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Hue in honeymoon phase with `coach Davis’

Hue Jackson went on Sirius NFL Radio from the NFL Senior Bowl this week and attempted to dispel any notions about owner Al Davis.

“Everybody always said that everything is done by coach (Davis),” Jackson said. “That’s not true. I mean, I’m hiring the staff. He made me the head coach of this football team and said, `Hue, let’s go. Obviously, I bounce everything off him. Why wouldn’t I? This is his team. But he doesn’t sit there and rule everything with an iron-clad fist.”

There more, a transcription of which will run below.

Jackson is enjoying what Lane Kiffin referred to as the “honeymoon” period between Davis and the head coach.

Kiffin was the golden child once, bringing in a handful of assistant coaches he selected, making change, and attempting to affect change. He called Davis “Al,” and talked about how he basically could do anything he wanted at the NFL owner’s meetings.

A year later, he wasn’t wearing Raiders gear at the NFL scouting combine and was rejected in his attempts to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and defensive line coach Keith Millard.

Once Kiffin was gone, Tom Cable told us we had it all wrong with Davis. Cable said he was the coach of the team, he hired his entire staff, and that his working relationship with Davis couldn’t be better.

We know how that turned out.

Norv Turner said he thought working for the Raiders was his dream job because he had a boss who truly understood football, a guy who went out and landed players such as Warren Sapp and Randy Moss.

Turner ended up having to do a tortured backtrack on a decision to start Marques Tuiasosopo ahead of Kerry Collins after one game, and was gone the next year.

There is little doubt that all these coaches were initially telling the truth. There’s a period of time, before anything happens in the loss column, where you’re actually running a team owned by someone who actually knows and understands football.

He’ll give the coach his thoughts and ideas, maybe produce a list of coaches who might make good coordinators based on philosophy and track record along with how much they can be paid. Then he’ll let the coach make the call.

Win and the honeymoon can be extended. Experience has taught us what happens when the losing begins.

JACKSON ON SIRIUS NFL RADIO

Q: What is the stamp want to put on the Raiders?

Jackson: We kind of started that process a year ago. We want to be a very physical team on offense. We want to be able to stop you on defense, and we want to be explosive on special teams. Obviously, I thought last year, we started that process and we need to take it to another level this year, and there’s no question that we’re going to be able to do that.

Q: How advantageous having a year under your belt, knowing how Raiders operate, knowing the roster?

Jackson: Obviously; it helps you tremendously, because you know the environment, you know the players, you know the coaches. You know exactly how Mr. Davis wants things to be. I think it’s a great opportunity to hit the ground running right now.

Q: It all starts at QB, what has impressed you about Jason Campbell?

Jackson: He’s a pro. I mean the guy comes in, he comes early, he stays late, he wants to be the best at what he does. He’s young, he’s talented. Our job is just to make sure we create the right environment around him so he can be the best he can be.

Q: There was great improvement with Darren McFadden last year, is he just scratching surface?

Jackson: There’s no question he is. I’m so excited about what he brings to the organization. Him and Michael Bush, those two guys are a 1-2 punch for us, obviously, he was the No. 4 pick three years ago, and what he did for us last year is what we all envisioned he could be. So I’m excited about what the future holds for him.

Q: With uncertainty with regard to a labor agreement and a number of free agents, including Nnamdi Asomugha, how would you describe your approach to the offseason?

Jackson: I think everybody is kind of in that same boat. Nobody knows what the CBA is at this time. But I promise you this. Coach Davis has a plan, and we have a plan, and we feel very confident as we move forward that we’re going to be able to put great football players out on our football field.

Q: On the defensive side of the ball, where do things stand with coordinator?

Jackson: We’re still in that process. We’re going to go hire the best fit for our Raiders staff. Obviously we’re working through that, we’re getting closer, we’re excited about all the candidates and the people who have applied that want to be a part of what we’re building. Again, I know you hear all the different stories about the Raiders, but none of those things are true. Coach Davis had done a great job just creating an environment for the players and coaches to come in and be successful, and that’s we’re looking to do.

Q: Could you expand on that? What are the biggest misconceptions which were dispelled since you joined the Raiders?

Jackson: Everybody always said that everything is always done by coach. That’s not true. I mean, I’m hiring the staff. He made me the head coach of this football 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 the draft as well as anybody I’ve ever seen run a draft. I mean, this guy knows football, and to me, for me not to use him as a resource would not be very smart on my part. So I’m very excited about the relationship I have built with him over time. The relationship that I think our coaches and our players have built with him over time. The one thing coach wants to do is win. That’s what we all want to do. We all want to play in that game a week from now that Pittsburgh and Green Bay is going to be in, that’s the ultimate goal.

Q: Could you describe your coaching philosophy?

Jackson: I have a very very simple philosophy. If you have good players, put ‘em in situations to have success. Just try to create an environment to let them showcase their talents and abilities, and we have some very explosive players who can run, and if you create space for them, they have an opportunity to make plays. It sounds simple, and it is hard, don’t get me wrong, but that’s what it’s really all about. Create an environment for your players to showcase their talents and abilities and have players that will allow them to do that, the Jason Campbells, the offensive line, the tight ends, the receivers, the Darren McFaddens, give those guys opportunities and normally good things will happen.

Q: How did you grow as a coach last year?

Jackson: You’re in all those pressure situations, week in and week out. I know what it’s like to call a great game. I know what it’s like to wish you had some plays back. I know what it’s like to call a bad game. I know what it’s like when practice is not going as good or when you don’t feel as well and you’ve got to go get this done. So I’ve been through all these situations throughout my career, and that’s what’s prepared me for today. There’s not much that I haven’t seen. Nothing truly prepares you to go out and do it, day in and day out, but I’ve been through a lot, and I’m so excited about this opportunity to lead this organization.

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  • severeraiderz

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    # severeraiderz Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Gruden won with the players someone else selected

    …………

    Michael Pitman and Keenan McCardell were players Gruden brought in, and they both contributed on heavily on the offensive side of the ball, and not to mention played well in the Super Bowl. The offense has to score some points. You can’t win with defense alone. So, Gruden won with his players, too.

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    that team won with D and you know it, it’s precisely the reason you tried to put in a rebuttal to my argument before I even responded, because even u know that team was built on defense

  • priesttj

    Yeah right the only way we’ll ever win again is if we bring JON GRUDEN back that is all you read from his worshipers. No other coach on planet earth can win here.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    10.priesttj Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 1:42 pm
    Why would you benched his QB 6 qrtrs into the season and wouldn’t play Bush and didn’t play Bruce Campbell more than 5 plays all year long. Cable changed the way Mr Davis wanted to deal with him he got the Raiders sued by someone they didn’t even know.

    I would say thee was a HUGE difference between the way he dealt with Turner and Shell as opposed to Kiffin and Cable he shouldn’t have fired Norv or Art. He definitely should’ve fired Kiffin and Cable IMO. Two wrong two right just MHO.

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    Priest

    I am totally agreeing with your posts because if you only win 4-5 games – you should expect to be fired. If you punch an employee and break his jaw – you should be fired! You beat a woman – give me a break! I guess what I don’t agree with is why do you say AD should not have fired Shell? If you are talking about the first time maybe but the second time it was obvious in the 06 season that the game had passed Art by. Hiring the OC he did was just flat out stupid. 2-14 would get just about anyone fired.

    My big problem with AD is that he is so smart and experienced he can control things and kind of get by. Anyone that old in his physical condition needs to delegate more than he does. In my mind he should have never gotten rid of Bruce Allen and kept Gruden (give him what he wanted) and allowed them more free reign to build the Francise.

    I have no idea why he decided to hire Art again after being out of coaching or why he let Cali (let alone Cable) take over after what happened with the other OL coach he made HC – Bugel. Hopefully he can trust Hue enough that this will work out better.

  • dickv

    Davy my take on Gruden is he a good coach, but he has been to the mountain top and does not have the desire or will to win: do the the daily grind anymore just like others that have won a superbowl/ been to the top… Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells, Brian Billick, and Tony Dungy. Are they good coaches… yes. Can they still put the work in to win a Superbowl… don’t think they have the desire to or they would have already been coaching again.

    They saddle themselves with high $ amounts and talk about control/ final say on 53 man roster… want to overule GM’s or even be GM/ HC. They need all of those factors because they know NHL HC is 360 days a year… long hours in offseason/ crazy hours during season.

    Gruden doesn’t want that when he can just show up to a few production meetings; conduct a few interviews and still bring in a fat 7 digit salary… thats what i meant by has been.

    Thats why Hue Jackson is an intriguing coach… he has the will/ fire to win.

  • Chris in NY

    it is amazing how imposters react when faced with the statistical FACTS..campbell outplayed all the franchise qb’s and these dummies still don’t get it…they tried to spin the stats in grads favor..bruce, bruce, bruce gradkowski is out of football, now how good is he now??? the man was on scholarship with tc. get over it!!! you have poor player judgement and you know who you are!!!!!!

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    Gradkowski is now out of football?
    Campbell outplayed which franchise QBs? JaMarcus?
    Bruce was on a TC scholarship? Even though HueJackCity openly and eagerly took credit for inserting Grads in the win over STL?

  • Chris in NY

    It must be fun to hmake arguments out of completely made-up and false info. I’ll have to try it some time. It’s harder when you try to debate something using facts and reality.

  • ohioraider

    If I read “Coach Davis” or “Mr. Davis” one more time I’m gonna vomit. What a sycophantic world the NFL must be to elicit this kind of ass kissing nonsense. No amount of money would get me to stoop to such a level.

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

    ohioraider Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm
    If I read “Coach Davis” or “Mr. Davis” one more time I’m gonna vomit. What a sycophantic world the NFL must be to elicit this kind of ass kissing nonsense. No amount of money would get me to stoop to such a level

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

    Yer a flat lyin Cuur Dog, and you know it! $$$$ talks.

  • r8rwill

    down the stretch campbell out played all the franchise qb’s according to stats inc. you don’t believe it?? look it up.. and if gruden is such a great coach how come he is out of football????with grad

  • r8rwill

    gradkowski’s contract is up.. even if he is lucky to get resigned here he won’t make the team.. i thought he was a good back up,,i was wrong, he can’t stay healthy.. no team will take a chance on him not even seattle…

  • Chris in NY

    R8rwill,

    Didn’t realize that if a player in the final year of their contract hasn’t been signed before the season is technically even over that they’re now “out of football.” Does that mean Nnamdi is officially no longer an NFL player as well?

  • ohioraider

    On the contrary, dirty vermin, I’m self employed for a reason.

  • priesttj

    I wouldn’t for one second give zgruden any control over personnel and the only thing Bruce Allen is good at is Capology and negotiating contracts. Bruce is NOT a personnel guy…………period

    I wouldn’t give free reign to either of them Mike Lombardi is TWCIE the personnel man Bruce Allen is and I know that for a Fact I watched them both work.

    Art Shell IMO is a better coach than that record what he is is very stubborn. If he had listened to Mr davis and hired Mike Martz as his OC he would’ve coached another 6-7 years. His problems were he fought with his star player Jerry Porter instead of giving into him for the good of the team. ALSO I think we were very short on talent at that time(QB Oline and defense) we just wewren’t av very good team. Not to mention leadership was very lacking.

    And Norv Turner IMO Big Al just didn’t like him he was a good coach had he been given more time we would not have sunk so low. Those two coaches were good coaches who had rotten luck IMO.

    Kiffin and Cable, Brutal Liar and a mediocre coach respectively.

  • severeraiderz

    RMR is not in touch with reality, he obssesses over a man he claims to hate. He sides with everyone who is opposed to Al Davis. He ignores the praise that Gruden gives Al regularly, says Kiffin was righting the ship here even though he wad immediately looking to exit stage right, and even lives Grads because of his link to Gruden. I bet he thought Tui was a franchis QB as well at one time

  • ohioraider

    Exactly what did Kiffin lie about, other than he, you know, actually respected Davis?

  • r8rwill

    chris in new york, you got something stronger than post #205-206? bring it on!! but you should read before you shoot your mouth off because it removes all doubt about what you know!!

  • TerrapinRaider

    Gotta commend Marley ..setting yall hoes straight! Bringin the facts

  • olinesux

    severe thats why i ask why people bother to argue with that niner fan

  • http://atm Raider O

    Raccoon,

    We need better laws.
    If a person steals, we shoot them I’m the foot.
    If they kill, rape, or harm children, we shoot them in the head.

    No more prison for these people. That’s a waste of our tax money!

    I hate criminals who harm children, and I don’t think they should be allowed to live.

  • djohnnyg

    You lost a lot of points with that assnuzzling.

    Lost points with YOU?

    I’m sure Hue will have trouble sleeping tonight knowing that.

  • ohioraider

    Raider O, there are plenty of countries in the middle east that will provide you with the authoritarian rule you crave.

  • r8rwill

    is it true that monte kiffin filed defamation of character law suit against lame lane for lying and what did Tennessee fire lance ah i mean lane for was it “CAUSE”?? or just lying and cheating??

  • severeraiderz

    Ohioraider Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 7:18 pm
    Exactly what did Kiffin lie about, other than he, you know, actually respected Davis?

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    about not being in contact with al and the weekly meetings al had with Ryan where they would make a gameplan on defense

  • http://atm Raider O

    Ohio,

    It’s not the same! They stone people! I wanna shoot them! Clearly you can see the difference.

    Criminals who harm children should die! Period!
    You can spend your money helping human trash like that, but I rather kill them and save us some money!

    $$$$ talks!!!!

  • Raiders for life

    Wow, tough crowd tonight. If you guys were in Egypt Mubarek would have gotten the Fk out by now.

  • Chris in NY

    Campbell down the stretch

    Pitt 35, Oak 3, Campbell: 7-19, 70 yards, 3 turnovers
    Oak 28, SD 13, 10-16, 117, 1 TD
    Jax 38, Oak 31, 21-30, 324, 2 TDs
    Oak 39, Den 23, 15-26, 238, 1 TD, 2 INTs
    Ind 31, Oak 26, 29-42, 232, 1 TD
    Oak 31, KC 10, 15-25, 155, 1TD

    If you lose or don’t even approach 200 yards in a win, the QB isn’t really out dueling anyone. Given that, congrats, Campbell out dueled Tim Tebow in Tebow’s first career start … with the help of a pass in the flat that Reece took 73 yards for a TD, accounting for 1/3 of Soup’s yardage total that game.

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

    212.ohioraider Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    On the contrary, dirty vermin, I’m self employed for a reason.

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

    So you work for free?

  • http://atm Raider O

    We can save all that money and build better schools for our children.

    We need less prisons, more schools, and less taxes! Shoot them all!

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

    219.Raider O Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 7:24 pm
    Raccoon,

    We need better laws.
    If a person steals, we shoot them I’m the foot.
    If they kill, rape, or harm children, we shoot them in the head.

    No more prison for these people. That’s a waste of our tax money!

    I hate criminals who harm children, and I don’t think they should be allowed to live.

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

    Agreed 100 %

  • http://atm Raider O

    Kill Mubarak too! He is a criminal!

  • aig-raiders

    Priest,

    If you’re gonna mention my name then make sure you’re here to reply when you’re proven wrong again…alright!

    1. JC was a fraud, still is a fraud, and will be a fraud next year. I dare any of you JC backer to show me how he carried this team in his 13 starts this year.

    2. For JC’s #1 fan (you know who you are) to boast about his 4th Qtr rating this year, I ask you to explain how JC did in the 4th qtr this year other than garbage minutes…..JAX game? hmmmm……

    Only 1 guy was willing to take me on this year for a 3-1 odds bet on JC. He lost badly.

    Priest, you dare make a prediction on JC for next year? I guarantee you he will have at least 4 sub 70 rating games next year. C’mon talk is cheap. How about putting your football semi-blog repuation to a test huh?

  • aig-raiders

    btw Priest,

    The season is over and there aint much to chatter about between now and the draft. That’s why I’m not on here as much. I know you miss me though.

  • Chris in NY

    Campbell in 2010:
    2,387 yards 13 TDs, 8 INTs

    JaMarcus in 2008
    2,423 yards 13TDs, 8 INTs

  • Raiders for life

    If a person steals, we shoot them I’m the foot.

    ###########

    In 1850 if you stole a horse you would be hanged.
    In 2011 if you steal a car you get a slap on the wrist.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Raccoon,

    We need to start our own party. The Green Party!
    Smoke weed!
    No taxes!
    Kill criminals!
    Less Govt!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Why have Govt if they can provide security to the citizens.
    Stealing, killing, and harming our children, then you want us to pay for them to stay at a prison?!?!
    Kill them all, and save me some money!

  • TerrapinRaider

    So its settled.

    Gruden wanted authority that Al would not give and rightfully so (even in hindsight given what that same authority delivered him in Tampa). He would not re-up for a long term contract and considering the circumstances presented to him Al took the deal for draft picks (any one of you would make the same choice I know I would have).

    Most of Gruden’s success came as a Raider, after he left his success started to decline.

    Gruden was a very good coach but maybe not a great personnel guy. Evidence in Tampa would support that conclusion when he did have more control over personnel. Yet he wanted such power that Al was unwilling to give possibly recognizing his limits as they were.

    Sounds like a case of a young man full of cockiness or overly confident in his abilities wanting to prove he can do it all and not being objective enough to understand his limitations.

    That about sums it up. Next topic.

  • djohnnyg

    147.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 6:03 pm
    Convenient, Marley, to leave out Gruden’s record in Oakland. His overall record is impressive. Well over .500, Several division titles and playoff appearances, and a Super Bowl victory. Credit whoever you want, but that’s his rap sheet. His numbers make him a “top notch” coach. But I guess not if you’re only going to post half of them. Clever.

    Gruden DOES have the stats. I would love to have him back in Oakland. I like him as a person (what I can tell of him anyway), I like the snarl, the energy, and most importantly THE WINNING!

    Gruden deserves the “elite” status, unlike Jeff Fisher who in his 17 yrs. as Titan HC averaged 1.5 games over .500. Only 6 playoff appearences and one SB appearence which was 15 yrs. ago I believe. Hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2004 yet Clayton (on espn) talks about him as if he’s on the level of Vince Lombardi. Fisher had a lot of say in personnel decisions as well. His record was not bad, but ELITE? Not even close.

  • http://atm Raider O

    If they can’t*

  • severeraiderz

    Chris In NY Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    Campbell in 2010:
    2,387 yards 13 TDs, 8 INTs

    JaMarcus in 2008
    2,423 yards 13TDs, 8 INTs
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    show the starts and completion percentage…..

  • dickv

    The Raiders will draft a WR late … IMO.

    Think size & Speed guys:

    Darvin Adams Auburn 6’3 185 4.4 40yd
    Vidal hazelton 6’2 210 4.5 40yd
    Mark Del 6’2 188 4.4 40yd
    Deandre Brown 6’6 228 4.4 40yd… Southern miss
    Greg Little 6’2 220 4.5 40yd UNC/ Represented by Drew Rosenhaus.. Louis Murphy’s agent

    Maybe Austin Pettis if he falls…As well as if Hankerson, torrey smith, titus young… if they fall and are best player on Al’s board 3rd or 4th.. then I see him making the pick.

    Again I think the Raiders fill good about young WR.. and have a great supporting cast around them in DMC, Zach Miller, bush, and Marcel Reece

  • djohnnyg

    I would love Gruden, but it’s pointless to talk about cuz he’s not coming back.

    We have Hue. I’m happy with that.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Fisher is so freakin’ overrated. What the hell has HE done all these years and he’s had lots of control.

    Same goes for Cowher. He way overrated as well.

  • severeraiderz

    Priest, you dare make a prediction on JC for next year? I guarantee you he will have at least 4 sub 70 rating games next year. C’mon talk is cheap. How about putting your football semi-blog repuation to a test huh?
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    I got 200 bucks that says ur boy grads doesnt play in 15 qtrs next year

  • TerrapinRaider

    Hue seems to relent to Davis on personnel matters and seems to be more focused on coaching who is given to him that wanting to dictate who he gets. All being said, that’s probably good news when it pertains to this ball club.

    Hu Jack is the man! Staring buffing that HOF bust! We got ourselves a coach!!! (maybe a little too much, I know).

  • djohnnyg

    240.severeraiderz Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    Chris In NY Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    Campbell in 2010:
    2,387 yards 13 TDs, 8 INTs

    JaMarcus in 2008
    2,423 yards 13TDs, 8 INTs
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    show the starts and completion percentage…..


    Even without additonal supporting documentation, there are intangibles that make one QB better or worse than another.

    Will QB “A” run for that first down on 3rd and three?

    Will QB “B” fumble every time he’s sacked?

    Will QB “A” make the right play at the right time?

    Even if stats are identitcal, there will always be differences on performance and results.

    One stat that Campbell has on Jamarcus is the most obvious and important one: “WINNING?”

  • TerrapinRaider

    Hue’s attitude seems to be “these are the players I have, let me create an environment for them to succeed ….we have players with a lot of speed, let me see how i can create space for them to use it” ….right now I would say he’s not focused on dictating what player he wants

  • dickv

    JC is the QB in 2011. It won’t be grads, Kolb, Carson Palmer, Mike Vick, Alex Smith, VY, Tavarias Jackson, Billy Volek, or even Peyton Manning.

    JC is not a great player… he’s not even Jim Plunket, but he played well down the stretch. He is a game manager that takes care of the football, and makes all the throws. Unrealistic fans will boo him and cry about how bad he is, but he is/ and will be the QB in 2011. He outplayed Gradkowski in 2010 mostly because Grads is made of glass.

  • djohnnyg

    Despite all the intense ridicule ,criticism, and outright disdain for your favorite team, there has to be some excitement for the upcoming season, no?

  • Chris in NY

    JaMarcus 15 games, 53% comp
    JaCampbell 13 games, 59% comp

    I’m not saying Campbell is near JaMarcus, just taking exception to the claim he outplayed a bunch of franchise QBs down the stretch. And Campbell’s comp pct doesn’t do much for me since it’s his inability to pull the trigger on throws down field that is far and away my biggest, if not only, real gripe about the guy. If you’re constantly checking down you should complete a high percent of passes.