Fired last month after a brutal run with the Browns, Jackson will rejoin Cincinnati's staff under Marvin Lewis, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night. Jackson's official title is special assistant to the head coach.
It's no secret that Jackson and Lewis have a fondness for each other that dates back many years.
Jackson, who was dismissed by Cleveland on October 29 with one year left on his contract after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, will take an unspecified position with the Bengals, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. That included a 1-15 season in 2016, and an 0-16 campaign in 2017.More news: Colts win 3rd straight game, beating the Jaguars 29-26
Lewis has taken over Cincinnati's defensive play-calling, following Monday's firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and Jackson is expected to help direct the offense. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the team's wide receivers coach.
"I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches", Lewis said in a statement.
The familiarity was obviously a big selling point for Jackson.More news: Fallout 76 Unlock Time, Release Date, Pre-Load & More
"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to join the Bengals this season", Jackson said in a statement. Jackson spent two-plus seasons with this team, and can basically read them Cleveland's entire playbook. But having someone like Jackson, who knows all about the kind of football Cleveland plays, coaching the Bengals will give them an even bigger advantage.
And it won't be long before the Browns see him again.More news: Serena Williams named GQ Woman of the Year - but cover sparks controversy