Earlier on Thursday, when Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden took the position of the Washington Redskins head coach, there was the question of what would happen to his vacant position with his old team. Initial indications were that Hue Jackson would be promoted form running backs coach to offensive coordinator and that is now officially that case.
The team officially announced that Jackson would be taking over for Gruden as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2014.
We have named Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator to replace Jay Gruden, who was hired as Redskins head coach. #Bengals
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 9, 2014
Jackson was a successful head coach with the Oakland Raiders, going 8-8 in his only season as the team’s head coach, even making a trade with the Bengals to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer at the time. Since being abruptly ousted by Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie, Jackson has rebuilt his reputation with the Bengals and is now in a position to once again take over a head coaching position somewhere.
First though, he’ll be running the Bengals offense and is in charge of turning the team’s quarterback, Andy Dalton, into the star he needs to be for Cincinnati.