Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Hue Jackson before the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Hue Jackson praises Darren McFadden on 95.7 The Game, could he be headed to Cincy?


Recently promoted offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals Hue Jackson has a lot of ties to the Oakland Raiders after serving as an offensive coordinator and head coach of back to back 8-8 teams, succeeding Tom Cable and becoming the last head coaching hire of the late Al Davis.

As many know, Jackson left under controversial circumstances as the team transitioned from the era of late owner Al Davis to the team that is currently being constructed by first ever general manager Reggie McKenzie.

In Jackson’s final press conference as the team collapsed to an 8-8 finish in a promising first year as head coach, the now Cincy OC called out his team and claimed he would be pushing for more control before Mark Davis opted to hire Reggie McKenzie as general manager comments that sealed his fate.

“We didn’t get ‘em stopped. And we didn’t make enough plays. So, yeah, I’m pissed at the team. I’m also, like I tell them, I’ll always put it on me, but I am pissed at my team. Because when you have those kinds of opportunities, you’ve got to do it, and we didn’t do it.”

“I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,” Jackson said in that infamous final presser. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now, I promise you that. There’s no question. Defensively, offensively and special teams. I aint feeling like this no more. This is a joke. . . . Yeah, I’m going to take a hand in everything that goes on here.”

Obviously the Raiders chose to go a different route, and after McKenzie was hired he naturally fired Jackson who didn’t appear interested in sharing opinions with the new head of player personnel.

Now that Jackson will be an assistant in Cincinnati there is the potential for the former OC to use his connections with the Raiders from not too long ago to bolster say, his running back depth with the Bengals potentially moving on from BenJarvus Green-Ellis who is scheduled to make significantly more than what the diminished McFadden could make.

With Jackson helping McFadden reach his biggest numbers as a pro, career-best numbers of 223 carries for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns (in 13 games, because this is McFadden we are talking about) there is talk that the running back is “destined” to be in bengal stripes come the 2014 season should he opt to find a change of scenery.

Jackson himself seems to be high on McFadden, hopping on 95.7 The Game on Friday the newly hired coordinator was naturally asked about his former running back. As expected, Hue had praise for DMC.

This is a very interesting comment heading into a very interesting offseason for the Raiders and Darren McFadden. Obviously Reggie McKenzie, Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson need to decide if McFadden fits their future plans and McFadden himself needs to decide if he wants to end his career with a positive experience in Oakland or try to end his career with a change of scenery to give him a chance at a turnaround. While Jackson doesn’t have the sway of say, head coach Marvin Lewis, it needs to be said that it is likely that Jackson could convince those higher than him in Cincy that Raider UFA’s that would be cheap could be valuable to the team. McFadden’s the biggest name on that list, and Jackson seems to have no problem stirring that pot early on in the offseason.

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  • Angel

    I liked Hue Jackson. Even tho we broke the nfl record with 163 penalties with Jackson as our HC. During his last press conference when he made the statement,”There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now, I promise you that.” I felt like we were going to come back with an attitude and contend. (After that season being the second season going 8-8). He’s a good dude. When Palmer had that Thursday night football game against the chargers and threw bomb after bomb, the trade seemed not so bad on Jackson. We all know how it concluded tho. He wanted to win and was trying everything he could. Something our coach needs to do or at least get in that type of mentality cause wtf sometimes.

  • PJ

    I agree. HJ had the leave no bodys alive mentality and DA is pansy with boobs! DA plays to not lose and tries to close games with a lead starting at half time. Other teams have a 4 minute offense and DA has a 30 min. protect our lead mentality. Instead of keeping the pedal to the metal and running over the other team from the first play. We need an aggressive HC and back to basic SMASH MOUTH FOOTBALL!

  • Cetswayo Dawson

    Reggie McKenzie hasn’t done a bad job as GM. However, he made two really horrible mistakes. One was firing Hue Jackson. Two, bringing in Matt Flynn. This team played their asses off for Hue and Hue was unafraid to take chances (fake punts, field goals). The Raiders were exciting to watch under Hue Jackson. I was absolutely livid when I heard they fired him and look at us now, back to back 4-12 seasons. Dennis Allen is a f-ing joke!! And now we’ve learned he’ll remain on as HC for another year. I’m so f-ing pissed!!