Oakland Raiders: Why Al Davis Must Promote Hue Jackson As Soon As Possible

Elias Trejo@@Elias_TrejoSenior Analyst IIJanuary 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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Tom Cable was let go by the Oakland Raiders in a move that made many fans and players angry.

This is a move that needed to be done for the Raiders to make the next step and become a playoff team.

Al Davis should not wait too long to make the move that everyone has expected he would make since the day he hired Hue Jackson. Many fans do not know much about Jackson, but the Raiders are in better hands with him as head coach.

If Davis names Jackson the head coach immediately, the team will feel much better about the situation.

Making Jackson the head coach will allow Campbell and the offensive unit to breath easy, as they will be playing under the same scheme and using the same playbook.

Keeping Jackson would also mean that the Raiders will most likely keep John Marshall as the defensive coordinator and the defense won't have to learn a whole knew scheme.

The reality of the situation is that losing Cable doesn't change much. Cable didn't do much with the X's and O's. Changing the schemes and plays is what hurts a team more during a coaching change.

The offense and defense has to learn a whole new system and some players have to learn a whole new way of playing their position. That would not be the case with this move for the Raiders because they are not using Cable's schemes on both side of the ball.

Jackson will bring fire and discipline to the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders used Khalif Barnes as a tight end a lot this year to help the run and also got him involved in the passing game; Jackson brought that from Baltimore's power scheme on offense.

Look for the Raiders to change the way the offensive line blocks, which is a much needed change. The offensive line has been a huge problem for the Raiders since 2002. 

They haven't had an offensive linemen come close to the pro bowl since 2002 and pass protection has been a major issue.

If you look at the Raiders history in the past seven years their lack of solid protection for their quarterback has hurt the team greatly.

Whether its terrible blocking, false starts or holding calls the offensive line has struggled;t his should change under Jackson.

Penalties are also an issue for the Raiders and that will change as well under Jackson. 

Many people are quick to say that the Raiders have always had penalties and that the Raiders won a lot of games this year when they had more penalties.

I equate that idea to drunk driving: Sure, some people get hammered and drive home, but does that mean it's a smart thing to do? 

Naming Jackson the head coach this weekend or next week would be one of the smartest things Davis could do. That would allow Jackson to start working on next season.

It appears that there is a lot of trust between Davis and Jackson. They both respect each other a lot and that is very important when working for Davis.

Jackson calls Davis "Coach Davis," and that has to be music to Al's ears. 

Don't underestimate Jackson as a head coach and don't under estimate Davis as a general manager.

Last year, Davis made moves that will change the Raiders forever. He brought it a great draft class, he traded for veterans that contributed to the team and he brought in two coaches that would have an immediate impact.

Davis brought in Mike Waufle to coach the defensive line. The Raiders defensive line was very impressive in Waufle's first year back with the Raiders.

No other defensive line was better at getting at the quarterback than the Raiders.

Davis also brought in Jackson who changed the offense around and helped make Darren McFadden into a dangerous back. The Raiders double their scoring output and were 6th in total yards.

Lorenzo Neal has said that Raider fans should be screaming Jackson's name from the mountain top. Neal is one of the leagues most respected veterans.

He spent time with Jackson in Baltimore and was able to see the type of man he was. Joe Flacco is another person who has a lot of good things to say about him.

It's time for the Hue Jackson Era to begin in Oakland. There may be many people unhappy now, but they'll all come back when they see how great Jackson will be for the Raiders.


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