According to Chris Mortensen, Vikings HC Mike Zimmer is expected to hire an offensive coordinator at some point in the near future. However, it’s unlikely that Hue Jackson will get the job, despite recent reports that he was a candidate worth watching for Minnesota.
Mortensen adds that Vikings interim OC Kevin Stefanski’s contract expires Tuesday, which will work as a deadline of sorts for Zimmer.
A few days ago, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune heard from sources that the Vikings hiring Jackson was becoming “more of a real possibility.”
However, Goessling says that the key will be what GM Rick Spielman thinks of Jackson as a candidate.
The Bengals are expected to interview Jackson for their vacant head-coaching job.
Jackson has been viewed as a potential successor to Marvin Lewis, who will no longer serve as the team’s head coach.
Jackson, 53, began his NFL coaching career back in 2001 as the Redskins RBs coach. He worked for the Bengals, Falcons and Ravens before he was hired by the Raiders as their offensive coordinator in 2010.
Jackson was later promoted to head coach but lasted one season at the helm. After four years with the Bengals, Jackson was hired as the Browns head coach in 2016 but lasted just over three years in Cleveland.
The Bengals hired Jackson as a special assistant to HC Marvin Lewis.
During his time as the Browns’ head coach, Jackson led them to a record of 3-36-1 (8.8 percent) and no playoff appearances.