Change of plans: Hue Jackson fired by Bengals

Jackson had hopes of succeeding Marvin Lewis as head coach

Daryl Ruiter
January 11, 2019 - 5:24 pm

The Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Hue Jackson joined the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff 2 weeks after the Browns fired him as head coach, likely with the hope that he would replace Marvin Lewis as head coach one day.

On Friday those dreams vanished.

Jackson will not replace Lewis, who was ousted on Dec. 31 after 16 seasons, as head coach nor will he remain with the team after he was fired Friday according to multiple reports. Jackson’s dismissal was first reported by Elise Jesse of WLWT-TV in Cincinnati.

Jackson, along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, was fired by the Browns on Oct. 29, 2018 after a 2-5-1 start to the season and an overall record of 3-36-1 in 2 1/2 seasons by owner Jimmy Haslam, who cited “internal discord” as the primary reason behind the moves.

The Bengals have reportedly zeroed in on Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor to replace Lewis as head coach.

The Browns have tabbed Freddie Kitchens to replace Jackson permanently after Gregg Williams went 5-3 over the final 8 games as interim coach.

Williams is reportedly set to join the New York Jets as defensive coordinator after Kitchens opted not to retain him.