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Hmmm...how about a half-back option pass?
Raider Nation has to love the gun-slinging mentality of their new coach. Hue Jackson's risks have mostly paid off for Oakland this year, but there are times when he does get too cute for his own good.
It sometimes happens with offensive coordinators who become head coaches, and Jackson is no exception.
Against Cleveland, they had a chance to kick a field goal and put the game out of reach, but he decided to go for a 4th-and-1 inside the 5-yard line.
The Raiders almost blew that game as a result.
Sunday, Kyle Boller threw a terrible INT in the first quarter against Kansas City, but Jackson didn't help him on the previous play. He brought in a rookie to run a trick play when all the Raiders needed was a half yard to get a first down in Chiefs territory.
Couldn't Boller have gotten a half yard?
Faced with a similar distance on 4th-and-goal and a chance to cut the lead to 14-7, Jackson decided to put Michael Bush in Darren McFadden’s shoes for a Wildcat play, rather than smash it in.
Bush was so excited, he didn't wait for his pulling lineman to get to the hole and instead met the linebacker instead.
If he wants to build a bully, the coach needs to let his team fight for those tough yards rather than try to outsmart the other team.