Hue Jackson will take on new roles on the Bengals coaching staff 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 re-joined Cincinnati in 2012. He was Oakland Raiders head coach in 2011, with an 8-8 record that tied for best in the AFC West. He had two of the NFL’s best rushing attacks during two seasons at Oakland, including 2010 as offensive coordinator. Released by the Raiders after the break-even ’11 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 today. “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 entering his 13th NFL season. In addition to his coordinator and head coaching experience in Oakland, he has been offensive coordinator for two other teams. Before entering the NFL, he coached 13 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.
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).
Jackson takes over the running backs position formerly held by Jim Anderson, who last week announced his retirement after 29 years (1984-2012) in the post.