Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has replaced Adam Gase as the coaching carousel’s belle of the ball. So with several different options, which job should Jackson want?
Glad you asked. Even if you didn’t.
First, the 49ers reportedly want Jackson so badly that they reportedly were considering offering him the job on Sunday. They didn’t. That doesn’t mean they won’t. But should Jackson want the job?
He needs to consider the overall environment in the organization, starting with the extremely high expectations created by CEO Jed York. For York, winning isn’t everything; winning the Super Bowl is the only thing. And if the team doesn’t turn the thing around quickly, more changes will be coming. Also, unless Jackson thinks he can turn Colin Kaepernick around, the team needs a quarterback.
Second, the Browns. With a lawyer-turned-executive controlling the roster, an owner with a knack for firing everyone, and the best hope for a franchise quarterback being a roll of the dice on the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, is staying put in the ultra-competitive AFC North all that attractive?
Third, the Giants. The team has stable ownership, a commitment to continuity, and quarterback Eli Manning. While Manning, now 35, may not have many years left, he has enough in the tank for Jackson to compete at a high level right away, especially in an NFC East that currently seems to be wide open.
This assumes that Manning (who has openly pushed for Ben McAdoo to get the job) and Jackson hit it off. Actually, Jackson’s gregarious nature could be the perfect complement to Manning’s reserved nature.
But first the Giants have to want Jackson. And the Giants have yet to show the same level of interest that the 49ers and Browns reportedly have. Which is almost enough to spark curiosity that the supposed interest of the 49ers and Browns has been embellished in order to get the Giants to make a move.
Then again, things like that never happen . . . I type as I roll my eyes in the same way Rodney Dangerfield did when telling Judge Smales that the hat that comes with a free bowl of soup looks good on him.