The Arizona State Sun Devils have an opening for offensive coordinator and former NFL head coach Hue Jackson is emerging as a strong candidate for the job. Arizona State offensive coordinator Ron Likens will not return.
The Cleveland Browns fired Jackson midway through the 2018 season, and he joined the Bengals staff as an assistant coach. But did not return when Marvin Lewis was let go.
Jackson coached at Arizona State from 1992 to 1994 as the teams running back coach. He also coached at Cal and USC before moving on to the NFL level. If hired by Arizona State, here is what Hue Jackson would bring to the table.
Coach Jackson loves the power running scheme. In his time as a play-caller, he has had a lot of success at running the football. Jackson likes to utilize pulling lineman on trap plays and tosses to the outside. With quaterback, Jayden Daniels, Jackson could run zone-read games because of Daniel’s athletic ability. I can see Jackson using the running style of the Baltimore Ravens, mixing the power running game in the zone-read system.
Down Field Passing
Jackson likes to take shots down the field; he loves for his teams to make big plays in the passing game. The former Browns coach wants to use alignment shifts to try and confuse the opposing defense. Jackson will also implement some trick plays to make big plays on offense.
Along with the deep passing games, Jackson likes to use exotic formations to try to cause mismatches and help the quarterback what the defense is doing. Sometimes the offense will shift back to regular formation if the team does not like what the defense is doing.
I think Jackson would be an excellent hire for the Sun Devils, he would bring creativity and excitement to the offense. Daniels had fantastic freshman season throwing 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Daniels would only get better with Hue Jackson as the coordinator. So let’s see what happens in the next couple of weeks.