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Jackson in no-lose situation

We have no idea if Hue Jackson is capable of reversing the fortunes of the Raiders offense and making an NFL quarterback out of JaMarcus Russell.

Yet there’s a perception out there that Jackson is crazy for leaving Baltimore for Oakland and should have waited for a better opportunity to open up as a coordinator elsewhere. He was a finalist and a favorite last year when Mike Singletary surprisingly hired Jimmy Raye. The Bears had scheduled an interview before Jackson decided to come to Oakland.

As much as the Raiders are derided nationally, and justifiably so considering their seven-year free fall, the organization doesn’t kill coaches as much as it makes them.

Jackson can’t lose. If the offense struggles and Jackson is out after a year or three, he’s still a 40-something head coach, one that had the misfortune of being saddled with Russell and working for an owner and organization seen as bizarre and dysfunctional.

Let’s say the opposite occurs. The Raiders offense suddenly begins to put touchdowns on the board. They run better, they pass better. Whether Russell is at the helm or not, if the Raiders get to .500 and beyond, Jackson becomes a hot commodity. If he actually turns Russell around, he’s a miracle worker.

Jackson would be a young, minority candidate to be included on the short list of every NFL team making a head coaching change. That’s getting a foot into a lot of doors.

In that scenario, Al Davis would be helpless to prevent Jackson from accepting a promotion elsewhere, and you know what comes next. Davis’ stated preference is to have a head coach to call the plays, and assuming Cable lasts through the year, a winning season with a strong offense would likely result in Jackson getting elevated so he doesn’t go somewhere else.

Based on how things have gone in Oakland since 1995 other than the three year oasis from 2000 through 2002, it sounds like pure fantasy, which it very well may be.

So in the event of the continued downward spiral, assuming Jackson has committed career suicide by coming to Oakland would be a mistake.

Mike White joined Dick Vermeil in St. Louis and got a Super Bowl ring as an assistant head coach.

Joe Bugel resumed his career as one of the most successful offensive line coaches in the game with San Diego and Washington.

Jon Gruden got a huge raise and won a Super Bowl after being dealt to Tampa Bay.

Bill Callahan landed one of the plum jobs in college football at Nebraska, and is the right-hand man for Rex Ryan with the New York Jets, one of the most respected assistant coaches in football.

Norv Turner, AFC West doormat in Oakland, dominates it as the Chargers head coach after spending a year in San Francisco as offensive coordinator.

Lane Kiffin went 5-15, was all but hanged in public square and got the Tennessee and USC jobs in consecutive seasons.

The only coach whose career suffered was Shell, who had been out of the game more than a decade.

Jackson isn’t the Raiders head coach, but he’s the most splashy hire of an assistant in recent memory and his career arc won’t be affected no matter how the Raiders fare. If he wins, he wins big. If he loses, he still wins.

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  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Shall we analize you now old kell?

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    you mean analyze… right ???

    i mean…

    you wouldn’t do that to fellow raider fan… would ya???

  • Midwest Fan

    Any of you guys see taking a DE at 8 other than Derrick Morgan?

  • Seymour Bush

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I’d rather have good lines and a good QB, with mediocre punter and kicker, than a horrible QB and lines, with the best punter in the game. It’s just a ludicrous philosophy, to prioritize special teams over offense and defense.
    =========================================

    The kickers are the few holdovers from the Gruden regime. It’s not a priority, in fact our special teams are for the most part pretty weak. But notice that other than Lechler and Jano, we have no 8,9,10 year vets that we drafted during that time. Neither will Tampa Bay in 6-8 years.

  • Plunketthead

    Rico

    You have that boy tied in knots. He might as well just come back as oakglen.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Sure, Seymour. The defensive tackle’s job is to stand there and growl, while it’s on the linebackers and safeties to stop the run.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Charged Down, there is no way the real Alyssa Milano was at your show. She hates Blink 182.

    It was probably Philip Rivers. People confuse him for a little girl all the time.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    It’s not a priority, Seymour? Tell me again what Jano and Lechler’s salaries are. That’s cap space that can be much better applied in higher priority areas, like the trenches, for starters. What we’re spending on special teams considering how bad we’ve been is just f’n ponderous. Only the Raiders. Only Al Davis. And it’s insane. It doesn’t win games, …Seymour.

  • Seymour Bush

    Midwest Fan: no. The reason is Ellis and Seymour have some life left in them, and Shaughnessy, Scott, and Jay Richardson still have some promise. DE at this point, is not a priority.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I’ve wanted to bone Alyssa Milano since I was in the 6th grade.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Something has always really turned me on about Alyssa. Don’t know what it is. The look in here eyes, or something.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Plunketthead Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Rico

    You have that boy tied in knots. He might as well just come back as oakglen.
    ===========================================

    How does he have me tied in knots? He’s a known troll, who only comes here to pick fights with others. He never says anything and when he does, you can find absolute FACTS to tear it apart in seconds. He claimed Henderson gave up the most sacks in the league. He didn’t. He claimed Satele was weak. He’s not. Don’t encourage him. He is a known troll.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Alyssa Milano couldn’t carry one of Jessica Alba’s pasties…

  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ Charged Up for Superbowl Victory

    Seriously, here is a picture my bro took of her hugging me: http://cache.boston.com/images/bostondirtdogs//Headline_Archives/BDD_AM_6.3.07_gett.jpg

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    OAKGLENN STOP RESPONDING TO THEIR BAIT!

    Jesus Christ, man, when will you get it? don’t you see what they’re doing?

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Senior Beeecham Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Charged Down, there is no way the real Alyssa Milano was at your show. She hates Blink 182.

    It was probably Philip Rivers. People confuse him for a little girl all the time.
    ——————————-
    Do you have your pants down, when you get your rocks off in here?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    They’re both hot, and far out of my league, Pete.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    She looks hot, as usual, Charged up. But with all due respect, she looks kind of uncomfortable.

  • Seymour Bush

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Sure, Seymour. The defensive tackle’s job is to stand there and growl, while it’s on the linebackers and safeties to stop the run.
    ==============================================

    Actually, that IS the job of the DT’s. To take on the blockers and allow the pursuit to clean up. But if you knew something about football you would have known that.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    And, it might be time for a screenname change, “Charged Up for Super Bowl Victory”. Unless you’re charged up for Indy or N.O.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, that must be a prelude to you posting an article – and claiming credit for writing it – about guys who take their pants down and get their rocks off.

    But seriously Krappy, why don’t you tell the blog why you’re a wimpy old PLAGIARIST. Everyone is dying to know.

    The time to come clean is now, Krappy!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour, only to you and Al Davis. To the post 1985 NFL, the defensive line is used to stop the run. Every super bowl winning team has defensive linemen who play the run well.

  • Midwest Fan

    I’m just saying b/c there’s a couple of diff draft sites that having us take different DE’s and I don’t see it either.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Beeech

    Why don’t you tell us what you are?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Al’s probably going to draft another track star receiver. “Russell needs more weapons. That’s our problem”.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Beech is in his apartment, trying to give us the impression he’s in Cancun with a bunch of friends.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Charged Down, that most definitely is not you. After a show with FingerForce 5 you’re usually signing autographs for your parents in the parking lot.

    If Philip Rivers (aka Alyssa Milano) actually did attend one of your shows, she’d only be there to drown her sorrows to a few power punk jams and a mug of Pabst.

  • Plunketthead

    Seymour Bush Says:

    Don’t encourage him. He is a known troll

    Every since you showed up you have gone at it with Rico and you tell me not to feed the troll?

  • Chris in NY

    Charged Up for Superbowl Victory Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    Seriously, here is a picture my bro took of her hugging me: http://cache.boston.com/images/bostondirtdogs//Headline_Archives/BDD_AM_6.3.07_gett.jpg

    ————————-

    That is clearly an Alyssa Milano autograph signing of some sort. She’s holding a pen and you can see part of her name on the sign in the background.

    Still, it must be better than a Chargers Super Bowl victory since that has never and will never happen.

  • Raiders4eve

    MR

    Jano and Lechler will get paid well if they leave the Raiders, as you saw in the playoffs its hard to find good kickers, Jerry Jones would jump up on having both of them play for his team.
    As far as priority goes, I agree for this team we dont need to kicker getting payed 4 mill each, I would rather draft a 6th rounder and undrafted free agent to kick and punt for this team. Pay that 8 mill to someone like Hampton or Wilfork if we trade for him.
    Bottom line, the reason we are not a playoff team is really clear to anyone who understands football. Its the QB position, this league is becoming a pass friendly game. Wrs are protected from CBs. A little hold and its pass int penalty. Thats how teams are winning, not running the ball but passing the ball and playing defense. Our defense would be hella good if we had an offense that gave them time to breath. Stopping the run while well rested is easier than stopping the run when you forced in the field every other second. Our offense needs to control the time of the clock. It all begins in finding a good QB. Therefore, I think the only way we would be good is if we get a new Gannon who could revive his career been a Raider, who is that, Mcnabb. Mcnabb is a pro bowler a good QB that struggles occasionally in philly, he is not appreciated by the philly fans. If he comes here, he could start playing and being himself, our media would love him. We need a QB more then OL, DL or anything.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Our run defense is living in abject poverty!

    Stopping the run starts up front. This BIZARRE strategy Oakland employs to have backup caliber DTs and rely on the strong safety to stop the run is WHY this team is absolute garbage right now.

    You want to stop the doggone run? Get a big boss NT that commands double teams and clogs the running lanes.

    Al DAvis has to get out of his mind the idea that all 11 players should be either pass coverage or pass rushers.

    The Raider defense is the weakest in the league. A bunch of speedy players that get blown off the line of scrimmage snap after snap after snap

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, how long can you avoid the topic of why you blatantly plagiarized that article from the Bleacher Report (a lame one, at that) and pretended you wrote it?

    Really, Krappy, in a lame blog career filled with one low light after another, this was as low as even you could possibly sink.

    Come clean, Krappy. It’s the only way!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Build the lines. That’s all. Build the lines. The keys to the Ravens and Jets have to do with O-Lines that allow for a strong running game and give the QB time.

    Our soft to the touch o-line is the worst in the nfl.

    Why? Because Davis is out of his mind. He keeps drafting receivers and cornerbacks.

    This team has no toughness…

  • Senior Beeecham

    MR, you dim witted tool sack, will you pay attention for once?

    The Baja 2010 Surf Pajama Jammy Jam isn’t taking place until this Summer.

    And if you want to receive your invitation, you better brush up on your Spanish and learn how to properly sanitize a school bus latrine.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Real Madden Raider. I like Pike out of Cincy. He looks good. But, do you go after him in round 1?

  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ Charged Up for Superbowl Victory

    Jessica Alba is boring. She doesn’t even give me wood.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Raiders4eve, what I meant was that since we’re not winning, there’s no reason to have high paid kickers. If you already have a team, that’s a different story. Hence, prioritizing. You build the offense and defense first, then special teams. We have no offense or defense, and we’re paying our punter and kicker like kings?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Why are you guys arguing over hot celebrities that none of us will ever get the chance to hook up with?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    “dim witted tool sack”, that’s good, beecham. I’m devastated.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Plunketthead Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Rico

    You have that boy tied in knots. He might as well just come back as oakglen.
    ======================
    He’s rather humorous when I’m not here as well..asking “where did he go” then following with begging others ‘don’t reply’, then he posts 5 in a row to me.

    You’re right, lol..he’s a basket case.

  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ Charged Up for Superbowl Victory

    Speak for yourself MR, I have a much higher chance of sleeping with hot celebrities than you guys. I am in a rock band.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I have never and will never have a girlfriend or wife or even one night hook up with anyone as hot as Alyssa or Jessica, well, at least not again. In my early 20s I overachieved a little. There’s no need in arguing over who’s better. That’s an argument for guys who can get them, all 10 or so of them, worldwide. not us.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Charged Up for Superbowl Victory Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Jessica Alba is boring. She doesn’t even give me wood.
    ================================
    So, you’re a Brad Pitt kind of guy?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Charged up, that picture doesn’t indicate it. Alyssa looks nervous. Total courtesy hug.

  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ Charged Up for Superbowl Victory

    I am a Brad Pitt kind of guy. That is what Alyssa told me.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    She’s hugging you the same way she’d hug her brother. Heck, the way guys hug each other. Alyssa’s giving you a bro hug. She’s not looking you in the eye, her head’s turned away from you…She’s not attracted to you. Roll sound: Biz Markie

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Charged Up for Superbowl Victory Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Speak for yourself MR, I have a much higher chance of sleeping with hot celebrities than you guys. I am in a rock band.
    =====================
    Of COURSE you are.

    And so is my son. As soon as he’s done with his homework, he can turn his Ps3 on, and voila’..Rockband it is.

    And I’m sure both of you will score big tonight ;)

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Charged Up, show us the picture of you hugging Tom Cruise, and we’ll show you the difference between a sexual hug and a friend hug.

  • Chris in NY

    What’s the matter Charged Up? Couldn’t make it to the signing of “Choked Up: The Nate Kaeding Story” with a foreword by Scott Norwood.

  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ Charged Up for Superbowl Victory

    Sounds like MR is jealous.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Jealous of what, you going to an Alyssa autograph signing and getting a hug? Jealous of the time you have on your hands, if anything.