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Former Bengals Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson Named Top NFL Coaching Assistant

Now in Cleveland as head coach, Jackson shares the award with Denver's Wade Phillips and becomes the second Bengals assistant to win the honor.

Hue Jackson is gone, now in Cleveland as the Browns head coach, but he's not forgotten.

As Jackson attempts to rebuild the Browns into a winner, in Cincinnati the hardware is coming in for the former Bengals offensive coordinator.

Jackson today was named the Pro Football Writers Association co-assistant coach of the year for 2015, along with Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

The 23-year-old award is prized among coaches on the way up the coaching ladder, but this marks the first time the award has been shared since the PFWA began giving it out in 1993.

Jackson is the first Bengals assistant coach to win the honor since defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer won it 2009. Zimmer is now head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

It's not a first for Phillips, whose Broncos led the NFL in total defense (283.1 yards per game), passing defense (199.6 yards per game) and sacks (52). Phillips also led the third-ranked run defense and fourth-ranked scoring defense.

Though it's the first time a Broncos assistant has received the honor, it's Phillips’ second time receiving the award. He also was honored in 2011 while defensive coordinator at Houston.

Phillips joins former Bengals head coach and assistant Dick Lebeau (Steelers, 2004 and 2008) and Dom Capers (Steelers, 1994; Jaguars, 1999) as the only two-time winners of the award.

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