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Jackson plans to take on a larger role

The Sports Xchange
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The Raiders are looking for a new front office executive. Hue Jackson will in all probability be looking for a new defensive coordinator.

Whether Oakland needs the first hire in place before concentrating on the second is yet to be determined.

Following a 38-26 loss to the Chargers that prevented Oakland from winning the AFC West title and earning a home playoff game against Pittsburgh, Jackson talked of having "a stronger hand" within the organization.

Ultimately, that will be up to owner Mark Davis, who hasn't spoken to the media since his father died Oct. 8.

Jackson said at his season-ending press conference that he expected to be included in the hiring process but wasn't sure how much.

It isn't known whether Davis and CEO Amy Trask are looking for a strong general manager who deals with personnel as well as salary-cap issues, or more of a numbers guy dealing specifically with the cap while Jackson and the personnel department deal with the roster.

It appears Chuck Bresnahan, who returned as the defensive coordinator after being dismissed following the 2003 season, could be on the way out again.

The Raiders' defensive collapse against San Diego -- the Chargers never punted and Oakland gave up a 99-yard drive after closing to within 31-26 -- was only the most recent poor performance.

Defensive meltdowns also occurred in a Week 2 loss to Buffalo, an AFC West loss to Denver and a late-game collapse against Detroit.

"It's unacceptable," Jackson said.

The head coach said he expected to be sitting down with staff members soon, and he hinted changes would be coming, both in terms of personnel and scheme.

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