Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing multiple sources, reports that the Bengals denied USC and the University of Miami permission to interview OC Hue Jackson for the head-coaching vacancies.
According to Florio’s source, Bengals owner Mike Brown didn’t want to create any distractions for the team while they’re in a great position to make a deep playoff run.
Florio adds that Jackson has no issues with the Bengals’ position to have the team focused strictly on this season.
Both USC and Miami have since filled their head-coaching positions, but Jackson will clearly be among the top candidates for head-coaching job in the NFL once the regular season is over.
Ian Rapoport previously reported that Jackson is viewed as a “hot candidate” with the Titans being interested in possibly hiring him.
The Dolphins have also come up as a team that could be interested in at least setting up an interview with Jackson.
Jackson replaced Tom Cable as the Raiders head coach back in 2011, but he lasted just one year before he was fired after they hired Reggie McKenzie as general manager. He led the Raiders to an 8-8 record.