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Jackson-Davis highlights Part III

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 9:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Third in a series of posts with highlights of today’s Hue Jackson-Al Davis press conference:

– Considering the way Davis parted ways with his last two coaches and has hired six of them since 2003 and nine since 1995, his ability to pick the man to lead his team is worth scrutinizing.

“I didn’t get some of them enough players to do a great job,” Davis said, before building a case that he can identify talent even if it ends up someplace else.

“Let me give you a for instance. I hired David Shaw (Davis at first called him David Harris),” Davis said. “For two years he worked for us. I hired Jim Harbaugh, who had never been a coach anywhere . . . I hired John Fox . . . after failing in Carolina, he’s the coach in Denver. I have made mistakes. There’s no question about it. And you’ve got to have great players. But also, sometimes you have the players and don’t get it done. Should I take some of the blame? I certainly do. You guys give it to me.”

– Shaw wasn’t the only name Davis had trouble with. He twice referred to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton as “Kim” Newton.

– As the Jackson family watched from the front row, the new head coach was asked if he realized what he’d gotten himself into, considering the yearly drama that goes on in Oakland.

“I know that we’ve talked about the coaches before me, and I have great respect for them, but they’re not Hue Jackson, OK?,” Jackson said. “I came here for one reason, to come back and help restore the great tradition of the Oakland Raiders. I have one goal, to get that done.”

– Jackson scored the most points with Davis by scoring the most points. The Raiders had 410 points a year after scoring 197. In previous press conferences, Davis said, “We gotta score,” something he reminded people of Tuesday.

The following is a Davis dissertation on offense:

“You gotta score, I told you that. I see the Raiders getting into the end zone, using Marcel Reece for example for a 58-yard touchdown pass, using these guys the way they should be used. Jacoby isn’t going to languish out there because we’re running the ball zone by McFadden. Someone gave me credit for not giving up on him. Anybody who’s watched him in practice would say the guy’s got greatness in him, but he’s got to stay well. That’s the problem with McFadden.

“If he stays well, we got greatness there. (Michael) Bush is a different type. He brings that toughness to the secondary. By the third and fourth quarter, they don’t want to tackle Bush in the secondary. He’s 250 pounds, power, speed, so that’s a plus for us. Jacoby (Ford) gives us something now. All these teams defer when they win the toss. They say they’ll kick off to you and they’ll take the ball in the second half. They don’t want to put the ball in the air to Jacoby Ford. We didn’t find out about Jacoby and that was something that bothered me. We knew about him, but we didn’t use him for a long time until he became a factor . . . you can’t just scout speed, you gotta have it.”

– Remember the front office hire Davis promised a couple of years back following the Kiffin overhead projector conference?

Turns out the guy has been here and gone.

“One worked here about eight months and you people didn’t even know he was working here,” Davis said. “He was a name, a very prominent name in professional football. He worked in our talent department, he worked in our pro personnel department.”

The assumption is Davis is talking about Rich Snead, who worked in scouting with the Tennessee Titans, toiled anonymously for less than a season, and then was gone.

Snead, however, fell far short of the “unique” and “local” hire Davis was promising at the time.

– Asked about hiring a general manager, Davis said, “I would consider anything, but not right now. We have to find out what’s going to happen with professional football. You want me to hire someone and then we have a lockout?”

– The first indication John Marshall was in trouble came before the season even started as Mike Waufle was brought in to replace Dwaine Board, who worked with Marshall in San Francisco and Seattle.

“Two years ago the defense didn’t play well enough for me and it didn’t play well enough last year,” Davis said. “It played well enough in certain areas, but I think the year before is indictavie, if you look at it, we made a switch with the defensive line coaches that should have been a sign to you that maybe they weren’t happy with what was going on over there on defense.”

Besides Marshall, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik won’t be back as offensive line coach (he’s going back to Cal) and quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett also will not return.

– When Jackson arrived, Cable reluctantly allowed for a change in blocking schemes, going to more gap and power blocking as opposed to to the stretch-and-cut zone blocking system. Cable, before Jackson arrived, was adamant that he was an Alex Gibbs disciple, a “zone blocking purist,” as Davis called him.

“I’m not a zone blocking purist, and we switched this year already,” Davis said. “We got it started into gap, we got it into power, and we got it into zone, and that’s what Hue believes. He did it at Baltimore, and that intrigued me.”

– More of Davis’ take on Cable’s support in the locker room: “As much as you think Tom was supported in the locker room, he was to a point. He was with the people that he socialized (with), where Hue Jackson will be supported in the locker room just as much as Tom Cable if not more.”

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  • Thec07

    Raider NATION….

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

    – Remember the front office hire Davis promised a couple of years back following the Kiffin overhead projector conference?

    Turns out the guy has been here and gone.

    “One worked here about eight months and you people didn’t even know he was working here,” Davis said. “He was a name, a very prominent name in professional football. He worked in our talent department, he worked in our pro personnel department.”

    The assumption is Davis is talking about Rich Snead

    ………….

    OMFG. It just gets more embarrassing. LOL.

    Anyhow, Jerry, I think he wanted Madden when he said that, and thought he could get him.

  • Thec07

    He was with the people that he socialized (with),

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

    Explains why some played when they deserved not 2…

  • luvmarvhub

    “And then he put an exclamation point on it by saying J Ford will look good wearing #21″

    This wasn’t a knock against Nnamdi, guys. Al was talking about how he hoped Jacoby Ford would be as good as another 21–CLIFF BRANCH!

    The reference was to one of the greatest of all Raider receivers known for speed.

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    tyvonbranch Tyvon Branch
    congrats to Hue Jackson i have a lot of respect for him… great coach

  • Thec07

    This divisive strategy goes back to Ronald Reagan
    ++++++++++
    Good point on that last post I agree with you however,
    it goes back farther than that…
    What is being practiced goes back centuries.

  • imisstimbrown

    was this snead guy here during this last draft?????

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

    No doubt, Thec. I meant the modern day Republican strategy. Republicans used to really be about free enterprise. They were just so much behind the pace of the American populous. They had to come up with something to pull ahead of Democrats, who clearly had a better rapport with the American majority. And dividing the poor was it.

  • Thec07

    He was with the people that he socialized (with),

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

    Cable had his favorites….

    If gallery wants to walk becuase his bowling biker buddy got whacked by Mr. Davis so beit…

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

    You take the angry tea party right today, and then take the most vocal of the black community. Imagine…Jimmy Carter united them! He clearly made America understand who the real enemy was. It wasn’t a skin color. It was green paper, and those who had all of it.

  • olinesux

    fact is nobody knows who it was…it is embarrassing…for the media.

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

    Thec07 Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
    He was with the people that he socialized (with),

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

    Explains why some played when they deserved not 2…

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

    Cable: Hey Fargas, can I go out and find some ladies with you tonight?

    Fargas: Only if you let me get more carries than McFadden and Bush.

    Cable: Well, okay, but I gotta use them inthe red zone.

    Fargas: No deal, Ineedsome scoring opportunities….just like you.

    Cable: Fine, but you better put the ball in the end zone….and find me some fine Russian azz!

    Fargas: No problem Cabes!

    Cable: I love you.

    Fargas: What did you say?

    Cable: Nothin’. What time should I pick you up?

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

    Sorry about the politics, I just couldn’t stand the stereotypical insults.

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

    CSN Cali is replaying the press conference

  • Kirk

    Well put, RMR.

    To the Republicans, a 3% tax increase for the wealthiest 1% of Americans is “tyranny.”

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    BrownStains, is a racist piece of schit. And, I’m not buying your phoney false equivalence.

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

    That’s just what they’ve been brainwashed into believing, Kirk. Sadly, so many so called progressives have been brainwashed into believing it, too. Out of sheer intimidation in many cases. I think one of the biggest threats to society today is the closures of public schools. This is another issue where the right has the left bullied into a corner, has them conceding their argument. They can’t afford to bail public schools out, but they can afford wall street bailouts and imprisoning non violent drug users? My friend works a civilian job for the Navy. No threat whatsoever of him losing his job. Not even talks of it. It’s a recession proof industry. The money’s there.

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

    Kell, even a poor white person will never know what it’s like to be black, and I apologize if I came off as trying to make such a condescending point. Absolutely not. My point is basically just how amazed I am that we once had a president able to unite southern whites with urban blacks at least for a political cause. On that note, I’m sure his faith didn’t hurt either.

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

    STFU!!!

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

    Speaking of the angry right….

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

    Raider75, you missed my point about how Jimmy Carter was able to unite southern whites and urban blacks for a political cause. Remember those days? Or are you too young?

  • JB

    noteasilyimpressed Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    How about a young gun at QB?
    **************************

    Don’t be surprised when AD picks up Alex Smith on the cheap from FA. Then let’s him sit a year or two. Strong arm, mobile, accurate some of the time, frazzled most of the time and most likely lacking a lot of confidence. He was the #1 pick and Al love those types of reclamation projects. Besides, we’ll be needing both a #2 & #3 QB. I don’t see Gradkowski coming back especially after AD mentioned him by name and said “he was just too fragile”.

  • Tricky70390

    We got politics being discussed on this blog now?

    Jesus Christ people…

  • priesttj

    KK we will definitely agree on that about StankyBrown the bigot.

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Raider75, you missed my point about how Jimmy Carter was able to unite southern whites and urban blacks for a political cause. Remember those days? Or are you too young?
    ….

    Too young. I’m only 38. My first real memories of politics is Reagan getting shot and the Iran Contra stuff with Ollie North.

    I was a middle class southern, country white boy with better things to do than get caught up in politics.

    Didn’t really care until my pot smoking teen years. lol

  • chuck

    Cable did not socialize with jason campbell,thomas howard and $ome others because he never would give them a chance.I guess he wanted them to kiss up to him.

  • chuck

    Hassleback better watch his back because he will get pulled in week 1 for grads.

  • JB

    My other concern with today’s PC was that the name of Bush never came up from AD. I certainly hope AD is intending to resign him especially when DMac gets nicked up which happens more often than we’d like. The running game will be the salvation of our offensive dominance. It was good to hear AD draw a connection between Ford and old #21. For those of you too young to have seen Cliff Branch in action, you really missed someone special.

  • ArchiveTony

    Another embarrassing moment for Raider fans.
    How is it Al has this knack for making fans who dare to feel good about the team, feel like shredded pork?
    Season ends on a better note.
    Fire the HC.
    Hire someone most wanted hire.
    Proceed to open mouth and be a fool.

    And now they’re laughing at us.
    again

  • luvmarvhub

    “My other concern with today’s PC was that the name of Bush never came up from AD.”

    Not true; Al spoke highly of Bush and how he complemented McFadden with a different style of running. He said that in the 3rd and 4th quarters of a game, defenders wanted no part of tackling Bush.

    I watched the whole presser. I do think Jerry, in one of these 3 posts, has what Al said about Bush.

  • djohnnyg

    29.ArchiveTony Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 10:50 pm
    Another embarrassing moment for Raider fans.
    How is it Al has this knack for making fans who dare to feel good about the team, feel like shredded pork?
    Season ends on a better note.
    Fire the HC.
    Hire someone most wanted hire.
    Proceed to open mouth and be a fool.

    And now they’re laughing at us.
    again

    The Hue Jackson hire just made us a better team. Don’t take the stuff Al said too seriously. Everyone already knows how Al is. Anybody that knows football also knows he’s a Hall of Famer who had a great past.

    So we have a nutty owner. We aren’t the only franchise that does.

    I’m a big Blackhawk fan and Arthur Wirtz was the worst owner ever.

    Al is high profile and behaves strangely at times (understatement), but make no mistake that teams are gonna be worried about the Raiders. With Al, take the good with the bad. Is he a vindictive bastard? Yes. Does he make bad decisions? He admitted as much, but he is what he is. He’s always been like this.

    Other teams fans don’t live and die by what their owners say or do.

    How about Jerry Jones? Owner of ‘Americas Team’. The only thing that seperates him from Al is age (ok and a few other things). To alot of folks Jones is the biggest meddler in the league but it doesn’t affect the “image” of the Cowboys really.

    Al did the draft that brought us 4 “all rookies”. Did the trade that brought us Seymour and many other things. Al put this team together despite everybody saying the Raiders would NEVER BE BACK until he was dead.

    Is it embarrassing for us fans to see him behave like he did today? Yes. But it’s Al. He’s always been Al, but he’s put together a team that dominated the AFC West and got us back to respectability. How many teams look at the schedule and see Oakland on it and feel good about it? No one.

    Just accept that Al is horrible socially and obviously has “issues”. He is childlike in his vengeful attitude and it’s to his detriment.

    We all wish he wouldn’t portray himself in the manner he did today, but he is what he is.

  • PK28

    cable is back being an o-line coach where he belongs. good riddance…good luck to Hue & da Raiders!!!!

  • al d. davis

    Alrighty…..here we go w/Alzheimer’s AL and his stanky stuff……entitled, “Revolving Coaches” (Please sing to the melody of “Green Acres” TV show.)

    AL’s folly is for all to see,
    Oakland Raiders is the team for me,

    Coaches spreading out so far and wide,
    Keep hiring and firing, just give me those days gone by.

    Coach upon coach is what I’d rather do,
    Dementia and inconsistency is the cardinal rule,
    AL just adores paying coaches half the price,
    Dah-Ling I love you, but AL’s fantasy is not-so-nice.

    Vertical attack, 1969
    Man to man, mighty fine,
    Revolving Coaches, aint so cool…..
    AL knows best, nobody’s fool….

    You are AL’s life,
    Cable’s gone, now Jackson’s his wife,
    Oakland RAIDERS WE ARE THERE!!!