Hue Jackson, whose previous 13 NFL seasons include a head coaching assignment and three offensive coordinator postings, will serve his first year as Bengals offensive coordinator in 2014.
Jackson replaces Jay Gruden, who was named head coach of the Washington Redskins after three seasons as Bengals coordinator. Jackson served in 2013 as Bengals running backs coach and as special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis.
“I am very excited to move forward with Hue,” Lewis said. “We are blessed to have a staff that allows us to promote from within. It keeps some of the continuity with our offensive team, yet we get new direction and fire from an aggressive and innovative coaching mind. Hue’s expertise in all aspects of football and coaching is very wide. People in football know what kind of offensive mind Hue brings to a staff.”
Jackson has previously served as offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. He was promoted to head coach of the Raiders in 2011, leading a team that tied for the best record (8-8) in the AFC West Division but missed the postseason when it lost the division title via tiebreaker. The 8-8 record is tied for the best by any Raiders club since 2002.
Jackson returned to the Bengals for 2012, assisting position coaches that season with special teams and defensive backs. Jackson also had a Bengals stint from 2004-06, as wide receivers coach.
“It’s an honor to be Bengals offensive coordinator, and to keep working with Marvin and Mike Brown and the Brown family,” Jackson said. “I thank them all for this opportunity. Our goal is to be the best, to be the one team hoisting that trophy when it’s all over, and that’s what I’ll be working for every day.”
In 2013, Jackson oversaw the rapid development of HB Giovani Bernard, who logged the second-most yards from scrimmage (1209) in a season by any Bengals rookie. Bernard’s eight TDs (five rushing, three receiving) were the most by a Cincinnati rookie since 1997.
The roster of individual players who flourished under Jackson’s direct mentorship also includes WR Chad Johnson with the Bengals, QB Joe Flacco with Baltimore (Jackson was Ravens QB coach) and QB Carson Palmer at Southern California (Jackson was USC offensive coordinator).
With Jackson as offensive coordinator in 2010, Oakland had the NFL’s No. 2 rushing offense, averaging 155.9 yards per game. As Raiders head coach in 2011, Jackson had the No. 7 rushing offense at 131.9.
As Bengals WRs coach, Jackson was a key in the rise of Chad Johnson, the club’s all-time receiving leader. Playing under Jackson for seasons four-through-six of his 10-year Bengals tenure, Johnson averaged 93 catches, 1358 yards and 8.3 TDs per season. In 2006, before leaving to become offensive coordinator in Atlanta, Jackson oversaw the first 1000-yard receiving duo in a Bengals season, as T.J. Houshmandzadeh (1081 yards) joined Johnson (1369).
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 Flacco, who in 2008 became the first rookie QB to win two playoff games.
Jackson coached 14 years in the college ranks before entering the NFL. His final stint as a college coach was from 1997-2000 as offensive coordinator at Southern California. He was active in USC’s recruiting of Carson Palmer, and he helped guide the first three USC seasons (1998-2000) for Palmer, who went on to join the Bengals in 2003 as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Jackson entered the NFL with Washington in 2001. Jackson and Marvin Lewis first worked together in 2002, as fellow assistants with the Redskins.
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 quarterback, 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, California. 1997-2000—Offensive coordinator, Southern California. 2001-02—AC, Washington Redskins. 2003—Offensive coordinator, 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. 2012-13—AC, Cincinnati Bengals. 2014—Offensive coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals.
With the appointment of Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator, the Bengals are sticking with the structure and language of Jay Gruden's playbook but allowing Jackson to tweak it as a playcaller.
With Hue Jackson ascending to offensive coordinator, the Bengals figure to keep the same language of Jay Gruden's playbook. But look for a different script as Jackson attempts to take the heat off embattled quarterback Andy Dalton.