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Jackson: I have the best job in football

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 12:58 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Working from home today, but beat writer Steve Corkran was good enough to pass along some of today’s interview subjects, which included offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

Some highlights:

On the Yahoo Sports! story which detailed tension between himself and coach Tom Cable

“Just what Tom said, we laughed about it. I’m really surprised. I don’t know where this stuff comes from. We all have a pretty good working relationship. I have known Tom here longer than anybody that’s on staff, other than Mike Waufle, because I worked with those guys before. There’s no truth to it. It’s amazing how things get out there like that.”

On whether his relationship with Cable is `typical’ between a coordinator and head coach

“Maybe it’s a little different because we have a prior relationship. We can talk about other things that happen along the lines of football, along the lines of life, a little bit different than with somebody that you don’t know.”

Whether he’s interested in being a head coach somewhere

“Let me say this: I have the best job in football right here . . I like what I do, I like our players. I like the people I’m around every day. I would be wrong to say that everybody who’s in my position doesn’t want to have that opportunity someday to go be the best they can be. That’s what I want to do. That’s what we all want to do. But I love what I’m doing right now. I’ve got three games to, hopefully, earn a fourth game here. That’s the most important thing I’ve got going.

“My mind is so far away from what’s going to happen down the road because I have a great job here, with great people, a great owner, a great city. I’m enjoying it.”

What if someone calls in the offseason

“I would say if someone calls, I’m not going to tell you I’m going to say no because it depends on what the situation is. But I’m not going to tell you I’m going to say yes, either, because I’ve really enjoyed what’s happening here with Oakland Raider football.”

On why Darren McFadden’s use is mostly restricted to the backfield

“I think a great runner likes to be able to look at the defense and put the ball in his hand and play . . . by putting him out there (as a receiver) now people know all (he) can do is go catch it as opposed to being in the backfield where he can run it and catch it. It gives us an advantage keeping him back tghere also so the defense doesn’t know exactly what we’re trying to do.”

On whether Jason Campbell’s development was helped because Bruce Gradkowski is on IR

“I don’t think that has anything to do with it. These guys are pro football player and there is pressure from every situation . . . everybody handles different stresses differently . . I think just the element of time, knowing who you’re playing with, getting to know them better, spending more time with those guys and then just going out and playing more consecutive games with those players over and over.”

The production of Darrius Heyward-Bey

“In order for Darren to do what he’s doing, it means somebody better be running downfield to get some of these guys up off us a little bit. I think Darrius has done his job. It’s unfortunate but I think everybody has the expectation that he’s supposed to catch seven or eight balls in every game. I don’t think that’s what it’s all about . . .

“This guy was a year ago, was ridiculed, honestly, for dropping balls. I don’t see that at all. We can all agree to that, right? That’s not happening. This guy is catching balls in games. He has more catches than he did a year ago and he’s playing with confidence. I see improvement. There’s no question we want to see the big jump and I think that’s coming. I want him to have that eight-catch game for 224 yards and three touchdowns. I think that’s just around the corner.”

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  • stubblebuzz

    around the corner, huh? I’d like to see a 4-catch, 100-yard, 2 TD game from DHB first.

  • RaiderRockstar

    nice job HUE!

  • Norco Bob

    BFD

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    The fact that we can even discuss the possibility of playoffs in mid-Dec is a testament to this team.

    Even so, with the schedule we had this season, we should have had 10 wins. Now, with 7 losses, I consider this season a disappointment to say the least.

    I, like the coaches, was wrong about Grad’s ability to win games with fire and courage. This mistake is likely the #1 reason our season has not been as successful as we had hoped.

    Still, we have a reason to continue to fight hard, and I hope we do so with passion and determination. The future still looks bright, but the Denver Broncos would like nothing more than to wound us now, and return us to the bottom of this division. They do not want to take over as “laughing-stock” of the league, and they know they are dangerously close. They are going to try and come into our house and humiliate us. For the sake of the psyches of our young talented players, we cannot let that happen. Confidence is Key.

    We need to dictate this game on both sides of the ball for all four quarters. Our special teams needs to step up and our kickers need to play to their potential. It could be a rainy, sloppy, game – but we need to overcome those obstacles in our own stadium. Our run defense needs to on its game, as this this may be a slop-fest. I want to see big John Henderson have his best game as a Raider. I hope Huff and Branch are working on their Tackling as we speak. I want to see McClain in there laying the wood like he did against SD. We are gonna need him in there keeping an eye on Tebow – who, make no mistake, is a load to bring down. I want to see Nnamdi out there healthy, and expose the rookie QB with a pick. I want to see DMAC and BUSH pound the rock ALL DAY LONG! I want to see the Campbell Scramble! The deep balls to our wide-outs will be tough in the rain. Use those check-downs, dump-offs, and screens. Get the ball to Murph, Ford, and DHB with the short-pass, lets see what the speedsters can do with it after the catch!

    Basically, lets be fresh, focused, and on our game. Let the elements help us, not hurt us. Lets play smart football, and lets remind Denver why they are in the basement!

    GO RAIDERS!

  • RaiderDebo

    Hugh is a badass!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    “I want him to have that eight-catch game for 224 yards and three touchdowns. I think that’s just around the corner.”

    Hope so.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hey Hue,

    typical means different?

  • Nnamdi21

    Second level struggles…

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_war_room_3

    Don’t care what this says, if McClain isn’t on the field in Denver I’m freaking out.

  • RaiderRockstar

    is Hue Jackson bipolar?

    NIGHT = “I don’t think that has anything to do with it. These guys are pro football player and there is pressure from every situation . . . everybody handles different stresses differently”

    DAY = “I think just the element of time, knowing who you’re playing with, getting to know them better, spending more time with those guys and then just going out and playing more consecutive games with those players over and over.”

  • Plunketthead

    Dam Suzy is looking fine today
    mmmmm
    mmmmmmm
    mmmmmmmmm

  • Just Fire Baby

    This guy was a year ago, was ridiculed, honestly, for dropping balls. I don’t see that at all. We can all agree to that, right?

    **************************

    Sorry, not in agreement Hue.

    He is improving, but still dropping balls on a damn near weekly basis.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Are Hue and Tom Dating?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I want him to have that eight-catch game for 224 yards and three touchdowns. I think that’s just around the corner.

    ***

    no chance Al Davis is going to draft a WR in the first 3 rounds after this comment!

  • PurpleDrank81

    DHB actually isnt dropping as many balls

  • RaiderRockstar

    Are Hue and Tom Dating?

    ***

    Hue Jax might need an O-Line Coach in Cincy!

  • Nnamdi21

    Bey is an expensive decoy but in theory of we could get 6-4, 225 lb 4.3 40 Schilens and 6-2, 210 lb 4.2.5 40 on the filed at the same time or in rotation, it could be a good thing.

    Raiders. Bigger faster stronger…

    It works if they execute and can stay on the field!

  • Norco Bob

    McLain hit a rookie wall,…not all do, alot do,..hes done for the year,..they can see it in practice hes done,..so he now has a “foot” injury,..BS,…hes just worn out,…they wont let him play because he sucks at practice and not due to any injury.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Murphy & Ford = dropping balls

    DHB = still waiting for balls to drop!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    If Huge ax wants the phone to ring this off-season, we had better win this weekend.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/12/16/tim-tebow-inching-closer-to-first-nfl-start/

    Tebow may start. I hope so. It’s fitting that his first start would be against the Raiders. I hope Rolando plays so he can take his head off.

  • Nnamdi21

    Can’t really bish too much about Hue. Sure, we’d like more wins but have to admit, the offensive out put is much much greater than its been in years…

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    A reason why Cable wont be HC next season is simply because Hue Jackson has done what he was asked to do—improve the offense. It’s been lights out this year. Given how many years other OC’s have struggled to do anything of merit, Jackson has immediately.

    Ie, we’re gonna have to promote Jackson to HC otherwise he’ll get snapped up by another NFL team like Cincinnati.

  • Norco Bob

    Iv got great news!!!!…my ticket rep just emailed me,..no local tv sunday!!!!!….yyyeeeesssss!!!!!!

  • Nnamdi21

    17. Ok…

  • Nnamdi21

    22. Sup GG?

    Barring a strike Hue Jackson 2011 Head Coach of…

    THE DENVER BRONCOS…Aaaaaaaahhhhhh! NOOOOO!

  • RaiderRockstar

    McLain hit a rookie wall,…not all do, alot do,..hes done for the year,..they can see it in practice hes done,..so he now has a “foot” injury,..BS,…hes just worn out,…they wont let him play because he sucks at practice and not due to any injury.

    ***

    Bobby,

    I’m not worried about it.

    Ricky Brown is the same player with a different skin color. Travis Goethel is better than both players! Not sure if he’s mastered Marshall’s Defense though after missing 10+ weeks with that back surgery. May not be ready to start at MLB as “Capt of the Defense”, but he should get a lot more snaps than fellow LB’s Howard, Williams & Davis combined!

  • Nnamdi21

    18. Murphy’s been sub par this year.

    More drops than a can of Maxwell house. Hi-yo! Dated reference alert!

  • Norco Bob

    I never said I was worried about it wannaberocker….to me, McLains been a pretty big disappointment,…couple plays here and there, but average at best.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Travis Goethel is better than both players!
    ____________________________________
    Link? Source?

  • Nnamdi21

    26. Ok…

    Goethel’s got better run instincts but in coverage? Not sure he’s an uprgrade. Torched against the Phins.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Murphy’s been sub par this year.

    More drops than a can of Maxwell house. Hi-yo! Dated reference alert!

    ***

    LOL @ N21, nice!

  • Norco Bob

    Kirk Morrisons playin a hell of alot better in Jax this year then McLain here,…not even close.

  • Nnamdi21

    31. Hi-yo!

  • RaiderDebo

    GG Says:
    December 16th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    A reason why Cable wont be HC next season is simply because Hue Jackson has done what he was asked to do—improve the offense. It’s been lights out this year. Given how many years other OC’s have struggled to do anything of merit, Jackson has immediately.

    Ie, we’re gonna have to promote Jackson to HC otherwise he’ll get snapped up by another NFL team like Cincinnati.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I keeping my fingers crossed you’re right!

  • Nnamdi21

    28. An upgrade over Morrison for sure Bob.

    Lets give him 5 years like we did Capn Kirk. For a rookie to start game one and Captain THIS defense?

    I’d say he’s done pretty good.

    Not a pro bowl world beater yet but an upgrade at LEAST

  • Nnamdi21

    34. Davis is not averse to opneing the check book.

  • RaiderDebo

    Norco Bob Says:
    December 16th, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    Kirk Morrisons playin a hell of alot better in Jax this year then McLain here,…not even close.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yeah. Too bad he was the worst LB in the history of football when he played for the RAIDERS.

  • RaiderRockstar

    McLains been a pretty big disappointment,…couple plays here and there, but average at best.

    Kirk Morrisons playin a hell of alot better in Jax this year then McLain here,…not even close.

    ***

    Jhill, JFB, BAUCE, Ted, Mistic, YA here?

    thoughts ???

  • Nnamdi21

    Uh-oh, Xmas starting early…

    Its 1:21 on the West Coast and I’m starting drinking right….now…

    Peace owt Nation!~

  • Norco Bob

    Kirk here didnt suck,…he had no D line to help out,…he would be alot better here this year,..better then McLain.

  • PurpleDrank81

    If you look at the stats it doesnt say Kirk is doing that better of a job….. 66 tackles to Rolando’s 64 and McClain has a sack and a funble Morrison has nothing

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    I’ve got three games to, hopefully, earn a fourth game here. That’s the most important thing I’ve got going.
    ___________________________________
    Cuz’ if that don’t happen, he’ll be stuck in Oak-Town.

    MAKE IT SO!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Too bad he was the worst LB in the history of football when he played for the RAIDERS

    ***

    Debo,

    who was the worst QB in the history of football when he played for the RAIDERS?

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    The problem with DHB is scheme and OL.
    DHB is being used primarily on go routes, and with the OL’s pass-blocking woes, it means the QB doesn’t get any time to sit in the pocket and unleash bombs.
    They could add more potency to DHB by having him run a lot of med-deep drag routes or short slants and in routes because he has very good YAC ability.

    Basically, how the Steelers used Wallace against us on that TD. Short in route, no one could keep up with him, then YAC after burners.

    Now that we have Jacoby Ford playing well, i would like to see Hue putting some emphasis on his WR alignments. Murphy at FL, Ford at Slot, DHB at SE…then having Ford run a go route and DHB a short drag route. Then another time having DHB going deep and Ford the drag route. Then another time having Murphy going over the middle, and both DHB and Ford running deep post and corner routes.

    Mixing the usage of each from pass play to pass play.

  • Bauce 2 Clean

    # lefty12 Says:
    December 16th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    BTW,B,I was with you on the Rice thing.Never accepted him and wish we had never signed his sorry a$$.
    ***********************

    Good man

  • http://no_knuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    Hue, just repeated what he learned from reading the: AD Football Inc. Media Relations Page.

    1.) Al Davis, is the smartest man I’ve ever met.
    2.) I have the best job in football.
    3.) No comment.

  • Bauce 2 Clean

    RRS…Kirk is a soft Fashion loving geek….glad he is gone….notice we have won more than 5 games without his sorry behind. Not one hard crushing hit over the middle has ever occurred when he was here. Glad that wimp is gone. McClain better than Morrison for sure

  • Norco Bob

    Well, Kirk played his aasss off last sunday,..McLain was in street clothes,…and who won again?…Im real.

  • Bauce 2 Clean

    Yeah Hue of course you have the best job in football! you can constantly screw up week after week and not be worried about being fired but yet prolly promoted lol

  • Norco Bob

    Dang, Kirk, local boy makes good,..gettin killed by his peeps…not right man.