The Bengals have wasted no time getting their head-coaching search up and running.
In addition to a host of interviews set to take place later this week, the Bengals will interview Hue Jackson as early as today, according to Ian Rapoport, who adds the team has already interviewed Darrin Simmons and Bill Lazor.
The #Bengals are expected to interview assistant Hue Jackson for their vacant head-coaching job, an interview that could happen as early as today, source said. Makes sense, as Marvin Lewis endorsed him. In-house candidates Darrin Simmons & Bill Lazor previously interviewed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 2, 2019
The fact that Cincinnati already interviewed Simmons and haven’t hired him is a good sign he won’t get the job. It was previously reported he had a good shot at getting the job, but the Bengals need to aim higher to re-energize this franchise and fanbase.
As for Jackson, we knew this was coming ever since Jackson was brought back as a special assistant to Marvin Lewis in the middle of the regular season. Whenever Lewis was going to retire or be let go, Jackson was effectively a lock to get at least an interview, and it’s very possible he ultimately lands the job.
The Bengals are also set to interview former secondary coach Vance Joseph this weekend, so the nightmare scenario of head coach Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph appears to be possible.
At least it wouldn’t be Marv, though.