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We’re on Al’s schedule

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 9:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

UPDATE: Check out Monte Poole’s column for Thursday’s Bay Area News Group papers making the case the Raiders are in much better shape to get the head coach they want than the 49ers.

Only Al Davis knows for sure if the 49ers forced his hand in letting Tom Cable go when they requested permission to bring Hue Jackson in for an interview for their vacant head coaching position.

Will the 49ers force it again if they fear they’re out of the make-Jim-Harbaugh-a-multi-millionaire sweepstakes? With Miami apparently in play, and for huge money according to a Bay Area News Group report, the 49ers could be going to Plan B _ if they have one.

Jackson met with the 49ers Wednedsay morning before Harbaugh and Co. got down to the business of money and control of the operation.

(Can we all agree that if Harbaugh is really going to command more than $6 million per year, then the Raiders were never an option? Thank you.)

Unless Davis fears Jackson is about to receive an offer to become a head coach somewhere else, he may be in no hurry to take the next step, especially if he’s relatively certain he already has his man. That’s how he’s operated in the past.

Jackson is already under contract and he can’t go anywhere unless it’s for a head coaching position. As long as that doesn’t happen, Davis can do the same thing with Jackson he did with Bill Callahan when Jon Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Davis conducted no interviews, appointed Callahan “captain of the coaches” and watched him go about his business. After 22 days, Callahan was named to succeed Gruden.

When Cable finished the 2008 season as interim coach, he remained in place until he was finally named head coach over Kevin Gilbride on Feb. 5. That was 37 days after the Raiders finished the regular season with a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In both cases, Davis got to take a long look at the coaches in action in an offseason mode, examining their organizational skills and leadership ability, before going ahead and making official what seemed to be obvious rubber-stamp hires to the outside world.

As it stands, the Raiders public stance in a Bay Area News group story is they haven’t offered the job to Jackson nor scheduled an interview, although there is a feeling both within the building and among those in Jackson’s camp that one is forthcoming soon.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    The last O-lineman Al talked up (Mario Henderson) went in the toilet immediately afterwards.

    That’s what concerns me a little about Veldheer. Mario played great the end of the 2008 season, maybe better than Jered did this year. Than he went to hell in a hand-basket quickly.

    Jered regressed as the season went along, and had a ton of penalties.

    Since we definately need a RT, and probably a backup T upgrade, drafting a Tackle is a need pick this year, and if he turns out to be a better LT than Veldheer, great.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    So the 2011 Raider O-line looks like this so far:

    Veldheer-?-?-Campbell-?

  • ohioraider

    “Next year Raider O’s going to be out there watching the scabs, sitting in the stadium amongst an attendance of 300 or so, saying, “This is great, isn’t it? They don’t look any different to me!”, all looking around, eating his hot dog.”

    ————————————————-
    LOL, he’s a put the hammer down on the working folk authoritarian. I say good for Lechler. Guys like him, Gannon, and Sapp exposed the dysfunction in the front office. Now everybody knows.

  • Just Fire Baby

    O-line will be a major issue in 2011 without Cable, maybe Gallery and Carlisle, and Hue throwing the ball 30 times a game.

    Cooper took a lot of heat on here, but he was a very solid run-blocker (we ran behind RG a lot this year), never missed a start, and was the least penalized guy on the line year in and year out.

    Now we are going to replace him with basically a rookie, playing a position he has never played before??

    Like KoolKell calls it, Fantasy Football.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I still don’t understand why Campbell didn’t play at RG the last game

    ***

    Cable wanted to go 6-0 in the AFC West

    mission accomplished.

    Cooper Carlisle killed it in that game

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Now we are going to replace him with basically a rookie, playing a position he has never played before??

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    It’s looking that way.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Tom Cable will be a head coach somewhere in 2011.

    =================================================
    Are there any High Schools looking for a coach with NFL experience?

  • Just Fire Baby

    The prez do to an interview during the Super Bowl pregame show with his good buddy Bill O’Reilly.

    Seriously, they are friends.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Cable will probably land at a collegiate university that is a lower tier school in a BCS conference.

  • Thec07

    the Pitt job is avaible…they just fired the newly hired HC for felony assault…

  • RaidingTexas

    ESPN Radio just reported Harbaugh has accepted the Miami job.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    ohioraider Says:
    January 6th, 2011 at 1:02 pm
    “Next year Raider O’s going to be out there watching the scabs, sitting in the stadium amongst an attendance of 300 or so, saying, “This is great, isn’t it? They don’t look any different to me!”, all looking around, eating his hot dog.”

    ————————————————-
    LOL, he’s a put the hammer down on the working folk authoritarian. I say good for Lechler. Guys like him, Gannon, and Sapp exposed the dysfunction in the front office. Now everybody knows.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well true, but Jerry’s also been talking about it for awhile to some extent.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    RaidingTexas Says:
    January 6th, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    ESPN Radio just reported Harbaugh has accepted the Miami job.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Like I said, Harbaugh’s not going to turn down $8 million AND control.

  • da trinity

    Raiders

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

    Luck staying in school? With a new HC? Risk injury and lose an entire year of an NFL paycheck?

    Fool.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Tom Cable will be a head coach somewhere in 2011

    ***

    Denver’s #1 choice was Jim Harbaugh. now thats he’s off the market (Kubiak too) they could look at the Cable guy. he slapped them around pretty good this year and he’s a zbs guy

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    “I’m taking my Talents to South Beach” – Jim Harbaugh

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Wish Al would interview David Shaw(son of Willie Shaw)…

    Since Shaw took over the reigns of Stanford’s offense, the Cardinal has dramatically increased its offensive production across the board. Last season, Stanford set a single-season scoring record with 461 points in 13 games and ranked second in the Pac-10 Conference and 11th nationally in scoring average at 35.5 points a game. The Cardinal scored 40 or more points in four games and went over the 50 mark in wins over No. 7 Oregon (51) and No. 11 USC (55).

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