USA Today

Catching Up With Action Jackson, Coach Of A Different Hue

Everybody wants a piece of Hue Jackson's innovative mind.

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is a wanted man. Catching up with him requires stamina, diligence, fresh news and a GPS.

The one-time Oakland Raiders head coach will soon be re-joining the head-coaching ranks, if recent interest in the suddenly jet-setting Jackson is any indication. The two-year Bengals OC has quickly turned into the league's hottest head-coaching candidate while racking up the sky miles.

No fewer than two teams have interviewed him and at least two more are lined up to meet with the coaching veteran, who is known for having a fertile imagination when it comes to offense. Jackson already has met or is due to meet with teams on both coasts, and one in the middle of the country. He reportedly has met with the 49ers and Browns, and possibly the Giants, according to various reports.

He is believed to be the 49ers' and Browns' top choice. Jackson went 8-8 with the Oakland Raiders in 2011, his lone year as an NFL head coach, so he has a connection to the San Francisco Bay area.

Here is the latest from the rumor mill.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said Tuesday that the Browns are making a "big push" for Jackson, and would "like to close it out."

The Sacramento Bee said the 49ers are "zeroing in" on Jackson, who met for five hours with CEO Jed York and GM Trent Baalke, but left San Francisco without a contract offer. The 49ers reportedly also have interviewed former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Buccaneers OC Dirk Koetter, Browns OC John DeFilippo and Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn.

NFL Network's Rapoport said if all went well in his interview, Jackson could be named the 49ers new head coach any day.

The Giants requested permission Monday to interview Jackson for their head-coaching vacancy but it's not known if the two sides have met, although at least one media outlet says they have.

N.J.com expects Jackson to "join the mix" for the Giants' job, saying Teryl Austin, Doug Marrone, Mike Smith, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo "are a few of the other candidates hoping to replace Tom Coughlin."

Rotoworld suggested the Titans could also enter the fray for Jackson should they hire a general manager in the next day or two.

They better hurry. The Bengals season ended Saturday. By this Saturday, it is very likely that Jackson will be an ex-Bengals coach.

Even so, NFL Network's Mike Silver reports that Jackson has yet to receive a head-coaching offer.

And that's because the competition for top jobs is keen.

The Tampa Bay Times said the 49ers were "really impressed" by Bucs OC Koetter in his interview on Saturday but "Jackson has always been considered the favorite."

Stay tuned.


Bengals Insider Top Stories