Source: Bears to interview Jackson
Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson is scheduled to travel to Chicago Tuesday morning to interview for the Bears' offensive coordinator job, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Jackson just completed his second season with Baltimore and his ninth overall in the league.
"Hue really has a presence," said former NFL quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck, who played for the Redskins in 2003 while Jackson was their offensive coordinator. "He can stand up in front of the room and have the attention of all 25 guys on offense. Some coaches aren't able to command the room. Hue can, and he does it quite well."
Jackson played a key role in developing Joe Flacco in Baltimore. He also coached Carson Palmer at Southern California. That experience could make him attractive to the Bears, who have a lot riding on quarterback Jay Cutler.
"He's the kind of guy who would call plays based on what suits his personnel best," Hasselbeck said. "Ultimately, that's what good coaches do. Look at [Kansas City head coach] Todd Haley, people though based on what he did in Arizona with Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, that he was a guy more comfortable in the shotgun. Then he gets to Kansas City, and he we see he wants a tailback, fullback, and two tight ends to run a more traditional style."
Hasselbeck added: "The Bears have invested a lot in Jay Cutler, so do something [offensively] he's good at. There are a couple quarterbacks in the league that would be great no matter where they go," Hasselbeck said. "But the majority of the guys, even those who are Pro Bowl caliber, need to be in a system that fits them. My brother [Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck] is the same way, despite going to Pro Bowls and playing in a Super Bowl, he benefited from being put in a system that fit him, rather than being forced to fit in a system."
The Bears fired offensive coordinator Ron Turner in early January.
Turner spent nine seasons, including the last five, over two stints in Chicago. He helped guide the Bears to Super Bowl XLI, but was let go after the Bears' offense struggled this season, despite the addition of quarterback Cutler, who threw 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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