistants. It continues to look highly unlikely that Gruden get’s a job elsewhere, while Zimmer’s chances of getting an NFL job are as good as their ever going to be with seven current openings and in the middle of arguably has best job as a coordinator making the Bengals defense one of the best in the NFL.
Jackson knows he’s in prime position to take over as the OC for the Bengals either this year or in the future, and as LaCanfora stated, the Bengals have as promising a future with their offensive talent as anyone.