News from the What Took So Long department broke today as the Oakland Raiders named offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as the new head coach. This move comes as no surprise as rumors of Jackson replacing Tom Cable have been circulation since the season began. What was a surprise was that the Raiders would make the move after Cable led the team to their beast season since 2002.
But that’s the Al Davis way.
Jackson was a big reason why the Oakland offense more than doubled its point production from last season. Well, having a healthy Darren McFadden didn’t hurt either.
The team released an official statement to announce Jackson’s promotion and he will be formally introduced tomorrow. I’m sure Davis is dusting off his new coach jumpsuit as we speak. It’s been a full two years since he’s had the chance to don his coaching press conference duds and no doubt Al is anxious.
For Jackson this marks his first head coaching experience. The L.A. native has been a California fixture having played quarterback for Pacific and made coaching stops at Cal State Fullerton, Cal Berkeley and USC before breaking into the NFL.
Best of luck to Coach Jackson! He’s going to need it as the honeymoon period with Davis is usually short lived. When the Raiders hired Jackson last year I knew he’d be a perfect fit as the offensive coordinator. Hopefully he’ll have as much success as the head coach. Hue would be advised to keep one eye over his shoulder though. You never know what Al’s agenda is and as Cable found out results mean little. Doing things Al’s way is the only way to stay employed in the East Bay.