Jackson: I’ll call plays


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • DMAC

    Yeah buddy!

  • Yeeeee!

  • # aig Says:
    January 26th, 2010 at 9:39 am


    you are correct that we need more legit talent in here.

    What a grasp.
    “you are correct that we need more legit talent in here.”

    You figured that out all on your own? Oh..wait..someone else did. You just felt compelled to add a big DUH??? to the take?


    Right above the post? It shows who posted. Adding AIG afterward means you aren’t the sharpest tack in the drawer.
    Maybe you forgot who you were posting as?

    Oh…well…that makes sense.

  • # Teabag Says:
    January 26th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Cable is a good coach…. that’s what people are forgetting… The players play for the dude… His play calling is questionable.. But as far as being a HC, he isn’t a bad one.
    Going to make it simple for you.
    Name me 5 things he does right.

    I can name you 10 things he sucks at..my money says you can’t name even 2 things.

    And save the “players want to play for him” garbage.
    Players NEVER, as in EVER dis a coach..even after they leave a team. It’s very rare that even a top star will (See Moss) who doesn’t feel the repercussions at some point.
    Players and coaches always have the politically correct answer when discussing current on goings..

    Of course, that’s until they retire..then all hell breaks loose, lol…


  • jhill


    For the same reasons you have people wanting to see Grads at QB last year. The Oline “seemed” to play better with Walker at LG than Morris.

    Morris = Carlisle and the idea of throwing a really fat guy in there who could open a hole or 2 is better than the idea of Carlisle getting punked again.

  • DMAC

    why does everybody assume that Walker can play RG when he’s never done so in his career? He’s played LT & RT and then LG while Gallery was injured for all of 2 games last year until he got hurt himself …
    Beacause he played well, with very short notice to prepare. Plus he was overweight. A nice upgrade over Coop anyday.

  • RaiderRockstar


  • jhill

    “It’s very unfortunate that this morning that feeling came over me that the right situation for me was to go to Oakland,” Jackson, a Bay Area native, said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “[Oakland] is a place I was very comfortable, I knew the people, knew the ins and outs, knew what to expect. I just felt comfortable and I got to a point where I just didn’t really want to wait any longer, and I didn’t want to lead anyone on.”

    His biggest project is expected to be working with Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who has been a disappointment since Oakland selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2007.

    Russell again struggled this season and was benched by coach Tom Cable for four of Oakland’s final seven games.

    “This guy was the first player drafted. It’s going to be fun to see if we can get him up and playing the way we all wish that he can perform,” Jackson said on ESPN 1000. “It’s not just about JaMarcus. The quarterback takes on a whole life by itself but it’s the team, the whole offensive unit has to perform well around the quarterback.”

  • jhill

    but it’s the team, the whole offensive unit has to perform well around the quarterback.”


    Well, I guess he’s talked to Russell already, lol!

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Oline “seemed” to play better with Walker at LG than Morris.


    re-sign Langston Walker for depth. He can backup Henderson & Gallery on the left side like McQuistan used to …

    this isn’t Madden fellas. hate to be the one to break it to you. you can’t just plug in a backup tackle to start at guard and become a Top 10 rushing team

  • Wow…Jerry’s on top of things today!!

  • aig


    Based on your quotes, the only troubling part about the hiring of Jackson is that Al Davis is intent on proving that Jawalrus can play. I sure hope we do have some real QB competition in camp this year. It doesnt look that way again though.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Late in the season, there was talk that Hackett’s blunt reviews of JaMarcus Russell didn’t sit well with Davis.


    gotta side with Hackett on this one. He’s one of the best QB coaches in the game and if he calls Russell a bust obviously he knows what he’s talking about.

    a lot moreso than a few Raider fans who blame everybody but Russell, despite the fact that he doesn’t “want it” or “get it” as his teammates and other coaches suggest.

  • DMAC

    Cable salvaged Gallery’s career. I think he can do the same for Walker.

  • Jackson’s record isn’t great, but he couldn’t be a worse than Cable.

  • RaiderRockstar

    As OC Jackson’s QB’s were Patrick Ramsey, Tim Hasselbeck, Joey Harrington and Chris Redman…

    now he gets JaMarcus Russell & Bruce Gradkowski.

    LOL. is this guy a glutten for punishment or what ???

  • Meant:

    a worse OC than Cable…

  • DMAC

    Jackson had bad QB’s when he was OC.

  • jhill Says:
    January 26th, 2010 at 10:17 am
    but it’s the team, the whole offensive unit has to perform well around the quarterback.”


    Well, I guess he’s talked to Russell already, lol!


    Good one!!

  • Posted: January 25th, 2010 | Jason La Canfora | Tags: Al Davis, Hue Jackson, John Herrera, Mike Waufle, Oakland Raiders, Tom Cable

    John Herrera, a senior executive with the Raiders, said Monday that the team remains undecided on Tom Cable’s status for the 2010 season, and the talks between the coach and owner Al Davis are ongoing.


    I mean..WTF?

    How hard is it?
    How could they not know?
    If that’s the case, Al has completely lost it..even more so than many imagined.
    If that’s not the case, then it just makes the organization seem as tacky as hell.

    Makes them appear incompetent. It’s saying “Al still can’t quite figure out what he wants to do”.
    Yeah, he might know already, might not.
    Regardless..WHY PROCEED TO HIRE ASSISTANTS, while stating to one and all that CABLE WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE INTERVIEW, where ultimately you might keep the guy as HC?
    That’s crapping down Cables neck, and letting everyone know he’s just your puppet.

    And what if he DOES GET FIRED?
    Again..WTF? Everyone else is doing their hiring..replacing positions..if Cable is released he’s now down to scrambling for something/anything that’s available.

    Either way, just another black eye on how this organization is run.
    Clueless, haphazardly, on a whim.

    Al: “they think I’m keeping him? I’ll fire him..haha.”
    Al: “Who projected it would be Tuesday? Adam? The guy who played Batman? Oh..that Adam. Well..I’ll wait a week. haha”
    Al: “they think I’m firing him..I’m keeping him. haha”
    Al: “Wait. What am I doing again?”

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cable salvaged Gallery’s career. I think he can do the same for Walker.


    Did he salvage the careers of Barry Sims, Kwame Harris, Khalif Barnes, Samson Satele, John Wade, Jake Grove, Chris Morris, Cooper Carlisle, Cornell Green, Paul McQuistan, Erik Pears, James Marten, Mark Wilson, Seth Wand or Marcus Johnson ???

    the odds are stacked against him.

  • RaiderRockstar


  • who broke the site?…

  • Midwest Fan

    It’s not even posting to fast. Just unavailable.

  • DMAC

    Those guys weren’t very good to begin with. Should of been career back ups, not starters.

  • I am sure Jackson has a firm promise in hand that he will take over for Cable as HC as soon as Al has enough “for cause” evidence against Cable….say week 6 of next season or so…

  • RaiderRockstar

    DMAC: Langston Walker was cut and no other team wanted him – as a starter or backup – except Oakland.

    why else would he wait until Week 6 and sign a 1 year deal to be a backup here?

    your dreams of him becoming a Pro Bowl RG are just that – dreams. He has yet to prove anything even close to that kind of production at tackle or LG, much less RG (once again, a position he’s never played before)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Ravens have hired ex-pats DC Dean Pees as LB coach.


    He’d rather take that than the donks DC position!

  • If Cable’s plan is to rely on Walker and Barnes to fix the right side of the o-line, we are in big big trouble.

  • JB

    Now that we have Jackson AND the fact that he’s familiar with Troy Smith, RFA-Ravens, maybe he’ll recommend to AD that we pick up Smith in the off season to compete for the starting QB position. Jackson has unique inside information about Smith and can really make an informed choice. He certainly won’t want to deal with JaBustus unless they just keep JaBustus around to park the cars & sweep up after practice. I really think JaBustus’s days are about done. If he comes to camp over 250# he’s NFL history – the BIGGEST BUST EVER!

  • RaiderRockstar

    If Cable (as HC) has any involvement with the O-Line we are in big trouble.

    He hand picked these scrubs in free agency and probably even convinced Al that he could win with them. He knows Al loves reclamation projects.

    Cable is seriously undermining OL coach Jim Michalczik and even his asst Chris Morgan (his buddies) by taking over while they sit and watch according to Jerry Mac. In other words he’s saying they aren’t doing a good enough job coaching the OL so he needs to step in. Same thing Cable did to Knapp when he stripped away the play calling in 08. sounds like something Al would do. these clowns are two peas in a pod.

  • So, Hackett was stripped of OC duties because he didn’t like Russell. This means that Jackson was only hired because he agreed to work with (translation: take the fall for…) Russell.

  • M Lonetree

    just read an article over on Yahoo Sports. NFL scouts are dogpiling on the Gator superhero.

  • Norco Bob

    The terrible Hue news is that Russell once again starts in 2010…and I thought I had to drink and smoke and pop pills alot in 2009,…damn.

  • lefty12

    if Cables plans are to start McFadden and hope for those 5 yd runs Fargas gets to turn into 80 yd TD runs we are in trouble.Sorry,Dakota,the devil made me do it.

  • M Lonetree


    Hue could fail, could succeed, could do some of both. He isn’t Cable and that is a good thing.

  • JaWorthless

    New England has to be happy about the stock value of their 1st round pick from us next year getting locked into the top 5

  • WenzhouRaider

    yes, he’ll call the plays and be the primary playcaller, until the man upstairs calls and dictates our offense into the ground.