The short string can be observed in the new hierarchy in the coaching staff. The departure of Mike Zimmer to Minnesota would indicate that Hue has become the heir-apparent if a head coaching change were to occur. Taking in someone from the outside would dislodge both Jackson and Guenther after only a season; not ideal from a continuity perspective.
Discussions on Dalton’s potential extension leaves the door open for an extra, minimally paid season should Hugh Jackson prove able to pour high-octane in Cincinnati’s offensive tank in 2014. If not, the Bengals can always release Dalton, extension or no. However, should that happen, Marvin Lewis will probably be shown the door as well. After a year working with Dalton first hand, a “HC” Jackson would be a crucial voice in a critical position to say whether Dalton should become the face of the franchise or be left in the lurch so that Jackson could draft ‘his guy.’