Hue Jackson is in his 15th season as an NFL coach, with a resume including four offensive coordinator posts and one head coaching assignment. Jackson is in his second year as Bengals offensive coordinator and in his sixth year on the Bengals staff.
“Hue has contributed to our success in many ways and in different roles,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “His expertise in all aspects of football and coaching is very wide. People in football know what kind of offensive mind Hue brings to a staff, and I’m excited to work with him in his second year as our coordinator.”
Jackson has previously served as offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. He was promoted to head coach of the Raiders in 2011, leading a team that tied for the best record (8-8) in the AFC West Division but missed the postseason when it lost the division title via tiebreaker. The 8-8 record is tied for the best by any Raiders club since 2002.
Jackson returned to the Bengals for 2012, assisting position coaches that season with special teams and defensive backs. In 2013, Jackson was Special Assistant to the Head Coach while also serving as position coach for running backs.
Jackson also had a Bengals stint from 2004-06, as wide receivers coach.
In Jackson’s first year as Bengals coordinator, the team continued its streak (now at four) of playoff seasons and ended the year with outstanding offensive prospects for 2015. WR A.J. Green and QB Andy Dalton both made the Pro Bowl, and each player is a fifth-year pro in ’15, in the prime of his career. The offense dealt with the first significant injury problems of Green’s career, but he’s back at full speed.
Also last season, Jackson promised to put more emphasis on the Cincinnati rushing game, and the team responded with the club’s most rushing yards (134.1 per game) since 2000. Jackson and his staff nurtured a new star in rookie HB Jeremy Hill, who led the NFL in rushing over the season’s last nine weeks, and HB Giovani Bernard, tutored by Jackson in his position coach role of 2013, is another explosive and talented rusher/receiver in the stable.
The Bengals’ 2015 pass protection ranked third in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23) and also third in least sack yardage allowed (130), and the line helped power a rushing game that averaged 4.4 yards per carry, the Bengals’ best figure since 2000.
The roster of individual players who flourished under Jackson’s direct mentorship also includes WR Chad Johnson with the Bengals, QB Joe Flacco with Baltimore (Jackson was Ravens QB coach) and QB Carson Palmer at Southern California (Jackson was USC offensive coordinator).
As Bengals WRs coach, Jackson was a key in the rise of Chad Johnson, the club’s all-time receiving leader. Playing under Jackson for seasons four-through-six of his 10-year Bengals tenure, Johnson averaged 93 catches, 1358 yards and 8.3 TDs per season. In 2006, before leaving to become offensive coordinator in Atlanta, Jackson oversaw the first 1000-yard receiving duo in a Bengals season, as T.J. Houshmandzadeh (1081 yards) joined Johnson (1369).
Jackson coached 14 years in the college ranks before entering the NFL. His final stint as a college coach was from 1997-2000 as offensive coordinator at Southern California. He was active in USC’s recruiting of Carson Palmer, and he helped guide the first three USC seasons (1998-2000) for Palmer, who went on to join the Bengals in ’03 as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Jackson entered the NFL with Washington in 2001. Jackson and Marvin Lewis first worked together in 2002, as fellow assistants with the Redskins.
Born Oct. 22, 1965 in Los Angeles, Jackson played QB at the University of the Pacific, passing for 2544 yards and 19 TDs over the 1985-86 seasons. He began his coaching career at Pacific in 1987.
Playing and coaching history: 1985-86—Played quarterback, Pacific. 1987—Graduate assistant, Pacific. 1988-89—Assistant coach (AC), Pacific. 1990-91—AC, Cal State-Fullerton. 1992-95—AC, Arizona State. 1996—Offensive Coordinator, California. 1997-2000—Offensive coordinator, Southern California. 2001-02—AC, Washington Redskins. 2003—Offensive coordinator, Redskins. 2004-06—AC, Cincinnati Bengals. 2007—Offensive coordinator, Atlanta Falcons. 2008-09—AC, Baltimore Ravens. 2010—Offensive coordinator, Oakland Raiders. 2011—Head coach, Raiders. 2012-13—AC, Cincinnati Bengals. 2014-present—Offensive coordinator, Bengals.
With the appointment of Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator, the Bengals are sticking with the structure and language of Jay Gruden's playbook but allowing Jackson to tweak it as a playcaller.
With Hue Jackson ascending to offensive coordinator, the Bengals figure to keep the same language of Jay Gruden's playbook. But look for a different script as Jackson attempts to take the heat off embattled quarterback Andy Dalton.