By Jon Becker
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 1:37 am in Oakland Raiders.
Another day, another deluge of Raiders rumors.
While there’s no definitive word coming out of Raiders’ headquarters about head coach Tom Cable’s status, there’s a report that Al Davis is already interviewing potential replacements for Cable’s job.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported both Jim Fassel and Marc Trestman, a pair of former Raiders assistants, have talked with Davis about becoming the Raiders’ next head coach. Another thing both Fassel and Trestman have in common is they’re coming off championship seasons — Fassel coached Las Vegas to the inaugural United Football League championship and Trestman’s Montreal Alouettes won the Canadian Football League title.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported the Raiders have asked for and received permission to talk with Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson. It’s not clear what position Jackson will be interviewing for, though it’s possible it would be as offensive coordinator — either taking the reins from Cable or running the offense for the new coach.
Connecting the coaching dots, Jackson served three seasons as USC’s offensive coordinator under then-Trojans head coach Paul Hackett from 1998-2000. Hackett is the Raiders’ current quarterbacks coach. Jackson also spent the 1996 season as Cal’s offensive coordinator, where one of his co-coaches was Cable, then the Golden Bears’ offensive line coach.
The 44-year-old Jackson enjoyed his greatest NFL success as the Cincinnati Bengals’ receivers coach (2004-06), where he received a lot of credit for developing Chad Ochocinco (er, Johnson) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh into top-flight receivers. That’s a skill that could potentially serve him well in Oakland, where last year’s No. 1 pick, Darrius Heyward-Bey, had a disappointing season.
Jackson has been second-year Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s only quarterbacks coach. However, Jackson has received some criticism for not elevating Flacco’s game this season.
Finally, NFL.com first reported that ex-Raiders defensive line coach Mike Waufle will interview for that same position with Oakland. Currently, Dwaine Board is listed as the Raiders’ defensive line coach.