Hue Jackson joining Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff

Jackson named special assistant to Marvin Lewis

Daryl Ruiter
November 12, 2018 - 4:52 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The 2018 Battle of Ohio or I-71 series just got interesting.

Former Browns head coach Hue Jackson has joined the Bengals coaching staff as a special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis the team announced Tuesday morning.

“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,” Jackson said in a statement.

Jackson remains on the Browns payrol through the 2019 season after he was fired on Oct. 29.

Owner Jimmy Haslam cited “internal discord” as the primary reason behind the terminations of Jackson as well as offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

In 40 games as Browns head coach Jackson was 3-36-1.

Now he returns to Cincinnati where he has a long coaching hisdtory and friendship with Lewis.

Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, a day after giving up 51 points in a blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints, leaving a vacancy on his coaching staff.

"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. 

Lewis, who rose the coaching ranks on the defensive side of the football, was asked Monday how he intends to do to fill the void created by Austin’s termination beyond absorbing the defensive responsibilities himself.  

“I got a plan,” Lewis said. “Just have to watch and see.”

Lewis laughed and smiled when reporters followed up and asked if Jackson could come in and help.

“Watch and see,” Lewis said.

The Browns travel to Cincinnati after their bye week on Nov. 25 and the Bengals visit Dec. 23.