The Bengals today hired Hue Jackson to an assistant coach position. Head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and a Bengals assistant from 2004-06, Jackson is slated to assist primarily in the areas of defensive backs and special teams, working closely with DBs coach Mark Carrier and special teams coach Darrin Simmons.
"Hue is a tremendous addition to our staff," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "I relied on Hue greatly when he was with us (in 2004-06), and his success overall in the NFL, including being selected for a head coaching position, is well documented. He has expertise in all aspects of the game, and we are fortunate to have obtained his services."
Lewis and Jackson also were coaching colleagues on the staff of the 2002 Washington Redskins.
Jackson is entering his 12th consecutive season as an NFL coach. In addition to serving as head coach last season with Oakland, he has held offensive coordinator posts for Washington (2003), Atlanta (2007) and the Raiders (2010). His Oakland club finished last season with an 8-8 record, tied for best in the AFC West, but the Raiders were eliminated on tiebreakers from the playoffs. The Raiders finished ninth in the NFL in total offense (379.5 yards per game) and seventh in rushing offense (131.9).
Jackson's three seasons with the Bengals saw him in the role of wide receivers coach, with Chad Ochocinco (then Chad Johnson) averaging 93 catches, 1358 yards and 8.3 touchdowns per campaign. Ochocinco led the AFC in receiving yards in each of those seasons. Jackson left the Bengals after the '06 season to become offensive coordinator for Atlanta.
A native of Los Angeles, Jackson played QB at the University of the Pacific and began his coaching career there in 1987. He coached in the college ranks through 2000, when he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California. He entered the NFL with Washington in 2001.