By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 1:46 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has completed his interview Wednesday with the 49ers at an undisclosed location, according to the NFL Network, which reported him making a “strong impression.”
The 49ers will now move on to talk to JIm Harbaugh, having satisfied the Rooney Rule, and could in theory wrap things up today with their top target.
If things fall apart with Harbaugh over money, and he reportedly could be looking for more than $6 million per year, the question is whether they’re serious about Jackson and if Al Davis will move quickly to make sure he’s not without the man who upgraded the Oakland offense in 2010.
LECHLER CONTINUES SCORCHED EARTH CAMPAIGN
After sleeping on it, Shane Lechler is still mystified as to why the Raiders would part ways with coach Tom Cable.
Lechler had some strong reaction Tuedsay night to the Bay Area News Group as well as on a CSN-Bay Area interview which he criticized the decision to dump Cable as well as the direction of the franchise.
(One of many quotes in that interview that is sure to get back to Davis: “The last time I was this disappointed was when we traded Jon (Gruden) to Tampa. We went to the Super Bowl the next year but I’m not so sure that wasn’t with Jon’s team.”)
Talking from the airport to SiriusXM Radio Wedesday with Adam Schein and former teammate Rich Gannon, here were a few more Lechler jabs:
– “(Tom) had it down pat on how to deal with Al . . . I understand what he went through with head coaches because I’ve been through so many of them. he was able to keep Al’s angerness, I guess you would say, or decision-making, away from the team. It was a big reflection on coach Cable being very much a professional in this whole deal and understanding how to isolate problemsand only addressing the ones that seriously need to be addressed.”
– “I mean, there’s a reason we’ve been through seven head coaches. It’s difficult . . . it was tough for Jon Gruden when we were kicking butt every Sunday. I mean, we go to Kansas City, beat a playoff team and the plug gets pulled. I looked at it like, there’s no logic in this one.”
– “I talked to Al Christmas Eve, and he was bitter about the Jacksonville loss. I don’t know if he was using the conversation to vent a little bit or what. He was also checking on my leg, making sure everything was fine. We did not discuss Tom Cable at all. This one has totally got me off guard.”
– “I tried to talk to (Davis) last night after I heard the news. I didn’t get an answer. I tried to call John Herrera, who’s supposedly the spokesman of the Raiders, and I didn’t get an answer. I tried to call a couple of guys that are with Al, and no answer. So I don’t know Maybe he will (talk to me), maybe he won’t. He probably won’t talk to me after what he hears I’ve been saying the last couple of days.”
There was some news coming out of an otherwise quiet Alameda facility today _ linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is the AFC Defensive Player of the week after his three-sack performance against Kansas City, according to Raiders.com
SIX PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS RETAINED
Six practice squad players were signed to reserve/future contracts which keeps them property of the Raiders into the offseason _ WR Damola Adeniji, WR Shaun Bodiford, TE Kevin Brock, G Alex Parsons, FB Manase Tonga and CB Joe Porter.