The Minnesota Vikings might look to hire Hue Jackson as their new offensive coordinator if he doesn't stay with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the Star Tribune's Ben Goessling.
Jackson is in consideration for the Bengals' head coaching position, following the firing of Marvin Lewis. Should Cincinnati decide to go into another direction, Jackson will have another prime opportunity lined right up.
Of course, the Vikings haven't made a decision on Kevin Stefanski - who replaced the fired John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator for the final three games. Stefanski was previously the team's quarterbacks coach.
Should the Vikings bring Jackson aboard, he would be reunited with head coach Mike Zimmer. The latter was Cincinnati's defensive coordinator from 2008 to '13. Jackson worked with the Bengals in 2012 and '13 as a special teams and running backs coach, so he could be a primary candidate in Zimmer's eyes.
Jackson was fired by the Cleveland Browns after a pathetic 2-5-1 start to the season, and his tenure as head coach ended at 3-36-1. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been widely critical of Jackson since the firing, and the Browns finished out the season at 5-3 with interim head coach Gregg Williams.
The Vikings were a major disappointment in 2018, expecting to compete for a Super Bowl after reaching the NFC Championship Game last season.
$84 million quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled to live up to his contract, and the struggling offense led to a non-playoff year in the Gopher State. As such, the goal is for Minny to find a new offensive coordinator that can help Cousins play like a true starting quarterback.
What This Means
Jackson does get hired, the pressure will be on him to deliver the results right away. The time to win is now in Minnesota, and if the offense were to struggle under Jackson's watch, his tenure with the Vikings would be short. We'll see if he winds up getting a job from the Bengals first, before finding out what the Vikings will do.