By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 8:09 am in Oakland Raiders.
Let’s see . . . Hue Jackson, Jim Fassel, Marc Trestman . . . what do these guys have in common?
Each either has been asked (in the case of Fassel and Trestman) or will be asked (in the case of Jackson) how to fix quarterback JaMarcus Russell. And you just know Kevin Gilbride will be asked for his thoughts for a second straight year.
Then Al Davis will formulate a plan regarding their answers, plus new theories about how best to protect the quarterback and run the ball with three running backs, and determine how to proceed.
Nobody’s affixing their name to the sources, of course, what with Cable still technically being employed and all.
Not sure why Davis does this to line coaches, but in 1994, the situation regarding Art Shell was so protracted there never was a firm firing date, only a way-after-the-fact recognition that Mike White had become the new coach. Joe Bugel waited 16 days after the regular season finale to find out he was gone. Cable hits Day 17 today.
Davis could be in the process of building a staff around Cable, or, was was subjected when Cable lost his interim label, the coach could be involved in the whole process.
By the way, Davis’ yearly declaration that lots of coaches are interested in the Raiders job came from an unlikely source _ Bills’ G.M. Buddy Nix.
“Don’t ever think you can’t fill coaching jobs, even if they’re bad,” Nix said.“Oakland gets a lot of calls. Don’t say I said that.”
There have been various moments when the Raiders have been said to have hit rock bottom, but that might be it.
Getting dissed by the general manager of the Buffalo Bills.
The guy who just made Chan Gailey as his head coach popped off about the Raiders.
The same Chan Gailey who was fired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech and most recently offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs.
We’ll see if the Raiders confirm anything today . . .