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Approval Poll: Steve Jackson taking over as Bengals cornerbacks coach

Do you think Steve Jackson can get the cornerbacks playing at an acceptable level?

Steve Jackson

News has finally hit that the Bengals’ coaching staff is filling its holes. Steve Jackson will take over as the cornerbacks coach in Cincinnati after previously coaching the safeties for the New York Jets the past two seasons.

Jackson brings with him a wealth of talent. He has spent 12 seasons coaching safeties in the NFL between the Jets, Titans and Washington. his coaching experience spans two decades as he started out in 2004. He also played for the Tennessee Oilers and stayed with the team as they became the Titans between 1991 and 1999. All combined, he has seen three decades of football to draw experience from.

He will of course be replacing Daronte Jones, who the Bengals allowed didn’t retain this offseason. Jones was one of the few coaches to be retained following the change from Marvin Lewis to Zac Taylor, but that could have been due to how long it took for Cincinnati to finally land a defensive coordinator.

While Jones was eventually part of a coaching staff who had their defense playing at a much more acceptable level in the second half of 2019, we still failed to see any real development from a cornerback position (outside of Darius Phillips) that appears to have the talent necessary to get by in the NFL. Jackson’s tallest task will be to get William Jackson to shine as bright as he did in 2017.

Steve Jackson will also likely be very involved in discussions on how this group moves forward. Dre Kirkpatrick will be 31 in October, and he has had injury issues the past two seasons. He also carries over an $11 million cap hit in 2020. Darqueze Dennard is also entering free agency again, and he proved to be vital to the defensive turnaround in the second half of the season.

Jackson’s track record with the Jets last year was pretty average as New York gave up the 17th most passing yards per game as well as 17th most passing touchdowns. Cincinnati didn’t really come close to the yardage mark, but they were actually tied with the Jets at 17th in the NFL allowing just 25 touchdowns. Jackson’s numbers seem better when you compare to his numbers in 2018 when the Jets were a bottom 10 passing defense, so he at least showed improvement.

At the end of the day, it isn’t hard to get much worse than what the Bengals were doing in the first half of 2019, and Jackson’s success will be dependent on him continuing to trend forward.


Do you approve of the Bengals hiring Steve Jackson?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    I’m excited for them changing coaches after a few disappointing seasons
    (152 votes)
  • 21%
    I wish they could’ve found someone with a better track record.
    (111 votes)
  • 50%
    I’m willing to give the guy a chance, but I’m not super excited.
    (263 votes)
526 votes total Vote Now