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Jackson’s leadership skills on display at early age

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

    priesttj Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about the pundits and wananbe GM’s in here because their opinion doesn’t count.

    ………..

    Exactly. That’s why nobody pays attention to you.

  • RaiderRockstar

    So is the guy who drafted him

    ***

    Lane Kiffin?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Look no further than one of the worst pass protection lines in football. We gave up more sacks than almost any one else. Also sub standard wr play.

    This means that he had to make heoric late game plays to pull it out at times, sd, kc.

    Any way you slice it he was a beast in money time

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

    The knife cuts both ways.

    Certainly the Titans and Colts beat him up and schooled him when they were trying the first 3 quarters, and than he put up some garbage stats in the 4th quarter of both those games.

    I will say he was “money” in the first KC and SD games, definately. The 4th quarter of the JAX game was his worst quarter of that game (probably his best game of the year), and he certainly didn’t do anything miraculous at the end of the SF game.

    Both Denver games, 2nd KC and SD games and Sea games were long over by the 4th. STL and Pitt games he was so awful he didn’t make it into the 4th quarter before Hue pulled him.

    I think that covers all his games. So really “money” in two games, although granted those were two HUGE games at the time.

    I’m all right with Soup in 2011, but anything beyond that he has to earn in 2011, not only to us fans but also Al Davis, who is no hurry to give him a contract extension it seems past 2011 (his last year of his contract).

  • RaiderDebo

    Jamarcus blew it. He did have some below average WR’s and coaches. However, the rest of the league wouldn’t have held that against him, and if he made the most of it, he would be starting somewhere else today.
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    The subpar supporting cast will play a part in his getting back into the league. Believe it or not, there is NFL game tape that evaluators are impressed with. He had interest from the Jets, Bengals and Vikings before that bogus Robitussin case derailed everything. By the time it was laughed out of court, it was too late to sign anyplace with a chance to start. I’m sure the year off did him some good anyway. Better days ahead.

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

    # priesttj Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I would love to see trhe Raiders get Russell as a #2 or 3 that would be great for him as well as the Raiders. Way too much talent to waste.

    …………

    I agree, actually. In a way, I think the Raiders owe it to him from a moral standpoint. They knew he had problems and did nothing to intervene, because Al just thought he was a good player and would snap out of it. Al’s partly responsible for what happened to Russell. Al is tagged to Russell as long as Russell’s name is brought up in NFL circles. Unless you’re talking to a bunch of kool aid drinking blowhard Raider fans, almost any conversation you have about Russell is going to segue to Al Davis, as well it should. So Al might as well try to make it all right.

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

    Rockstar, Al went on record saying he wanted Russell, and that Kiffin didn’t. So, sorry. The blame Kiffin for Russell window closed shut, for good, at projector-gate. Try again.

  • Just Fire Baby

    There was nothing Bogus about his Robitussin adiction. He admitted to it on live TV.

    Of course teams are looking at his game tape. I said a million times where he is at today has nothing to do with what he was doing on Sundays at 1pm, but what he was doing Sunday at 1am.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    Look no further than one of the worst pass protection lines in football. We gave up more sacks than almost any one else. Also sub standard wr play.

    This means that he had to make heoric late game plays to pull it out at times, sd, kc.

    Any way you slice it he was a beast in money time

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

    The knife cuts both ways.

    Certainly the Titans and Colts beat him up and schooled him when they were trying the first 3 quarters, and than he put up some garbage stats in the 4th quarter of both those games.

    I will say he was “money” in the first KC and SD games, definately. The 4th quarter of the JAX game was his worst quarter of that game (probably his best game of the year), and he certainly didn’t do anything miraculous at the end of the SF game.

    Both Denver games, 2nd KC and SD games and Sea games were long over by the 4th. STL and Pitt games he was so awful he didn’t make it into the 4th quarter before Hue pulled him.

    I think that covers all his games. So really “money” in two games, although granted those were two HUGE games at the time.

    I’m all right with Soup in 2011, but anything beyond that he has to earn in 2011, not only to us fans but also Al Davis, who is no hurry to give him a contract extension it seems past 2011 (his last year of his contract).

    =========================================

    JFB, you dont get points for length of your post.

    JC – 100.0 4qtr rating, that is money. Read’em and weep

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

    Al Davis is tagged to Russell for life in NFL circles, be it amongst fans, owners, media, what have you. If Russell comes up, Al’s coming up. The only people who even try to separate Al from Russell are blowhard, moronic Raider fans who try to deflect all blame from Al. That’s like 2% of the overall sports world. To the other 98%, Al Davis IS JaMarcus Russell, and JaMarcus Russell IS Al Davis. So Al might as well take him in and fix it.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Did i just say the lenght of your post?!?!?!?

    That didnt come out right

  • Just Fire Baby

    There is nothing money about winning games in October and losing them in December.

    Was he really “money” against the Colts? I’m sure his QB rating in the 4th quarter was probably in the 130 range that game.

    Nice stats in a loss don’t cut it with me.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders coach Jackson says Al Davis not meddling

    by FOXSports

    When it comes to the Oakland Raiders and team owner Al Davis, new head coach Hue Jackson claims public perception is not reality.

    During an interview with me and co-host Jim Miller on Sirius NFL Radio, Jackson said that Davis isn’t the micromanaging overlord he is often painted as being.

    “Everybody always says that everything is done by (Davis),” Jackson said Wednesday between Senior Bowl practices. “That’s not true. I’m hiring this (coaching) staff. He made me the head coach of this team and said, ‘Hue, let’s go.’

    “Obviously, I bounce everything off of him. Why wouldn’t I? This is his team. But he doesn’t sit there and rule everything with an iron-clad fist. The guy runs a draft as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. This guy knows football. To not use him as a resource would not be very smart on my part.”

    “I know you hear all the different stories about the Raiders, but none of those things are true. Coach Davis has done a great job of creating an environment for the players and coaches to be successful. That’s what we’re looking to do.”

    -Alex Marvez

    ***

    Kell & MR, did you guys read this ???

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rockstar,

    Did you find Norco Bob on twitter yet?

    408 raider is out there I know as well.

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

    Al Davis said he’s still heavily involved. Either he or Jackson is lying.

  • DeuceDeuce

    No one discredits Kiper or McShay for crowning Russell the best QB prospect ever….nice job they have lol

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

    RR, Gruden Jr. for QB Coach???

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

    JESUS CHRIST! JACKSON REFUTES HIMSELF RIGHT IN THE ARTICLE!!!

    “Obviously, I bounce everything off of him. Why wouldn’t I? This is his team…..The guy runs a draft as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. This guy knows football. To not use him as a resource would not be very smart on my part.”

    Play again sometime, Hue.

  • RaiderDebo

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    There was nothing Bogus about his Robitussin adiction. He admitted to it on live TV.

    Of course teams are looking at his game tape. I said a million times where he is at today has nothing to do with what he was doing on Sundays at 1pm, but what he was doing Sunday at 1am.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Huh? When did JR admit to an addiction? Link?

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

    Or, as the former Alaskan Governor would say, refudiates himself.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    There is nothing money about winning games in October and losing them in December.

    Was he really “money” against the Colts? I’m sure his QB rating in the 4th quarter was probably in the 130 range that game.

    Nice stats in a loss don’t cut it with me.

    ====================================

    LMAO!!! its a team sport, you cant blame JC for the losses. JC isnt responsible for stopping the last ranked rushing attack in the nfl( they killed us). He didnt give up 30pts 6 times this year. he cant be the qb and the o-line( miserable pass protection, mediocre run blocking), and wr ( one of the youngest ).

    Sorry JFB, now you want to claim that the stats dont matter. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    13.The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 12:04 am
    189.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:06 pm
    Raccoon, I’m not going anywhere, so you should learn to like me.

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

    Who said I didn’t?

    I do like you MR. I don’t agree with you most the time

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    JFB,

    regardless if the stats “cut it” with you or not is beside the point. the numbers indicate a more than solid 4th qtr performance. they are outstanding and indicate that if you protect him, and give him some talent he IS a “franchise qb”.

    did you notice that he was ahead of some blog favs. rodgers, breeze, manning and so on?

    The stats “dont cut it” with you? Doesnt matter, your opinion has no bearing on the incontavertible facts.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Wonder if Casey Matthews has any shot at being anything close to his brother Clay…We could use him at OLB…

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Hu Jack & Davis working in concert to rule the world!!!!

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

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in what Jackson says about Al Davis at this point, for obvious reasons.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Jim Zorn released as QB coach in Baltimore… history with bot Hue & Campbell

  • DeuceDeuce

    *both

  • DutchRaider77

    So RMR you advocate a system that certain “high risk” players should have contracts written for team’s management to be able to monitor and control their behavior. I.e. what they eat, who they hang out with and what types of activities they do in their private life?

    You feel that the Raiders should have injected themselves more into Russell’s private life? Is this for all players or only players that are deemed “High Risk.” Not sure the Players’ Union would agree. Personally I feel that NFL franchises do not own the players, they are not their children and deserve freedom in their private life.

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

    378.DutchRaider77 Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    So RMR you advocate a system that certain “high risk” players should have contracts written for team’s management to be able to monitor and control their behavior. I.e. what they eat, who they hang out with and what types of activities they do in their private life?

    You feel that the Raiders should have injected themselves more into Russell’s private life? Is this for all players or only players that are deemed “High Risk.” Not sure the Players’ Union would agree. Personally I feel that NFL franchises do not own the players, they are not their children and deserve freedom in their private life.
    ———————————
    Nah, the Raiders should have been more involved. Should have known more about him from the getgo.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gruden Jr. for QB Coach???

    ***

    ray,

    you like?

  • DeuceDeuce

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    So RMR you advocate a system that certain “high risk” players should have contracts written for team’s management to be able to monitor and control their behavior. I.e. what they eat, who they hang out with and what types of activities they do in their private life?

    You feel that the Raiders should have injected themselves more into Russell’s private life? Is this for all players or only players that are deemed “High Risk.” Not sure the Players’ Union would agree. Personally I feel that NFL franchises do not own the players, they are not their children and deserve freedom in their private life.

    —-

    If im investing millions into someone your damn right im doing whatever i want to make sure that investment doesnt mess up..especially if they have proven to be immature

  • DeuceDeuce

    Zorn for QB coach makes a lot of sense…His Seahawk history aside.

  • LA to TheBay

    The only people who even try to separate Al from Russell are blowhard, moronic Raider fans who try to deflect all blame from Al. That’s like 2% of the overall sports world. To the other 98%, Al Davis IS JaMarcus Russell, and JaMarcus Russell IS Al Davis. So Al might as well take him in and fix it.
    ——————————

    So Al Davis IS JaMarcus Russell

    and JaMarcus Russell IS Al Davis

    But, in your opinion, you assert that the Raiders do not equal Al Davis and Al Davis does not equal the Raiders?

    Foot, meet mouth.

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

    I met a guy at my barbershop in 08′ who went to LSU with Russell. He told me stories that really gave me doubts. Apparently he’s been blingy since since high school.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The most meaningful game of Soup’s NFL life might have been the Jaxsonville game.

    Haning your hat on November games before the bye week? Pathetic!!!

    Let Soup win some meaningful December games and have a great 4th comeback for a playoff spot and I will grant him “money” status.

  • LA to TheBay

    I agree, actually. In a way, I think the Raiders owe it to him from a moral standpoint. They knew he had problems and did nothing to intervene, because Al just thought he was a good player and would snap out of it. Al’s partly responsible for what happened to Russell. Al is tagged to Russell as long as Russell’s name is brought up in NFL circles. Unless you’re talking to a bunch of kool aid drinking blowhard Raider fans, almost any conversation you have about Russell is going to segue to Al Davis, as well it should. So Al might as well try to make it all right
    ——————————-

    They got Russell a Life Coach and sent his a$$ to fat camp!

    LOL at you!

    Al put Maronivich in rehab and I’m sure he and the organization took steps to say, ‘Hey, JaMarcus, maybe you shouldn’t be such a jack@$$, and while you’re at it, get off the sizzurp.’

  • RaiderRockstar

    first step?

    Hue Jackson & Al Saunders.

    next up?

    Jim Zorn & Mark Brunell.

    if Jason Campbell still can’t look like a franchise QB in Year # 7 of his NFL career, I think he’ll find a home as a #2 QB playing for peanuts someplace. Maybe Minnesota or Buffalo

  • DeuceDeuce

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    The most meaningful game of Soup’s NFL life might have been the Jaxsonville game.

    Haning your hat on November games before the bye week? Pathetic!!!

    Let Soup win some meaningful December games and have a great 4th comeback for a playoff spot and I will grant him “money” status.

    —-

    That first KC game was basically a comeback for a playoff spot. Every game from then on was.

  • LA to TheBay

    The most meaningful game of Soup’s NFL life might have been the Jaxsonville game.

    —————–

    Didn’t Campbell have a great game?

    Maybe I’m trippin, but I thought it was a 75 yard run and a special teams fumble that lost us that game.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Wonder if we make a run at Leinart for the backup spot…

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t blame him for the Jax lose, just saying that little blip in the NFL world was the biggest day of Campbell’s NFL life.

    The first half of NFL season’s are meaningless. Winners and legends, and the Raiders historically for that matter, have always prided themselves on what they achieve after Thanksgiving, not before it.

  • DeuceDeuce

    LA to TheBay Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    The most meaningful game of Soup’s NFL life might have been the Jaxsonville game.

    —————–

    Didn’t Campbell have a great game?

    Maybe I’m trippin, but I thought it was a 75 yard run and a special teams fumble that lost us that game.

    —-

    Campbell couldnt sustain drives long enough in that game to keep the D fresh for the 4th qtr…Not sure if its ALL his fault but ya…

  • LA to TheBay

    The Raiders gave Russell 30+ million and THEY OWE HIM?

    You’ve been pretty jaded and your head was firmly planted up your a$$ before, but that’s just ridiculous.

    He’s supposedly a professional, right? Shouldn’t have to have his hand held.

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Seattle/Cable train starts rolling early …

    Seahawks signed DT Jay Alford today

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    what did joe gibbs and other football experts think of jc? see for yourself, then ask whats not too love?

  • LA to TheBay

    I don’t blame him for the Jax lose, just saying that little blip in the NFL world was the biggest day of Campbell’s NFL life
    ———————–

    Gotcha.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Wonder if we make a run at Leinart for the backup spot

    ***

    DD,

    I’m thinking Alex Smith #2 and Mark Brunell #3

  • Just Fire Baby

    Did Campbell have a perfect rating for the first half of that game?

    He got bailed out on that fumble for a TD that he got hurt on (or at least hurt enough to miss a series with the season on the line). Very iffy penalty that was called.

    2nd half he didn’t do much. Of course, he nailed a few QB ratings points with his 20 yard completion to Jacoby Ford to end the game.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    what did joe gibbs and other football experts think of jc? see for yourself, then ask whats not too love?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYC213-mj60

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

    He’s supposedly a professional, right? Shouldn’t have to have his hand held.
    ————————
    Shouldn’t have needed it but he did. Whaddya gonna do, let him flounder and let your 40 million go down the drain?