If you would have checked site Bet New Jersey a few weeks back, there was little to no buzz about the team hiring Kliff Kingsbury as the teams’ new head coach.
So it should come to no surprise that there’s another rather darkhorse candidate that has jumped up into the position of possible offensive coordinator, that being former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
Jackson, according to Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, spoke to the Cardinals on Friday about the position, which remains vacant for the time being.
Arizona also spoke already to former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo about the spot, but there’s been no word on the direction the team is going to go in.
The 53-year-old Jackson had a tough time with the young Browns, going 3-36-1 in two and a half seasons with Cleveland before being fired at when the team was 2-5-1 after a loss in late October to the Steelers.
The Browns recovered and went 7-8-1 under Gregg Williams as interim coach, and now the team has hired offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to take over the team.
Jackson after Cleveland went to the Bengals, where he was before Cleveland, and served as Marvin Lewis’ assistant for the remainder of the 2018 season until both men eventually were fired.
Jackson went 8-8 in his only season as head coach of the Raiders in 2011. He was fired after just one year in the job.
Hue is the sixth known candidate the Cardinals have interviewed for their offensive coordinator job under Kingsbury, who will do all of the play calling on offense, and whoever they bring in will be more of an assistant.
One has to wonder if Jackson would be okay with the position, since he won’t actually be calling plays, and instead will just have input on personal as well as giving advice on what Kingsbury is calling for the team when they are on offense.
Jackson would be a solid choice, having been a head coach both in Cleveland and in Oakland, and could guide Kingsbury through some steps in his first year on the job.
He has coached in the NFL since 2001 with stops with the Redskins, Falcons, Raiders and Bengals, and while some may think his lack of success in Cleveland can be held against him, this would be a solid hire for the team as they hold the first pick and look to rebuild the team starting right away in 2019.