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Hue Jackson thought he was getting Buffalo Bills job

The Bengals managed to hold on to Hue Jackson, but that almost wasn't the case when the Bills were looking for a new coach.

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Not long after Doug Marrone left Buffalo, the Bills quickly setup an interview with Hue Jackson for their head-coaching vacancy.

After a quality first season as the Bengals offensive coordinator, Jackson was one of the first people Buffalo interviewed, and he and his agent are said to have felt good about landing the job.

Jackson's agent is former Bengals lineman John Thornton, and while on Lance McAlister's Monday radio show, Thornton said he and his client thought the job was Hue's to lose.

In the end, the job went to Rex Ryan, though it may be easy to see where the loss in translation may have occurred. After Ryan was fired by the New York Jets, he was the perceived favorite to land the Atlanta Falcons' head-coaching gig. Buffalo may have thought that as well, and thus planned to hire Jackson.

However, once Ryan soured on the Falcons, the Bills swooped in and nabbed Rex after Jackson had thought he was getting the job.

Or, maybe Thornton and Jackson simply got the wrong impression to start with. Either way, Jackson is still the OC for the Bengals, and they should feel fortunate that's the case.