Anytime you’re a head coach and your team gets stomped to the tune of 28-0 you’re going to have some hard feelings. Those same feelings are made doubly painful when it comes at the hands of your long time rivals. Now what can take that pain from Matt Ryan uncomfortable to Joe Theismann unwatchable is when you spend the entire week playing cute with your QBs only to see them throw a six pack of INTs.
All of the above and then some is what Hue Jackson was mulling over as he made his way across the field to engage in pleasantries with Todd Haley after Oakland’s embarrassing defeat yesterday. Once Jackson was face to face with Haley, a little of that emotion spilled over as the two shared a tense moment.
Jackson pulled a page from the book of Haley and did a little finger wagging while giving the bearded one from Kansas City a piece of his mind. You’ll recall Haley did something similar with then Broncos coach Josh McDaniels last season.
Jim Harbarugh rough handshake followed by Jim Schwartz “do you want a piece of me?” this wasn’t. Jackson perhaps wasn’t pleased with Haley taking a shot at the end zone late in the game. Or it could just be the nature of this bitter rivalry as tempers were running hot before the game even began.
Whatever it is that got to Coach Jackson he can’t do much finger pointing unless there is a mirror involved. His confidence is contagious and is big reason why the Raiders have elevated their play this season. However he might need to dial it down a little after a week of ego massaging left little time to prepare his team for Sunday. At least that’s the way the squad performed.
Overall it wasn’t a horrendous effort by Oakland. The defense played well enough despite giving up some crucial third downs. Without Darren McFadden and at the mercy of Kyle Boller the offense was non-existent.
Again, these issues all fall on the coaching staff.
Jackson can be made at Haley all he wants. It’s not like Jackson called out Tony Dungy after all. Haley is about as level headed as Sonny Corleone. This only adds to the rematch in December. Hopefully it also adds to Coach Jackson’s preparation. I’d much prefer Coach to put his energy into firing up his team than flirting with the media and fingering opposing coaches.