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Jackson-Davis highlights Part I

I’ll break out a few highlights from the Hue Jackson-Al Davis press conference throughout the evening in a series of posts:

– Whoever Hue Jackson brings in as the play-caller will be merely channeling the information to Jason Campbell.

“I’m going to be the primary playcaller, but we’re going to do everything we can to recruit the best staff for the Oakland Raiders,’’ Jackson said. “Obviously the name you just mentioned (Al Saunders) is someone who’s out there that we would love to talk to, but there’s several people that we’re going to talk to. We’re going to do everything we can to put the best staff we can here in Oakland.’’

No surprise there. When Lane Kiffin was hired, Davis expressed his desire to have a coach who called the plays. It obviously was not one of Cable’s strengths, as Davis went into detail about the shortcomings of his former coach.

– It’s been noted in this space more than once that Jackson is the most energetic practice coach since Jon Gruden. And there’s good reason for that.

“The person that really shaped me in football is Jon Gruden,’’ Jackson said. “We were office mates. We were both young coaches, both young, aspiring coaches, we shared an office together and Jon Gruden, I’ll never forget it, used to put me on the board at nighttime for three months straight, and we would talk football. That’s where my start happened.’’

Davis on Jackson’s Gruden-like qualities: “He was like, what’s his name? Gruden. Gruden was like that — feisty, he could lead the defense. But they are different, definitely, Hue Jackson and Jon Gruden.

“But on that particular thing they are very similar. So he must have learned that sitting up their every day, hours at night on the blackboard.”

Good ol’ what’s-his-name.

– Once upon a time, Davis called JaMarcus Russell “a great player’’ and told Kiffin to “get over it.’’

He talked of Russell’s issues for the first time since the former No. 1 pick was released with $39 million of the Raiders’ money in his pocket.

“We had a big investment in this guy. Basically, he’s a good person but he’s got personal problems, and I decided that it was time that we were not going to fight it anymore,’’ Davis said. “ I wasn’t going to. I wasn’t going to ask the coaching staff to do it, and I had already traded for Jason (Campbell) and had that in the back of my mind. We had Gradkowski, who was coming off an injury, who showed some ability to be a quarterback in this league.

“That was the thing with JaMarcus. It hurt us a great deal. But you have to go on. You have to overcome those things, and we almost did this year . . . JaMarcus hurt. Any time you lose a first-round draft choice it hurts. But it’s over.’’

– Jackson on his relationship with Cable: “I’m not going to say there were times I felt I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I think what we did is we did a good job of meshing together what it was here in the past and where we want to go now. I know there were a lot of reports. I’ve known Tom. I just want everyone to know me and Tom worked together. I have a great respect for him as a football coach. What Tom Cable is as a football coach is an exceptional line coach.

“He will go on and do great. I wish nothing but the best for him. All the stuff about the tension between me and him, I didn’t see that. It was reported there was a rift. There was no rift between us. We both wanted to win. Obviously Coach Davis and Tom they gave me a lot of leeway on offense to do what I needed to do. Sometimes we didn’t get it done. We didn’t play like we could play on offense. That was my frustration more than anything.’’

The key sentence in that answer?

“What Tom Cable is as a football coach is an exceptional line coach.’’

Ouch.

– Jackson said he won’t feel the need to re-recruit the roster after Cable’s departure.

“This group of men on the Raider team is excited about the upcoming season,’’ Jackson said. “I haven’t felt like I needed to re-recruit anybody. I haven’t felt like I needed to call anybody other than I normally do. I call guys to see how they’re doing and see how this offseason is doing so far.

“I think our players are excited about what the future is here. Again, we were 6-0 in the AFC West. We know we need to play better outside the AFC West. We’re going to build a bully here. This is the Raiders. We know exactly where we’re headed and what we want to do. I think our players today are very excited about where they are going.’’

More to come later . . .

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  • phatcable

    1st

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

    Anybody find it interesting that Al’s biggest in house rivals in the past 20 years, …Gruden, Gannon, and Allen?

    Gruden the best coach he’s had.

    Gannon the best QB he’s had.

    Allen the best RB he’s had….before and after Bo Jackson.

    Al seems to clash with the best in his organization.

    Jealousy, anyone?

  • flowbees
  • aig-raiders

    RMR,

    I read that from one of the Raiders players books. Can’t pin on which one though. I think it was from either Stabler’s book.

    Nothing creepy about 3somes btw. You should try it sometimes.

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

    # aig-raiders Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    RMR,

    I read that from one of the Raiders players books. Can’t pin on which one though. I think it was from either Stabler’s book.

    Nothing creepy about 3somes btw. You should try it sometimes.

    ………..

    Never said there was anything creepy about threesomes. I said there’s something creepy about YOU talking about it.

  • phatcable

    anyone have a link too the tom cable sex tapes?

  • aig-raiders

    64.slvr n blk chef Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    Aig, I think the only problem that Al had was the woman he was bringing on these trips was the same woman prepared to sue the Raiders.

    —————-

    I dont buy the spin job from Al. That was his excuse and justification to bring up anotehr story to slam Cable. Cable did his job and stopped Al’s team from being losers for the past 7 years. I used to buy his bs but not anymore. The man could care less about winning. He kept Kiffin around at our expense. Kept Cable around when he knew he was going to fire him anyways.

  • BoJacks

    Jer,

    I think the key line is “I have great respect for Tom Cable as a FOOTBALL COACH”.

    Not as a person.

    Ouch.

  • flowbees

    eww….really?

  • aig-raiders

    RMR,

    Anyone like you who claimed to be old time Raiders know that we aint the clean cut organization. Al loved the ideas of the Raiders being rebels. Now Al is trying to justify the Raiders as being the family types. BS!

  • http://www.gmail.com The Real D-Rac

    1.The Real D-Rac Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    Al Davis is a living Football GOD!

    Jerr is the Man!

    RAIDER on Mr. Davis, RAIDER on!

    It is a GREAT day to be a RAIDER fan!

    Just Win Baby!

    #1

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

    AIG, I agree. It’s just your commentary of the old Raiders’ activities with women was a little creepy, that’s all. All that was missing was a ’70s porn soundtrack.

  • BoJacks

    AIG has a point.

    Anyone that has played or been around college/pro football knows that there is a lot of domestic violence associated with football. There is a lot of sex stuff going on. Etc.

    Are we to believe that Al has gotten rid of every woman beater to come through the doors?

    Highly unlikely

    But I do figure he gets rid of those when the info is about to come out or if the Raiders get named in a case. And also if he has to pay the man for not working.

  • BoJacks

    What did Kawakami say on KNBR?

  • http://www.gmail.com The Real D-Rac

    Mora to Dungver

  • phatcable

    tom cable had a threesome with megan fox and jenn sterger!

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

    Tom Cable had a threesome with an entire roast and 3 lbs of mashed potatoes.

  • aig-raiders

    BoJacks,

    Al runs his org like he is in the mob business. He’s a like a mad mob boss. He collects the dirt on everyone and then dishes them out when he needs to.

    Randy Hanson was reported to be an Al Davis snitch and that’s why Tommy broke his jaw.

  • bigblackdeath29

    aig-raiders Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:10 pm
    64.slvr n blk chef Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    Aig, I think the only problem that Al had was the woman he was bringing on these trips was the same woman prepared to sue the Raiders.

    —————-

    I dont buy the spin job from Al. That was his excuse and justification to bring up anotehr story to slam Cable. Cable did his job and stopped Al’s team from being losers for the past 7 years. I used to buy his bs but not anymore. The man could care less about winning. He kept Kiffin around at our expense. Kept Cable around when he knew he was going to fire him anyways
    —————————————————-
    once again ,the raiders where 5-4 in first place tie with all tie breakers in their favor and lost the division by 2 games.7 years of losing has nothing to do with it at that point.

  • slvr n blk chef

    Hopefully a collective bargaining agreement can be sorted out,would suck to have to go back and forth about this presser in september.

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

    Yeah, the Raiders are run like a mafia family. Al’s press conferences definitely give you that impression. Al does remind me of Fredo Corleone, though.

  • Dr.Death

    CALL THE PLAYS AND LEAVE THE MAN 2 MAN ALONE HUE HELD HIS OWN THO ILL GIVE HIM THAT HE CALLED CABLE A EXCEPTIONAL OFF. LINE COACH

  • TerrapinRaider

    When the hel can I get the full vid of this presser? Man, I thought technology was suppose to be quicker than this!

  • phatcable

    Tommy didnt mean too bteak randys jaw it was rough sex that got out of hand.

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

    The only way there’s football next year is if the owners either show their books and prove to the union that they’re “going broke”, or if they back off their demands. Neither likely to happen. I wouldn’t get your hopes up for a season next year.

  • slvr n blk chef

    Nice try,but i’m not going there with you.

  • Dr.Death

    I LIKE HOW AL THROWS UP THE ” W ” EVERY TIME HE POINTS WESTSIDE

  • manassamauler

    so who thinks tom cable should have been kept as coach?

  • slvr n blk chef

    Agreed

  • PassTheCheetos

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    RMR,

    Anyone like you who claimed to be old time Raiders know that we aint the clean cut organization. Al loved the ideas of the Raiders being rebels. Now Al is trying to justify the Raiders as being the family types. BS!
    ——————-
    Being a rebel and a woman beater are two different things.

  • Chris in NY

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:17 pm
    Tom Cable had a threesome with an entire roast and 3 lbs of mashed potatoes.

    ——————–

    I’m crying. LMFAO!!!!!

  • phatcable

    manassamauler Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    so who thinks tom cable should have been kept as coach?
    ………….i do 8-8 this year meant playoffs next year!

  • Dr.Death

    AL ALSO LOOKED SLOW BUT WHEN HE GOT 2 THE LAWSUIT ABOUT CABLE HE DIDNT NEED ANY NOTES OR STUTTER WHEN IT CAME TIME 2 TALK ABOUT MONEY HE WOKE UP LIKE A SPEED HEAD IN A SAUDAFED FACTORY

  • bigblackdeath29

    cable was a below average line coach,and screwed the division title up in a year were two 6 seeds are in the championship game.
    cable sucks!!!!!!!!!

  • aig-raiders

    We’re talking about having affairs.

  • aig-raiders

    19.bigblackdeath29 Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:21 pm
    once again ,the raiders where 5-4 in first place tie with all tie breakers in their favor and lost the division by 2 games.7 years of losing has nothing to do with it at that point.

    ——————–

    I know you still drink the Al Davis koolaid like I used to so let me enlighten you. Al Davis said the D failed in the last 5 games to try and make the playoff.

    You look at the result and we went 3-2. 2 games the D didnt show up and 2 games the O didnt show up. However, it’s all the D’s fault according to Al right?

  • Dr.Death

    CABLE WASNT THE 1 WHO TURNED DMAC INTO OUR NUMBER 1 OPTION HE WAS THE GUY WHO WANTED A ZONE BLKING SYSTM ANG 2 START FARGAS OVER DMAC HUE BROUGHT THE POWER RUNNING GAME BACK 2 OAK TOWN INSTEAD OF CABLES FINESSE ZONE BLKING BULL

  • BoJacks

    # aig-raiders Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    BoJacks,

    Al runs his org like he is in the mob business. He’s a like a mad mob boss. He collects the dirt on everyone and then dishes them out when he needs to.

    Randy Hanson was reported to be an Al Davis snitch and that’s why Tommy broke his jaw.
    ———————————————

    Yup. He strong-armed his way into ownership and is still on that steez. Has Capos, enforcers, consigliere, Amy Trask as Connie (oldest sister?) Corleone, informants. He’s always been a gangster.

    Hue better start 5-0 or something before he feels the wrath of Al just like that assistant who “really f***** things up” at the press conference.

  • aig-raiders

    DMAC got better this year because he took himself seriously in the offseason, trained hard and got in shape. DMAC used to trip over his own ass out there as well as going down with an arm tackle. I doubt power blocking or any other blocking system had anything to do with dMAC making people whiff or stiff arming them.

  • BoJacks

    new post

  • Dr.Death

    IT WAS OUT HIS OWN MOUTH THE POWER RUNNING GAMES WAS WHAT HE WANTED 2 RUN AND HE ASK HUE ABOUT IT AND HE MADE IT HAPPEN

  • ONE I AM

    Al did not pick up the option on Cable’s contract,something that was agreed on when he was hired “the option” that is.So why is everybody saying he fired Cable?

    Al did not pick up the option on Nnamdi’s contract so why isnt anybody saying that he cut Nnamdi?hmmm!

    Nnam became a free agent player and Cable was a free coach!

    Would Al have “bashed” Cable as some Media types are calling it? if cable did not seek to try and get money from Al? Would Al had broke out the overhead projector if he knew that Lance would not try to recoup some loot?Maybe?but probably not,for what reason?

    Man we know Al aint gonna pay no fired coach, hell he dont wanna pay the coaches he hires but thats Al and if you’r old enough to know thats Al then you deal with it! but Media types and some Fans are saying he should have fired Cable sooner before his contract was up?For what? for cause?again! Man just be Fan and f*ck the media.

    If Al is responsible for the 7years of losing and I am not saying that he is not but then he is responsible for the not losing this year! you cant have it both ways.So who is Cable?

    We all know that Al has his beefs with coaches and players for whatever reason but again thats Al and we know this!If Law suits are pending and or have been settled by the Raiders with cash or possibly in the future with cash Lawyer fees and time because of Cable,should Al pay for that?maybe some of you think he should and Im sure Al would say f8ck you too…