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Davis’ selection of Jackson key to 4-4

A 4-4 record isn’t cause for celebrating as they will on Market Street Wednesday, but for most anyone who has followed the Oakland Raiders since 2002, it’s worth at least a sigh of relief and a feeling of promise that lies ahead.

No need to rehash the ugly details, other than the man who by virtue of his position at the top who gets most of the blame ought to be awarded some credit for getting the Raiders to somewhere approaching respectability.

The Al Davis dividing lines are pretty clear. He’s either the doddering old man responsible for the cliff dive of a once-proud franchise or the savant who has endured bad luck and endless conspiracies to find his franchise in the dumper.

Even Davis, if he made himself available to the media, probably wouldn’t say the Raiders are back until they’re in the postseason, and with a .500 record after eight games, it’s far from guaranteed the Raiders will get there this year.

But to get this far, it’s impossible not to acknowledge that Davis’ decision to retain Tom Cable and bring in Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator has been one of the biggest reasons his team has gone from laughingstock to trendy contender.

Rather than make another coaching change at season’s end, Davis chose to keep the embattled Cable and allow him to concentrate on the overall picture. Cable has one of those personalities who would rather add duties to his own job description rather then delegate. It was clear by the end of the 2009 season that Cable would delegate or be gone; he conceded at his season-ending press conference he thought he’d done too much.

In came Jackson, and while it’s not the Raider way to talk about how that transpired, the new offensive coordinator made it clear before being forced to take a temporary vow of silence that it all happened following a lengthy interview with Davis.

So here we go again. Davis, hiring a coordinator his head coach didn’t necessarily want and expecting it to work.

Except through eight games, it’s been a huge upgrade. Cable seems adept at handling a roster similar to the way Jimmy Johnson did with Dallas, entrusting his coordinators, taking a view of the overall picture, and occasionally getting down and dirty with his specialty on the offensive line.

Jackson had little play-calling experience, serving briefly behind Steve Spurrier in Washington and Bobby Petrino in Atlanta as a non-play-calling coordinator. But his learning curve is impressive of late, considering the 1,045 yards of total offense racked up in wins over Denver and Seattle.

Jackson has gotten dramatic improvement from a Raiders offense despite using two quarterbacks, not having a veteran wide receiver and breaking in a rookie left tackle in Jared Veldheer. He’s incorporated some power blocking schemes with Cable’s stretch-and-cut zone.

Darren McFadden has blossomed. Fullback Marcel Reece is being put in positions to utilize his unique skill set.

Most important, the Raiders are getting into the end zone. If you recall, Davis’ simplistic but accurate criticism of his last few head coaches has been, “We’ve got to score.”

How about 21 touchdowns through eight games _ that’s four more touchdowns than they scored all last seasons. That puts the Raiders on pace for 40 touchdowns or more, a figure they haven’t reached since getting 53 in 2002, and we all remember what happened that season.

Here’s a look at where the Raiders are through eight games with Jackson as opposed to their output last season and their rank in the NFL:

Total offense: 2010_8th, 366.0; 2009_31st, 266.0

Points per game: 2010_4th, 26.5; 2009_31st, 12.3

First downs per game: 2010_10th, 20.1; 2009_31st, 14.6

Rushing yards per game: 2010_2nd, 168.5; 2009_21st, 106.3

Rushing touchdowns: 2010_tie, 2nd, 9; 2009_27th, 7

Passing yards per game: 2010_20th, 197.5; 2009_29th, 159.8

Third-down pct_2010_20th, 34.7 percent; 2009_30th_29.6 percent

Time of possession:2010_8th, 32:14; 2009_27th, 28:18

Touchdowns: 2010_4th, 21; 2009_31st, 17

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  • ArmChair GM

    Armchair GM

    We disagree. The fact that you think highly of Elihu Harris says it all. I’d imagine you are a big Ron Dellums fan too. I DO live in Oakland and have for the last 65 years. As far as the A’s go – screw them, I’m not a baseball fan. Murder rate has nothing to do with the Mayor. They keep cutting the cops back, what do you expect? He brought a lot of redevelopment back to the core city. And, as with the crime issue, the Mayor has no control over rents. As far as your point #4 goes I’m not sure of who you are speaking of but nobody has been worse than Ron Dellems – a Mayor, who was asked by the families of the 4 slain cops, to not attend the funeral services for the Oakland 4 who were KIA.
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    JB where in Oakland do you live buddy? Rockridge? Piedmont?

    And I never said I was an Elihu Harris supporter. And I never said that I was a Ron Dellums supporter. I think 99 percent of politicians are crooked and have their own hidden agendas.

    Maybe you’re old and losing it buddy, so you’re seeing things that aren’t there.

    And because YOU don’t like baseball, we shouldn’t care about the A’s and keeping them in Oakland. How retarded. Do you know what a downtown ballpark would have done to revitalize downtown Oakland?

    And did you actually say that the MAYOR has NO control over CRIME! Are you serious! I’m embarrassed for you cause you’re you’re probably too far gone to be embarrassed for yourself.

    Based off of that statement alone I can’t take you seriously.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Morilla, there was no ad campaign for it. No politician got behind it.

  • ArmChair GM

    A 65 plus year old man just said that the mayor has NO responsibility for the cities’ CRIME rate!

    It’s true, we shouldn’t always listen to our elders.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Murder rates typically match poverty levels. Oakland has a very high poverty level per capita. Hence, high murder rate. Makes all the sense in the world.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    I don’t agree that a mayor has nothing to do with crime rates, but I understand JB’s point. Oakland’s problems are universal. There’s nothing unusual about it. Higher poverty, higher crime. It’s that simple.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    And, talk about people we shouldn’t listen to, Jack London Square a ghost town? I was there about a month agao, on a weeknight, and it was packed.

  • ArmChair GM

    KoolKell Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Jerry Brown was a great Gov, and a Great Mayor Of Oakland.

    Look at all the building on the Embarcadero, Old Town, and the New Uptown.

    His main goal was to bring development and housing downtown, and he did that.
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    So with all the issues Oakland has, we should applaud Jerry Brown because he built some condos downtown???..

    Another example of why we shouldn’t always listen to our elders.

  • JB

    What makes you think I care whether you take me seriously or not? Crime is controlled by the police and the courts. There are 3 major gangs in Oakland that contribute to the majority of the murders. Cutting back on the OPD will not make the crime rate go down. Actually, OPD is doing a great job with the tools they have available to them.

    As far as the A’s go, I’ve already shared my opinion on that. If it is between the A’s & the Raiders, I’m a football fan and will come down on the side of the Raiders. If the A’s want to have a new ballpark downtown, let them pay for it, not the taxpayers. I now live in Montclair but was brought up in East Oakland. Brown has been the Mayor most in support of the OPD. I have firsthand knowledge of that statement.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    JB Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    What makes you think I care whether you take me seriously or not? Crime is controlled by the police and the courts. There are 3 major gangs in Oakland that contribute to the majority of the murders.

    …………

    Nonsense. Most Oakland murders aren’t even gang related. I see you’ve been watching your basic cable scarefests on gangs, like the absurd “Gangland”.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Also, gentrification is something that was country-wide throughout the ’90s. Guess Jerry Brown is responsible for the gentrification that took place in every other major city in the 1990s, too?

  • ArmChair GM

    JB says…

    Murder rate has nothing to do with the Mayor. They keep cutting the cops back, what do you expect?
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    Wrong again buddy…Brown came into office in 1999. By the time Brown left office in 2007, Oakland’s police force was 803 strong, a 25 percent increase from 1998.
    Yet the HOMICIDE rate spiked 57%!

    Being mayor is like being Al Davis, you have to take credit and responsibility for the good and the BAD!

    You can’t take credit for revitalization but shirk responsibility for the homicide rate!

  • DaRayduh

    :roll: politics. brings out the ugly in a lot of folks. what an unfortunate uneccessary waste of emotion aimed at those who have the power to do good things. that governors race/fight was something. All I know is I never saw either one of them on tv in the black hole. Neither one of them got my vote. Couldn’t of voted anyway. don’t live in the states.

  • ArmChair GM

    As for you Madden Raider or whatever your alias this week…you’re entitled to your opinion, and I respect that because I haven’t seen you make any erroneous statement about Oakland on here yet.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m closer to 30 not 70 like some of these guys on here. I regularly went out to Jack London Square and other places during Elihu Harris, Jerry Brown and Ron Dellums watch.

    Compared to what it used to be in my opinion it is DEAD!

    But what’s funny is you guys are talking about the Uptown and Jack London restaurants and what you don’t seem to realize is that most of these have opened up during DELLUMS watch, NOT BROWN’S!

  • ArmChair GM

    New Jack London restaurants…Bocanova, Miss Pearls, Cocina Poblana, Bracina, all have opened during the last 2 YEARS. Under Dellums watch…

    Uptown restaurants and night spots:

    Pican, Ozumo, Mua, Den At The Fox, Mimosa Lounge, Flora, Plum, Bar Three Fifty Three, The Fine Place, Bake Sale Betty, and I can go on and on….

    all these places have opened up with in the last 3 YEARS. Under Dellums watch.

    Again I am NOT a DELLUMS suppoter. His legacy in Oakland will be known as the ABSENT Mayor who nobody hardly ever saw.

    But the reality is most of this NEW Oakland stuff we see has taken place during the last couple of years during Dellums shift.

    I know because I actually LIVE in the area. I live off of GRAND Ave. by the lake right buy Broadway, which is where all of this UPTOWN development is actually taking place.

  • ArmChair GM

    *by Broadway

  • aig-raiders

    Sweep The Leg. Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 10:51 pm
    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Brown’s not giving his acceptance speech until the whore concedes. Hurry up, whore.
    ============================================

    First class, as usual, RMR.
    —-

    RMR not cool dude.

  • ArmChair GM

    Further JB, Coo Coo Kell…

    I know you guys are old and set in your ways, but here are some facts. You guys obviously know very little about politics..

    Here is the TRUTH about Jerry Brown’s so called 10K plan for Downtown…

    http://www.eastbayexpress.com/eastbay/inflating-the-numbers/Content?oid=1082525

    Here is what it says in part…
    Brown’s administration is trying to take credit for housing projects planned during the Elihu Harris administration.

    In fact, Brown himself vigorously opposed one of those projects — the Landing at Jack London Square — after being elected mayor in 1998.

    In the fall of that year, Brown testified at a court hearing in an effort to stop the 282-unit apartment complex along the Oakland Estuary, arguing that the waterfront land should be preserved as open space. But now Brown includes the Landing as part of the 10K plan.

    Bill Claggett, the city’s former director of economic development, whom the mayor ousted in 2003, said that slightly more than half — 1,094 — of the 2,031 housing units completed during the Brown years should be credited to Harris.

    But was 10K really Brown’s idea? According to Claggett, the answer is “not really.” Claggett said he and his staff created the downtown high-rise housing concept, originally for a more modest five thousand units, during the Harris administration. He said that they then presented the plan to Brown in the fall of 1998 before the new mayor took office.

    “Jerry said, ‘I don’t know why we can’t have ten thousand people in downtown,’” Claggett recalled. “And I said, ‘Sure, we can do that; it would only take about 6,500 units.’ Jerry said, ‘Let’s do that.’ And I said, ‘Okay, let’s call it the 10K Program.’ Later, Jerry said, ‘Why ten thousand? That was just a number I pulled out of my hat. ‘”

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    Chew on that seniors…Like I said, you guys are proof that you can’t ALWAYS listen to your elders…

  • raidrum

    stop being negative kids. the old raiders are back. if yer not gonna believe it leave it!
    p.s. talk politics on cnn

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    I don’t see calling Meg Whitman a whore as classless, because frankly, I don’t think she’s even as good as whore. A whore couldn’t hurt as many people in a thousand lifetimes that Meg Whitman would hurt if she got what she wanted. I’m effectively complimenting Meg Whitman by calling her a whore.

  • raidrum

    since when did whitman play for the raiders? and its not jerry brown its tim brown and jerry rice. duh! blah blah blah beat the chefs and take a break

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    We have a regular commenter here who refers to our commander in chief as “president purple lips”. I’m yet to see Sweep The Leg call him classless. Whitman’s a whore. She’s really worse than a whore. Deal with it.

  • raidrum

    i love all whores that aren’t charger fans and dont care if weeds legal politicians dont make my weekend but a raider victory does. like i need a tutorial from a hater rmr

  • ArmChair GM

    Phawk Jerry Brown!!

    Go Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics, and Oakland Warriors!

    Straight Up!

  • ArmChair GM

    Jerry Brown was and will be a better governor than he was mayor of Oakland.

  • raidrum

    al davis for pres!!!!

  • raidrum

    bbq kc

  • AbusedByAl

    Commenting on the OP post by Jerry I guess he is right. But it is too early to crown anybody yet on the Raiders team. I say if we go 8-8 this season it would be big, it would be good and a definite improvement. We are not there yet. Yes I hope we are onto something but the season is at the halfpoint only. The last two wins were good and a novelty but let’s not get too euphoric.

    Having said that, I think we have a chance to win against KC. They played well so far but we were surprising also. So anything is possible.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    # raidrum Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:15 am

    al davis for pres!!!!

    ………

    No politics. Talk football, please.

  • priesttj

    My take on KC is that they are playing with a tn of confidence they’re not very talented but they play weel as a team. The key is to slow that running game. They run a lot of unbalanced lines. They want to overload your defense and overwhelm you at the point of attack. They just run it and run it and run it until they break you. The way you stop it is to score and force them to score which will take them out of that formation and make them do what they’re uncomfortable doing which is throw the football.

    The Chiefs can be beat if we get on top of them with the running game and hit them deep with DHB and Ford. No one can cover DHB one on one and you cannot double him and leave Zmiller open. Another thing Marcel Reece is a devastating weapon because defense are not set up to defend the FB they way they have to defend Reece. They cannot put a DB on him and he’s too fast for a LB he is a matchup nightmare. His ability to catch the ball and run from the FB position is priceless. Because most teams have to focus on the HB very few teams can split out the FB and the HB. It gives us the ability to keep him in the game and split out DMC but give the ball to Reece or toss to DMC.

    If you have all that and DHB and Ford outside there is no way to stop it all if you mix it up smatrtly. This offense has the ability to score 40 points a game with this lineup. If the QB is accurate and has a decent game. That’s why I would keep Campbell at the position because of his arm strength to get the ball into tight spots.

    As Campbell grows more familiar and confident he will play much better as time goes on. I don’t think there is a defense in this league that can keep us under 24 points if we are on point. DMC and Bush are as good a tandem as there is. The OLine is making huge strides and allowing Campbell time to make plays.

    Look out boy’s it’s going to get a lot better. And I havemn’t even mentioned the defense which might be better than the offense at this point.

  • ArmChair GM

    # priesttj Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 1:22 am

    My take on KC is that they are playing with a tn of confidence they’re not very talented but they play weel as a team. The key is to slow that running game. They run a lot of unbalanced lines. They want to overload your defense and overwhelm you at the point of attack. They just run it and run it and run it until they break you. The way you stop it is to score and force them to score which will take them out of that formation and make them do what they’re uncomfortable doing which is throw the football.

    The Chiefs can be beat if we get on top of them with the running game and hit them deep with DHB and Ford. No one can cover DHB one on one and you cannot double him and leave Zmiller open. Another thing Marcel Reece is a devastating weapon because defense are not set up to defend the FB they way they have to defend Reece. They cannot put a DB on him and he’s too fast for a LB he is a matchup nightmare. His ability to catch the ball and run from the FB position is priceless. Because most teams have to focus on the HB very few teams can split out the FB and the HB. It gives us the ability to keep him in the game and split out DMC but give the ball to Reece or toss to DMC.

    If you have all that and DHB and Ford outside there is no way to stop it all if you mix it up smatrtly. This offense has the ability to score 40 points a game with this lineup. If the QB is accurate and has a decent game. That’s why I would keep Campbell at the position because of his arm strength to get the ball into tight spots.

    As Campbell grows more familiar and confident he will play much better as time goes on. I don’t think there is a defense in this league that can keep us under 24 points if we are on point. DMC and Bush are as good a tandem as there is. The OLine is making huge strides and allowing Campbell time to make plays.

    Look out boy’s it’s going to get a lot better. And I havemn’t even mentioned the defense which might be better than the offense at this point.
    _______________________________________________________

    Good post Priest.

  • lefty12

    I have a question about Jerry’s above article.He states Jackson was hired and Cable didn’t necessarily want him.Cable and Jackson worked together before-in Atlanta and in college if I’m not mistaken.We know Davis interviews all prospective coaches so isn’t it possible that while Davis required Cable to have an OC on his staff,it was Cable who requested Jackson be given the chance.

  • Thec07

    Solid Post TJ….

  • Violent Hands

    Lefty12

    So here we go again. Davis, hiring a coordinator his head coach didn’t necessarily want and expecting it to work.

    exactly…they worked together before…more than likey Cable handed Al 4 or 5 names that he liked

  • Plunketthead

    “So here we go again. Davis, hiring a coordinator his head coach didn’t necessarily want and expecting it to work.”
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Scary, you just cant help yourself, can you?
    You and moron Raider are snoozing away right now in your niner jammies

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hue Jackson has definately made his biggest impact on the practice field, livening things up, making people accountable and inspiring confidence.

    His play-calling has had its up’s and downs, and realistically the SF game was one of the worst play-called games I could ever remember. The constant confusion in the red zone and need to burn a TO down there must stop as well.

    But he is improving weekly it seems, and putting up mad points, so I applaud Hue and his work.

    Sometimes, as Jerry always states, it’s not the X’s and O’s, but the execution. Hue gets people to execute.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    JFB, Plunketthead…whats up fellas?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Old saying on Wall Street:

    “Buy on the rumor sell on the news”

    I think you will see this, as September was the best Sept. for the Dow in 71 years, as the rumors of Repubs taking a victory seemed likely. Now that it has happened, I don’t think you will see any major uptick in the market as some expected.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Top of the morning Hwnrdr.

    Heard there is some type of deal on tickets this weekend with a % of ticket sales going to wounded warriors or something like that.

    You know anything about this?

  • hwnrdr

    Not sure about the wounded warriors part, but I do know about the buy one, get one free thing that was last week and this week. They’re trying to fill the seats…

  • tharris236

    It seems that the Jerry Mc forgot that Cable and Jackson have a history together dating back to college days at UCLA and that Cable supposedly trusts him. It’s not like Al went behind Cable’s back and hired someone who Cable didn’t know about, like, or approve of. Stirring up that pot of $#!+ again…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Veterans/military appreciation day it is.

    I guess every team is doing one week of that, so good on the NFL.

  • hwnrdr

    Ahhh…did not know that and that’s right…Veterans Day is next Thursday! Thanks JFB!

  • Carl Weathers

    I just read that Grove worked out for the Raiders yesterday. Baltimore tried him out but didn’t sign him. I guess he’s pretty much done in this league other than maybe an emergency backup role for a year or two.

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning AM crew :)

    it’s a beautiful day.

    the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and Prez BO has a lot of explaining to do!

    Celts & Heat won last night. Raiders are about to crush the local Kansas Pity squad

  • RaiderRockstar

    JFB,

    your boy Harry Reid is still the head of the dems

    thoughts ???

    in NM news … Viva Martinez!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I just read that Grove worked out for the Raiders yesterday

    ***

    CW, Jake Grove?

    who would we get rid of?

    the only guy on the OL who isn’t contributing is Bruce Campbell!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rock,

    My friends in Vegas are none too happy.

    Rumor that some polls already had Harry checked on the ballot, and that he was giving out pizza and starbucks gift cards at the union stations to pull-in votes.

    If your not cheating your not trying I guess!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Rumor that some polls already had Harry checked on the ballot, and that he was giving out pizza and starbucks gift cards at the union stations to pull-in votes.

    If your not cheating your not trying I guess!!!

    ***

    LOL!

    I’m not surprised …

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    Good Morning AM Crew!