This is a big step for Jackson, who is looking to become a head coach again after going 8-8 with the Oakland Raiders in 2011 in his only season their. Jackson’s first stint with the Bengals was under Lewis from 2004-06, as the wide receivers coach, and was pivotal in the development of Pro Bowlers T.J Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson.
Playing under Jackson for three seasons, Johnson averaged 93 catches for 1,358 yards and eight touchdowns each year. Jackson also coached the first 1,000-yard receiving duo in a Bengals history in 2006 when T.J. recorded 1,081 receiving yards. The two accounted for a combined four Pro Bowl appearances under Jackson.
With Jackson as offensive coordinator in 2010, Oakland had the NFL’s #2 rushing offense at 155.9 yards per game. As the Raiders head coach in 2011, Jackson had the #7 rushing offense at 131.9.
He was passed up for several offensive coordinator positions this offseason, but this latest promotion should put him in line to get a nice OC gig somewhere next season. It today’s NFL that is focused on more of the offensive side of the ball, don’t be surprised if someone takes a chance and hires Hue as their head coach next year either.
For now though, he remains a Bengal.