Bengals announce Hue Jackson hired as special assistant to the head coach

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Hue Jackson is working in the NFL again.

Jackson, the head coach fired by the Browns two weeks ago, has landed in Cincinnati as an assistant to his old friend Marvin Lewis. Jackson’s title will be Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

“I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches,” Lewis said in a statement.

Jackson added, “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to join the Bengals this season. There is a lot of talent on this team, and I look forward to doing my part to help it finish the season strong.”

This is Jackson’s third stint as an assistant to Lewis in Cincinnati. Jackson was first hired by Lewis in 2004 as the Bengals’ receivers coach. After Jackson spent a year as head coach of the Raiders, he was again hired by Lewis in 2012 and spent four years in Cincinnati in a variety of roles, including two years as offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015.

105 responses to “Bengals announce Hue Jackson hired as special assistant to the head coach

  1. After talking about how he wanted to figure out ways to get Chubb the ball and not being able to figure it out (DUH!) it makes one wonder what exactly Hue brings to the table other than dumb answers.

  2. Does Cincy really believe this is going to help? Maybe in game prep for the Browns, but Hue didn’t exactly do well in Cleveland….

  3. I went and saw that Dragon Girl with the Spider Tatoos movie last night.

    Today I finally realized that Hue Jackson is the NFL version of Dragon Girl.

    He sneaks into your house (Mike Browns in this case), ties you to a chair, shows you the incriminating photos he has on you, reminds you of all the bad things he can do to you, tasers you in the babymaker, and then hands his victim the contract of employment to sign. Boom. He’s back in the NFL.

  4. Hue’s first press conference: Hue, what do you bring to the Bengals organization?

    Hue: “I have to look at the tape.”

  5. Lewis is done at the end of the year and his special assistant is promoted to HC. Bengals have to keep up that legacy of completely bombing right when they have an opportunity to do something great.

  6. There it is, he’s taking over at the end of the season when Lewis retires.

    Amazing, just amazing. SMH.

  7. Hue – “Marvin, here’s my Browns playbook.”

    Marvin – “Great, we’ll figure they’ll do the opposite.”

  8. Everybody has the sarcasm however when hue Jackson was in Cincinnati as an OC they went 12-4 and 10-5-1.Andy also was having his best season before the thumb injury. Do your research football fans or is it always about the sarcastic comment?

  9. Somehow I see the Bengals firing Marvin Lewis and promoting Hue Jackson to interim head coach by the end of the year.

  10. Only in Bungalville , bring back your friend as an assistant to a head coach that every wonders why he is still there.

  11. How can this possibly be a bad thing? He was a TERRIBLE head coach, but a good enough assistant to keep getting promoted. He knows most of the offensive players well and Marvin Lewis is surely not smart enough to handle challenge flags and timeouts while also calling defensive plays. On top of that, no one will know the Browns better and the Bengals play them twice still. They also play the Ravens and Steelers again and Hue has faced both of already. Hiring the guy for the last half of the season, when the team is reeling is not a bad move. Marvin knows the ship is going down, it might as well go down with his trusted guys on it.

  12. terripet says: “How does Lewis keep his job”
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    Because they remember how it was before Marvin Lewis – 5 winning season in 25 years. Five. I can’t stress that enough – FIVE.

    With Lewis, he’s been 130-116 (.534) – not great, but still producing regular season wins only to break your heart in the playoffs.

  13. Marvin already working with the defense while the offense was on the field and till being able to communicate as head coach was gonna be tough, and this is what he is coming in for. Maybe next year he takes back calling the offense after they figure out Lazor is not so good. Hue has has this offense balling out when he was wearing the headset. Keep talking haters, this is a good move.
    And, Marvin will never be fired so we don’t have to worry about Hue ever becoming HC anyway.

  14. This is no different than terrible white coaches getting re-hired over and over again by their buddies. Chill.

  15. The perception of Hue’s coaching ability by person:
    Hue: 10/10
    Mike Silver: 10/10
    Marvin: 9/10
    Browns fans: 1/10

    As an assistant, he’s been an 8/10. (Successful coach of Bengals WRs, Ravens QB, Raiders OC and Bengals OC)

    But after his work in Cleveland, how will Bengals players perceive him this time around?

  16. I said earlier, that the NFL Coaching tree is a closed system and all those in a position to hire will do same “… they always, Take care of their own “… proof is in the puddin !

  17. It’s funny all the comments bashing Hue. Sure he wasn’t a good head coach but he’s been a great assistant. Some people aren’t meant to be a head coach but excel when they don’t have as much on their plate(Norv Turner comes to mind) and instead can be used as a sounding board or to focus on smaller details. It’s not a game changer type move but its a good move by the Bengals.

  18. browns will crush those bungals a week from sunday. book it. baker mayfield! clap-clap clap-clap clap. baker mayfield!!! clap-clap clap-clap-clap.

    bengals gonna get baked by baker mayfield!!! clap-clap clap-clap-clap

  19. Speaking from a Bengals fan prospective, I don’t know if or how this will help. However, I don’t think you can judge his impact based on his failure as a head coach. Sometimes guys are just better as assistants than they are are running the show. It’s not an insult, it’s just reality. I think Hue is one of those guys. The thing that worries me is that they are going to groom him to take over as head coach after Marvin leaves. As hard as it is to believe, that’s a step back.

  20. Bwaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Now watch, we’ll lose both times this year to the Bungles and Hue will somehow look like a genius.

    Will somebody force Jimmy HasScam to sell the Browns? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeez!

    I don’t care what kind of a creep Gregg Willams supposedly is either – if he can get us to continue to play like last week on a consistent basis, he deserves the HC job.

  21. jwil007 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Everybody has the sarcasm however when hue Jackson was in Cincinnati as an OC they went 12-4 and 10-5-1.Andy also was having his best season before the thumb injury. Do your research football fans or is it always about the sarcastic comment?

    …………………….
    Did you read the article?

    He was hired to help the defense??? Just goes to show you they are clueless.

  22. thenorseman817 says: “He was hired to help the defense??? Just goes to show you they are clueless.”
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    Um, what? The point is to have a strong OC mind to analyze and break down the opponent’s offense. It’s called ‘knowing your enemy’ – a very sound tactic that’s been used by the military for thousands of years.

  23. You can tell on this sight which posters actually follow the Bengals and which ones don’t. To answer Dickroy, the vibe from Bengal fans is that Hue has been successful in every position he has coached while in Cincinnati. It was a good hire. And for those laughing about him helping the defense, do you know football? Having an offensive coach to help breakdown what the opposing offenses and their personnel is vital in making counter moves to stop them. Laugh all you want, but there are only 3 teams that have been to the playoffs as many times as the Bengals since 2010. What happens this year remains to be seen. They didn’t stand pat and are making adjustments. Seems pretty smart to me. But why should logic enter into this equation.

  24. Special assistant? Honestly, what does this guy have to offer anyone? He’s demonstrated he cannot resolve defensive or offensive issues. If he were all that as any type of coordinator, he would be the one taking on that issue to get things righted.

    I see a bumbling fool who has only one reason he’s been hired- skin pigment.

  25. whodeybacker says:
    November 13, 2018 at 10:18 am
    You can tell on this sight which posters actually follow the Bengals and which ones don’t. To answer Dickroy, the vibe from Bengal fans is that Hue has been successful in every position he has coached while in Cincinnati. It was a good hire. And for those laughing about him helping the defense, do you know football? Having an offensive coach to help breakdown what the opposing offenses and their personnel is vital in making counter moves to stop them. Laugh all you want, but there are only 3 teams that have been to the playoffs as many times as the Bengals since 2010. What happens this year remains to be seen. They didn’t stand pat and are making adjustments. Seems pretty smart to me. But why should logic enter into this equation.
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    Are you serious? I’m a Bengals fan and this is another joke. Marvin is a joke, Hue is a joke and Mike Brown is a greedy POS. I can’t beleieve you can remain optimistic. You must be one of those still buying tickets.

  26. Cincy’s tradition of excellence under Lewis continues! (Hey – you’ve got your definition of “excellence,” I’ve got mine)

  27. Hue Jackson will be the Bengals Head Coach next year when Marvin retires. Thats the plan. They do this in 2016 but Hue decided to go to Cleveland. It will work out this time around

  28. tqaztec says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:37 am
    LeBron James would make more sense at this point
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    I don’t get it.

  29. How do the fans of Cincy even keep supporting this train wreck? 15 yrs…let me say that again…15 YEARS, 0 playoff wins and somehow Lewis still has a job, they bring back a guy that may even be a worse HC than Lewis to be the special asst. the HC. You can’t make this crap up. What an absolute joke of an organization!

  30. This is amazing. It will be hilarious to see Hue fired twice in the same season when the Bengals get rid of their entire loser coaching staff at the end of the year!

  31. The peanut gallery is full of jokes, but they are seemingly unaware that Hue has been a major success at everything he’s done for the Bengals. Heck, how do you think he even got the Browns job in the first place? Laugh about his record there all you want, not his fault the Browns wanted to tank 2 years and hired Haley the snake.

  32. Norseman, I have watched bengals games for over 30 years yes he will help the defense as he has in the past however he is going to help the offinse as well he is a special assistant to the head coach the title is not special defensive assistant. When he begins to work with the offense you can come back here with your sarcasm and leave another post enjoy your day

  33. jwil007 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Everybody has the sarcasm however when hue Jackson was in Cincinnati as an OC they went 12-4 and 10-5-1.Andy also was having his best season before the thumb injury. Do your research football fans or is it always about the sarcastic comment?

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    Stop with your logic. This site has trained everyone to believe that Hue secretly owned the Browns and was making all the decisions and he wasn’t the fourth coach in 5 years to be given a crap team and told “go win”. I mean we all know how the Browns were awesome before he got there and a better coach would have made the playoffs with a team created by homeless peoples suggestions and a lawyer with no football scouting knowledge before he got the job.

  34. Self admit I am a die hard supporter of the Bengals. My optimism stems from the fact that they didn’t just sit on their hands and watching defense implode for the rest of the year. They’re going to get some guys back healthy, and there was obviously a disconnect between the head coach in a defensive coordinator. Remains to be seen what impact this will have on the team‘s ability to hold an opponent under 30 points . But let’s be real this past game Dalton was horrible

  35. thenorseman817 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:54 am
    jwil007 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Everybody has the sarcasm however when hue Jackson was in Cincinnati as an OC they went 12-4 and 10-5-1.Andy also was having his best season before the thumb injury. Do your research football fans or is it always about the sarcastic comment?

    …………………….
    Did you read the article?

    He was hired to help the defense??? Just goes to show you they are clueless.

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    Hue was last hired as an assistant DB coach by the Bengals. He’s coached pretty much all positions for the Bengals, and has done so successfully. Doesn’t really matter what happened in Cleveland. They were intentionally tanking for 2 years. Besides, he wasn’t hired as HC. If he was or will be, then I obviously won’t be as “ok” with the move.

  36. If Mike Brown was truly calling the shots, Austin would not have been fired. He hates writing checks to people that aren’t working for him. History has shown that. See Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Homer Rice, Bill Johnson, dick lebau,

  37. His duties will include parking Marvin’s car, picking up dry cleaning, getting the coffee, and sorting the mail. Kind of like how Reggie McKenzie is earning his paycheck these days.

  38. tqaztec says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:37 am
    LeBron James would make more sense at this point
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    I don’t get it.

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    They are both recently from Cleveland. The fact that the one who doesn’t play football would be better at football coaching than the one who coaches football illustrates the ineptitude of the one who coaches football.

  39. BrownsTownOH says:

    November 13, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Bwaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Now watch, we’ll lose both times this year to the Bungles and Hue will somehow look like a genius.

    Will somebody force Jimmy HasScam to sell the Browns? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeez!

    I don’t care what kind of a creep Gregg Willams supposedly is either – if he can get us to continue to play like last week on a consistent basis, he deserves the HC job.
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    Browns fans are the LAST group of people that get to knock any other team. The Bengals have absolutely owned the Browns for the past fifteen years. The last time the Bengals lost to the Browns was over 4 years ago so if the Bengals lose to the Browns, it is the Bengals who should be embarrassed.

  40. Looking at the comments here makes me wonder if people are really this dumb or if everybody is just looking for negativity no matter what. I`m not saying Lewis taking over as DC or hiring Hue will solve all or even any problems but how is it a negative? Austin was doing a terrible job with the defense.The talent may not be top of the line but it`s a lot better than the worst yards per game in NFL history which is where Austin was leading them so a move needed to be made.Marvin`s job is on the line so why not take it over himself? When your on the bench making defensive adjustments you can`t be watching the offense and deciding on timeouts and challenges and during the week your time is now only in defensive meetings so you need someone else.That is why only Zimmer & McDermott started the season as a HC calling the defense. Lazor has no experience doing those things so Hue is a logical and yes even smart person for the job. I know that`s not as cool or funny as being negative but telling the truth and being right still isn`t a bad thing.

  41. Many failed head coaches have done well in other roles.. Just because he failed in Cleveland doesn’t mean he can’t succeed in his new role in Cinci.

  42. Mike Brown: “So… We lost by a combined 89 points to likely playoff teams Marvin. What are you going to do about it?”

    Marvin Lewis: “Hold my beer.”

  43. Ray says:
    November 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    Many failed head coaches have done well in other roles.. Just because he failed in Cleveland doesn’t mean he can’t succeed in his new role in Cinci.

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    He was 3-36-1. Worst head coaching debacle in history. It’s bad optics at the very least. There is no reason to do it.

  44. firerogergoodellnow says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    Over the years, the Bungals have had Mike Zimmer, Jay Gruden and Jackson on their coaching staff but stuck with Marvin.

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    Not letting Zim take over was a colossal mistake. Could have put Lewis somewhere in the front office out of respect.

  45. Deric Gregory says:
    November 13, 2018 at 11:20 am
    thenorseman817 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:54 am
    jwil007 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Everybody has the sarcasm however when hue Jackson was in Cincinnati as an OC they went 12-4 and 10-5-1.Andy also was having his best season before the thumb injury. Do your research football fans or is it always about the sarcastic comment?
    …………………….
    Did you read the article?
    He was hired to help the defense??? Just goes to show you they are clueless.
    ——————–
    Hue was last hired as an assistant DB coach by the Bengals. He’s coached pretty much all positions for the Bengals, and has done so successfully. Doesn’t really matter what happened in Cleveland. They were intentionally tanking for 2 years. Besides, he wasn’t hired as HC. If he was or will be, then I obviously won’t be as “ok” with the move.

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    You lost me at “and has done so successfully.” The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game or performed well in a big game in Lewis’ time there. That’s not success.

  46. Browns fans are the LAST group of people that get to knock any other team
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    I would have agreed up until the Bungles hired Hue.

  47. I love reading all the “experts” comments. Guys that probably haven’t ever coached anything giving “expert” opinions on a guy that they don’t have a clue about as coaches or people. Cincy knows Jackson and they didn’t hesitate to bring him back. This league is filled with retread coaches. Even the genius Belicheck once was fired by the Browns. He seems to have worked out for the Patriots.

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