CLEVELAND – Hue Jackson's coaching timeout did not last long. Fired last month after a brutal leap with Browns, Jackson…
CLEVELAND – Hue Jackson’s coaching timeout did not last long.
Fired last month after a brutal leap with Browns, Jackson will return to Cincinnati’s staff under Marvin Lewis, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Jackson, dismissed by Cleveland on October 29 with a year left on his contract after going 3-36-1 in two plus times, will take an unspecified position with Bengals, said the person who spoke on terms of anonymity because the team has not notified the move.
It is a homecoming of Jackson, serving as Cincinnati’s Offensive Coordinator during Lewis 2014 and 2015 before being employed by Brown’s owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam. Jackson also worked with Bengals as a defensive assistant and wide receiver coach and is extremely tight with Lewis and a favorite of Bengal’s owner Mike Brown.
And it will not be long before Browns sees him again. After a day of the week, Cleveland visits Cincinnati on November 25th. Browns (3-6-1
) will host Bengals (5-4) on December 23rd.
This is the second time Lewis has recruited Jackson, who returned to Cincinnati in 2012 after being fired as Oakland’s coach.
Jackson’s employment came a few hours after Lewis-kicked defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, one day after an embarrassing 51-14 loss for New Orleans Saints. Bengals allow a league high of 454.6 meters per game.
Jackson thought to land on his feet sometime after his resignation in Cleveland, where he was taken back for a third season even though he went 1-31 in his first two. But the team continued to fight and Jackson had a problem with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was also released.
Since his firing, Jackson has made several television interviews where he has claimed that he would never have given up the play obligations to Haley.