Steelers interview Hue Jackson for offensive coordinator, per report


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According to ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Pittsburgh Steelers have interviewed a candidate with deep ties to the AFC North for their offensive coordinator position:

Jackson was the head coach for the then-Oakland Raiders in 2011, going 8-8 but still losing his job as a general manager who didn't hire him, Reggie McKenzie, took over control of the organization.

Following his first stint as a head coach, Jackson joined Marvin Lewis' staff with the Cincinnati Bengals, serving in a variety of roles in four seasons with the team. After he succeeded Jay Gruden as the team's offensive coordinator for two seasons, Jackson got hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Even though the Browns didn't make any bones about attempting to bottom out organizationally and obtain draft capital, Jackson's two plus season stint as the head coach of the franchise was viewed as very unsuccessful. In 40 games as the head coach of the Browns, Jackson went 3-36-1, including guiding the team to the second 0-16 season in NFL history in 2017.

Jackson was fired by the Browns in late October of 2018, and, rather controversially, rejoined the Bengals coaching staff as a special assistant to Lewis during that same season. Since then, the 55-year-old has been out of the NFL.

After the team's offense became stagnant in the second half of the season and contributed to a first-round postseason exit, the Steelers parted ways with former offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.

Certainly, the team needs to find more success moving forward running the ball, but it became apparent as season wore on that Ben Roethlisberger didn't have much left in the tank physically, limiting his ability to move outside the pocket and push the ball down the field. If the future Hall of Famer returns for an 18th season, it's unclear how attractive of a vacancy this would be, although there's no clear succession plan if Roethlisberger retires.

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