Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson could get another shot in the NFL. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Pittsburgh Steelers interviewed Jackson for the position of the team’s offensive coordinator.
If he is hired, it will be the first time Jackson has held a coaching position in the NFL since the 2018 season. Jackson was fired from the Browns in October. In three seasons he led the team to a 3-36-1 record. Jackson joined the Cincinnati Bengals in November as assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jackson was fired from the organization shortly after Lewis was fired in December.
Since then, Jackson has stayed out of the NFL spotlight. He was due to lead Colin Kaepernick’s free-agent showcase in 2019, but resigned as soon as training was relocated.
Hue Jackson had success as an offensive coordinator
Jackson is best known for his miserable time as the Browns head coach. However, he had success as an offensive coordinator. Jackson’s most notable stint came with the Bengals, where he oversaw a crime that finished seventh in points in 2015. He also coached an Oakland Raiders offense that finished sixth in points in the 2010 season. Jackson assumed the position of head coach for the team the following year, leading the Raiders to an 8-8 record.
The Steelers are looking for a new offensive coordinator after splitting up with Randy Fichtner on Jan. 14. The Steelers won their first eleven games of the 2020 season but have largely collapsed in the last six games, including the postseason. Pittsburgh lost four of their last five regular season games and saw their offensive stall during that period.
After a 48:37 defeat by the Browns in the playoffs, the Steelers did not extend Fichtner’s contract. The team also split from offensive coach Shaun Sarrett. The Steelers reportedly want to discontinue an offensive public service bus before appointing an offensive coordinator.
Steeler’s Quarterbacks trainer Matt Canada is also being considered for the Open Offensive Coordinator position.
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