Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant


Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who was fired by incoming general manager Reggie McKenzie on Jan. 10, has been hired by Cincinnati as the Bengals' assistant coach helping the secondary and special teams, the team announced Friday.Jackson was also Cincinnati's wide receivers coach from 2004 through 2006 and it was his relationship with Bengals president Mike Brown that fostered the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer in October, the Raiders giving up a first-round pick in this April's draft and a conditional second-rounder in 2013."I just want to coach football. I have a long relationship with Marvin and I'm looking to helping and assisting who ever in trying to help the organization attain its goal," Jackson told the Bengals' official site.
"I've got a lot to learn, but who better to learn from than Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer? Those are two guys that I know and I'm comfortable with and Darrin is one the better special teams coaches in the league."The job description would seem to be a fall from grace, of sorts, in that Jackson was the Raiders' primary playcaller the past two seasons as he oversaw a tremendous offensive turnaround in Oakland. He was also reportedly in the mix for the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator position that eventually went to Brian Schottenheimer.Jackson's meltdown following the season finale, in which he ripped his players while saying he planned on taking a bigger role in the entire organization in 2012 after the Raiders lost to San Diego to finish 8-8 and one game out of the playoffs, seemed to seal fate while turning off other teams.The Raiders will play at Cincinnati this coming season, though dates have yet to be announced.

Marshawn Lynch ejected for pushing an official


Marshawn Lynch ejected for pushing an official

ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for making contact with an official.

He was on the sideline to start a 3rd-down-and-16 play in the second quarter, when a draw was called. Quarterback Derek Carr was stopped quickly, yet Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters delivered a late hit many Raiders didn’t appreciate.

A scuffle ensued, and Lynch ran on to the field to enter the fray. You can’t do that.

It seemed like he was getting between Raiders teammates and Peters, Lynch’s good friend and fellow Oakland native. He made contact with an official during the incident, and seemed to push him before realizing the man was wearing stripes.

He was ejected by rule and forced to leave the field immediately. Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official and will possibly face a suspension.

The Raiders were granted a first down, but ultimately missed a field goal attempt.

Lynch wasn’t active on that drive or the series before, spending that time with his helmet off. The Chiefs were ahead 17-14 when Lynch was ejected. He had two carries for nine yards at the time.

Inactives: Raiders without two inside linebackers, Bowman suiting up


Inactives: Raiders without two inside linebackers, Bowman suiting up

The Raiders are aiming to snap a four-game losing streak as they take on the first-place Chiefs Thursday night under the lights in Oakland. And they will be thin in the middle of their defense. 

Cory James and Marquel Lee are both inactive, but a well-known new face is ready to go.

Oakland will turn to veteran NaVorro Bowman, along with two undrafted rookies, Woodson Luster and Nicholas Morrow, to man the middle. 

The following players have been ruled out tonight vs. the Chiefs: 

Cornerback Gareon Conley

Quarterback Connor Cook

Linebacker Cory James

Linebacker Marquel Lee

Tackle Marshall Newhouse

Defensive End Jihad Ward

Tackle Jylan Ware