As the Jets consider all their options when it comes to re-tooling their offense this offseason, Rich Cimini has added another name to a list of potential candidates.
If Raiders coach Hue Jackson gets fired in the coming days — and that certainly appears to be a possibility — he could be in play for the Jets, who likely will revamp their offensive coaching staff.
Rex Ryan knows Jackson from their one season together in Baltimore (2008), and it was a successful season, as the Ravens reached the AFC Championship Game with then-rookie Joe Flacco at quarterback. Jackson was the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach in 2008 and 2009, and it credited with helping the development of Flacco. When Ryan was hired by the Jets in 2009, there were rumors that he wanted to hire Jackson as his offensive coordinator.
It bears noting that Cimini phrases this as just conjecture, there’s no sources or insiders attached to his post. To be honest, it’s a name we hadn’t considered. Jackson might be a candidate that would bring a buzz because he is currently a head coach, but I’m a bit concerned about what his track record looks like as an NFL coordinator. Quick peeks at the offenses of the 2003 Redskins (20th), 2007 Falcons (27th), and 2010. Raiders (23rd) aren’t exactly ringing endorsements. Of course, none of those teams were exactly stacked with talent, either. It’s just a guess, but Jackson was likely instrumental in bringing in Carson Palmer to Oakland this year, since the two know each other well from shared time at USC and the Bengals.
While Jackson might be a fit because he knows Ryan, there are some concerns about just how effective he could be for the Jets. While I’m no Brian Schottenheimer fan, whomever the Jets might hire at this spot – I believe – is CRUCIAL to where the Jets go from here … is this the sort of candidate the team should even consider?