Jackson, also 50, served as the New York Jets’ assistant defensive backs coach the past two years and replaces Daronte Jones, whose contract expired and was not renewed. Prior to his time with the Jets, Jackson coached defensive backs with the Tennessee Titans (2016-17), Detroit Lions (2013), Washington Redskins (2004-11) and Buffalo Bills (2001-03). Jackson played nine seasons (1991-99) as a defensive back for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and helped the team to a berth in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Simmons, 46, returns for his 18th season with the Bengals, making him the longest-tenured coach on the staff, as he has spent his entire time in Cincinnati leading the team’s special teams units. His value hasn’t gone unnoticed, as several NFL coaches have praised his coaching ability and he proved a helpful resource to Taylor in his first year as a head coach in 2019.
“Darrin has done an excellent job with the special teams unit for a long time, and he is an integral part of this organization,” Taylor said. “I look forward to his continued help going forward.”