"Huge Action": Ten Bold Predictions Now That Hue Jackson Is The Man In Oakland

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2011
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The Raiders Over-Pay Atleast One Big Name Free Agent

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    Over the years the Raiders have had a reputation of bringing in veteran free agents and paying them generously.

    DeAngelo Hall, Tommy Kelly, Randy Moss... They seem to do it nearly every year, well except for in 2010.

    This year a number of free agents will be hitting the market: Steve Smith, Michael Vick, Champ Bailey, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss just to name a few.

    The Raiders will give at least one of these guys a contract hefty enough to receive heavy criticism from the media.

The Raiders Draft The Fastest Man at The Combine

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    Jacoby Ford, Darius Heyward-Bey, Stanford Routt and Fabian Washington. What do these players have in common? Easy, they were all the fastest man at their respective combines and drafted by the Oakland Raiders.

    Look at Tyvon Branch, even though he wasn't invited to the combine he ran a 4.29 at his pro-day.

    This year, like every year, the Raiders will draft for speed somewhere. Maybe a new corner or someone to return punts. Hell if the legends of Dontay Mochs' blazing speed turn out to hold any truth I can't see how Al Davis can resist.

Ochocinco In Oakland

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    "Congratulations 2 Hue Jackson for becoming the Oakland Raiders new HC. Best receiver coach I've ever had"

    Chad Ochocinco tweeted that upon hearing the news of Hue Jackson being promoted to head coach.

    Right now Chad Ochocinco is disgruntled in Cincinatti and though signs point towards the Bengals picking up his $6 million option, the chances of him and Marvin Lewis coexisting are minimal.

    Here a few things Chad Ochocinco has said about Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.

    “I have nothing to say about that. I’m not the owner of the team. My hands are out of that situation. The only thing I can remember, as of right now, about Coach Lewis, is Coach Lewis throwing me under the bus. When it was time to play the Chargers, knowing that I was hurt. That’s the only thing I can remember at this point.

    “I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. To say some of the things that have been said in the past, for some reason, when I was especially down. When you look for support, it’s always got to come from the one higher up. For the one higher up to say the things he said, it’s really hurt. I don’t see myself really feeling [that].”

    Clearly Chad Ochocinco isn't happy in Cincinatti. Matter of fact, the last time he may have been happy there was when he was being coached by Hue Jackson. Chad obviously respect Hue Jackson, him coming to Oakland only makes sense.

    Sorry DHB, it looks like your gonna have to change your number again.

The Raiders Have Another Solid Draft

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    The Raiders have had a reputation of making questionable draft decisions and drafting busts. Robert Gallery, JaMarcus Russell and Darius Heyward-Bey are just a few of the Raiders' disapointing draft picks.

    But in 2010 they had their best draft in years. In 2011, the Raiders will follow up their 2010 draft with another solid draft.

Unproductive Fan Favorites Are Let Go

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    Chaz Schilens, Bruce Gradkowski and Trevor Scott.

    According to some fans, these guys have great potential, heart and all that other stuff that makes fans like players that don't do anything to help the team.

    Unfortunately these guys can't stay healthy or live up to the hype.

    In 2010 the three proved to be pretty much useless and a waste of roster space.

    These guys will be let go in favor of players who can actually help the team.

Another Former 1st Round Draft Pick Tries To Resurect His Career In Oakland

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    Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller, Jarvis Moss, Micheal Bennett, Kameron Wimbley, John Henderson and Richard Seymour. What do all these guys have in common? Easy they are all former first round draft picks getting a second chance, or in some cases a third or fourth chance, in Oakland.

    Before the 2011 season starts the Raiders will add at least one more former first rounder to their roster.

The Raiders Offense Will Improve Even Further

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    Hiring Al Saunders was great for the Raiders offense. Not only does Saunders have experience working with Jason Campbell, but he also has experience working with Hue Jackson and comes from the same "Marty Schottenheimer coaching tree."

    Under Hue Jackson the Raiders offense improved from 31st into a top ten offense, under Jackson and Saunders it will improve even further.

The Offensive Line Will Look Completely Different

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    Tom Cable has done it, Art Shell has done it and Raider coaches before him have done it.

    The Raiders' O-line has been in shambles and disarray all year. Jared Veldheer has played both center and left tackle, Bruce Campbell who has played tackle his entire college career is practicing at guard, and both Khalif Barnes and Langston walker have seen action at right guard and right tackle.

    Heading into 2011 the best route is to dump the current offensive line and start over from scratch. This shouldn't be hard considering the only offensive linemen the Raiders have under contract are Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell and Cooper Carlisle.

    Don't be surprised if the Raiders have four, or even five, new starters on the offensive line.

The Raiders Will Get Back Into The First Round

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    The Raiders are currently without a 2011 first round draft pick, because they traded the pick for Richard Seymour.

    Though Al Davis has never traded down in the first round, he has traded up quite a few times. In the past he has not only traded up in the first round but also traded up in order to get back into the first round.

    Mark my words, when the draft finally comes around the Raiders will have a pick in the first round.

Playoffs

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    I've been making predictions since Lance Kiffin was the Raiders head coach, and never have I predicted the team would make the playoffs.

    I don't mean to go Jim Mora on you, but now that the Raiders have a legitamite head coach, playoffs are in there future.

    Under Hue Jackson the Raiders will make the playoffs for the first time in what will be nine years.