Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will meet with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, according to Tim Graham with the Buffalo News. Buffalo is looking for a new head coach after Doug Marrone triggered a clause in his contract that allowed him to opt out after an ownership change last season. Buffalo's interest in Jackson has been known since last week and a formal request for an interview was submitted on Monday, following the Bengals 26-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that eliminated them from the playoffs.
"I understand that Hue may have an opportunity to go at least to interview at one spot, and hopefully there’s more opportunity for him too, because I think he’s deserving," said head coach Marvin Lewis on Monday. "Obviously it would be a big loss for us. It is unfortunately that time of year, from my standpoint, where we, cause, what’s the word? Change. That’s not the word I'm looking for, but that’s a more simple word. Hue deserves an opportunity, and hopefully if it’s what he wants, and if it works out, it works out."
If Jackson departs for Buffalo, the Bengals face the prospect of forcing 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.