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.