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Report: Hue Jackson is the “clear front-runner” for 49ers job

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There could be an exception to the phrase, “Once a Raider, always a Raider.”

Former Oakland coach Hue Jackson could be returning to the Bay Area, as the coach of the biggest Raiders rival not in the AFC West.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Jackson, now the Bengals offensive coordinator, has emerged as the “clear front-runner” in the chase to become the next head coach of a storied franchise that has fallen on hard times. Kawakami adds a caveat; Jackson’s status applies pending his interview on Sunday. And job interviews can change everything, for good or for bad.

Especially when the General Manager is trying to balance a desire to win with the importance of having a coach with whom the G.M. can co-exist.

With Jackson, there’s reason to at least be leery of a potential power grab, because he essentially tried to make one in Oakland after the 2011 season. The fact that he soon was fired may have taught him a valuable lesson about the importance of not trying to take over.

Regardless, Jackson gradually has emerged as one of the hottest candidates on the market, with his expertise on the offensive side of the ball and his ability to connect with players. And it doesn’t hurt that Jackson has ties to the Bengals, since Walsh coached there, too, on his path to becoming coach of the 49ers.

Other candidates to succeed Jim Tomsula include Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, and Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

The Browns and Dolphins also are interested in Jackson, who arrived in Cincinnati after leaving Oakland, holding several positions on the staff of Marvin Lewis before becoming the offensive coordinator.

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83 Responses to “Report: Hue Jackson is the “clear front-runner” for 49ers job”
  1. Seprix says: Jan 8, 2016 9:07 PM

    So much for the Chip.

  2. punxrawk124 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:13 PM

    Hue would probably still be the Raiders head coach if he didn’t get greedy after Al Davis passed, and try to grab the GM’s job too

  3. blabidibla says: Jan 8, 2016 9:19 PM

    Please, not Kelly!

    I could accept Jackson.

    Just not Kelly.

  4. PhD says: Jan 8, 2016 9:19 PM

    Welcome to the House of Big Egos. Jed, Trent and next up Hue? Grab your popcorn.

  5. pinkmist4 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:19 PM

    How would Hue take to Baalke jumping in and trying to coach?

  6. squawktalkseahawk says: Jan 8, 2016 9:19 PM

    This can’t be sitting well with Stephen A.
    His PhD dissertation is in serious jeopardy.

  7. bengalsofthenorth says: Jan 8, 2016 9:20 PM

    I love Hue Jackson and because of that I pray he doesn’t get that craptastic job. I think he likes the west coast though. He’d be better off taking the Browns job at this point

  8. armchairqb says: Jan 8, 2016 9:22 PM

    Poor guy …

  9. numerouno49erfan says: Jan 8, 2016 9:22 PM

    Uhh!

  10. 5niner says: Jan 8, 2016 9:24 PM

    Let’s get Hue!

  11. loupalumbo says: Jan 8, 2016 9:28 PM

    I still prefer Chip Kelly

  12. psychoraider904 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:33 PM

    Great coach. Can’t believe it’s taken this long for someone to consider giving him another shot at head coach. He did amazing things on offense with minimal talent in oakland for a couple of seasons.

  13. bigkjsanjo says: Jan 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    You know what I have to save for Jimmy T. We did have an entire year where no 49ers made the news for misdeeds. That was a welcome change from the Harbaugh era.
    I’m not sure an ex Raiders coach would continue that trend.

  14. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    Well for his sake I hope he goes elsewhere. This organization couldn’t run a Starbucks.

    Watching this last season unfold was like watching the Hindenburg crash into an already sinking Titanic.

  15. badmoonrison says: Jan 8, 2016 9:43 PM

    Speaking as a Raider fan this guy is a darn good coach. Had he been given a bit more time, the silver and black might be even further along that we presently are. And the media-reported power grab while with the Raiders was overblown big time IMO. There was a void once Al died, of course it has to be filled by someone. I think he will be a big part of the turnaround in SF….if Junior doesnt mess things up even worse than he already has.

  16. roddoliver says: Jan 8, 2016 9:46 PM

    As a Broncos fan, I thought Hue Jackson was doing a good job with the Raiders. It was a huge relief when McKenzie fired Jackson and hired Dennis Allen.

  17. joerymi says: Jan 8, 2016 9:52 PM

    Remember when they had a top five coach but decided that the “hiring a new coach every two or three years type of franchise” is just better?

  18. kaeprulestheworld says: Jan 8, 2016 9:52 PM

    He’s way better than what we where exposed to last year!

  19. natureboy123 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:58 PM

    Another mistake.

  20. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2016 9:59 PM

    HueJ mistake.

  21. thedrowsy1 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    49ers biggest rivals outside the AFC west? More than the Steelers, Patriots, Buccaneers? I think you mean Bay Area rivals.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 8, 2016 10:01 PM

    …Jackson’s status applies pending his interview on Sunday.

    So let me get this straight, he knows he has a playoff game on Saturday night, and he scheduled an interview for Sunday. Yes, I’m sure he’s spent this whole week focused on this playoff game, and hasn’t spent any time preparing for his interview. Not to mention, I guess he really didn’t plan on needing to use Sunday to prepare for their next game.

    If I were a bengals fan, I’d boo him on Saturday. Though that’s a moot thought, as most of the stadium will be Steeler fans.

  23. staffordsyear says: Jan 8, 2016 10:03 PM

    Good for him, i always thought he got hosed in Oakland a few years back.

  24. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:21 PM

    Hue Jackson works very well with management and front office execs. His motto is that you can disagree without being disagreeable. The only time he tried to assert power with the Raiders is when there was a power vacuum created by the loss of the great Al Davis.

    We’re still struggling to get back to where Hue Jack City started off with the Raiders…8-8. Hue Jackson is the real deal. Whatever vision Big Al had for a player(s) or offense overall Hue Jackson was able to materialize it.

  25. sweetzinger says: Jan 8, 2016 10:26 PM

    If it was going to be Chip Kelly, I was going to pack it in and start cheering for a CFL team.

  26. southpaw79 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:29 PM

    That would be a good hire. He is hungry and has already been humbled. Would be interested to see if he can bring Vance Joseph with him as DC.

  27. autumnwind999 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:40 PM

    Go get ’em, Hue!

  28. speedel says: Jan 8, 2016 10:41 PM

    this is a genius move by a useless gm. A coach with a history of being power hungry will allow the blame for any failings can be attributed to the coach trying to undermind him.

    this is buck shifting exellence

  29. babyjesus69 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:44 PM

    If a coach thinks he can revitalize Kap then the niners job looks a lot more attractive with all that cap space and upcoming draft picks. When Kap is on point he’s an X factor. More so than Cam

  30. badburro says: Jan 8, 2016 10:56 PM

    “…holding several positions on the staff of Marvin Lewis…”

    Poorly worded…wonder what position Lewis’ staff is in when Hue is hold it.

  31. reecan says: Jan 8, 2016 10:59 PM

    Would have to put him through an Exorcise Program to make sure there’s No raider anything still in him that would result in Losing!

  32. shoesfinest says: Jan 8, 2016 11:01 PM

    If the Bengals lose tomorrow Hue should be the head coach in Cincinnati. Enough of the Marvin Lewis clown show. 13 years is enough time to win a playoff game….

  33. pantherpro says: Jan 8, 2016 11:01 PM

    Great fit for Hue. This ain’t the trash of Oakland This is top five franchise in football who will be only team in Bay after Raiders move to LA, Las Vegas/ Portland/ San Antonio/ St Louis. Welcome!

  34. lbijake says: Jan 8, 2016 11:16 PM

    Poor Chip. He had a chance for redemption with the 49ers. Still think Chip’s best chance is in Cleveland where they have no place to go but up.

  35. ctiggs says: Jan 8, 2016 11:17 PM

    Lets make this happen

  36. discosucs2005 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:27 PM

    But I thought he was just a “Rooney Rule” interview, right racists?

  37. nfl939 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:41 PM

    I surely hope the niner organization is better that to consider the power hungry under the bus throwing backstabbing coach who screwed up everything across the bay and pretended to be everything but honest devoted and loyal with his swift narcissistic demeanor. In the words of Mike Singletary, can’t work with him, can’t do it, won’t do it. He’s an ego maniac.I think this is going to blow up in the face of a team whose desperate direction will fall again to fire another black coach. Hhhhhmmm where will Marvin be when Jackson is unemployed again. Sociopath at the least.

  38. joecool16280 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:58 PM

    I’ll take him. Seems like a leader of men and that’s what we need.

  39. sellout1983 says: Jan 9, 2016 12:03 AM

    Hue, don’t forget about the job you currently have..

  40. azcardsfan4life says: Jan 9, 2016 12:08 AM

    He’d be a much better option than Chip Kelly. The Niners are built to run the football, not run the spread offense. Hue Jackson did a nice job with the Raiders, but the NFL wanted Tebow to be in the playoffs.

  41. gabbertformvp says: Jan 9, 2016 12:09 AM

    May as well.

  42. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 9, 2016 12:10 AM

    Noooo….isn’t it time for Marvin to become GM and Hue to become head coach? Isn’t it time? We can’t let someone so valuable to our offense and our team leave again!

  43. lightofkolob says: Jan 9, 2016 12:15 AM

    So you have interest from Mike Holmgen, Mike Shannahan, Chip Kelly…and you go with Hue Jackson? Why? I mean Holmgren and Shannahan have been to multiple Superbowls? Why?

  44. coltzfan166 says: Jan 9, 2016 12:15 AM

    While this still doesn’t justify firing Jim Harbaugh, Hue would be a pretty good hire

  45. roseann894 says: Jan 9, 2016 12:26 AM

    If he gets the job, will the racist commenters on this site somehow attribute it to the Rooney Rule?

  46. arctantheta says: Jan 9, 2016 12:35 AM

    don’t do it Hue!!

  47. burfictisabeast says: Jan 9, 2016 1:14 AM

    Seriously, the Browns OC is up for a HC position? One city’s trash is another’s HC apparently. I suppose in a world where Harold Reynolds is a networks best option for World Series announcer, ANYTHING is possible.
    As a Bengals fan I believe Hue deserves another shot at HC somewhere…. just not in Cincinnati.

  48. dalvar1001 says: Jan 9, 2016 1:21 AM

    Not the worst mistake but right in line with firing Harbaugh and hiring Tomasula. You go Jeb

  49. cdace13 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:48 AM

    Hey Mike! Pretty sure WALSH as you called him, earned the right to be called
    by his full name.

  50. number1hawkfan says: Jan 9, 2016 4:16 AM

    Don’t know much about Hugh Jackson except the bengals offense has been pretty decent. Was hoping for chipper though as a hawks fan. Would have been fun seeing that train wreck.

  51. helicopterpilot13 says: Jan 9, 2016 4:31 AM

    Come on! Hugh Jackson has about as many ties to Bill Walsh as I do.
    You writers can’t help but fib.

  52. ballboy48 says: Jan 9, 2016 6:16 AM

    I think Hue ends up with Cleveland.

  53. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2016 6:51 AM

    Everyone around the NFL knows Jackson is a snake in the grass, except for York.

  54. araidersfan says: Jan 9, 2016 7:10 AM

    As someone who hates the Whiners, I hope that they hire Hue Jackson. The petty political intrigues and backstabbing in Frisco will be almost as entertaining to watch as Jerry’s antics are in Dallas.

  55. youreinthejunglebaby says: Jan 9, 2016 7:22 AM

    Love Hue as our OC but 49ers are clearly just making all this up as they go along. It will take them a decade to get over forcing Harbaugh out.

  56. abninf says: Jan 9, 2016 7:42 AM

    There are few professions that pay millions of dollars where you can fail in a job, then get hired by someone else for the same job repeatedly.

  57. jacktatum32 says: Jan 9, 2016 7:54 AM

    Between this job and the Cleveland, I’m not sure which is worse.

    The next coach at each of those positions is destined to fail for many reasons.

    Ownership–both owners are clueless
    QB- neither team has a QB on their roster that can lead a team over .500. So, they have to draft a rookie, which is a 2-3 year process of growing pain–and with these owners, the next coach will be gone before the rookie develops. And the whole thing will be blown up again.

    Jackson could develop a QB (see Andy Dalton). But Dalton is also surrounded by a good number of skilled players. Neither the Niners or Clowns have much of a supporting cast (jury still out on Hyde and Duke Johnson has shown some flashed).

    Jackson may be better to wait for Marvin to retire in Cincinnati!

  58. dcapettini says: Jan 9, 2016 8:03 AM

    Given both the dearth of talent and the stupidity of the owner and GM, this job eclipses Cleveland as the “most likely to fail” HC position in the NFL. Why would Jackson take it? We know 14 million reasons that Tomsula took it. Will York offer that kind of guaranteed money again?

  59. alfredogarciashead says: Jan 9, 2016 8:12 AM

    Feel bad for Huge Action. Joining Abbott and Costello out there does not bode well.

  60. Bob says: Jan 9, 2016 8:38 AM

    “And it doesn’t hurt that Jackson has ties to the Bengals, since Walsh coached there, too, on his path to becoming coach of the 49ers.”

    I would bet that has zero to do with whether the 49ers want to hire him.

  61. jeremy2020 says: Jan 9, 2016 9:00 AM

    Hue Jackson makes poor decisions. This is his last shot as HC and he’s gonna go to a team where he’s destined to fail…

  62. bomatdaman says: Jan 9, 2016 9:03 AM

    Same people, same results.

    Another NFL recycling mistake. Like Norv Turner, Marc Tressman, and many others, Hue Jackson has demonstrated he is a good X & Os guy and a good offensive coordinator. And, all of these guys have demonstrated they are lousy head coaches. Why make the same mistake, again?

    Just because you were the greatest shooting guard in history doesn’t mean you’ll be a great center, or owner for that matter.

    Same people, same results.

  63. blakeden says: Jan 9, 2016 9:47 AM

    Baalke is running out of options and he knows it..Mess this up he’s gone…Should have been instead of Harbaugh…Should have been after Tomsula mess….

  64. semperfiguy1011 says: Jan 9, 2016 9:51 AM

    Anybody is better than Chip. Anyplace he goes will be an absolute dumpster fire. You don’t get rid of all pros and pro bowlers and expect to win in the NFL. Chip would be better off back in college. His philosophy and way of doing things just isn’t going to work in this league.

  65. punxrawk124 says: Jan 9, 2016 10:03 AM

    Hopefully Hue has learned not to throw everyone under the bus like he did at his last press conference as the Raiders head coach.

    On second thought that would be wildly entertaining.
    Hire him SF

  66. athleticxsupporter says: Jan 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    Well, if they hired Kelly, he couldn’t dismantle the roster any more than it already has been…

  67. hitit49 says: Jan 9, 2016 10:11 AM

    This would be good for one reason. Trent being fired after another 5 win season. Another case of a coach being way overrated because of talent on his roster

  68. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 9, 2016 10:26 AM

    Hopefully he brings Pac Man Jones with him so we can continue to win with class

  69. mmack66 says: Jan 9, 2016 10:34 AM

    abninf says:
    Jan 9, 2016 7:42 AM

    There are few professions that pay millions of dollars where you can fail in a job, then get hired by someone else for the same job repeatedly.
    ————————-

    And people marvel that a guy would take a job at a place like Cleveland.

    If I had the chance to have one of only 32 jobs that exist in the world, I wouldn’t be too choosy.

    As long as you aren’t a complete disaster of a hire like Tomsula, you should get another chance.

  70. bert1913 says: Jan 9, 2016 11:04 AM

    the next Santa Clara 49ers coach will be a puppet with no say on personnel

  71. pantherpro says: Jan 9, 2016 11:51 AM

    Welcome Hue …going from Oakland SF it’s like going from the outhouse to the Taj Mahal! We won’t hold Oakland/LA against you!

  72. cags777 says: Jan 9, 2016 11:56 AM

    Big mistake, Hue. Don’t do it.

  73. a1b24312 says: Jan 9, 2016 11:59 AM

    yooge mistake

    Signed, A. Michaels

  74. nflfolly says: Jan 9, 2016 12:15 PM

    Raiders have ceen one of the worst teams in the NFL since
    Mckenzie fired Hue and destroyed the Raiders yet he i still collecting a paycheck. The rest of the AFC thanks Mckenzie for being one of the worst GM’s ever.

  75. rootpain says: Jan 9, 2016 12:19 PM

    Interesting option. I guess you might say that anyone that survived AL Davis is thick skinned enough to survive York. I don’t think Baalke will be an obstacle. If Jackson can coach the 49ers back to 8-8 or even 7-9, I think whoever pulls York’s strings will convince him they have a winner in place and to ensure he gives Jackson control. I think Baalke knows that as well and will work hard to mesh well with Jackson.
    Will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

  76. rootpain says: Jan 9, 2016 12:44 PM

    I don’t know what it’s like to be a “minority” coaching candidate in the NFL or other organizations with requirements like the Rooney Rule. But I think it would be frustrating to constantly be reminded that the only reason I was being interviewed was because I was a minority. That doesn’t reflect the reality that the primary reason credentialed candidates are being interviewed is because they are qualified and not just because they are a minority.
    Jackson is a qualified coaching candidate. His interview has nothing to do with him being black. It’s only because he is a qualified coach. If he gets the job or is passed over, it will only be because he either fit into the organization or he didn’t and not because of the color of his skin. Comments otherwise just reflect your ignorance.

  77. radrntn says: Jan 9, 2016 1:26 PM

    Lets be clear on one thing first….just because you had something to do with the Raiders at one time in your career, does not make you a Raider….Hue is not a Raider. It would almost be like calling Randy Moss a Raider…Guys who are Raiders, personfied themselves as Raiders….Fact is Jack Del Rio is a raider…non raiders might not understand this, but the nation does.

    With that being said time will tell if Hue is a good coach, or one of those guys that should just be an OC. One thing is for sure, he is not a GM. Trading picks for Arron Curry, Carson Palmer, etc….was just boneheaded decsisions by a guy whose head got to big for his own good.

    Go Raiders!

  78. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 9, 2016 1:38 PM

    Love how CIN coach are being heavily courted and even signed (Gace), but still no interest in PIT coaches. All those rings must be hard to move to relocate. 😉

  79. pdvera says: Jan 9, 2016 2:40 PM

    Say what you will about Hue but he was the last coach not to have a losing season with the Raiders. He was a creative & inspirational leader that had the Raiders playing well with a pretty bad roster. He was a terrible GM (ie Curry & Palmer) but a good coach. Special teams were fun to watch, dude has Seabass running on fake field goals & it was working. Lol.

    Niners have a good defense, with Hue on the offensive side things could turn around fairly quickly for the Niner Empire.

  80. r8dernation says: Jan 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    Whomever signs Hue will get a very good coach. He deserves another shot. I would like to see what he could do with the Lions.

  81. 440Barracuda says: Jan 9, 2016 8:45 PM

    I’m not sure if this is a reason to be happy or sad for Hue. That’s gonna be a horrible job until the front office fixes itself or gets replaced.

  82. tonebones says: Jan 9, 2016 11:29 PM

    There is absolutely no chance the 49ers hire Hue Jackson. He’s way to assertive and way too sure of himself. Baalke wants a weak guy that he can control. Nobody’s going to control Jackson.

  83. nfl939 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:08 AM

    You guys keep saying hue was the best thing in oakland. 8-8 and 8-8. FIRED! After tonight I’d be surprised if anyone sees any excitement in bringing in Hue Jackson. Horrible horrible horrible. No class Bengals lose it for the whole city. Stop talking about Hue. He personally Sand Bagged his offense so he can head over and begin his interviews. Threw Lewis under the bus with poss poor offense. Check the c stats. I’m sick to my stomach. Next person that’s says Hue Jackson I’m gonna cut my dam ears off. Poor Marvin gave him a job and will lose his job. You think Hue will give Marvin a job. We will see. Piss poor!

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