By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
With Tony Sparano official out as the Jets offensive coordinator, the Jets will spend the next few weeks searching for a viable replacement. After going through two coordinators in four years, this is a decision Rex must get right if the Jets are going to turn the corner and get back in the playoffs.
Hue Jackson is actually currently serving as the Bengals’ secondary coach, but he has extensive working as an offensive coordinator for the Raiders before he become head coach in 2011. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2007 and the Redskins in 2003.
Jackson has a connection with Rex Ryan from when he served as the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach for the 2008 season, working with rookie Joe Flacco.
Rex Ryan mentioned in Tuesday’s press conference that he wanted to be “unpredictable” on offense and difficult to play against. Jackson is an innovative play-caller that got more out of Darren McFadden in 2010 and 2011 than anyone else prior.
Jackson is a strong personality that would bring a head coach figure to the offensive side of the ball (although Sparano did that as well). He got the most out of Jason Campbell with a downfield, aggressive passing attack that was preceded by a strong running game—which, by the sounds of it, is exactly what Ryan wants his offense to look like.
First, the Jets must be turned down by Norv Turner, who will get plenty of offers from coordinator-needy teams, but Jackson makes plenty of sense from a schematic and personality standpoint.