By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cincinnati Bengals have hired former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson to their coaching staff. He has joined the coaching staff immediately.
This is the second major move by the team on Monday. Earlier in the day, the team fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who joined the coaching staff in the off-season.
Jackson is hired in an unknown role at this time. However, he is expected to help oversee the offense.
Marvin Lewis — who has been the Bengals head coach for the past 15-years — will now have dual roles for the rest of the season. He will be head coach and defensive coordinator.
Because he will work more with the defense, it will take his eyes off the offense.
“A lot of things happen when you’re on defense. I had my back turned yesterday to the offense a couple times, trying to bring the defense together,” Lewis said when asked about how things will be more complicated as he takes on the defensive coordinator duties. “Things happen. It could be whether or not we made a catch, and if we made a first down or not. If I’ve got my back turned, I have to make the decision if we’re going for it. Are we in four-down territory? I have to let Bill (offensive coordinator Bill Lazor) know and the quarterback know that they have three downs here.
“Those kind of things. If I have my backed turned by making corrections or whatever, I can’t do that. I’m going to try to minimize that as much as possible. I feel strongly that I have to make the correction to coach the defense right now.”
Jackson was fired in October 29th, 2018 by the Browns. That franchise named Gregg Williams as interim head coach.
The 53-year-old Los Angeles, California native lasted worked with the Bengals in 2015 before being named Browns head coach. He was the team’s offensive coordinator.
Jackson also held the title of running backs coach in 2013 and secondary assistant and special teams coach in 2012. From 2004 through 2006, he was the Bengals wide receivers coach.