Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

February 17, 2012, 7:42 pm
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Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who was fired by incoming general manager Reggie McKenzie on Jan. 10, has been hired by Cincinnati as the Bengals' assistant coach helping the secondary and special teams, the team announced Friday.Jackson was also Cincinnati's wide receivers coach from 2004 through 2006 and it was his relationship with Bengals president Mike Brown that fostered the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer in October, the Raiders giving up a first-round pick in this April's draft and a conditional second-rounder in 2013."I just want to coach football. I have a long relationship with Marvin and I'm looking to helping and assisting who ever in trying to help the organization attain its goal," Jackson told the Bengals' official site.
"I've got a lot to learn, but who better to learn from than Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer? Those are two guys that I know and I'm comfortable with and Darrin is one the better special teams coaches in the league."The job description would seem to be a fall from grace, of sorts, in that Jackson was the Raiders' primary playcaller the past two seasons as he oversaw a tremendous offensive turnaround in Oakland. He was also reportedly in the mix for the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator position that eventually went to Brian Schottenheimer.Jackson's meltdown following the season finale, in which he ripped his players while saying he planned on taking a bigger role in the entire organization in 2012 after the Raiders lost to San Diego to finish 8-8 and one game out of the playoffs, seemed to seal fate while turning off other teams.The Raiders will play at Cincinnati this coming season, though dates have yet to be announced.

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