Hue Jackson is a Perfect fit for Raiders

Jackson is a great choice to join the staff in Oakland.

Don’t confuse him with Wolverine even though he will be heading up the Weapon X Project for the Oakland Raiders in 2010.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Hue Jackson has agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. While the new hiring has yet to be made official by the organization, Jackson himself has confirmed the story with the following statement.

 “After much consideration I have decided to accept a position as offensive Coordinator with the Oakland Raiders.”

 Jackson’s hiring would appear to be a perfect fit for the Raiders in many ways.

The L.A. native was previously a quarterbacks coach with the Baltimore Ravens where he helped with the rapid develop of Joe Flacco. Under Jackson’s tutelage, Flacco was the 2008 NFL Rookie of the Year and led the Ravens to the AFC title game. In his second season, Flacco threw for over 3,600 yards and 20 touchdowns, the first Ravens QB to do so since Vinny Testaverde. Now, Jackson has the greatest project of all: developing JaMarcus Russell into the franchise QB Al Davis so covets him as.

In addition, there is a great level of familiarity with the current coaching staff in Oakland and his hiring would all but indicate that Tom Cable and the majority of his staff will be back in 2010.

Jackson was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons during the 2007 season where he worked with Cable who was coaching the O-line and the two men spent some time together at Cal State Fullerton and Cal Berkeley in the past. Paul Hackett, the current quarterbacks coach, employed Jackson as his offensive coordinator while he was the head coach at USC.

The Raiders’ young core of wide receivers could learn a thing or two from Jackson also. He was tapped to coach the Cincinnati Bengals’ receivers from 2004-2006. During his time in the Queen City, Jackson coached up Chad Johnson Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmanzadeh to become one of the most dynamic duos in the NFL.

Not only does he have the coaching resume, Jackson also has a little first hand experience as he played quarterback for the University of Pacific. This is an invaluable trait for a coach trying to reach a young signal caller like Russell.

This is a positive move for the Raiders. Cable admittedly had too much on his plate last season and badly needed a dedicated offensive coordinator. Cable’s play calling was wildly inconsistent in 2009 and he also took it upon himself to work with the make shift offensive line as well. Now, Cable is free to do what he does best: Motivate and lead.

Don’t be surprised if you also see Jackson working with the running backs. After all, the man did coach the position while coordinating the offense for the Washington Redskins in 2003.

Given all the different hats he’s worn, maybe it’s not too far fetched to consider Jackson one of the X-Men after all.

Update: The Raiders have made it official and announced Jackson as the team’s offensive coordinator. Also, Pro Football Talk speculates that Paul Hackett could be on his way out. Great news all the way around for Raider Nation!

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  • Slam

    The fact that Tom Cable hasn’t been formally retained as Head Coach for the 201 season is pathetic.

    Jim Zorn was hired by the Redskins as Off Coordinator, then a week later awkwardly hired as head coach. We all saw how well that worked.

    Hue Jackson’s quote :( cue-up sound of time bomb ticking )” I spent most of my time talking with Mr Davis, what a man…”

    Great, another Joe Bugel.

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  • Grilla RFL

    Chris Shellcroft are you so unimformed as a journalist that you don’t now that Tom Cable has been retained as the head coach. Did you not hear his press conference where he stated that all this mess had been only speculation by the media. He and Mr. Davis have been talking, but not about his job, but about what they are doing to go into the next season. You guys just like to keep stupidness going. At least have a little professionalism.

  • Slam

    Hey Grilla –

    It’s “know”, not “now”…

    you know ?

    And you’re wrong about Cable; Herrera’s most recent comments are that Davis and Cable “have met”, and Davis continues to ponder the future

    The fact is, Cable will be the HC not because Davis wants him ( he’s already slammed Al’s golden boy JaFattAss Russell ) but because NO ONE worth a damn will take the job.

  • Slam

    Here’s what the Hue Jackson signing means :

    Al Davis now has his “guy”, and he’s stripped Cable of play calling duties, and he still hasn’t actually stated that Cable will be retained as Head Coach. He can hold Jackson over Cable like a sledgehammer..always the threat of being fired. Jackson will publically declare his commitment to Jamarcus, Cable will make cryptic comments about him.

    Al loves keeping his head coach in the dog house; he had Art Shell breathing down Shanahan’s neck, he had Mike White ready to steal Shell’s job, he pitted Rob Ryan against Kiffin…all very predictable stuff

    This all makes Davis feel important, like a spoiled child, and it GUARANTEES 2010 will be another 5 or 6 win season, with all the dysfunctional drama that goes along with it. If you buy season tickets you are rewarding Al Davis for holding YOUR TEAM ransom.

    Hey, whatever blows your dress up. Keep pretending the Raiders are on the right track. Wear that face paint. Talk about Marv Hubbard.

    It’s your money.

  • http://www.howtoget360waves.com/ 360 Waves

    Hugh will be ok… not that the Raiders problem was coaching