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Hue Jackson Deserves Another Head Coaching Opportunity in the NFL

Hue Jackson says his focus remains on developing a game plan to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday. Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports

Hue Jackson finished his one and only year as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders with an 8-8 record and in a tie for first place in the AFC West with the Tim Tebow led Denver Broncos.

The tiebreaker was in the Denver Broncos favor, but for most coaches an 8-8 record in their first season of leading a team warrants a return for another year.

For Hue Jackson, this was not the case as the Raiders decided to move on from the former head coach after one season.

Jackson has worked his way up to offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals and is leading a top 15 unit in total offense. Jackson has battled obstacles such as losing starting quarterback Andy Dalton as well.

According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns have all requested interviews with Jackson.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson states from a source, “permission will be granted,” for Jackson to interview for these opportunities, but “at the appropriate time.”

With all this interest in his services, Jackson still remains focused on his current team’s playoff game. “Those jobs are not the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Jackson said. “That’s all I can prepare for. It’s talk. And it’s great talk, and I appreciate everything that’s being said.”

The three teams interested in Jackson have question marks around their quarterback position. The work Jackson has done with Dalton has been tremendous and had Dalton on pace for a career best season until his thumb injury.

Jackson has proven his case for earning the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL and he will have chances to be in this role in 2016.

 

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