Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

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Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

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.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

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Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”