UPDATE: The Bengals officially announced that Hue Jackson will be their next offensive coordinator.
We have named Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator to replace Jay Gruden, who was hired as Redskins head coach. #Bengals— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 9, 2014
With Jay Gruden taking the Redskins head coaching job, his old job wasn't open for long either.
That's what's happened Thursday.
Hue Jackson, on taking over as Bengals OC: "It's awesome."— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 9, 2014
Said Jackson in a conversation with ESPN's Josina Anderson: "I would hope more than anything it says a lot about this organization. When I left the Raiders nobody really gave me an opportunity to coach. Between Marvin Lewis and the Brown family, they were the ones to give me an opportunity. I have to respect how they brought me in. Now that Jay has done a great job and is moving on to Washington they asked me to run the offense and to do what I do. I'm pretty excited about it."
The promotion makes sense. Some observers credited the Bengals improvement on offense this season more because of Jackson than Gruden, and though the Raiders fired Jackson as head coach after just one season -- while going 8-8, no less -- Jackson is seen as a sharp offensive mind.
One big question entering 2014 will be how he and quarterback Andy Dalton fit together -- it should be noted that already Jackson has done well with running backs Gio Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
But say this for Jackson.
As noted on the recent podcast, I am very interested to see what Hue can do with the offense. At least he knows a run game exists— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) January 9, 2014