After seeing every offensive coordinator position filled Hue Jackson was left with few options to get back to work as an NFL coach. Thus he signed on with his former employer in Cincinnati where he’ll work as an assistant coaching up the Bengals secondary and special teams.
Going from offensive coordinator to head coach and then to assistant is by no means the ideal path for anyone aspiring for a coaching career in pro football. Such is life. More specifically such is life in the NFL. Jackson was a hot commodity two years ago and now he’s back to proving himself all over again.
But don’t cry for him, Raider Nation.
Reggie McKenzie’s decision to rip up Jackson’s contract without cause assured the cocky coach would still be collecting all the scratch he’s owed. However as Bill Williamson points out, Jackson’s new job isn’t likely to pay much. Therefore the Raiders are stuck paying the difference between what Jackson is still owed and what he’ll be getting for his services in Cincy.
In other words the Bengals will be getting an assistant coach at the rate of a head coach without having to cough up any extra green. I guess you could say the Bengals have once again made out like bandits in their dealings with the Raiders.
At least that’s the headlines you’ll likely see once the season rolls around.
Jackson paid a huge price for Carson Palmer, no doubt about that. However those high picks sent to the Queen City mean nothing if the Bengals use them to fill their roster with a couple of draft busts. Also, Jackson has never coached DBs and the last time he worked with special teams Cal State Fullerton actually had a football team. So good luck with all that.
Ultimately the Bengals are being gracious enough to give Jackson work as a ‘thanks’ for his gift to two valued draft picks.
Meanwhile McKenzie will be cutting checks to Jackson for the next year. Nobody said this reinvention of the Raiders process was going to be easy. There will be plenty more collateral damage done before this is all over.