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Bills formally request interview with Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson

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The Cincinnati Bengals could be seeking an offensive coordinator if Hue Jackson is hired in Buffalo, forcing the offense to adjust to their third offensive coordinator in as many years.

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The Buffalo Bills have submitted a formal request to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson while a date and time is being determined, according to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported last week and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed that the Bills were requesting permission for the interview. Interested teams, which included speculative interest from the Atlanta Falcons where he was an offensive coordinator in '07, were waiting until the Bengals were bounced out of the playoffs to schedule interviews with Jackson.

If Jackson departs for Buffalo, the Bengals face the prospect of having Andy Dalton adjust to a third offensive coordinator in three years. Assistant coaches on playoff teams with a bye week were allowed to interview on Sunday. Assistant coaches on wild card teams had to wait until this week, through the end of that Sunday, if there were still in the playoffs. Coaches on eliminated teams can interview whenever they want.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization that was established to promote minority hiring, included Jackson's name when providing a list of coaching candidates to the NFL. He has the resume: Jackson's offense in Cincinnati finished 15th overall this season, led by a rushing offense that ranked sixth in the NFL. Jackson went 8-8 as the Oakland Raiders head coach in 2011 and since his firing, the Raiders have gone 11-37 with Dennis Allen and Tony Sparano.