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Panthers ask to interview Hue Jackson for OC job


The Panthers are already moving on finding a replacement for Rob Chudzinski, who was hired as the new Browns head coach today.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Panthers asked permission to interview Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson for the vacant coordinator job.

The Jets are apparently also interested in talking to Jackson.

Jackson goes through a lot of jobs, and was caught on the wrong side of a regime change in Oakland, but he’s well-respected within the league and has plenty of experience working with quarterbacks and calling plays.

UPDATE 3:31 p.m. ET: Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is also among the candidates to replace Chudzinski. Shurmur and head coach Ron Rivera worked together in Philadelphia.

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35 Responses to “Panthers ask to interview Hue Jackson for OC job”
  1. steelerben says: Jan 11, 2013 3:09 PM

    I’m surprised that it took this long for his name to pop up anywhere outside of the comments section.

  2. drecaldwell22 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    Anyone that can utilize the talent on that team, and make them play like their capable of is a good pick for me.

  3. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Jan 11, 2013 3:23 PM

    This actually would be good for the panthers, he is the type of coach that fits the scheme to the players and not the other way around. he will actually ask the players what their fav plays are to run and incoporate said plays. he’s also a run first type OC so he will do wonders with carolinas High priced back field..

  4. jaimelh02 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    Without Hue Jackson Oakland went from a top 10 offense to unable to score a touchdown. Then again it might of been the byproduct of Greg Nap

  5. bengalsucker says: Jan 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    Nooooo! Take Jay Gruden. We’d like to keep Hue and make him our OC! lol

  6. tindeaux says: Jan 11, 2013 3:27 PM

    LOL! this guys going to bring the raiders offense into the panthers. Way to be at the bottom of the pack. Epic!!!!

  7. parkerfly says: Jan 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    This would be a good move for them. He runs a similar offense to what Chud did so it’ll keep Newton from having to start over.

  8. sportsmeccabi says: Jan 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    Please hire him!

  9. cambodianbreastmilk says: Jan 11, 2013 3:29 PM

    Maybe he’ll convince them to trade for Carson Palmer.

  10. pillaging4fun says: Jan 11, 2013 3:30 PM

    Whatever team gets him will be vastly improved on offense. I seen it when he was O.C and H.C of da Raiders

  11. rajbais says: Jan 11, 2013 3:31 PM

    Just hire him!!!

    He’s good enough to be a head coach.

    Plus, the Panthers should look to this as a positive because they have a future interim HC incase.

  12. vanilaslim75 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:32 PM

    Say what you want, the guy is a solid play-caller. As a Raiders fan, i’m still pissed they fired him.

  13. stevincinci says: Jan 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    jaimelh02 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    Without Hue Jackson Oakland went from a top 10 offense to unable to score a touchdown. Then again it might of been the byproduct of Greg Nap.

    No, it’s called Carson Palmer. Plenty of yards between the 20’s.

  14. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 11, 2013 3:35 PM

    Watch your back Ron Rivera! Hue knows you aren’t on solid footing, one more 7-9 season and he’ll throw you under the bus to promote his own agenda.

  15. Keyser Söze says: Jan 11, 2013 3:41 PM

    Any head coach that brings in Hue better have a kevlar vest handy with extra protection in the back area.

  16. steelerben says: Jan 11, 2013 3:42 PM

    tindeaux says:
    Jan 11, 2013 3:27 PM
    LOL! this guys going to bring the raiders offense into the panthers. Way to be at the bottom of the pack. Epic!!!!


    He made a squad at the end of the Al Davis era look competitive on offense. If that isn’t making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear I don’t know what is.

    Reaching for Palmer and calling it the trade of the century was pretty silly, but Hue won’t have personnel control. And if he can’t whip Newton into shape, no one can.

    In 2011 the Raiders out gained the 2012 Panthers by 1061 yards, almost all of that in the running game. The biggest complaint about Chud was that he didn’t make use of the high dollar backfield.

    I’m shocked the Bills, Cowboys, Chiefs, Bears, and Eagles haven’t shown more interest.

  17. bengalsucker says: Jan 11, 2013 3:47 PM

    Hue Jackson should have another shot at HC. He was doomed in Oakland. He did make a huge mistake trading for Carson “Pick 6” Palmer though. But their offense scored points while he was there.

  18. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 11, 2013 3:49 PM

    hey raiders fans…would this be a good move or a bad move on the panthers?

  19. blacknole08 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:53 PM

    Please let this happen. Panthers fans have suffered enough horrid playcalling — especially in the red zone.

    Will he and Cam get along though? I hope so. But this hire would be a step in the right direction.

  20. realfootballfan says: Jan 11, 2013 3:56 PM

    If Rivera wants to keep his job, he’ll hire Jackson. What will he do? Probably hire Shurmur because it’s his friend, and we all know that’s what’s most important in that league.

  21. coltzfan166 says: Jan 11, 2013 4:03 PM

    I’m actually surprised Hue hasn’t drawn much interest to this point.

  22. mastodonry says: Jan 11, 2013 4:03 PM

    I hope we wait to find out about Jay before letting Hue go. Would really like to keep him if we can.

    Hue is a good offensive mind just struggled as HC.

  23. brenenostler says: Jan 11, 2013 4:05 PM

    Anyone that can turn Oakland into an 8-8 team is a pretty good coach.

  24. tdubdizzle says: Jan 11, 2013 4:34 PM

    Wow, Hue Jackson would do wonders with the Panthers. Jason Campbell and the Raiders were 5-2 before he broke his collarbone. Imagine what Hue can do with Cam Newton…Thats scary. If they sign him its safe to say The Panthers will be in the playoffs next year.

  25. ddmcd1974 says: Jan 11, 2013 4:40 PM

    The guy traded for palmer. He stifled the red head. He will be gunning for Rivera job. Don’t do it.

  26. eatitfanboy says: Jan 11, 2013 4:42 PM

    If the Bengals grant permission, that would be a pretty strong sign that Gruden’s not leaving, no?

  27. commitment2excrement says: Jan 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    For Carolina’s sake, I hope Newton stays healthy, that last thing you guys need is for Hugh to have any input on replacement QB’s. Cause you know he will attempt to engineer the “Greatest trade in the NFL” again. Additionally his penchant for Irish coffee to go along with his pedicure every morning might not sit well with the Panthers fanbase.

  28. djcologne says: Jan 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    That would be a great pick up for Carolina….he’s a brilliant X’s and O’s coach….now if they only have double doors @ the office so his head can get through the door…..

  29. ytownie says: Jan 11, 2013 4:52 PM

    Shurmur being considered!!!!! hahahahaha. I can see Shurmur forcing Cam to run his dink and dunk West Coast offense. hahahaha I can’t stop laughing. I’m peeing my pants now!

  30. thaoption1 says: Jan 11, 2013 4:52 PM

    That’ll be a GREAT hire

  31. autumnwind999 says: Jan 11, 2013 6:34 PM

    Miss Hue in Oakland.

    Reggie McKenzie and/or Mark Davis set the franchise back bigtime the day they fired Hue.

    Here’s all you need to know about Hue: The Raiders were at or near the bottom of the league in offensive ranking for several years before Hue arrived as OC, including dead last 32nd in 2006 and a dreadful 31st in 2009. In Hue’s two seasons, first as OC/playcaller in 2010 and as HC/playcaller in 2011 they ranked in the top-10 offensively in yardage both years. They remarkably went from 31st in ppg in 2009 to 6th in ppg in 2010. In Hue’s first season, they more than doubled their points scored from the prior year from 197 to 410.

    And this wasn’t like a Peyton Manning to Denver scenario. In 2010 the Raiders were shuffling back and forth at QB because of Jason Campbell’s early terrible play and Bruce Gradkowski’s injuries. Hue got the Raiders to the 6th highest scoring offense with a Grads/Campbell timeshare. Remarkable.

    The Raiders’ offensive output was even better through 6 games in 2011. Then McFadden and Campbell both were out for the season and he had Carson Palmer, without McFadden, trying to learn the offense on the fly and carry the team. Still they finished top-10 in yardage and 16th in ppg.

    In 2012, with McFadden healthy most of the year and Palmer able to fully acclimate to the offense and players around him — and Palmer is a MUCH better QB than Jason Campbell — the Raiders sunk to 26th in ppg and 18th in yardage.

    On top of all that, Hue runs a dynamic offense with lots of creativity, as well as smashmouth running, razzle dazzle and great playcalling. And perhaps most importantly, he’ll build his offense around his players’ strengths and not try to force the players to do things they can’t do because it’s not part of his scheme.

    Highly recommend Hue Jax.

  32. mazblast says: Jan 11, 2013 7:17 PM

    Raiders, then Bengals. Carolina would be an upgrade in organizations for Jackson.

  33. mhs8031 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:14 PM

    Folks, a coordinator does not come in with a strategy to hide in the bushes until the head coach is fired. They are usually fired with them.

  34. axespray says: Jan 11, 2013 10:40 PM

    Like this dude – just keep him out of the GM chair – guy threw away a ton of draft picks for friggin’ Carson … smh.

    Guy is a great OC thou.

  35. joetoronto says: Jan 12, 2013 6:03 AM

    All you need to know about Jackson is that you should never turn your back on him, never.

    Jackson hasn’t had a sniff from anybody because other teams know this.

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