Reports say that the Cincinnati Bengals are considering replacing current head coach Marvin Lewis with Hue Jackson when the time comes. This would be a terrible idea.
At what point is enough, enough? Apparently, time is a flat circle in Cincinnati.
With Marvin Lewis rumored to retire at season’s end, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that the Bengals would consider Hue Jackson as a top candidate.
Jackson, who was fired by the Cleveland Browns in October after a combined 3-36-1 record over 2+ seasons, has caught on as an assistant under Lewis. Jackson worked with the Bengals from 2012-16 prior to leaving for Cleveland on the offensive side, the last two years as a coordinator.
For Bengals fans feeling depressed about this news, it’s understandable. unfortunately, nothing changes until Mike Brown is moved out of the ownership role by daughter Katie Blackburn, who would likely take a more modern, wide-ranging approach to the franchise.
Jackson was an awful head coach in Cleveland, and was fine at best in his one 8-8 season in Oakland. He’s the only coach in history to survive an 0-16 season. Rod Marinelli can’t sniff another head coaching gig because he went a whole season without a win, but here’s Jackson, somehow hanging around and waiting for another chance.
Yet, somehow, the Bengals are reportedly escalating Jackson as their next head coach.
They have an extremely small window to make the current crop of talent work. A.J. Green is starting to lose his luster thanks to injuries. Andy Dalton is clearly someone who needs to be surrounded by elite talent or upgraded. The defense is aging, and the offensive line can be inconsistent.
Next year might be the last year the Bengals have to make true adjustments and become a playoff contender. You don’t want to give talent like that to Jackson. Look what he did with the Browns this season. He was given Baker Mayfield at quarterback, Duke Johnson, Nick Chubb and Carlos Hyde at running back, Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway at receiver, and yet he could muster two wins midway throseason.
Lewis at least is a calming voice in the Bengals locker room. The team knows he will be there for them like he has been for more than a decade. Lewis is getting up there in age, turning 60 this season, but he’s still a much better option than the younger Jackson. You’d rather have a calming voice than a non-existent one.