As the NFL offseason rages on for those teams not currently in the playoffs, teams who fired their coaches less than a few weeks ago are scrambling to find their next head coach.
Today, Cleveland elevated interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to become their next head coach, and Tampa Bay hired Bruce Arians on Tuesday. Denver has hired Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as their new head man. Even Kliff Kingsbury, following his dispute with USC over interviews, has landed the head coaching job of the Arizona Cardinals. These coaches will begin to assemble their assistant coaching staffs, which means that there will be fewer men for a potential Bengals head coach to choose from to fill his cabinet.
Minnesota extended Kevin Stefanski to be their full-time offensive coordinator, and the Jets appear to be the only team that Mike Mccarthy wants to coach. All of this begs the question: What is taking Cincinnati so long?
It could be that Cincy is waiting to hire a coach currently employed on a playoff staff. If that is the case, then this article would be rendered mute. However, it could also be the case that Cincinnati and their owner have been unable to lure any head coaching candidates up to this point.
With that in mind, the name Hue Jackson continues to swirl in media circles as a legitimate candidate to replace Marvin Lewis, much to the dismay of Bengals fans. If Cincinnati allows every other team to get their pick of the litter in this free agency pool of coaches, and walks away from it all with Hue Jackson, there will be ever more boycotts of the team and its owner, who already has a perception around the league as lazy and unwilling to research/pay big names.
Mike Brown, please hear the cries of the fans of this team far and wide. Do not hire Hue Jackson to coach the Cincinnati Bengals. If you do, the entire fanbase would be ready to turn its back completely.
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