Though he has yet to be named head coach all signs would indicate Hue Jackson is days away from becoming the next ex-coach of the Oakland Raiders. The biggest clue of all is that Al Davis is beginning his assistant coaching search. While it might be Jackson making the calls, it is Davis who ultimately hires the staff.
Today, the Chronicle reports that former Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is rumored to be headed back to the East Bay to replace John Marshall. Ryan has spent the last couple years in Cleveland after spending 5 seasons in Oakland.
Now here is where it gets a little odd which, for Davis standards, is normal.
Ryan would return not only return in a defensive coordinator capacity but would also be Jackson’s assistant head coach. Hue, don’t look now but you’re being setup to get Cable’d.
It was reported that there was some interest in Ryan from teams with head coaching vacancies. Perhaps sensing he let another one get away, Davis could be eager to get the more humble of the Ryan Bros. back in Silver and Black. Rob made no secrets that he enjoyed his time in Oakland and knows all too well how to deal with Davis.
Ryan actually said everyday in the Raider organization was like “Christmas” and he consistently denied Davis having any input on the defensive scheme. Right, I guess that every defensive coordinator Al Davis hires just so happens to think playing a 4-3 base with man-to-man coverage and little to no blitzing is just coincidence.
To be fair, Ryan did experiment with a 3-4 one of his years in Oakland and his hesitancy to blitz could be related more so to his personnel than Davis’ desires. Time will tell on that one. Marshall’s defense still couldn’t solve stopping the run but he sure did dial up some dandies when it came to getting pressure on quarterbacks. Well…most QB’s except the likes of Chad Henne…but that’s another story. None the less, Ryan knows how to give the company line so he’ll have no problem working his way back in.