Unless he has designs on starting his head coaching career at the bottom rung – Carolina or Denver – then Hue Jackson is set to assume the throne in Oakland. How long it will take Al Davis to stroll down the hall and offer the job to Jackson is anybody’s guess. For now, it would appear all but certain that things are shaping up perfectly for Jackson.
The biggest domino of all – Tom Cable – fell earlier in the week. With a seemingly smooth path paved for Jackson to go from coordinator to head coach, the only other obstacles were outside offers.
Just a few weeks ago there were rumors out there that Jackson had suitors-a-plenty in the NFL. Right about now that well has run dry.
With Jim Harbaugh changing his place of work from Palo Alto to The City, Jackson’s earlier meeting with the 49ers looks more like a Rooney Rule compliance and nothing more. Hue was thought to be a possible replacement for Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. At least he was until Lewis was retained by the Bengals.
Unless Jackson is setting up interviews for other vacancies in the NFL or quietly plotting a return to college ball then he has noting else to do now but sit back and wait for the inevitable to become reality. Again, no telling how long that will take. Perhaps Davis will trot out the usual suspects to interview just to make it look like he didn’t intentionally stick that knife in Cable’s back.
So bring them on. Let’s hear those familiar names again of Marc Trestman, Jim Fassel and Winston Moss. Let’s spend another week or two engaging in pointless debates and aimless media speculation. Let’s do what we always seem to do about this time – speculate on who will be the next ex-coach of the Oakland Raiders.
I hope Hue has been paying attention. Come this time next year we could be saying the same things about him as Davis will be unsatisfied unless his Raiders magically become Super Bowl contenders. Then again, unless they’re contending the Davis way then it won’t matter how well Jackson does. He’ll get Cable’d if he dares to do things his way.
So, while we wait for the obvious to occur, why not speculate on something else? Why not ask the question everybody really wants to know? Hey, Al Davis, why don’t you come down from your perch and coach this team?