Jan 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson watches his team warm up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals have already achieved one of their primary goals heading into this offseason by retaining both of their primary coordinators. Mike Zimmer was a finalist for the head-coaching job in Cleveland, but they ultimately bypassed him for Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski, while Jay Gruden was on a rock-star tour of interviews with seemingly every team in need of a HC, but everyone eventually passed on him.
If the Bengals can a more consistent offense in 2013, it’s very likely it will be the last season for Jay in Cincinnati, as he’s widely respected in NFL circles, and will be nearly impossible to retain for a third-straight offseason. It would behoove the Bengals to already have his replacement lined up, and that may be in the form of current assistant coach Hue Jackson, who already has had three stints as an offensive coordinator with Washington (2003), Atlanta (2007), and Oakland (2010).
He’s already bypassed several OC openings, including gigs with the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets, presumably because he too knows he’s in line to be the Bengals OC next year.