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Chicago must grin and bear it

There are worse things than working for the Raiders.

Like the Bears, for instance.

Check out this column by Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times, who can’t believe the Chicago Bears have sunk so low that Hue Jackson turned down a chance to interview to be the offensive coordinator of a team quarterbacked by Jay Cutler and instead went to work coaching JaMarcus Russell.

For all that’s gone wrong with the franchise in recent years, it’s good to know Al Davis still has the ability to close a deal.

Jackson has a monumental task in front of him. Getting Russell on the right path is only part of it. He has two other premium draft picks in Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey who have fallen below expectations, Heyward-Bey admittedly only for a single rookie season.

There is plenty to sort out, and not just in terms of personnel. Considering Jackson said he spent most of his time talking to Davis, it’s clear he’s been handed the keys to the offense. Assuming Tom Cable remains on board, something the Raiders simply can’t bring themselves to say in the same way they did with Rob Ryan a year ago, the lines of responsibility must be clear.

Who decides to go for it on fourth-and-1? Is Cable in charge of clock management, or is Jackson?

Who breaks down practice reps for the offense and selects the starters?

Ordnarily, that’s the job of the head coach, with input from the offensive coordinator.

But these are the Raiders, and job descriptions and titles can be extremely vague. You’d think all this was sorted out during the interview process, but the Raiders don’t always operate that way. Davis gets the players and coaches he likes, puts them together, and figures they’ll work it out. Occasional conflict is a natural part of the process.

Considering the problems the Raiders had on offense last year, entrusting it to a new face, presumably one who can bring in some energy and enthusiasm, is a good thing.

However it works out, training camp just got a lot more interesting.

Heading over to San Francisco in awhile for a guest spot on “Chronicle Live,” unless they wise up find someone else . . .

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  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    you must remember curious george added nearly 5 TRILLION to the national debt in his 2 terms after having inherited a healthy 10 year projected budget surplus of 5.6 trillion..And before Obama was sworn in the CBO projected the annual deficit to be 1.2 trillion….This is CLEARLY a publican and a curious george caused problem…..And Obama should BEAT IT TO DEATH JUST LIKE curious george did with 9/11….ok I’m done ;]

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    4EVA, George inherited 911, and Katrina, it wasn’t that long ago, remember the facts…….

  • Norco Bob

    Old kell is an old fool, grew up on welfare, now hes a broken down old man thinking government health care is a good thing,..thats how loser welfare types like old kell roll,…old kell types want the government to take care of them,..welfare mentality,..Old kell has had generations on welfare,..thats all he knows,..hes an old fool.

  • http://www.elvis.com Lucifer-666

    Clinton handed Bush a surplus he went through it faster than a “Democrat”

    Bush wasted money and got this country in the worst recession since the great depression and BO is supposed to fix this by not spending?

    Please do explain how your up and coming Republicans would fix this mess?

  • Norco Bob

    Notice how he will reference ” white men” once in a while?…hes not hard to see through,..old kell is a jealous old man of white folks,..he neednt be, but he chooses to be…hes an old fool.

  • Kirk

    Reagan and the two Bushes created 92% of the National Debt. Go to reaganbushdebt.org.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Reagan set Clinton up with hugh war chest, Clinton, Dem’s, gave it away, as I recall, no?

  • Norco Bob

    And if you think old kell likes jamarcus for any other reason that hes black, youre wrong,..but Im sure all in here know this already,..old kell, jealous old fool,..of davis, white people,..old kell consumed with hate,..its dominating his daily life,..clearly shows in here,..sad old fool.

  • http://www.elvis.com Lucifer-666

    Reagan’s legacy will forever be the man who forced old people to eat cat food and proclaim Ketchup as a vegetable so he could cut school lunches to fund his nifty Star Wars space project!!!

  • Sweep The Leg.

    The only thing more depressing than Raider talk in 2010, is listening to Raider fans debate economics and partisan politics.

    Where’s the Tylenol?

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Star Wars defeated the USSR. What have you done lately?

  • Sweep The Leg.

    I wish Darth Raider would throw Emperor Al down the shaft of the Death Star.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Let’s face it, we are now a world family, and all of us in this world need to take care of each other. There is no other way, Race, Politics, Religion, aside, we inhabit the only known orb that gives us the RAIDERS! Can’t we all just enjoy this?

  • Norco Bob

    I go to every game Todd,..and more then enjoy it,.I love it!!!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Reagan set Clinton up with hugh war chest, Clinton, Dem’s, gave it away, as I recall, no?
    ——————————
    Reagan & Co, Popularized Trickle Down. Ran up the highest deficits in history at the time.

    Bush Sr “read my lips” raised taxes to counter Reagans Deficits.

    Clinton brought in “Peace & Prosperity” Internet Boom, and Budget Surpluses.

    Dumbya Bush, it went all to hell.

  • Norco Bob

    lol,..the old fool is back, from his googlie machine…lol,..back to prove what an old fool he is.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I go to every game Todd,..and more then enjoy it,.I love it!!! I pop pills, get wasted on Tequila, smoke weed, hahahaha, hehehehe, ahahahaha.

    Totally wasted dude, hahahahaha, hehehehehehe, Yuck, yuck, yuck.

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    Bush DIDNT ‘inherit” 9/11 860….it HAPPENED on HIS WATCH

  • Norco Bob

    kell, you and your family grew up on welfare,..clearly.

  • Norco Bob

    Kell looks at government health care as another welfare check. old fool.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    Nate Kaeding has “slight” groin tear, will miss pro bowl. Miami kicker Dan Carpenter, named as replacement.–pft.com
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Seabass, must be out of the country on vacation, and the Miami dude was picked just cause he was in town…

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Boob

    Do you sell drugs in the parking lot?

  • Norco Bob

    old kell, likely 4th generation welfare case.

  • Norco Bob

    Nope,..i buy them.

  • Norco Bob

    old kell,..I see brian keeps calling you step n fetchit,..could you ask your googlie machine what he means bythat? thanks old man.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    old kell, likely 4th generation welfare case. Hehehehe, Hahahahaha, Hehehehehe, Hahahaha

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Has our country ever been so partisian?

    Just about every bill that has ever been passed, whether it was a blue/red pres, with a blue or red house and senate, has done so with some form of blessing from both sides of the isle.

    Bush gave the rich the tax cuts, but guess what McCain voted against it and Feinstein and Boxer voted for it.

    The fix is in!!!!

  • Norco Bob

    uh oh,..old kells missing for a couple minutes,..Im thinking,..yes,..the old mans on his googlie machine again!!!! lol

  • Norco Bob

    Jerry Brown for prez.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Everyone blames Bush for the war, but when that first bill passed, it went through like 410-2.

    They all are to blame.

  • Norco Bob

    old kell,..why is it a certain group of people in this country want the government to support them?…welfare,..food stamps…section 8,..government health care,..nobody I know wants that,..I bet everyone you know wants that,..welfare case mentality.

  • Norco Bob

    I love the war,..shouldnt stop now,..should start bombing Iran,..North Korea,..but the homosexual president we have now too scared to fire a gun,..yes I went to the book signing of his male lover at barnes and noble,..gross.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    4Eva, congressional hearings on Oliver North, 1996, spelled out, Congressional Question to ON, Who Do You Fear Most In This World….ON…Answer= Osama Bin Ladin, congress laughed. Clinton had the information, had the ability, too stop the most terrific assault on our Nation, ever, and was too busy staining dresses. Some leader!

  • mack-madden

    I grew up on welfare

    Not a big deal cuz all my friends grew up on it too.
    Didn’t think anything of it. Thought it was the norm.

    I thought the whole world got food stamps.
    I would buy friends/neighbors foodstamps in exchange for cash.

    $20 cash can get u $40 food stamp coupon.
    It was an easy double up as far as my family was concerned

  • Norco Bob

    Its ok Mack,..you have a friend here,,,..names old kell. lol

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    doesnt matter it happened on curious george’s watch

  • Norco Bob

    Al Qaida could have been wiped out in 90`s,..Clinton chose not to, was busy with other things…lol,..typical hillbilly…he was a good ol boy, rather stupid though, and a compulsive liar.

  • mack-madden

    It’s cool. I know it’s ok.Not ashamed of it
    very proud actually.

    No thanks on having koolkell as a friend.
    Nothing against him but then I’d have to defend him.
    I fight for my friends. He got too many enemies here

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    If Obama’s grandfather had had property seized for dealing with the enemy (Nazi Germany)

    Bush and the Union Banking Corporation
    Bush was one of seven directors of the Union Banking Corporation, an investment bank controlled by the Thyssen family, which was seized in October 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act as being owned by “enemy aliens.” The assets were held by the government for the duration of the war, then returned afterward.
    In an article relying on conspiracy theorist John Buchanan’s work, The Guardian stated that the company formed part of a multinational network of front companies to allow Thyssen to move assets around the world.[8] The Alien Property Custodian records state “Whether all or part of the funds held by Union Banking Corporation, or companies associated with it, belong to Fritz Thyssen could not be established in this investigation.” [9] The seizure of companies under the Act were designated “classified” and declassified in 2002 when all similar records were declassified.[10][11][12][13]

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    I know 4-Eva, A wink and a chuckle is the Dem’s favorite ploy, look at Pelosi…..Wink..Wink..Wink

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    well 2012 cant get here fast enough 4 me

  • Norco Bob

    Sorry old kell, too much,..condense it and I will read it.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar

  • Norco Bob

    And mack, old kell doesnt have alot of enemies in here,..just one,..himself….(especially when hes drunk in here)..lol

  • Norco Bob

    Sorry Old kell,..dont do links either…lol silly old fool….by the way, not that it matters, but I never liked any of the Bush`s,..Jerry Brown for prez.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    has greg oden ever played in an nba game ? or is he always hurt for the season in the preseason ?

  • priesttj

    I have heard often and vehemently that no coach worth his salt would come and work for the Raiders n coach with options worth anything would chose the Raiders only coaches with no where to go or on their way somewhere else would come here.

    We have also heard often that players would rather play anywhere else but here. After Richard Seymour came the media said he would neve stay. He says he wants to cme back. But Jerry insist he doesn’t want to it’s his only option. Now Hue Jackson wants to come here instead of with another team even the team he was with which was a playoff team. he left to come here.

    So who’s LYING??? your eyes or the media. Jerry wants everyone to believe it is insufferable here but we keep getting great coaches to come here. Who’s Lying your eyes or Jerry?

    Hue obviously knows that he has to work with Russell and has signed on to do it. Now who’s crazy? is Russell unsalvagable or is it that Hue doesn’t know what he doing either?

    Stay tuned!!!!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Norco, if you have investments in China right now, or your bank does, and we go to war with them, your investments are held up, til the war ends, another pointless Kell post, but at least he’s coherent on things in 1942, maybe he’s finally coming around?

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Doofus Boob

    This stuff is a little over your head, go pop a pill for a minute.

    Hehehehe, Hahahahahaha

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    fukk reagan fukk bush ,,,, that is all