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Reports: Jackson getting action in coaching derby; Gruden gets more suitors

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on January 11, 2013 – 6:12 pm

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Updated: 1-12-13, 8 p.m.

With his one-year contract running out, Bengals defensive assistant Hue Jackson is starting to get interest as an offensive coordinator. NFL Network via ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday that the Panthers have asked permission to talk to Jackson about the vacancy left by the Browns announcement they’ve hired Rob Chudzinski as head coach. The New York Daily News has reported Jackson is also in the mix for the Jets job with two other former NFL head coaches, Marty Mornhinweg and Cam Cameron.

Jackson is highly-regarded in NFL circles as an offensive mind despite last season’s dismissal from the Raiders after one year as head coach. In the two seasons he was with Oakland as first the coordinator and then as the head guy, the Raiders finished 10th and ninth in offense in 2010 and 2011, respectively. This year Oakland fell to 18th.

If Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden gets a head coaching job, Jackson has been mentioned as a potential successor. Gruden interviewed in Arizona on Thursday, and it’s believed he was in San Diego on Saturday and is headed to Philadelphia on Sunday.  It’s also believed that Gruden, a well-known figure in Florida, is also getting play in Jacksonville. Indeed, NFL Network reported later Saturday that Gruden has an interview with the Jaguars.

The Charlotte Observer, via PFT, also reported Friday that former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is also a candidate in Carolina.


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One Response to “Reports: Jackson getting action in coaching derby; Gruden gets more suitors”

  1. By mwindle1973 on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Well we survived a close call there with Zim. IDK if anyone was following the Cleveland area media on this one. But it seems that Zim still had an interview scheduled for today when Chud was hired at some point late last night. If Zim does stay with us, there will be no problem motivating him for the Cleveland games! I hate to see Hue go! If Gruden isn’t gone this year he will be next year. I hope we don’t have a worse case scenario where all 3 land jobs. I still feel Zampese is a great candidate for the OC job. But Jackson would be better. THere are guys out there, but in-house guys already know the team, players, etc. It’s a much smoother transition. Replacing Zim would be a hard one. Rob Ryan is out there, Lovie Smith if he doesn’t get a HCing job, maybe Ray Horton. But these guys run systems that are very, very different from what we are doing now. Lovie would be the guy who could adjust his system, with Lewis’ help. But it would still be a stretch. I do not believe that anyone on the defensive staff now is being considered. But if Jackson gets an OC job, I would bet Rod Woodson would be a top candidate for the asst DBs coach.

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