An eventful hiring day for coach Hue Jackson, who took a back seat to owner Al Davis at Tuesday’s press conference introducing him as the head coach of the Raiders.
I’ll have much more later, but a few quick points.
— It was apparent Jackson was being looked at as the head coach when he was hired a year ago for offensive coordinator.
— The $120,000 in fines levied against Tom Cable were part of a fallout of the investigations into the alleged attack on Randy Hanson and the ESPN report charging domestic abuse. Davis said Cable would have been out even if the Raiders had made the playoffs.
(Cable has been hired by the Seattle Seahawks).
— While not addressing the collective bargaining agreement directly, Davis conceded if teams that don’t have large reveues aren’t protected, it could be difficult to compete in terms of paying players.
— Al Saunders has yet to be officially hired as offensive coordinator. Jackson conceded he’s a candidate but the Raiders are still looking.
— Davis hopes Nnamdi Asomugha can be re-signed, but said that for the $17 million he would have been due this season, they could sign two or three players. Translation _ they were going to cut him even if the contract didn’t void automatically.
— Three prior candidates who Davis did not name were considered along with Jackson and were talked with on the phone. They didn’t get very far.
— Davis reiterated his belief in Jason Campbell, and also said he played no role in whether or not Campbell played.
— Davis was no fan of Cable’s zone blocking scheme. Jackson said he got along fine with Cable and there was no discord.
Davis, however, said of Jackson’s offensive philosophy, “He met some opposition from time to time.”
— Coaches you can count on seeing next year were in attendance. Defensive line coach Mike Waufle may be a defensive coordinator candidate (but expect him to remain with the defensive line). Secondary coach Kevin Ross and defensive backs coach Lionel Washington were in attendance.
More to come later . . .