Mark Maske of the Washington Post cites a source that indicates Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson might be a head coaching candidate for the Atlanta Falcons. Jackson won’t be eligible to interview with any NFL teams until next week given the Bengals are playing in the opening round of the playoffs later today. The Falcons are already set to interview the likes of Rex Ryan, Teryl Austin and Todd Bowles next week for their vacant head coaching position. Jackson could potentially be added to that list.
Should Jackson get an opportunity in Atlanta, it won’t be his first stint with the team. Jackson served as the team’s offensive coordinator, albeit not as a play-caller, in 2007 under head coach Bobby Petrino. Since then Jackson served one year as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011, leading that team to an 8-8 record. That marked only the second time since 2002 that the Raiders did not have a losing season by finishing at .500.
Jackson, 49, is coming off his first season as the Bengals offensive coordinator. This year saw a Bengals offense finish 15th in both scoring and total defense. That comes on the heels of a 2013 season that saw the team finish sixth and 10th in those respective categories under former coordinator Jay Gruden. Since leaving Atlanta, Jackson served as quarterbacks coach for two seasons in Baltimore, helping mentor Joe Flacco. He then landed in Oakland for a year as offensive coordinator under Tom Cable, before taking over the head job the following season. That year’s Raider team had the best offensive finish since 2002, ranking sixth in scoring offense and 10th in total offense with Jason Campbell at quarterback. After being fired by the Raiders, Jackson served as secondary and special teams coach in Cincinnati in 2012. He was then moved back to offense as running backs coach in 2013, helping mentor rookie Giovani Bernard.
Prior to Jackson’s arrival in Atlanta in 2007, he was an assistant under Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis upon the latter’s initial arrival. From 2004-06, Jackson served as Bengals wide receivers coach. His other stint in the pros came with the Washington Redskins under Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier, serving as running backs coach (2001-02) before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2003. Prior to that, Jackson served as an assistant coach in the college ranks. He was offensive coordinator under USC head coach Paul Hackett from 1997-2000. He also coached quarterbacks and running backs during his time at Southern California. He was offensive coordinator at the University of California in 1996 under Steve Mariucci. He coached running backs and quarterbacks at Arizona State from 1992-95. In 1991, he was an assistant with the London Monarchs in the World League, back when Doug Marrone was still playing for the team. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Cal State-Fullerton (1990) and University of the Pacific (1987-89). Jackson played quarterback for Pacific from 1985-86 after a brief stint at Glendale Community College in California.