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Chicago must grin and bear it

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 2:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Priesttj, Cut The Bullcrap

    A Little Perspective.

    The 80yr old GM produced this:

    09′ 5-11
    08′ 5-11
    07′ 4-12
    06′ 2-14
    05′ 4-12
    04′ 5-11
    03′ 4-12

    7 Straight Double-Digit Losing Seasons. (NFL Record)

    Al Davis:

    Lowest attendance in the NFL.
    2nd least valuable franchise in NFL.

    In the last 7 years:

    5 Head Coaches,
    8 Starting QB’s.
    1 General Manager, Al Davis

    Since Free Agency:

    6 winning seasons in the last 20.
    3 winning seasons in the last 15.

    Do you really believe scapegoating YET ANOTHER Head Coach is going to solve this mess?

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    r8eray . read my lips NO MORE BLACK QUARTERBACKS !

  • Norco Bob

    Posting links is for little girls,..and old fools.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    SF AD….

    LOL…nah, was a faded blue original paint, stock rims with BFG t/a radials. Even had a bench seat. Ugly, but hauled the mail, once in got goin….

  • Mistabr0wn

    0bama isnt black hes a bi-racial socialist with purple lips who depends on a teleprompter to talk to 6th graders.

    ____________________________

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    A black man in America gives you visions of “Hitler”? I have visions of you smoking crack.

  • M Lonetree

    The list! There’s the list!

    Yama ticks off another one.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    69 camino is my weak spot, where is here, I’m on the water on East coast, very east!

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    dig dat 909 , i bet

    this rambo is pretty bloody , cool.. makes up 4 finally watching that movie ALEXANDER last night . might as well wore a skirt and watched lifetime movies. i thought it would be cool like TROY. no dice…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Not sure Priesttj,

    Most head coaches get to pick their assistants…not clear Cable has that authority…also its known that Davis sets the defensive framework.

    Don’t put your head in the sand and pretend that Davis doesn’t have heavy influence.

    While Jackson is a good hire, there is a reason why the top tier candidates will not consider the Raiders

  • Mistabr0wn

    SnB, dont feed the animals and they will go away..

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Kell, you arent the only raider fan with a vette, calloway is 10 miles from here and did my vette!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Posting links is for little girls,..and old fools. Hahahaha Hehehehehehehe, Hahahahahaha.

    Signed,

    Doofus.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    860TC…

    Was going to park mine and restore it, but a dude offered me more than a fair price, and I sold it.

    Kinda wish I hadn’t though…

  • Norco Bob

    old kell,..have you ever considered getting high?..smoke some grass?…I suggest you do…I promise you your anger, jealousy, bitterness,..will all go away…. :)

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Satan, try a 6, then get back to me!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Cali car, 909? I would of given you my ole lady for it!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Barback is going to freeze spending after he raised spending by about 9 TRILLION dollars. What a deal! Hope & Change!

    Only the KoolKells and MR’s of the world are suckers enough to drop to their knee’s for such a failure.

  • Mistabr0wn

    He will just wakeup the following day back to square 1

    ____________________

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    old kell,..have you ever considered getting high?..smoke some grass?…I suggest you do…I promise you your anger, jealousy, bitterness,..will all go away….

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    860TC…

    Also had a 70 cuda, with a 340, 727 trans. Back in the early 80′s… Wicked fast….wrecked it…

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    We did get change! Now how much is this going to default this nation. Who is going to pick up the tab Kell, I need some sound advice!!!!!!

  • Norco Bob

    Mista, Im trying to help the old fool,..pot really is a miracle…old kell is always angry, clearly jealous,..full of hate towards honkeys like me,…he needs to let go and smoke some reefer,..daily.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    909, 71 cuda, 383, sold it for $200, lol

  • mack-madden

    I recomend prescription cough syrup to everyone.

    Just a couple drops into your sprite.
    Or simply just kiss the botlle a couple times

    Have u relaxed n ready for bedtime.

  • http://www.ralphlicciardi.com/images/ibew.gif r8eray

    State of the Union Address on in 3 minutes?

  • Mistabr0wn

    Ok, if you said daily the first time Id be onboard with that but 1 time wouldn’t do him much good.

    KK is prob on his knees in front of the Tv watching 0bamas state of the union lies & empty promises address.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    860TC…

    Yep, had a little rust in one front fender, at the door fit. The Cuda was perfect, bought it from the original owner, who took it to the dealer for ALL repairs, and maintenance. Had a stack of invoices 3 inches thick…

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    909, Had a 74 RR, 440, with pistol and Air Grabber, it was sweet, should never of sold that car, but bought a 69 GTO convertable, that needed too much and lost money both ways, such as being young…….

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    obama ! yaaaayyyyy yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Barback is probably going to blame Abraham Lincoln for his failed economic policies..

  • M Lonetree

    Mistabrown,

    blaming Obamarama for the current state of affairs in the U.S. is the same as blaming David Klingler for the failings of the Bengals.
    a flawed leader in a woebegone situation.

  • Mistabr0wn

    We can impeach him already ? What do we do with Joe Biden & Nancy Peelosi ?

    __________________________

    # SATANFEARS ALDAVIS Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    obama ! yaaaayyyyy yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    860TC….

    $200.00? ouch…

    The dog & pony show is on…..

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

    All right…..got my popcorn ready!!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Yes Lonetree, why would hold him responsible for a full year of his failed Domestic & Foreign policies?

    That would be silly..

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    909, during the gas wars, but my best friend owned a gas station, good friend!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Every President in History has been held accountable for a full year of his agenda but we need to give this imbecile a pass ?????

    LMAO

  • Mistabr0wn

    I wonder how many party crashers made it through 0bamas top flight security team?

  • mack-madden

    Mr koolkell.

    I recomend you DO NOT try smoking weed.

    Side affects can leave u PARANOID.

    I wouldn’t want u to suffer from that disorder

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Bait and switch, my friend, he’s spent more time out of this country kissing Azz, then helping his own country, like Kell, cut and paste!

  • Mistabr0wn

    The most Liberal Left Wing nutjob Pres in Amer History…

    Barback purple Koolaid Lips 0bama!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Whats up Nation? Politics!

    how many think Hue will be the HC by mid season?

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, I don’t believe it – after being completely and utterly humiliated in the blog yesterday, you’ve actually returned?

    Man, after having your single worst day ever in here, I thought you’d be hiding near your wife’s bosom, suckling gently on her teet for comfort.

    But look at you, you mangy old mutt, you creep back in here and continue right where you left off.

    I really thought after you topped off your crap sundae yesterday by blatantly lying about posting that article and taking full credit for writing it (that’s called plagerism in most schools, Krappy), you’d reached your absolute lowest point as a human being.

    But here you are, attempting to go even lower. It’s a few hours until your nightly feeding, Krappy, so … let’s see how far down you go!

  • Mistabr0wn

    U lie !

  • http://atm Raider O

    Legalize it!
    Let KK smoke it!

  • http://atm Raider O

    O Mock Draft 3.0:

    1- LB McClain
    2- DT T Cody or J Odrick
    3- OT Jared Vladheer
    3- DE Austen Lane
    4- LB Micah Johnson
    5- CB Walter Thurmond
    5- KR/PR Leroy Vann
    7- OG Cord Howard

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Add McCluster to your draft board. Saw him in practice and he makes everyone else look in slow motion. No way the old man passes on him.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    But we still support 12.5 million illegal aeliens collecting benifits in California, go Pelosi! I’m in!

  • Mistabr0wn

    We have a used car salesman for a Pres.

    pitiful..

  • http://atm Raider O

    I can’t add anymore players. Trust me I do want too.

    McCluster
    Dunlap
    Ryan Matthews
    Trent Williams
    Sean Weatherspoon

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Smile, wink ,wink!