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Raiders coach Hue Jackson lives life on the edge

Raiders coach Hue Jackson says often that he prefers to live his life on the edge, bucking convention, doing things his way and reaping the rewards, consequences be damned.
As evidence, Jackson cited a halfback pass and a reverse on back-to-back plays against the New York Jets on Sunday that.
Running back Darren McFadden gained 27 yards on the first play, wide receiver Denarius Moore netted 23 yards and a tiebreaking touchdown on the reverse.
“A lot of people won’t run reverses like I will,” Jackson said. “A lot of people won’t run a halfback pass and turn around and run a reverse right after that. A lot of people won’t run four arounds in a game. I don’t have that fear of that way.”
Jackson is of the belief that the best way to keep his players happy and to win games at the same time is to make the most of their talents. Hence, rookies such as Moore and Taiwan Jones, second-year player Jacoby Ford, and others already are seeing playing time and touching the ball.
“When you have good players, you give them the ball, you let them make plays for you. That’s why my players enjoy playing for me, because I don’t have that fear.”
Jackson is willing to take chances, he said, because he has trust in his players to make plays.
“I threw the ball from the 1-yard line against Denver,” Jackson said. “I’ll never forget when I called the play. There was complete silence on the headphone. Like, ‘What are you doing?’ Well, hey, lookie here, a 99-yard touchdown. We were that close from having it happen. I just think your players appreciate that when you believe in them, and I do.”
Quarterback Jason Campbell’s deep throw for wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was just off the mark. It wasn’t a complete failure or waste of time. Jackson made his point, to his player, his coaching staff and opposing teams: He isn’t afraid to throw caution to the wind and trust in his players.
It’s a philosophy that Jackson developed from studying the way other coaches functioned at the many places he worked before the Raiders hired him in 2010.
“I guess I see it as living on the edge a little bit because I’ve been places where people won’t do that,” Jackson said. “People won’t make those decisions because, if they do, they can come back to haunt you, too, and we all know that. They truly can.
“But I don’t worry about that. I’ll let you guys write about that. I want the result. Give me the touchdown Denarius Moore ran and give me the 27-yard run that Darren McFadden had, and then we’ll be talking about good things.”
Make no mistake, Jackson isn’t guessing or taking wild stabs when he calls for a reverse, a halfback pass or the Wildcat formation.
Call it educated guessing, playing the odds and knowing the opponent’s tendencies.
“That’s a lot of study on our staff,” Jackson said.
Jackson cautioned people not to make too much of what they saw from the Raiders offense during the four exhibition games. He said he was as simplified with his play-calling as he has been in a long time and that, when the time came, he was going to “open up a can.”
Inside that can, it is apparent, is a dizzying array of play calls designed to keep the opponent guessing and his playmakers in position to make plays.
“I’ll do anything to score a touchdown,” Jackson said. “I’m not afraid, like some people. They’re afraid to call those plays. I’m not. That’s kind of the way I live my life. I like to live on the edge. That’s just the way it is and that’s the way it’s going to be.
“It’s a calculated thought process because I truly believe in my players and I believe they will make good decisions when I call those plays, and they do. … My goal is to always get us to the next down with the ball.”
McFadden and others enjoy Jackson’s derring-do when it comes to play-calling.
“He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the table for us,” McFadden said. “(It’s about) just going out there and just wanting to play hard for him. He puts his faith in us, and we just want show up for him on Sundays.”
Jackson will be there, too, with something else to pull out of his can.

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Steve Corkran

  • EMRaiders

    Ron Parker seems to be worth a shot after reading his bio. Thanks Thec.

    Heck, why not.

  • Thec07

    Seattle had him on the PS, then released him.

  • Thec07

    EMr. no worries Bruh…1 NATION

  • Thec07

    cockean, put down the coffee and donuts and rutle up a new post…

  • SC

    Nick Miller released by the Raiders!

  • Seymour Bush

    EMRaiders Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I don’t know why we didn’t sign Sterling Moore. He seemed to be pretty good. I don’t know, is this Parker dude good? anyone know?
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    Small School prospect with size and coverage skills. Smart player, plays fast, really a nice prospect. This is a huge jump in competition for him. But if anyone can do something with him, Rod Woodson probably can.

  • No need to worry about NMiller being grabbed up by the Patriots. NMiller the DB Killa was kept out of offensive team meetings and was given very little opportunity to practice or study film this week. He new it was coming. This from a trusted insider.

  • Thec07

    But if anyone can do something with him, Rod Woodson probably can.

    ++++++++

    TRUTH

  • Method To My Madness

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    Brien: is it @ or a?
    —————
    What are you stupid? Can’t figure out email. Why the hell did you give you my email address.

  • raiderkoolaid

    I just saw a video of him intercepting a pass against Valdosta State. The defense is loaded now.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Too bad for Nick Miller or any NFL player that sees his dream cut short because he just doesn’t have the talent. Now he can join the “Real World” and everything that goes with that.

    I feel bad for any player that can no longer pursue such a great opportunity.

    Fortunately, he was able to make a nice salary for two years. Hopefully he saved it because its tough to make money in this economy knowadays

  • Method To My Madness

    I liked Nick Miller. He will succeed with someone else. The kid has moxie.

  • raiderkoolaid

    The coaches must not have thought Sterling Moore was someone who was going to help the team, or he would still be on the practice squad, if not the roster.

  • Thec07

    I trust Rod Woodson’s judgment of the DB’s…

  • Seymour Bush

    raiderkoolaid Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    The coaches must not have thought Sterling Moore was someone who was going to help the team, or he would still be on the practice squad, if not the roster.
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    Unlike almost everyone on the blog, they like Joe Porter better. And Porter played well in the Jets game.

  • raiderkoolaid

    Nick Miller got on opportunity that most of us will never have, mostly because we don’t have the tallent, but he did have enought tallent to at least get himself a shot. I wish him the best, but he was the seventh best wr and probably about the seventh best kick returner on the team.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Signing of Ron Parker shows the lack of depth and injury in the secondary.

    I think Checkwa is going to be your future star back there of all the guys.

    I really like how he looked in the Jets game. Very physical and challenged the receiver all the way. Really fought for the ball.

    Chris Johnson is going to be injury proned all year and DVD is too small

  • EMRaiders

    I liked Nick Miller last year, when he looked like he was a good middle of the field receiver, but this year, I don’t know what happened, he just looked like he had lost that factor that made him stand out last year. Oh well, good luck to him.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    raiderkoolaid Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 2:10 pm
    Nick Miller got on opportunity that most of us will never have, mostly because we don’t have the tallent, but he did have enought tallent to at least get himself a shot. I wish him the best, but he was the seventh best wr and probably about the seventh best kick returner on the team.
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    Its gotta be tough…especially the Friday before a big game.

    Life is really tough for young people these days…NFL and sports is boom or bust man. Pro-athletes lead a charmed life and get to do what most of them love…work hard, plenty of free time (compared to the rest of us) and tons of money.

    I don’t think anyone should “celebrate” a young player getting cut that did not get the big payday.

  • Northern AZ Raider Fan

    Damn, Brewers 1 Dbacks 0. well at least my Raiders won’t let me down tomorrow

  • Thec07

    I agree 100% with your post SNB.

    I saw chekwa live up close and in person…

    He held his own against a 6.5 plax, who is a very physical WR….

    He balled

  • YoungAmerican

    I just don’t get how Parker is supposed to help the secondary over a guy who spent the entire preseason with the team in Sterling Moore. Maybe Moore will be re-signed to the PS.

  • EMRaiders

    Hey, as long as the guys we have and are bringing in can play and make a difference, I’m all for the moves. They have to at least be as good as the guys they replace, otherwise is pointless.

  • Thec07

    cockran gets scooped by the semi pro’s…

    What else is new???

  • SharkCatcher

    Quick note for anyone attending the game tomorrow: make sure you try to get to your seats by 12.40 the latest.Last week some people didn’t get into the stadium untill mid way through the 1st quarter due to long lines!

  • YoungAmerican Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    I just don’t get how Parker is supposed to help the secondary over a guy who spent the entire preseason with the team in Sterling Moore. Maybe Moore will be re-signed to the PS.
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    We do not question the inner workings of Al Davis and his band of wizards, sooth-sayers, magicians, shark toothed lawyers and his team of accountants. It is folly too. And why should we? Code Black is rollin.

  • EMRaiders

    If we get the ball first I hope for a quick start like last week. That was awesome.

  • Kirk

    New England has scored over 30 points in 11 consecutive regular season games. Fortunately, their defense is banged up, so we should be able to score as well.

  • Method To My Madness

    Haha….we got trolls galore…MR shut u and qit ya btchiin….leave. We all hate ur guts and wanna use your skull as a cereal bowl

  • Method To My Madness

    PlunkHOF…..its with an a brutha….they wont allow my name to be typed on here just like they did Brien for so long

  • EMRaiders

    Hue should draw up a play from the wildcat where McF takes the snap, then hands it to DHB, who in turn hands it to Moore coming from the other side, who throws it back to McF who is standing to the side, who throws a deep ball to Moore. IT COULD WORK! lol…

  • PlunkforHOF

    Sent again

  • Thec07

    New Post RAIDERS…

  • qodrn

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    Week Two: Sullivan – closest
    Week Three: Pretty Rick – closest

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    /Breaking News/ Raiders 41 NE 31
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    CanuckRaider Raiders 27 – Patsies 24
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    Dakota Raiders 28 Pats 27
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    Dhedee98 Raiders 42 Pats 34
    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL NEW ENGLAND 27 OAKLAND 30 O.T.
    DMAC Raiders 34 Patsies 28
    DonManokiansNeighbor Raiders 42 Pats 34
    dvrick RAIDERS–3 CHEATRIOTS–27
    El Dorado los Cantitas Oakland Raiders 37 Patriots 32
    EMRaider NE 35 OAK 41
    exlaraiderseasonticketholder 37-34 Raiders
    Fingers Raiders 35…. Patsies 30….
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    Ghostraiders Raiders 40 patsies 35 a Classic win!!
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    NoLuv4Hoes Raiders 28 pitos 24
    No Mas Diamante Raiders 31 – Patriots 20
    O Raiders 45 Butt-Pats 35
    oldschoolraider Raiders 29 Patriots 14
    PlunketforHOF Raiders 34 Cheatriots 14 After Goldilocks knocked out of the game before the half
    Pretty Rick Raiders-38 Pats-34
    qodrn Raiders 35 Patriots 32
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    Redneck Raider 35-31 RAIDERS
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    Severeraiderz Raiders 35 Pats 31
    Silverandblack666 Raiders 41 Pats 38
    SilverAndBlackBleeder Raiders 33 Pats 30
    Sullivan44 7-0, NE.
    texguy Raiders 39 Pats 36 OT

  • Rekleiner

    RAIDERS – 37 PATS – 34