Bengals announce Hue Jackson’s new role with team

Move came same day as Bengals fire defensive coordinator

Bengals announce Hue Jackson’s new role with team
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson walks on the field before an NFL football preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, in Cleveland. Cleveland is coming off an 0-16 embarrassment and can only hope to be respectable. Since the creation of the current AFC North in 2002, the Browns are the only team never to finish in first place. (AP Photo/David Richard, File) (David Richard)

CINCINNATI, OH (WXIX) - Hue Jackson officially has a new title for his role with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The team announced Tuesday morning the recently-fired Cleveland Browns head coach joined the Bengals as Special Assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis.

A source told FOX19 NOW about the hire just hours after defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was fired Monday.

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“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to join the Bengals this season. There is a lot of talent on this team, and I look forward to doing my part to help it finish the season strong,” said Cleveland’s former head coach.

Jackson, a former Bengals assistant coach, is a long-time friend and colleague of Marvin Lewis and coached seven years as an assistant coach in Cincinnati. He first started in 2004 as a wide receivers coach and also worked as a running backs coach and offensive coordinator.

“I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches,” Lewis said.

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson watches during warm-ups before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson watches during warm-ups before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (AP)

Jackson spent parts of three seasons as the Browns head coach, but was fired after eight games this season and a 3-36-1 record with the Browns.

He is in his eighteenth season in the NFL and has coached for the Redskins, Falcons, Ravens and Raiders as well.

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