With the news and rumors floating about coordinators interviewing for head coaching gigs, there are other assistants that could find themselves with greater opportunities for better jobs. For example the New York Jets fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano on Monday, opening the position for an assistant to find a new home with a nice promotion.
Or at least going back to what was for some.
Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer brought up the possibility Sunday Night of Hue Jackson going to New York, based on his connection with head coach Rex Ryan. New York Jets beat writer Manish Mehta from the New York Daily News brought up the same possibility on Tuesday, after Sparano's firing. It's not suggested that the Jets are at all interested, only that the possibility exists with the opening created on Tuesday based on a history between head coach and the Bengals assistant defensive backs and special teams coach.
The Jackson and Ryan worked together in 2008 when Jackson was the team's quarterbacks coach with Ryan, who was the defensive coordinator that season. Jackson has called plays during four seasons with three teams in Washington (2003), Atlanta (2007) and Oakland (2010-11). He signed with the Bengals after being fired as a head coach in Oakland, largely because Lewis and Jackson are friends dating back to their days in Washington.