Can Hue Jackson Bring A High Powered Spread Offense To The Table?
Hue Jackson has been hired as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, which is a major upgrade to this offense after Head Coach Tom Cable admitted to "Biting off more than he could chew" with whole play calling idea.
Hue Jackson definitely has the experience needed to do the job, being that he serve as Washington Redskins coach in 2001 and 2003 first as their runningback coach, then as offensive coordinator. He also coached the bengals 2004 until 2006, then spent a year with the falcons. One of the best things about his resume is that he spent the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens serving as quarterback coach and playing a big part with the development of Joe Flacco.
The 44 year old, Hue Jackson is on the rise to be a great coach in the NFL, which start by making a name for yourself, and boy did he put his self in that position by taking the job as offensive coordinator to one of the most criticized as dysfuctional teams in the NFL.
When Jackson was asked about Quarterback Jamarcus Russell, he said, "this guy was the first player drafted, its goin to be fun to see can we get him up and playing the way that we all wish that he can perform"
Arguably he spoke those words with a great deal of confidence, as if thats a piece of cake, and he's the man for the job.
This offense has enough talent at the skill positions to compete at a high level in this league, this offense just lacking a system that can fit every player, and one that the players can buy into.
Before taking the job as offensive coordinator, Jackson had several meetings with owner Al Davis, as we all can imagine, Davis is expecting Jackson to make good use of his 2007 number one draft pick, another reason you can expect to see Russell under center at the start of the season.
As I said earlier, Jackson is face with the toughest job of his career. This is one that he will constantly lose sleep over, and turn grey trying to take the next step in his coaching career.
One other positive note about Jackson becoming a Raider, he's a teacher at all the skill positions quarterbacks, runningbacks, and he also coached wide receivers out in Cincinnati. This guy is very knowledgeable of the game which is perfect for the Raiders young talent.
Big question is what will Hue Jackson bring to the table? I feel that certain spread sets take advantage of the defense in several ways: They create one on one match ups that allows you to take advantage of the speed your team has, they limit the defense by formation, they reduce blitzing, they reduce the number of blocks that needs to be made, they also reduce the amount of time that blocks have to be held.
I feel like this is irrefutable, with the youth that the Raiders will have on the offensive line, and this will be a great base offense for Jamarcus Russell to grow off.
With the speed of Darren McFadden coming out the back field catching the ball, and the power game that Michael Bush brings to the table.
The speed of Darrius Heyward Bey. Chaz Schilens, and Louis Murphy has already show us what they can do with a one on one match up, not to mention what Zach Miller can do with this.
Its all up to Hue Jackson, Welcome to Raider Nation!!!!!!!!
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