In his two years in Oakland Hue Jackson took a lifeless offense and made it a top 10 performer. His one year as the team’s offensive coordinator was impressive enough that Al Davis quickly promoted Jackson to his first head coaching position.
One year as the head coach and one ill-advised press conference later Jackson is back on street looking for work. Thus far there has been little to no interest reported in Jackson’s services.
Jeff Fisher’s hiring of Brian Schottenheimer to coordinate the offense in St. Louis ended another potential opportunity for Jackson. It is highly unlikely Jackson will get any head coaching offers so an assistant position is his best bet of being employed in the NFL.
There are those that think the Indianapolis Colts should reach out to Jackson for their head coaching gig but that looks unlikely. Given the way Jackson threw his entire team under bus after a bitter end to the season, general managers around the league have got to wonder if he is truly head coach material.
No doubt Jackson’s swagger can rub his players the wrong way. But that usually goes for most outspoken coaches. In the end winning is all that matters. With a .500 record Jackson can’t boast of being a winner. However there were moments during the season in which Hue had the Raiders playing at a high level.
There is no telling what the word on Jackson is around the NFL at moment. However the silence speaks volumes. I’m sure some team will eventually give Jackson an opportunity. The question is when, if ever, he’ll get the chance to be a head coach again.