REPORT: Steelers search for OC continues with former Browns HC Hue Jackson

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While on Saturday it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were expected to promote quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, there must be an issue. ESPN’s Dianna Russini tweeted on Thursday that the Steelers interviewed former Browns head coach Hue Jackson earlier this week for the coordinator position.

Jackson has had very brief stints with four different teams as OC — Washington (2003), Atlanta Falcons (2007), Oakland Raiders (2010), Cincinnati Bengals (2014, 2015). In Oakland, he was promoted to head coach in 2011, the year after his offense was 10th in yards and 6th in points. In both seasons, the Raiders ended 8-8, and he was fired after one season as head coach.

In two seasons with the Bengals, his offenses averaged 15th in yards and 15th in points and 15th in points and 7th in yards.

Jackson was fired after two and a half seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns after producing records of 1-15, 0-16, and 2-5-1. The tie, as many of us remember, was versus the Steelers.

Jackson will never get a head coaching position again in the NFL, but he did have a modicum of success as offensive coordinator.

What’s intriguing to me is what’s happening (or not) with Canada. He appeared to be a shoo-in in Pittsburgh, then suddenly he wasn’t. It makes you wonder what’s going on behind closed doors.

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