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Hue Jackson back in the AFC North, hired by Cincinnati Bengals

Jackson returns to the Bengals, this time as a Special Assistant

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Well, that didn’t take long. Just two weeks after being relieved of his duties as the Cleveland Browns head coach, Hue Jackson is employed. The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Tuesday that Jackson would be returning to their staff, this time as a Special Assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jackson spent 2012 and 2013 as a defensive assistant in Cincinnati and 2014 and 2015 as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Jackson will be returning to the defensive side of the ball, helping Lewis—who will be serving as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator after Monday’s firing of Teryl Austin—”assimilate his head-coaching duties with managing and calling the defense.”

Jackson was initially tapped by Lewis to be his eventual successor as Bengals head coach in 2016, but Bengals owner Mike Brown was not convinced, leading Jackson to leave and ultimately take the Browns job. Now, he’s back in Cincinnati and Browns safety Damarious Randall has a take on why that may be.

Randall tweeted his initial response:

And followed it up with a brief theory:

Indeed, the Browns and Bengals have yet to meet. Their first contest comes on November 25, following Cleveland’s bye week and the second on December 23. Perhaps Jackson can provide some level of intel on his former team that could give the 5-4 Bengals a leg up as they hunt for a playoff berth.

But whatever the reason, Jackson’s NFL unemployment has proven to be brief. And he’ll be back on the field in Cleveland at least one more time.