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Raiders get right man

Posted on: January 17, 2011 8:24 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 10:00 am
 

Hue Jackson is the right man to be coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Jackson, who has served as offensive coordinator for three NFL teams, has the right temperament for the job. He is easy-going, yet knows when to use the discipline. He also understands offensive football.

Jackson takes over as coach of a team loaded with speed. When I talked to a defensive coordinator this season about playing the Raiders, he raved about the offensive speed.

"They're like a track team," the coordinator said.

Jackson will get the most out of that speed. He is highly respected by his peers. The first thing he has to do is decide on a quarterback.

Is it Jason Campbell or someone else? If he can fix that, the Raiders could be explosive on offense with all that speed. You know that means something to Al Davis.

Players raved about Jackson's passion at times during practices. I think Jackson will help the Raiders cut down on the dumb errors they always seem to make. He decided to feature Darren McFadden on offense last season, and that seemed to work.

I was one of the idiots who picked the Raiders to make the playoffs. At times, we saw why. They have talent. If Jackson can get this team to be more disciplined -- which I think he can -- the Raiders will have success in 2011.

 

 

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Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:46 am
 

Raiders get right man

Let's get this straight. Cable is the OC, the team flounders. Hue takes over as OC, calling the plays, the team doubles it's scoring and rates top 10 in the league. 
So, we had a head coach whose specialty was the O-Line, and we gave up nearly as many sacks as we caused (which was btw among the tops in the NFL, in both cases). 
This same coach managed to totally screw the season by starting suckkwoski and making moronic statements like "it doesn't matter who the QB is, we are making the playoffs." Only to find how golden boy gradkowski is really just a turd he's been shining. 
You can find him making so many other stupid player personnel decisions. Why is Cable not the coach? He just didn't understand the difference between good and bad. A fantastic work ethic on a lousy player means squat in terms of the NFL... and those were the guys Cable favors. 
We have a harder schedule next season, but Hue's fire and grit, and willingness to call trick plays (although I did get frustrated at the playcalling conservativeness at times, like inside our own 20) will mean a lot to a developing team. Hopefully they do in the offseason what the Ravens did, find themselves a sure handed receiver. 
The team really should not take a major step back without Cable, as his role was largely supervisory the past season, as the main improvements were in player personnel, scheme, and playcalling, on both sides of the ball. Motivation is something that I expect Hue will not have a problem with, and considering that's the only strength I could find in Cable... Smell you later Mr. Cable. And take Sanjay Lal with you. 



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:21 am
 

Raiders get right man

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO HIRING WHITE HEAD COACHES ONLY?
Sportsfan711, what are you talking about?  You must have missed the memos or NFL action for the last many years.  
Raheem Morris? Singletary? Tomlin?  Frazier? all in the last 2-3 yrs or so. 



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:18 am
 

Raiders get right man

"Hue Jackson is the right man to be coach of the Oakland ."

No, he isn't. Hue Jackson is not named Tom Cable. Anyone who is not named Tom Cable is the wrong man to be coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2010. He may be one of the less wrong people for the job, but that is also probably incorrect, given that his only qualifications are actually disqualifications, i.e. relationships with Davis.

"If Jackson can get this team to be more disciplined -- which I think he can -- the Raiders will have success in 2011. "

No, they won't. They'll be 5-11. Again. You can keep your well-reasoned arguments, like the ones that assert that JaMarcus Russell will be a star in the league. The rest of us will just keep being right.



Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Raiders get right man

You know that meant something to Al Davis, who Jackson he calls Coach Davis, which Davis has to love.

Well, we know how Jackson got the job, anyway.  Whether the willingness to brown-nose Davis counts as a prime asset in being an NFL head coach is a big question, though.  If Jackson shows too much deference to Davis' idea and they don't work, he's going to have a hard time keeping control of his locker room.  Raiders' players liked playing for Cable.  They may not have as much respect for Jackson is he looks too much like a Davis flunky and the team doesn't succeed.



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Raiders get right man

He also understands offensive football.

Imagine that, an offensive coordinator in the NFL understanding offensive football. You're getting there, Pete!



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Raiders get right man

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO HIRING WHITE HEAD COACHES ONLY?   REMEMBER, HIRE THE BEST "WHITE MAN" FOR THE JOB.  THE NFL NEEDS MORE DUMMIES LIKE WADE PHILLIPS, MARTY MORNINGWEG, AND ROD MARINELLI.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Raiders get right man

Hope the Raiders season goes about as well as that post



Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Raiders get right man

I wish Hue Jackson all the best and I hope he has a good lawyer.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Raiders get right man

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This is the next best thing Davis could have done.  The best thing would have been to keep Cable as HC and Jackson as OC.  I don't care if he can call plays, the HC must be a leader, a guy the players respect.  That was Cable.  With nothing to gain, we went into KC in week 17 and kicked #$% out of the Chiefs.  Raider players gave up on Callihan, Turner, and Shell; but they never gave up on Cable.  Sorry, I'm not picky. This is Oakland where no one wants to play for Al Davis.  Getting a coach the players bust their butts for is about all we can ask for. 

The thing that pissed me off most about the Cable firing is that Davis has no clue about continuity.  Fails to understand how important consistency is.  Well, he did the next best thing, because at least now we don’t have to install a different offense.  Let's hope Gallery, Bush, etc have chilled out a bit and will come back to play for us. 



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