Apparently, the trade that sent Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders also included a coach to be named later.
The Bengals have announced that former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson has been hired. He’ll serve as an assistant coach helping the secondary and special teams.
“Hue is a tremendous addition to our staff,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a team-issued release. “I relied on Hue greatly when he was with us, 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.”
It looks a little like make-work for Jackson, whose past experiences primarily focused on the offensive side of the ball. According to his bio from his time at USC, Jackson worked with special teams in 1988 and 1989 at Pacific, in 1991 with the London Monarchs, and in 1991 at Cal State-Fullerton.
Jackson previously spent three years with the Bengals, from 2004 through 2006, as receivers coach.