The dust has yet to settle on the Miami Dolphins promotion of Dan Campbell but there is already talk that the 2016 head coaching search could begin and end with Hue Jackson. According to several on Twitter, Jackson leads the early, very early, very very very early short list of Dolphins 2016 head coaching candidates.
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I don’t want to get into this too much and frankly it’s more or less a topic for comment debate below. Jackson served as the Oakland Raiders head coach for one season but fell victim to the Raiders incredibly screwed up management structure. In other words, the Dolphins will be no surprise for him.
Joking aside, Jackson is currently the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have looked very good this season and Jackson is a very respected coach in the NFL. He has head coaching experience and has been coaching since 1988.
From 1988 to 2000, Jackson coached a variety of offensive positions at the college level and served as offensive coordinator for four seasons at USC. He has been in the NFL since 2001 where he has coached everything from running backs and quarterbacks to offensive coordinator. He is a very good motivator and easily garners respect from his players.
It’s so early to be discussing possible coaches this far in advance. Especially while names like Kyle Shannahan and Jim Schwartz are also out there but honestly I wouldn’t be doing my job here if I didn’t at least mention one of the names that has been thrown around the last couple of day. There are going to be a lot more names as the season inches along.
We do know that as of now Dan Campbell has a long road ahead of him and it’s highly unlikely that the team turns this season around enough to warrant Campbell keeping the job. Yet if he can get the players to buy into what he is selling, who knows.
Let’s not forget this was supposed to be a team who was going to make a serious playoff run.
Believe it or not, a lot.