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Jackson’s leadership skills on display at early age

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 10:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The leadership skills of Raiders coach Hue Jackson, according to a former Pop Warner football teammate, were on display when he was 8 years old.

Craig Austin’s reflections on Jackson, as well as others from his years as a youth and teenager in South Central Los Angeles, paint a portrait of someone who was born to be a coach and never wavered from his goal even while growing up in difficult surroundings in South Central Los Angeles.

A Jackson profile as seen through his Los Angeles years runs in today’s Bay Area News Group papers.

A couple of other posts worth noting:

– Offensive coordinator Al Saunders is thrilled to be with the Raiders, according to the National Football Post (by Baltimore Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson).

Take note of this one, because when Jackson was hired as offensive coordinator last year, he immediately gave a couple of interviews to Baltimore-area publications and then was forbidden to use the spoken word with the media until a few weeks into training camp.

– CSN-Bay Area’s Paul Gutierrez drew the tough duty of covering the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, where he caught up with Nnamdi Asomugha, who said all the right things about his impending free agency and the possibility of returning to the Raiders.

Gutierrez talked with Asomugha at a hotel swimming pool. He may have to get Lechler on the golf course.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Jim Zorn was often described privately as quirky or odd. Just wasn’t a good fit with the rest of the staff. Communication wasn’t good.

    Ravens have to get a good quarterbacks coach to advance Joe Flacco’s development. Flacco has clashed with Cam Cameron in the past, too.

    -Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson

  • DeuceDeuce

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    Wonder if we make a run at Leinart for the backup spot

    ***

    DD,

    I’m thinking Alex Smith #2 and Mark Brunell
    —-

    That actually makes more sense…the way Al talked about Smith…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Whaddya gonna do, let him flounder and let your 40 million go down the drain?

    ******************************

    Yes and than sue him afterwards like Al did.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    for those of you (99% of you) that only went by sportcenter sound bites media hype, and the first half of this season. film doesnt lie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s9_FYC5lMM

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    RR, Jay has an above average resume…sure why not?

  • RaiderRockstar

    For those keeping track, this is two firing from the offensive staff since the end of the season: First line coach John Matsko, now Jim Zorn

    -Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson

    ***

    anybody want John Matsko ???

  • Just Fire Baby

    LMAO!!!!!!!

    3 of the first 6 highlights are of him throwing a TD pass down by 10+ point with a minute to go.

    Thanks for proving my point.

  • LA to TheBay

    Kell,

    Again, did the Raiders not give him a life coach and send him to fat camp? He came back, had one decent practice, then reverted to his old self and got cut (and not signed anywhere else after).

    Coaches, players, fans just couldn’t take it any more.

    And because Al Davis is heavily involved, you know he gave up on him too.

    If Russell kicks the habit and gets back in football shape, he did so because he became self-motivated and I applaud anyone who overcomes addicition. I’ve been around it most my life and I know how difficult it is to climb out of that hole.

    That being said, nobody can do it for you.

    He had 09 to prove himself and was quite possibly the worst starting QB in history, certainly the worst #1 overall pick.

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

    Yes and than sue him afterwards like Al did.
    —————————–
    Lotta good that does. It may make certain people feel better, but……………….

  • SilverNBlackPA

    That actually makes more sense…the way Al talked about Smith…

    ++++++++++

    What did he say? I don’t even remember….

    And I have to wonder if Smith isn’t going to look for a place where he can maybe start. (Buffalo, Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona all come to mind)

  • DeuceDeuce

    So were gonna turn into the West Coast Ravens…lol

  • DeuceDeuce

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    That actually makes more sense…the way Al talked about Smith…

    ++++++++++

    What did he say? I don’t even remember….

    And I have to wonder if Smith isn’t going to look for a place where he can maybe start. (Buffalo, Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona all come to mind)

    —-

    Gave him as an example of a 1st rounder not panning out..that he might get it in his 2nd chance basically…

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

    Al will always be attached to Russell, always. So Al might as well make it right.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Who drafted Ryan Leaf?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    wrong jfb,

    the video is for those who said things like cant read the defense, cant make every throw, isnt athletic, stares down recievers. it was all hype

    The fact that he is a very good player that played on lousy teams was actually my point.

    By the way what about what gibbs bugle moss, jaws and others had to say about him?

    Are these guys you respect? i do

  • DutchRaider77

    @Rockstar
    Curious, what do you see in Alex Smith? I work in a hostile land, mostly Whiner fans. They hate on Smith more than the average Raider fans hates on Russell.

    “They tell me he has no vision, no arm, kills the ground game and can only function as a shotgun QB.” They get down right rapid when they talk about him.

    Love to hear unbiased evaluation of Smith.

  • LA to TheBay

    Al will be tied to Russell, because he drafted him and he is the Raiders?

  • DeuceDeuce

    Alex Smith has Jason Campbell-itis…as far as having so many coaches and playbooks to learn..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Champ Bailey has replaced an injured Nmandi Asomugha in the Pro Bowl

  • LA to TheBay

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    Who drafted Ryan Leaf?

    ————–

    Exactly.

    No idea who the GM was at the time. Doubt it was AJ, but who knows without googling or unless you’re a Charger fan or NFL historian.

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

    Dutch, when I was at the Raider/Niner game and their fans were yelling, “we want Carr, we want Carr”, I was yelling, “we want Smith, we want Smith”. Then, Smith fires that long TD pass to Crabtree, and I start yelling, “we want Carr, we want Carr!”. That’s a good story. Admit it. Point: Whiner fans are just that. Whiners.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lechler stands by his words, does not apologize, says he has to get over Cable dismissal,likes Hue,expects to stay in OAK

    -Paul Gutierrez

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    Dutch, when I was at the Raider/Niner game and their fans were yelling, “we want Carr, we want Carr”, I was yelling, “we want Smith, we want Smith”. Then, Smith fires that long TD pass to Crabtree, and I start yelling, “we want Carr, we want Carr!”. That’s a good story. Admit it. Point: Whiner fans are just that. Whiners.

    —-

    That exact thing was going on at the bar I was at..lol

  • DeuceDeuce

    from Twitter :

    Lechler stands by his words, does not apologize, says he has to get over Cable dismassal, likes Hue, expects to stay in OAK

  • DeuceDeuce

    Wonder what happened with Nnamdi in Hawaii….sore ankle? wrist?

  • RaiderRockstar

    How did Nnamdi get hurt?

    in the swimming pool?

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

    Alex Smith can play when he has a fire under his ass. Once the crowd starts booing he gets going. I probably had the best view of that Crabtree pass of anyone in the world. I was in about the 10th row, in the southeastern corner, just above where the Raiders, or the visiting team, come out of the locker room. Watched that whole thing unfold like a slow train wreck. Thought it was overthrown…then Crabtree just kicked into gear and leaped up for that sucker. I’m sure DHB will have some great plays, too.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Or a classy way of recruiting Champ to Oakland….hmmm…..???

  • LA to TheBay

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    Or a classy way of recruiting Champ to Oakland….hmmm…..???

    ———————–

    Champ’s been to Hawaii before. But you never know.

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

    Lechler knows Al’s just going to run Hue out eventually. He was thinking that Cable’s obvious improvement would guarantee him another couple of years. Considering how long Lechler’s been here, and the access he has to this organization, I challenge anyone to name one single person, outside of upper management or Al’s family, who knows more than he does. Something to think about when doubting him.

  • DeuceDeuce

    LA to TheBay Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:33 pm
    DeuceDeuce Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    Or a classy way of recruiting Champ to Oakland….hmmm…..???

    ———————–

    Champ’s been to Hawaii before. But you never know.

    —-

    ya i know…jus sayin…that would be nice…

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Lechler knows Al’s just going to run Hue out eventually. He was thinking that Cable’s obvious improvement would guarantee him another couple of years. Considering how long Lechler’s been here, and the access he has to this organization, I challenge anyone to name one single person, outside of upper management or Al’s family, who knows more than he does. Something to think about when doubting him.

    —-

    Apparently his access has been limited to Herrera lately..

  • LA to TheBay

    Lechler knows Al’s just going to run Hue out eventually.
    ———————–

    Let’s hope it’s after a Super Bowl win or two and for jealousy, rather than ineptitude.

    Seriously though, how many more coaches could Al live through? Al’s mortality is staring him right in the mirror every day.

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

    I’m waiting, Deuce. One person outside of upper management or Al’s family who knows more than Lechler. As long as certain fans are going to discount him because he’s a punter.

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

    LA to TheBay Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Let’s hope it’s after a Super Bowl win

    ………..

    He didn’t give Gruden that long.

  • LA to TheBay

    One person outside of upper management or Al’s family who knows more than Lechler. As long as certain fans are going to discount him because he’s a punter.
    —————-

    Would venture to say very if few, if any.

    You could say ex-coaches or players, but Lechler’s outlasted all of them.

    If they win, he’ll shut the f up.

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    LA to TheBay Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Let’s hope it’s after a Super Bowl win

    ………..

    He didn’t give Gruden that long.

    —-

    Zinger!

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:40 pm
    I’m waiting, Deuce. One person outside of upper management or Al’s family who knows more than Lechler. As long as certain fans are going to discount him because he’s a punter.

    —-

    Willie Brown maybe?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Former Raiders Pro Bowl G Steve Wisniewski has joined the Raiders coaching staff as assistant offensive line coach.

  • LA to TheBay

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    LA to TheBay Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Let’s hope it’s after a Super Bowl win

    ………..

    He didn’t give Gruden that long.

    ———————-

    The NFL kinda f’ed that up. What could have been if Gruden won that game in Mass. Hell, for all I know, they lose the next game and he still gets traded, but that was the turning point in this franchise obviously.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • LA to TheBay

    Former Raiders Pro Bowl G Steve Wisniewski has joined the Raiders coaching staff as assistant offensive line coach.

    NICE! Go recruit your nephew.

  • r8rwill

    gradkowski will start more games this year than russell?? what are they going to be playing madden 2011?? both will be extremely lucky if they are even in football (as in nfl) this year or any other…

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