Hue Jackson Reportedly Won't Return to Bengals amid Zac Taylor Rumors

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals special assistant to the head coach Hue Jackson watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Hue Jackson's time with the Cincinnati Bengals is reportedly coming to an end.

Elise Jesse of WLWT Cincinnati cited a source who said Jackson—who the team hired as an assistant in 2018 after he was fired by the Cleveland Browns—will not return under the new head coach.

This comes after Jesse had previously reported the Bengals plan on making Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor their next head coach after the Rams are finished in the playoffs.

Cincinnati is undergoing a coaching staff overhaul this offseason after firing Marvin Lewis, who was the head coach since the 2003 campaign. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Thursday that linebackers coach Jim Haslett, tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes and running backs coach Kyle Caskey would not return either.

Jackson was the Bengals offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 before becoming head coach of the Browns. He is friends with Lewis, and the latter advocated on his behalf after the 2018 campaign.

"I think he's more than qualified," Lewis said, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. "I think he's been in a couple of difficult situations [in Oakland and Cleveland], and that's tough, and it hasn't broke his way. But I think he's an excellent football coach, he's a great motivator. So I think he deserves an opportunity, if not here, somewhere else."

It appears as if Jackson, who was 3-36-1 as the head coach of the Browns, will not be on Taylor's staff if the Rams quarterbacks coach is ultimately given the job.

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Taylor joined Sean McVay's staff in Los Angeles as a wide receivers coach for 2017 and moved into the quarterback coach position this year. The Rams won the NFC West for the second straight season and finished fifth in the league in passing yards.

He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2016 and part of the Miami Dolphins staff from 2012 through 2015. He was Miami's interim offensive coordinator in 2015.

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