The Bengals on Feb. 17 of this year signed Hue Jackson to an assistant coach position. Head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and a Bengals assistant from 2004-06, Jackson is slated to assist primarily in the areas of special teams and defensive backs, working closely with DBs coach Mark Carrier and special teams coach Darrin Simmons.
“Hue is a tremendous addition to our staff,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “I relied on Hue greatly when he was with us (in 2004-06), and his success overall in the NFL, including being selected for a head coaching position, is well documented. He has expertise in all aspects of the game, and we are fortunate to have obtained his services.”
Jackson is entering his 12th consecutive season as an NFL coach. In addition to serving as head coach last season with Oakland, he has held offensive coordinator posts for Washington (2003), Atlanta (2007) and the Raiders (2010). As Oakland head coach last season, he directed an 8-8 finish, tied with Denver and San Diego for best in the AFC West, but the Raiders were eliminated on tiebreakers from the playoffs. The Raiders finished ninth in the NFL in total offense (379.5 yards per game) and seventh in rushing offense (131.9).
Jackson’s three seasons with the Bengals saw him in the role of wide receivers coach, with Chad Ochocinco (then Chad Johnson) averaging 93 catches, 1358 yards and 8.3 touchdowns per campaign. Ochocinco led the AFC in receiving yards in each of those seasons, and in 2006, WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh also topped 1000 yards as the Bengals logged the first 1000-yard receiving duo in franchise history. Jackson left the Bengals after the ’06 season to become offensive coordinator for Atlanta.
In 2010, prior to being named Raiders head coach, Jackson coordinated an Oakland offense that led the team to an average of 25.6 points per game, fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL. The Raiders more than doubled their 2009 point total of 197, totaling 410.
Before joining the Raiders, Jackson spent two seasons as quarterbacks coach for Baltimore, helping the Ravens advance to the playoffs in both campaigns. He fostered the rapid development of Joe Flacco, who in 2008 became the first rookie QB to win two playoff games.
Jackson coached in the college ranks from 1987-2000 and entered the NFL with Washington in 2001. Marvin Lewis and Jackson were coaching colleagues on the Redskins staff in 2002.
Jackson’s jumping-off point to the pro ranks was the University of Southern California, where he was offensive coordinator from 1997-2000. He was active in the recruiting and early coaching of QB Carson Palmer, with whom he later was reunited in Cincinnati. Palmer’s play at USC earned him the No. 1 overall selection by Cincinnati in the 2003 draft.
Born Oct. 22, 1965 in Los Angeles, Jackson played QB at the University of the Pacific, passing for 2544 yards and 19 TDs over the 1985-86 seasons. He began his coaching career at Pacific in 1987.
PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY – 1985-86: Played QB at University of the Pacific. 1987: Graduate assistant, Pacific. 1988-89: Assistant coach (AC), Pacific. 1990-91: AC, Cal State-Fullerton; 1992-95: AC, Arizona State. 1996: Offensive Coordinator, University of California. 1997-2000: Offensive coordinator, University of Southern California. 2001-02: AC, Washington Redskins. 2003: Offensive coordinator, Washington Redskins. 2004-06: AC, Bengals. 2007: Offensive coordinator, Atlanta Falcons. 2008-09: AC, Baltimore Ravens. 2010: Offensive coordinator, Oakland Raiders. 2011: Head coach, Oakland Raiders. 2012: Joins Bengals in AC role.
With an eye to juicing up the offense, Hue Jackson officially became the Bengals running backs coach Wednesday and head coach Marvin Lewis gave him the added title of "special assistant to the head coach."
Running backs coach Hue Jackson and wide receivers coach James Urban discuss the sixth-round selections of Rex Burkhead and Cobi Hamilton.