Hue Jackson told Ravens.com his job as Raiders offensive coordinator will be to take over the offense.
“I’m hired as the offensive coordinator, and I’ll be the primary play-caller,” Jackson said. “That’s my role. It’s a chance to go out and assist the head coach and be the best offense we can be.”
Coach Tom Cable called plays for the Raiders last season, but indicated at his season-ending press conference he was open to the idea of giving up some of his responsibilities, believing he may have stretched himself too thin.
Jackson said that while he talked with Cable, most of his time was spent with the owner.
“Tom and I have had some good conversations, but I spent most of my time talking with Mr. Davis,” Jackson said. “What a man. He’s one of the guys in this profession that you would like to have an opportunity to sit down and talk with, let alone work for. My conversations with him led me there. Hopefully, things will work as planned, and I think we’re capable of doing it.”
Jackson and Cable worked together at Cal in 1996.
Jackson has been offensive coordinator in two difficult situations for a single year in the NFL.
In 2003, with Steve Spurrier as coach, Jackson’s offense was ranked 23rd overall (291.2 yrds per game), was 22nd in scoring (17.9 points per game), 21st in passing (187.9 yards per game and 22nd in rushing (103.3 yards per game). His quarterbacks were Patrick Ramsey and Tim Hasselbeck. The Redskins finished 5-11. The previous two years in Washington, Jackson was running backs coach.
In 2007, Jackson joined Bobby Petrino in Atlanta, leaving the staff of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he coached wide receivers from 2004 through 2006. The Falcons were 29th in scoring (16.2 points per game), 23rd in total offense (301.0 yards per game), 18th in passing (206.0 yards per game and 26th in rushing (95 yards per game. Jackson’s quarterbacks were Joey Harrington and Chris Redman.
At the NFL level, Jackson has coached running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks in addition to being a coordinator. He was also an offensive coordinator at Cal under Steve Mariucci (1996) and at USC under Paul Hackett (1997 through 2000).
Whether Hackett will be involved with the Raiders offense this season is not certain. I’ve been told he’s not with the team at the Senior Bowl, although he could be a late arrival or have other business.
Late in the season, there was talk that Hackett’s blunt reviews of JaMarcus Russell didn’t sit well with Davis.