CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from July 10, 2019.
For the past two seasons, Hue Jackson has remained out of football.
But it appears the former Cleveland Browns head coach could be eyeing a return to the NFL -- and it could come with one of his team's biggest foes.
According to ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Pittsburgh Steelers interviewed Jackson for their offensive coordinator vacancy earlier this week. The Steelers opted not to retain offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner following their 48-37 loss to the Browns in the AFC wild card round earlier this month.
After being hired as the Browns' head coach ahead of the 2016 season, Jackson amassed a 3-36-1 record before being fired midway through the 2018 campaign. From 2016-17, Cleveland went 1-31, recording the NFL's second-ever 0-16 season in 2017.
After being fired in 2018, Jackson rejoined the Cincinnati Bengals' staff as an assistant coach for the remainder of the season. The move didn't sit well with several of his former players, including quarterback Baker Mayfield, who publicly criticized Jackson's decision to take a job within the Browns' division, which resulted in Cleveland facing its former head coach twice that season.
“He left Cleveland and goes down to Cincinnati,” Mayfield said after Jackson took the job in Cincinnati. “It’s just somebody that was in our locker room, asking us to play for him, and he goes to a different team who we play twice a year. Everybody can have their spin on it, but that’s how I feel.”