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Glendale Community College's Jackson moves up in Cincinnati

Football: Former Vaquero wide receiver is new offensive coordinator at AFC North Champion Bengals.

January 21, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Hue Jackson, a former Glendale Community College football player, was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this month. (Credit: Courtesy of P.J. Combs/Cincinnati Bengals)
Hue Jackson, a former Glendale Community College football…

While the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff has made plenty of headlines this postseason for its defections, one of the lesser-talked-about moves was a job change that may be just as impactful.

Earlier this month, the Bengals announced that former Glendale Community College wide receiver Hue Jackson was named the team’s new offensive coordinator.

Jackson, 48, takes over for Jay Gruden, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator of three years, who left the Bengals to become head coach of the Washington Redskins on Jan. 9. Gruden was one of two coordinators to leave the Bengals as defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was also hired as the head coach at Minnesota.

The Bengals wasted little time in promoting Jackson, the team’s running backs coach, making the switch 24 hours after waving goodbye to Gruden.

“Obviously we had to move very fast and were able to hire Hue Jackson to move forward as our offensive coordinator,” Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis said at a press conference on Jan. 10. “The thing to know is that a couple years ago when we had the opportunity to add Hue to the staff here, we didn’t really have the fit that some people probably thought, and Hue worked with the defensive coaches in the secondary and special teams, and it was the vision that if this would happen, we would have Hue here, and he have an opportunity, as he had last year to move over when Jim (Anderson) retired, to take this spot.

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“The idea was that one day this would occur and that we would be able to keep the continuity of what we were doing and move forward quickly with that. I’m excited for that.”

Jackson, who spent his entire life on the offensive side of the ball, was hired by the Bengals before the 2012 season as an assistant defensive backs coach and assistant on special teams shortly after Jackson was unceremoniously booted by the Oakland Raiders after a one-year stint as head coach in 2011 in which he produced an 8-8 season.

Last season, Jackson moved over as a running backs coach.

Despite the flip-flopping, Jackson doesn’t see a rough adjustment ahead.

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