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Giovani Bernard: Hue Jackson will have “craziest playbook ever”

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Hue Jackson has made the move from Bengals running backs coach to offensive coordinator in the wake of Jay Gruden’s departure to become the Redskins head coach and one of his charges from last season is excited about the change.

Running back Giovani Bernard said he thinks Jackson will bring the “different intensity” he had with running backs to the entire offense. Bernard thinks that the change will prove to be a benefit to the team next season.

“We just got to go into it with an open mind, and [Jackson's] going to create this craziest playbook ever, but it’s going to be fun. I’m excited for it,” Bernard said on NFL Network Thursday.

Jackson found creative ways to deploy the run game while in Oakland and a repeat of that in Cincinnati would bode well for Bernard. Even if Jackson’s fondness for Darren McFadden leads the free agent to Cincinnati, that’s likely to impact BenJarvus Green-Ellis since Bernard flashed plenty of ability during his rookie season.

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19 Responses to “Giovani Bernard: Hue Jackson will have “craziest playbook ever””
  1. thevikesarebest says: Feb 6, 2014 4:24 PM

    The bungles will watch as mike zimmer is the leader of the Viking dynasty that starts next season.SKOL.

  2. green41563 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:26 PM

    Reminds me of when people would coo about Paul Hackett’s 400-page playbook.

    And yeah, it had hundreds of plays. Thing is, none of them worked.

  3. bishopbengals says: Feb 6, 2014 4:27 PM

    I know we are still smarting from losing Zimmer but I have faith in Paul. I also believe that Hue will be an upgrade to our offense. It’ll be a fun year with all of these changes, that’s for sure.

  4. jm91rs says: Feb 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    He says he will rely heavily on the run, which will work out nicely with Andy Dalton as QB. He’s not a guy that should be throwing the ball 30 times a game.

  5. SmashMouthFootball says: Feb 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    As long as those crazy plays don’t involve Andy Dalton they will work fine.

  6. tindeaux says: Feb 6, 2014 4:47 PM

    I’m sure it’s the “craziest playbook ever.” I enjoyed it when he was with the raiders and they didn’t go nowhere due to this “craziest playbook ever”

  7. tdubdizzle says: Feb 6, 2014 4:51 PM

    Once DMC arrives it’s really going to open up.

  8. Kaz says: Feb 6, 2014 4:56 PM

    Really Vike fans. I’m trying to like you guys since Zimmer is head coach now, but please…Dynasty? Zimmer has to work magic as it is with that roster.

  9. Kaz says: Feb 6, 2014 4:57 PM

    And Oakland fans….. You haven’t had a coach get that so called roster to a 8-8 record since. Show some resepct.

  10. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 6, 2014 5:02 PM

    Good coach, terrible GM.

  11. realfootballfan says: Feb 6, 2014 5:36 PM

    Hue Jackson believes in smash mouth football, which is what just won the Super Bowl.

  12. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Feb 6, 2014 5:45 PM

    Why didn’t bengals fire Marvin and hire jay or Zimmer as head coach?

  13. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 6, 2014 5:48 PM

    They’ll have to with Dalton at QB.

  14. wtfkwp says: Feb 6, 2014 6:24 PM

    As long as he’s not pretending GM, I like Jackson.

  15. sellout1983 says: Feb 6, 2014 6:51 PM

    Sometimes I think I’m the only Bengals fan that likes BJGE. Yea, he can’t get the yards Gio can but at the same time Gio couldn’t get the tough yards that BJGE does.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 6, 2014 6:54 PM

    Jackson is such a radical, off the wall, fun loving guy they are calling him “Woo Hue!”.

  17. paulya13 says: Feb 6, 2014 7:41 PM

    I am a die hard Raider fan and i have to say Hue Jackson is an offensive genius. The Raiders had a horrible team when he was coach and hue almost took us to the playoffs. His offensive playbook and playcalling was some of the best ive ever seen. DMC was widely considered a top 3 rb under him and now DMC cant even gain 3 y/c. He also successfully called about 4 or 5 fake punts/kicks and he had some crazy and clutch 4th down calls. He knows what he is doing when it comes to offense, his downfall is he has no understanding of defense. Great move by the bengals, i will be rooting for them since they are the only team in that division that doesnt make me want to vomit. RAIDERNATION

  18. whodey420 says: Feb 6, 2014 7:45 PM

    That’s one thing I like about Jackson over Gruden. Bengals are up at half time in a playoff game and Gruden totally abandons the run game even though the Bengals were averaging 4.5 yards a carry if not a little better!! No way would Jackson do that!!

    Gruden knew beforehand, and even said after the game that Dalton struggles trying to make plays
    “outside” of the pocket yet who put him in that position in the 2nd half of the Chargers game?? Yeah, Gruden did! I actually think we upgraded the
    offensive coordinator spot. Addition by subtraction!

  19. autumnwind999 says: Feb 6, 2014 11:02 PM

    Hue = great coach

    I hope the Bengals have the No. 1 offense in the league this year just to show Reggie McKenzie up for being even more of an imbecile for firing him.

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