Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune is hearing that the Vikings hiring Hue Jackson is becoming “more of a real possibility.”
According to Goessling, Vikings HC Mike Zimmer could try to hire Jackson if he doesn’t get the Bengals’ head-coaching job.
However, Goessling says that the key will be what GM Rick Spielman thinks of Jackson as a candidate.
Yesterday, Jason La Canfora reported that it’s possible Jackson could be reunited with Zimmer in Minnesota if Kevin Stefanski ends up moving on.
Reports have said that the Vikings would like to re-sign Stefanski, who is currently a free agent and has drawn interest from the Browns for their head-coaching job. However, it’s possible that he could get a really appealing offer from another team.
La Canfora adds that Jackson is also a candidate to remain with the Bengals as their offensive coordinator.
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.