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Hue Jackson and John Fox share a laugh at the Broncos rush defense Monday night
As I mentioned in the original PHK article, Jackson is in his first year as head man of the Raiders after helping them to vast offensive improvement as offensive coordinator last season.
He came in and immediately scrapped the zone-blocking scheme, preferring power running and bragging about "building a bully" in Oakland on both sides of the ball.
The preseason had many doubting Jackson's vision, but last night, the Raiders were bullies.
They pummelled the Broncos in the trenches on both sides of the ball, racking up nearly 200 yards rushing on offense, recorded five sacks, forced three fumbles and generally hammered the Broncos wherever they were found on defense.
The bully was in effect. Unfortunately, they were a mindless, over aggressive bully that got enough penalties to make the Charleston Chiefs proud. That was the only negative from a coaching standpoint, but a big one. The lack of discipline was frustrating at times, embarrassing at others and downright shameful on the whole.
You could see, after his second sack, Richard Seymour rally the troops on the sidelines and give them an impassioned speech about smartening up. They did, and proceeded to shut down the Broncos from there with smarter play.
Jackson came through with flying colors in his first coaching gig. He was uber-quick to challenge a Knowshon Moreno fumble that wasn't called on the field, and it gave the Raiders incredible field position, which led to a field goal.
He ran the right personnel in and out all night long on offense, and though I would've liked to see far more screens and passes designed to get D-Mac the ball, the offensive play calling was pretty good and kept the Broncos off balance.
Jackson was under pressure to win against the Raiders' biggest rival in a prime time game under the lights in his first attempt.