Jackson was hired as a special assistant by the Cincinnati Bengals only a few weeks after he was let go as the Browns’ head coach and those he left in Cleveland sure seem happy to have an opportunity to face him in Week 12.
Look no further than this interception by Damarious Randall early in the second quarter. After picking off Andy Dalton, Randall immediately ran over to the Bengals’ sideline and kindly handed the ball off to Jackson. Possibly forgetting which team he currently works for, Jackson slapped Randall’s helmet as if he was congratulating Randall on the play.
The whole situation was cold-blooded, but maybe it should’ve been expected. After the Bengals hired Jackson in mid-November, Randall immediately took to Twitter to mock the move.
Whatever information Jackson provided hasn’t helped his new team. The Browns took a 28-7 lead at halftime thanks to monster performances from quarterback Baker Mayfield (245 yards, three touchdowns) and running back Nick Chubb (75 total yards, two touchdowns), and a ridiculous touchdown by tight end David Njoku.
A victory Sunday for Cleveland would give it as many wins this season without Jackson (two) as the coach had in his previous two years at the helm of the franchise.
It’s not all bad for Jackson. He’s still being paid by both the Bengals and the Browns on Sunday. That alone deserves the game ball.
Just maybe not one that was immediately intercepted.
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