Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 2/17/12

Almost exactly four months ago, Hue Jackson, then the Raiders head coach, pulled off a midseason stunner with the acquisition of quarterback Carson Palmer.

Now, Jackson finds himself as a member of Palmer’s previous employer.

Funny how the NFL works sometimes.

According to various reports, the Bengals hired Jackson an assistant special teams/secondary coach on Friday. He’ll reunite with Marvin Lewis, whom he worked under from 2004-06 as the team’s receivers coach.

It’s an odd fit for Jackson, who’s regarded around the league has one of the more creative offensive minds.

Though, after his season-ending press conference with the Raiders, in which he basically threw everyone — but himself — under the bus, it’s no surprise that he couldn’t land a better gig elsewhere.

He’ll probably try to re-surface as a coordinator next offseason, but it has to be disappointing for Jackson, going from a young, up-and-coming head coach on the rise to settling for a menial low-level assistant job.

Talk about a fall from grace.

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