Hue Jackson is doing whatever he can to get his team ready for the Monday Night opener against the Denver Broncos. After going 0-for-the preseason Coach Jackson needs to get that first taste of victory as an NFL head coach. Being that the Raiders have had a very forgettable recent history of primetime defeats it comes as no surprise that some unconventional methods are being put to use.
Instead of practicing in the afternoon yesterday, Coach Jackson scheduled a night session complete with an imported bank of portable lights. Hey, whatever it takes to beat the Broncos I’m all for. Though you have to wonder what this means to a team full of professionals.
I mean it’s not like we’re talking about a bunch of high schoolers from rural Indiana that made it to the finals of the state tournament here. What’s next? Is Coach Jackson going to measure the goalposts just to prove the field in Denver is the same as the one in Oakland?
If this helps to improve on the last time these two bitter rivals clashed on a Monday Night opener then by all means, get this squad in the primetime mode ASAP. Although by not having DeAngelo Hall on the field the Raiders stand to be better anyway. But that is a memory I’d rather not revert to.
What makes coaching in the NFL such a challenge is constantly finding new ways to keep paid professionals motived and humble. Tactics like this might seem a little unconventional but they could prove valuable in building team chemistry. Anything to breakup the monotonous routine while simultaneously preparing the squad for the challenge at hand is welcomed.
Now if Coach Jackson really wanted to impress he’d have had Al Davis import the Andes Mountains to the East Bay to prep his team for the altitude in the Mile High City. Then again, you don’t want to pull out all the stops in week one.