Fast forward to today, Hue Jackson is in a very favorable position with the team. After interviewing with several teams for a head coaching job this offseason, current Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is a hot commodity in the NFL coaching community.
If Gruden decides to move his career forward and take an head coaching gig, it would be easy to assume that Jackson would take over duties as offensive coordinator, a position he has had success in. As Raiders offensive coordinator in 2010, Jackson coached the sixth highest scoring offense while averaging 354.6 yards per game, which was tenth most in the league.
Promoting Jackson as offensive coordinator would not only bring consistency for a quarterback still trying to develop as a pro, but it would also bring a much more aggressive style of play calling that seemed to be lacking from the Bengals towards the end of the season. Jackson has experience dealing with young quarterbacks.
In 2008, while Jackson was serving as quarterbacks coach in Baltimore, he helped coach Joe Flacco to become the first rookie quarterback to win two playoff games in NFL history. With Andy Dalton still developing as a player, it will be good to some who can teach the way Jackson can and put Andy in a position to lead the team to a playoff win.
Speaking of playoff wins, it is worth noting that Marvin Lewis has yet to win a playoff game in his tenure with Bengals. At some point, Marvin is going to have to produce in the postseason if he is to remain the coach of the Bengals. Look at Andy Reid. Look at Jeff Fischer, Lovie Smith, or even John Fox. All of the teams led their teams to Super Bowl appearances, but were fired because they failed to repeat their previous success.
In Marvin’s case, their is no success really to be discussed, only a .485 winning percentage with no playoff victories in 10 seasons with the team. While Marvin Lewis is owed many thanks for what he has done for the Bengals, at some point Mike Brown is going to have to make a decision for the future success of the team.
Hue Jackson can be the man for the job. In his only season as a head coach with Oakland, Jackson showed promise as a head coach. Under him, the Raiders posted an 8-8 and finished tied for first in the AFC West, only to lose in tiebreakers. With this experience, Jackson would be in the best position to take over while Mike Zimmer keeps control of the defense which has been one of the more consistent units in the league over the past six seasons.
Granted, all of these situations are hypothetical at this point in time. With that being said, it is not out of the realm of possibility that things transpire this way, especially with the way events around the league are happening. As of right now, Hue Jackson is in a great position with the Bengals, and we should hope he is here for a while.