Coach Jackson conference call transcript


Here is the transcript from Friday night’s conference call with Raiders coach Hue Jackson:


Q: Update on Eugene, Schilens?

Answer: Obviously, I talked about Hiram last night, that he hurt his hip, a dislocation there. The other guys are, obviously, we are further evaluating some knees, and we’ll know more as we move forward.

Q: Anything you see from tape that revealed something different from what you saw live?

A: Yes, I did. Obviously, when you get a chance to go back and watch it all, there was a lot of positives. Obviously, there’s some things to clean up. But, starting with the positives, just the tempo of the defense, the six plays that they were able to play, it was outstanding. Obviously, SeaBass was incredible in the game. The offense kept the ball for 31-plus minutes, 20 first downs. We threw the ball with more confidence and more assurance. There was only one three-and-out the whole football game. So, those were positives. Obviously, there were some negatives, too, with the penalties, our issues in the scoring zone that we have to fix and, obviously, the explosive plays that we gave up on defense. Those things in a first preseason game are things that a lot of people are trying to overcome, and we will. It was good to see some guys really competing and getting after it. We have something to build on there.

Q: Is being better in the red zone a matter of practice, or play-calling?

A: It’s a matter of practice. Like I said, we’ve been there for two weeks and we’re trying to pack everything in as fast as we can and sometimes you don’t get to hit on all the things that you got to hit on right away. You get bits and pieces. We weren’t trying to truly gameplan a team. At the time, one time it was Trent (Edwards) down in there and another time it was Kyle (Boller). Kyle’s been around the team, and we might have had the opportunity to do some different things with him, but Trent hasn’t been here very long. So, you didn’t want to put a guy in a situation to try to do something he really hasn’t had an opportunity to practice. As we move forward, we’ll make sure that those things are all tidied up and ready to go.

Q: What do you say to the young guys who had rough games, that games are different than practice?

A: There’s no question. As I keep talking about performance. It’s the performance in games. Napa’s beautiful, very comfortable, very great place to train and prepare a football team. But, when it’s all said and done, you got to go do it on game day. When the lights are on and when you’re playing against an opponent. It’s all about performance. That light is on now. Our guys understand that. These young guys will come back and fight this week.

Q: Are you comfortable with the young players you have at cornerback?

A: I’m comfortable because they’re young players, and young players got to play to get better. It’s something we’ll continue to look at as we continue to move forward. But those young guys, they’ll step up. They got to rise up and play, and I expect that they will.

Q: Can they rise up in the next month?

A: Yeah, I think so because, again, you get back into the groove of practicing, you get back into the groove of competing, understanding the (tendencies) of people you’re playing. As you know, last night we didn’t do anything to say, Let’s go take some receiver away, to assist or to help. Sometimes you got to put them out there and let them fail a little bit so you can find out about them. Our guys will rise up to the challenge this week.

Q: You like that DeMarcus Van Dyke went up against Larry Fitzgerald right away?

A: Absolutely. And what I’m going to tell the young man, I’ve seen that man catch that ball on a lot of great cornerbacks. But the thing that was most impressive was the next opportunity that he had to cover him they threw another deep ball and he was right with him stride for stride and there was an opportunity there to make a good play on the ball. So I was impressed with this guy. He’s not afraid. I think he wants to compete and again, we’ve just got to continue to indoctrinate these young players into pro football. And they will get it. Every play you have to go out there and compete as hard and as fast as you can to give yourself a chance to have success.

Q: Is there an update on Hiram?

A: No, I don’t have that information at this time.

Q: What about Schilens?

A: Not right now. We’re just further evaluating what’s going. I think later in the week we’ll know.

Q: Some coaches make players run for penalties in practice. Are you going to have to do that?

A: Yes, if it continues exist. I want to chalk it up to two weeks in training camp, first-game jitters, out with the old in with the new, more emphasis on snap count and all the things we’ve tried to address. That’s what I want to say when this happen, that’s what I want to say it was about. If it continues to exist then yeah, we have to turn the page and try something different. I’m not going to just sit there and keep letting it happen. Obviously Khalif (Barnes) was very disappointed as were all the young men who had illegal procedures. As I said after the game, I was able to address all that with out team. They were very disappointed and they know it’s something we have to fix. I don’t want them to stress about it too much, but it is something we obviously have to take care of.

Q: Did Zac Etheridge get hurt?

A: Yes, he did get hurt last night. I think there’s also, there’s something with a knee and again, we’re getting all that information and we’ll get that to you guys as soon as we can.

Q: What are the main things you wanted to see in the game that didn’t happen?

A: I think the biggest thing I wanted to see was us execute our offense and our defense at the next level where when we’re in the scoring zone we expect to score touchdowns, and when we’re defending the scoring zone, we know exactly where we need to be. Sometimes communication things, there were a couple of communication breakdowns here and there. That this team takes the next jump from training camp to one preseason game now to the second preseason game. It’s time to turn up the intensity a little bit more and continue to get better.

Q: What did you see from the three quarterbacks?

A: I was impressed with all of them. Obviously, Jason (Campbell) did a fabulous job of running the first team and getting the ball to different people. That’s what we were trying to do last night is get everybody an opportunity to touch the ball. Got Kevin Boss involved real early, tried to get Marcel (Reece) involved real early, got Darrius Heyward-Bey involved early and Jason did a great job of spreading the ball around. Kyle came in and he lit it up, eight of nine, he was spectacular. That’s what I expect from him. Obviously Trent, who hadn’t been here very long, I was so impressed with him because here he is getting the information from me and trying to figure it out in his mind and then going out and executing pretty flawlessly. I thought he did an excellent job. There’s a couple of throws he wished he had back but I thought all three of those guys showed me the poise, showed me the hard work they put into this and they have the ability to lead this football team.

Q: Is No. 2 quarterback one of most intriguing camp battles?

A: It could be, no doubt, because both of those young men are very competitive and they want that opportunity. It also makes it fun. Those guys go and every day they compete in the classroom and they compete on the field and they’re very good friends. It’s a very good room and very good chemistry in there. I think it’s exciting.

Q: Might you give Boller more time than Edwards in upcoming games?

A: Oh yeah. We’ll see as we go. Obviously as we get closer, we get ready to play a game. I have to make sure our first group is ready to go. There’s no doubt. I also have to know what our backup quarterback can do. I think we have two very good candidates back there that we can pick from.

Q: How did things go with you in terms of red flag, timing, talking to Al up in the box? (This was in reference to offensive coordinator Al Saunders. Jackson took it to mean managing general partner Al Davis.)

A: I didn’t talk to Al up in the box. Let’s make that clear right now. I don’t know where that one came from. I was very comfortable. As I told you I have very good coaches who give me information. Obviously I threw the flag last night. It was awesome. The officials were great other than a couple of situations. I thought for the first night I felt it was a great night for everyone involved. Obviously we wanted to win the game. We didn’t do the ultimate which was win the game. But for the first time for all of us to have an opportunity to go play a game, be in the stadium, be on the headset, coach a game, talk to each other, get our players out there playing against a different opponent. I thought it was a good start. That’s all it was, was a start. By no imagination is that who we are or what we’re going to be. Like I tell everyone, we’re going to become something. I really like what we’re going to become.

Q: Did you think of going for it on 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line instead of kicking the field goal?

A: Yes, I did. I truly did. All of those thoughts go through your mind but you know, there’s a time and a place for everything. The thing I liked about last night is there is so many different situational football things that we got to practice. We got to practice coming out. I got to practice making a decision, exactly where that ball was, as you’re talking about, at the 3-yard line. We got to work on scoring zone, which we weren’t very good at last night. We got to work at a two-minute situation. We got to work at the last three, four plays of a game. There was so many things that are on this tape to grow from and get better at that we would have already done way back in OTAs and mini-camp. Not against an opponent, but things we would have rehearsed over and over and over and now those things are coming up, and for the first time out of the chute to have all those things happen, I thought it was fantastic.

Q: Which of the offensive linemen stood out?

A: I think when I go back and I watch the tape, I really thought that Sammy Satele played good, I thought (Stefen) Wisniewski did an excellent job, I mean, unbelievable job. I thought that Stephon Heyer did some really good things. I thought that even Joe Barksdale was in there battling. I thought our second group, ’cause they played more football, obviously than the ones, those guys really showed up. They did a good job. I mean, our quarterback, there was one sack that we had, which was a communication issue and the other one was right before the half, which never should have been a sack. So for the most part, they kept the quarterback pretty clean. And that was good to see. Do we need to continue to get better? No doubt. But I think our guys, that front, is really starting to come together.

Q: That sack before the half that shouldn’t have happened, what happened there?

A: Sometimes when you ID a defense, the communication between everybody has to go throughout the whole offense, from the front to the back, and the guy didn’t see him correctly and those things happen sometimes. Those things do creep up on you when you haven’t had a ton of practice time.

Q: Jared Veldheer seemed to do a nice job on Joey Porter, so is he a guy you’re more comfortable with out there at left tackle?

A: There’s no question, and I feel remiss to not mention him. He did a great job, too, I mean, Stephon, Jared, Sammy, (Joseph) Barksdale, those guys all did a real good job, and obviously Heyer. I thought those guys battled last night and I think they’ll get better as we go.


Steve Corkran

  • J Hill

    now we should cut chaz before we even know how hurt he is.


    I’m jumping on the cut Chaz bandwagon IF he is hurt at all. Even if it is just a “minor” knee injury.

    At some point you have to address the dependabilty factor. It’s not like years past when we didn’t have anything else in the stable.

    I’d be all for having Chaz be a part of this and contribute. But we are all sitting here with our fingers crosses hoping we can get 8 games outta this guy.

    I’d rather go with Hagan at this point.

  • dvrick

    Maybe we could get Tiger Woods to QB the team!!

  • lefty12

    I have a difficult time understanding how people can’t see the advantage of having DHB taking out 2 defenders almost every play.After he made the 14 yard sideline catch,on the long pass he had a safety cheating to his side.Now,say we have Ford on the other side and Moore in the slot-plus McFadden/Bush,Reese and a TE underneath,can’t you see the problems that creates?As J Hill says a couple of catches by DHB-or even throws his way- will open so much else up.

  • Try Some Reality

    JC for MVP? LMAO! Keep dreaming. Let’s just shoot for above average. I’d be happy with that, and so would you.

  • Try Some Reality

    At what point do they stop respecting his speed though? Why would you respect an empty threat? Please…If the QB can’t get it there, then as long as my CB can stay within 5 yards of the guy, I can sleep at night.

  • big fan

    DHB is scared of gettin hit, bone crushing hit. He doesn’t know how to roll with a hit.

    Sure he has speed. Get the seperation and JC gotta hit him in stride.

    But anything short of that is futile. The game has been watered down. These are not your fathers Raiders.

    Sidenot not to all: most track stars do not make great football players.

  • big fan

    lefty12 Says:
    August 13th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    I have a difficult time understanding how people can’t see the advantage of having DHB taking out 2 defenders almost every play.After he made the 14 yard sideline catch,on the long pass he had a safety cheating to his side.Now,say we have Ford on the other side and Moore in the slot-plus McFadden/Bush,Reese and a TE underneath,can’t you see the problems that creates?As J Hill says a couple of catches by DHB-or even throws his way- will open so much else up.


    Hey, I’m on record supporting his decoy roll, especially if he can take two defenders with him. hell yeah!

  • J Hill


    They also don’t understand that DHB is our best blocking WR.

    Ask any RB the value of a WR that can block.

    DHB is a 1st and 2nd down WR without question.

    Feel free to bring in the so called playmakers on passing downs like Moore, Ford, Boss, and Ausberry. I have no problem with them being early options ahead of DHB.

    And if the DC is slippin let DHB get behind your defense and let’s see what happens. If the DC pays attention to DHB, then the playmakers can do their thing underneath.

  • Try Some Reality

    Using that theory, any team could go and get a track star tomorrow and line him up at WR then just tell him to go deep, oh and take 2 DBs with you. LOL. You guys are hilarious.

  • big fan

    dvrick Says:
    August 13th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    Maybe we could get Tiger Woods to QB the team!!


    Maybe he would make a better coach. QB, I don’t think so. Coach, yes. Seems he may have some pimp-hand.

  • Raiders for life

    When Chaz gets a minor injury it always turns into a year long major deal. If he can’t play because of this one I think I am officially done with him.

    Best of luck Chaz you “nicked up” shoulda coulda.


  • lefty12

    Well,if the QB can’t get it there maybe he is the problem,not the WR.I believe they will get it together,although last year that was JCs weakness.He has to put more into his passes and perhaps let it go a little earlier.

  • Try Some Reality

    Left. Read my first post on this topic. I never said one or the other were the problem, per se. Again, my observation is not a knock on either. I’m just sayin’…if JC and DHB can’t connect deep, it’s a problem. I don’t think that’s a stretch to say that. You can’t just run a man deep, never make the connection, and expect defenses to keep respecting it.

  • big fan

    I just don’t get it. A WR is paid first and foremost to catch passes and gain yards after catch. Make plays and make things happen. But if Coach Davis wants to pay him to be a decoy and a great blocking WR, then more power to him. It’s his money.

  • J Hill


    Wifey is finally ready to head out to the 4 year old Bday party that started at 2:30, lol.

    Catch you folks later.


    Good day, gents. Watched the replay on NFLN this morning.

    Didn’t want to comment on JaJason’s play until I saw the entire game.

    JaJason did look confident and poised. BFD. He’s supposed to. He’s a 7 yr vet and the ‘unquestioned starter’.

    Very nice throw to DMoore. Timing was good and in stride.

    Besides that…not so good.

    Pass to Reece was underthrown and too close to OOB. Wouldn’t classify it as a horrible throw…I like Reece’s chances in that type of ‘jump ball’ situation…but it was NOT a good pass.

    Have to disagree with JFB about the DHB pass. Pass was underthrown but more importantly, it was late. There was a window to get that toss in there. Ball needed to be out quicker, have less float and hit DHB when he was first getting separation. Timing was poor and so was the toss.

    Again, poor synchronization and lack of awareness on the 3rd and 2 miss to DHB. That sort of play should come off as a crisp ‘gimme’, instead it seemed doomed from the start.

    All in all, a decent effort by JaJason standards. Couple of decent throws, couple of others that could’ve been executed better. No turnovers. No dramatic errors. But nothing to go ‘Mistic’ over.

    I’ll give him a C and hope he steps it up against the Whiners.

  • Try Some Reality

    If they get it together, GREAT! Heck, I hope they do. But if they don’t, they need to reconsider those 2 as starters, together. Mesh your teams strengths together.

  • lefty12

    TSR,did you see how DHB almost broke the tackles for a huge gain the other night,just as he did against Seattle last year.More passes like that should go his way.You are saying because the QB doesn’t get him the ball when he is yards behind his defender,he should be benched.His job is to get open,not throw himself the ball.

  • Try Some Reality

    All in all, a decent effort by JaJason standards. Couple of decent throws, couple of others that could’ve been executed better. No turnovers. No dramatic errors. But nothing to go ‘Mistic’ over.


    LOL! I’ve been away for a while. Does Mistic still show up here with his JC pom poms? JC is a legend. JC is putting on a clinic. LOL. That cat cracks me up. I think he once proclaimed JC and Troy Smith as future hall of famers.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Look it is what it is…..DHB AND JC gotta show us….but more so on JC…….im hard on DHB bbecuz he has been awful his entire time here

  • Try Some Reality

    Again, you’re not getting what I’m saying Left. I’m criticizing the duo, not one or the other. If DHB were to get surpassed because of the missed connections with the QB, it wouldn’t necessarily be his fault. The QB couldn’t get it there. But it is what it is….that is, unless we go with a different QB, which isn’t happening.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Hue needs to run the ball…damn get a TD drive in first qtr….show u are ready

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Im juiced for next Saturday tho. We get to seee even more


    Initial impression of DVD…

    Looks extremely fluid. Very good length. Effortless stride, has the natural speed to make mirroring WRs look easy.

    Going to be sorely lacking in run support until he fills out and beefs up. Difficult to know if he’s a willing tackler when necessary, doesn’t have the frame to do so now.

    Ball awareness obviously (Hue !) an issue now as evidenced on the Fitz mistake, but have to like the stride for stride cover and blanket job the very next play.

    Don’t want to go BHP, but this kid has the tools to be an outstanding corner in a season or two.

  • lefty12

    TSR,you are right,I don’t get what you are saying.You seem to be saying if one guy is doing his job but isn’t being successful because the other isn’t doing his job,they should both be blamed.I can’t agree with that.

  • Try Some Reality

    Neither should be blamed, necessarily. But if they don’t get the job done together, something needs to be done about it. Why is that so difficult to understand? Are you taking things too personal with these players? Look, life sucks. If DHB gets benched because the QB can’t get him the ball, that’s just life. Unless you think the QB should be replaced instead? I’m just saying surround your players with other players that compliment their strengths. That’s football my friend. If that’s tough to understand, I can’t help you.

  • UCLA Raiders

    Why is it AD scholarships given to such unworthy individuals such as
    JT the Brick: I can’t stand this guy’s brand of journalism which is more propaganda. Any time this jackass opens his mouth I mute the tv
    John Herrera : no comment here
    Greg Papa: rah rah rah propagandist big mouth
    Sam Williams : are you seriously telling me he’s worth the money thrown at him?

    What does that say about AD when his trusted employees are such obvious knuckle heads?

  • Try Some Reality

    Maybe if you stop thinking about it as the players being blamed or punished, you will then understand. Not talking about blame here.

  • Try Some Reality

    JT the brick was clearly on the payroll as a PR guy posing as a radio journalist. I still enjoyed him in the early turn of the century doing our radio on 1050 quite simply because we are actually kicking some ass and times were good. I think we all knew he was biased. I still enjoyed him clowning on ignorant whiner fans that thought they’d call the radio station despite it being clearly Raider biased.

    Greg Papa. I have no problem with him. It’s Atkinson and Humm that tend to be more rah rah. I can’t stand Atkinson knocking down fans on the radio that call up with fair criticisms. He’s a little over the top in my opinion. Papa I like though. Especially the way he calls Raider TDs. Gets me pumped every time.

  • lefty12

    No need to cop an attitude,we are just having a discussion.Oh,well,forget it.If DHB doesn’t do the job and gets benched so be it,he should be and I could care less.But if he does do what the team wants him to,he shouldn’t be punished.

  • Try Some Reality

    No attitude. If it came off as attitude, then I apologize. I guess I’m just saying that I’m about done explaining my stance and I’ve said all that I’m going to say on the matter. No worries, Left.


    Some other observations…

    Very disappointed with the play of #27 Stevie Brown.

    Thought he had some ‘ball hawking’ ability based on action last season. Didn’t like what I saw against Az.

    Most disturbing was the missed tackle on the last drive.

    Hope it was just an off night, but didn’t like what I saw. Could be wrong, need some JHill review on this.

    Gaither – False starts were atrocious, not sure how bad he was when he didn’t move early. Need JHill again. Think the FS’s can be eliminated, more concerned about his ability to pass protect.

    Moss – one poster already mentioned the play where he spun off blocker, did a 180 and unassisted tackle of RB at LOS. Helluva play. Top notch athleticism.

    DMoore – the Natural. No wasted motion from this cat. Punt return showed how dangerous he can be. Excellent speed, elusive, quick, instinctive, sees the field. Snags those passes with his hands and is looking for YAC immediately. Wondered how he had that phenomenal YPC average with the bums he had throwing to him at TN. Now I know.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Hill Says:
    August 13th, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    Hue Jackson has no ties to Chaz.

    If Al would get rid of Moss b/c Kiffin didn’t want him, hard to imagine Al giving Hue a hard time about parking Chaz on IR.

    There are viable option on the roster to replace him.

    Bodiford and Hagan look real good as 5th and 6th WR candidates.

    Moore can give us everything and more that we were expecting from Chaz.


    330.Thec07 Says:
    August 13th, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    Fools gold can go to IR today…



    that’s my educated calculations/predictions barring any trade or injury

    Chaz has no claim to #1WR he has talent, was a 7th round pick for a reason, does not have a big contract, do not know what his endurance was in college, but in the nfl he is fragile, Raiders simply cannot afford to keep him [even inactive] on the roster, we are a palyoff contender, we will win the division

  • Twocents


  • RaiderRetribution

    Moss – one poster already mentioned the play where he spun off blocker, did a 180 and unassisted tackle of RB at LOS. Helluva play. Top notch athleticism.

    One of my favorite plays in the game


    # Twocents Says:
    August 13th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Sorry, meant Barnes. Been up too many hours. Thanks, Twocents.

  • YoungAmerican

    Moss had one season in a 4-3 before having to switch to 3-4 OLB… complete waste of his skills. It’s nice to see him finding a home in a 4-3 defense that makes the most of his pass-rushing ability and freakish size/athleticism.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Not the best start for Jimmy Clausen’s stake to the starting job.

    Pick 6 on the first drive, lol.

  • Im already sick of “obviously”. If he wins I can deal with it if he loses i’ll obviously just wait for AL to fire him.

  • Guy

    Yamon figurs is a playmaker lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    This website is not a playmaker.

  • Obviously, coach HueJack will need to get all of the outstanding young men on this team to play better. If they want to be great, like the great Raider teams of the past.

    To do this, he must gather great advice from his outstanding staff to help him, and most obviously he must not be timid in seeking guidance from the all seeing, and all knowing, obviously great coach Davis.

    Isn’t there a practice today?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Even more embarressing to Hue than always saying “Obviously” and botching his first career coin-toss into two kickoffs at each half, was that embaressing choker he was wearing on Thursday.

  • Silverandblack666

    Before every Hue Jackson interview I usually post an over under on how many times he says obviously.

    It was 25 after his first presser

  • Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 13th, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    Even more embarressing to Hue than always saying “Obviously” and botching his first career coin-toss into two kickoffs at each half, was that embaressing choker he was wearing on Thursday.


    I didn’t pay much attention to what Hue was wearing.

    But, now that I think of it. Was he wearing something that he may have gotten back in the late 80’s, early 90’s???…

  • YoungAmerican

    Enderle in for the Bears.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He had on a wind-breaker type thing, with the collar opened up like some 70’s Jersey-type guido.

    Would have been cool, if not for the chain he was wearing had about 2 inches of slack, and looked like a female choker and not a manly gold chain.

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 13th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Im already sick of “obviously”.

    Obviously you’re a dummass dude.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    I hope we don’t have to cut Chaz, but it could hurt us if we don’t.

  • Just Fire Baby

    They could IR Chaz and he could be ready to participate by week 7 or so.

    Not paying him much, so I think you keep him around (IR if need be) for this last season and see if he can muster up anything.