Replacing Al Davis is going to take a team effort. While that is complimentary to Mr. Davis and his work ethic it is also problematic for a franchise that has only known one voice for nearly 5 decades. Still, the team spirit should be as infectious in the front office as it is in the locker room.
Today Hue Jackson made good on his word of jumping in and making personnel decisions. The Raiders, under the reported guidance of Coach Jackson, acquired Aaron Curry from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2012 and a conditional mid-round pick in 2013.
For Coach Jackson this marks a truly amazing career arc that has taken off in in only his second season in Oakland. Arriving as an offensive coordinator last season, Jackson made as many headlines for his swagger as he did for the amazing overhaul of the Oakland offense in one short season. That performance would be good enough for Al Davis to give Tom Cable the bump and bump up Jackson to the head coaching position.
Now, here he is, just over one year removed from his initial hiring as an offensive coordinator making personnel moves in the front office.
No telling how Coach Jackson’s initial trade works out. It is certainly a Davis-inspired move. What with the Raiders rolling the dice on an athletically gifted yet underperforming high draft pick.
What also remains to be seen is how the infrastructure in Oakland’s front office will shape up. Right now I’m sure it’s all hands on deck, however eventually a football mind will have to be brought in to run the show. Coach Jackson might be up for the job but it would be best if devotes his time to concentrating on getting his players ready each week. Don’t want to start spreading the head coach too thin while he’s still trying to get the silver and black back to the playoffs.