Hue Jackson is hopeful he’ll get to serve as head coach again one day.
While speaking Wednesday on WFNZ Charlotte, Jackson opened up about being unemployed for the first time in over 30 years and expressed his desire to get back on the football field.
“Oh, yeah, I mean I think I can,” Jackson said. “I mean, just because the situation in Cleveland [didn’t work out] doesn’t mean that you can’t coach. There’s a lot of great coaches who came before me that coached there and went on and did great things. Sometimes, the situation is different. I think if people dig in and really take the time to look at the overall situation there, maybe they would understand it more.
“At the same time, I understand what narrative gets put out there, that’s what people know. Hopefully, people will think back to the times when I’ve put myself in that position. I had to be doing something right. To go back and be a coordinator again or be a head coach, I do believe it’s in my future. I’ve just got to go work through the process and see where it goes.”
Jackson coached the Browns to a 2-5-1 record last season before he was fired by Cleveland. Over the course of his career, he’s put together one of the worst head coaching records in NFL history. Although his teams have gone 11-41-1 collectively, the Bengals hired him as a special assistant on their staff shortly after the Browns released him.
But he didn’t last long in Cincinnati, as the Bengals also fired head coach Marvin Lewis shortly after he failed to win a playoff game for the 16th consecutive season.
“Here’s a guy who knows how to overcome,” Jackson said when asked his narrative. “There’s a lot of people who would run from it all. I’m not going to run from it. At the end of the day, our staff and the people who led Cleveland, that doesn’t mean those coaches can’t coach or they don’t understand what they’re doing. Maybe that just wasn’t the right fit, the right situation for that group, and they just need to have the right opportunity to have success.”
Despite interviewing for the Bengals coaching job and the role of offensive coordinator with the Cardinals, Jackson remains on the job hunt.