It was announced today that Hue Jackson (pictured in the Bengals clothes) was named running backs coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and in addition head coach Marvin Lewis gave him the title of special assistant to the head coach. Which might mean he could be calling the plays over offensive coordinator Jay Gruden but who knows for sure, a title like that always seemed ambiguous as so many different coaches on so many teams have been given that moniker over the years.
It’s Jackson’s third appearance as a Bengals assistant. He had one of the more successful runs by a position coach in club history when he guided the volatile wide receiver tandem of Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh to big numbers from 2004-2006. If Jackson could make big stars out of those two large egos, he should help running back BenJarvis Green-Ellis flourish especially with team like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens that could be on the down turn with both of those teams defenses being far older and needing an overhaul and multiple positions.In addition ,Jackson brings to the running back position solid rushing numbers. When he became offensive coordinator for the Raiders in 2010, he took them from 31st overall in the NFL rankings to 10th with a running game that was lead by Darren McFadden that finished second despite a passing game ranked 23rd and also developed Darrius Heyward-Bey into a salvageable project after hearing the bust label with being taken seventh overall.