Hue Jackson takes on new roles for the Bengals in 2013, serving as special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis and as running backs coach.
Jackson is in his second term as a Bengals assistant, having rejoined Cincinnati in 2012. He was Oakland Raiders head coach in 2011, with an 8-8 record that tied for best in the AFC West. Released by the Raiders after the break-even season, Jackson spent ’12 in Cincinnati assisting position coaches with special teams and defensive backs.
“This is all about us getting better as an offensive team,” Lewis said in announcing Jackson’s new ’13 duties. “It was a tremendous development for our staff that we were able to get Hue last year, and now I’m excited to expand his role.”
Jackson is in his 13th NFL season. He has been offensive coordinator for three NFL teams – Oakland, Atlanta and Baltimore. Before entering the NFL, he coached 14 years in the college ranks.
“People in football know what kind of offensive mind Hue brings to a staff,” Lewis said, “so he’s going to be great with our running backs. And I’m going to take better advantage of his expertise in all aspects of football and coaching, which is very wide. He will help me be more effective in a number of ways.”
With Jackson as offensive coordinator in 2010, Oakland had the NFL’s No. 2 rushing offense, averaging 155.9 yards per game. As Raiders head coach in 2011, Jackson had the No. 7 rushing offense at 131.9.
Assisting with Bengals defensive backs in 2012, Jackson helped the unit lead the team to a No. 7 NFL rank in fewest passing yards allowed (212.5 per game) and to a No. 6 rank in total defense (319.7). The Bengals fielded a particularly effective air defense in the end zone, as their 16 TD passes allowed ranked tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL and was Cincinnati’s fewest since 1984 (15).
Jackson’s first term with the Bengals was under Lewis from 2004-06, as wide receivers coach. Jackson and Lewis first worked together in 2002, as fellow assistants with the Washington Redskins.
As Bengals wide receivers 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 touchdowns per season. In 2006, before leaving the Bengals 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).
Before joining the Raiders, Jackson spent two seasons as quarterbacks coach for Baltimore, helping the Ravens advance to the playoffs in both campaigns. He fostered the rapid development of Joe Flacco, who in 2008 became the first rookie QB to win two playoff games.
Jackson’s final stint as a college coach was from 1997-2000 as offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California. He was active in USC’s recruiting of QB Carson Palmer, and he helped guide the first three USC seasons (1998-2000) for Palmer, who went on to join the Bengals in 2003 as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Jackson entered the NFL with Washington in 2001.
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 QB at University of the 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, University of California. 1997-2000: Offensive coordinator, University of Southern California. 2001-02: AC, Washington Redskins. 2003: Offensive coordinator, Washington Redskins. 2004-06: AC, Bengals. 2007: Offensive coordinator, Atlanta Falcons. 2008-09: AC, Baltimore Ravens. 2010: Offensive coordinator, Oakland Raiders. 2011: Head coach, Oakland Raiders. 2012—AC, Bengals. 2013–Special assistant to head coach/running backs coach, Bengals.
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