The Bengals didn’t go long without an offensive coordinator.
While Jay Gruden was being announced as the new head coach of the Redskins at a press conference, the Bengals were confirming that Hue Jackson will be Gruden’s replacement as the team’s offensive coordinator. The move was expected once Gruden’s departure became official and Jackson will meet the media in his new role on Friday.
“I am very excited to move forward with Hue,” head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement from the team. “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.”
Jackson was the Bengals running backs coach and special assistant to Lewis in 2013, his second year of his second stint in Cincy. Jackson spent one year as the head coach of the Raiders in 2011 after coordinating the offense in 2010 and he’s also had stints running offenses in Washington and Atlanta during his long coaching career.
With defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in the running for some of the remaining head coaching vacancies, the Bengals may find themselves with new coordinators on both sides of the ball next season.