By Steve Corkran
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 at 5:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Here’s the entire transcript of the conference call with Raiders coach Hue Jackson an hour ago. Senior executive John Herrera preceded Jackson as a means of explaining why the Raiders won’t announce their roster moves yet.
John Herrera: The waiver wire is going to be at least another two hours before the league lets it go and we want to make sure we have done everything correctly, procedurally. So, we’re not going to have the cuts for you at this time but we will get it to you the minute it becomes official, and Hue will address all the cuts and transactions that we make, and it is a fluid situation, tomorrow, after practice. We will give you a schedule as soon as we finish up with the conference call. Any questions on that?
Q: Can we reschedule this when we have the cuts?
Herrera: No. His dance card is punched. He’s got to worry about the Denver Broncos right now. So we’ll make that available as soon as it’s official and he’ll answer questions on any of that tomorrow.
Herrera: Without further adieu, here’s Hue . . .
Q: How you doing, Hue?
Jackson: I’m doing good. I’m doing really good. How you guys doing today.
Q: Don’t suppose you’re going to tell us any transactions . . .
Jackson: You suppose correctly.
Q: What are we supposed to ask you?
Jackson: Whatever you want, other than transactions.
Q: Why can’t you give us the moves when rest of the teams in the league are giving them out?
Jackson: See, those are those East coast teams. We’re a West Coast team. All the teams didn’t do that, did they?
Q: A lot are coming in?
Jackson: You said all of them.
Q: I didn’t say all of them.
Jackson: How you guys doing today. How’s everything going?
Q: Who’s your backup quarterback?
Jackson: Who’s my backup? Wouldn’t you like to know? No, all those things will be answered shortly here in the next couple hours, and like I said, I’d love to talk about all that stuff tomorrow.
Q: Status on the Mike Mitchell injury?
Jackson: I think he’s still working through it. Obviously we’re not totally ready yet. I think it’s become a work in progress. We’re trying to get him back as fast as we can. He’s working as hard as he can to get back and hopefully we’ll get him back soon.
Q: What did you learn about your team in these four preseason games?
Jackson: I learned so many different things. I learned our players will go out and compete. I learned that our guys are coachable. I learned that our guys will work at it. I learned that our guys, we need to learn to finish everything that we do. Again, what you said, what did we learn in those four preseason games, it was a learning experience for all and I think we’re ready to hit the ground running here in the regular season.
Q: How confident are you that things will click once the regular-season opener arrives?
A: “I feel very confident. Again, my vision and what I see is different than what everyone else sees. I understand that. I sit in a whole different chair. I know a lot of people wish I was on the floor, crying, upset and upside down, but I’m not. Because, as I said before, I know what’s in our locker room, I know how hard this team works and I truly believe the hard work is going to start paying off here very soon.”
Q: What has this process been like with Al Davis for the first time?
A: “It’s total communication. It’s been great. Obviously, there’s decisions that have to be made based on what the organization thinks is best, and I support that to the fullest. We get it done and we move forward.”
Q: Has there been anything at all that’s surprising to you in your relationship with coach Davis?
A: “No, just that it’s been totally opposite of what everyone thinks it is, that he is someone that I can communicate with, bounce things off of and talk to, talk through things with. As I said before, this is his team, I respect that. But, boy, do we really have some great conversations about where we need to go and what we need to do to get better.”
Q: Why have the past few coaches had such a poor relationships with Al Davis?
A: “As I said before, I can’t speak to what everybody else has been through. I can only comment on what I deal with every day, on an every day basis, and I feel very comfortable with where me and him is and where we’re headed.”
Q: Does the delay in announcing the roster moves have anything to do with you making calls about trades?
A: “As you know, this is a process. And as I told you, we’re just going to continue to uncover every opportunity that we can to get this team better. Obviously, there’s nothing that’s totally in ink just yet. The league didn’t say it all had to be there right this second. We know that there’s deadlines that we need to adhere by but we are always trying to make this team better.”
Q: Would it surprise you if the 53-man roster revealed tonight is the same for the opener at Denver?
A: Um, no. It wouldn’t surprise me. It wouldn’t surprise me, not one bit. But again, you never know. We’ll continue to go through our process to make sure we get this team as good as we can get it before we play Denver.
Q: Can we assume the starting offensive line that played the first half last night is the same offensive line that will play in Denver?
A: Could be. I mean, could be. Again, we’re still, I’m still moving people here and there. I think we’re very close to being set. Again those are things that tomorrow, I think you’ll have a very clear idea of exactly where we’re headed.
Q: Jacoby Ford said last night you could tell who could play and who could not play in the preseason. Was there a big divide between your front-line players and your backups?
A: I mean, obviously, the starters are the starters and the reserves are the reserves and there is a difference between the two and that’s why, again, this process in the second half of games has been about evaluating and giving those young men a chance to show what they have, because obviously they didn’t get an OTA or mini-camp to have an opportunity to do that. So I can see some players saying that. But again, we’re all Raiders out there playing at that particular point in time. And again, as we move forward, we’re looking to do great things.
Q: How would you assess what Sterling Moore and Jerome Boyd did this preseason?
A: I think those guys worked extremely hard, gave it everything they had and represented themselves well.
Q: How did Stevie Brown and Jeremy Ware acquit themselves?
A: I think again, I mean, you’re talking about two young men who’ve been here, who came back, ready to compete and give it everything they’ve got and I think those young men went out there every day and competed. Obviously, Jeremy had a little ding here and there but I think the guys, as far as training cam is concerned, came to work everyday and went to the games and played as well as they could play.
Q: Still confident both Richard Seymour and Chris Johnson will be ready to play against Denver?
A: Yes, I am. Extremely.