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Oakland Raiders: Is Hue Jackson the Second Coming of Al Davis?

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 18:  New Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson (L) looks on as Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference on January 18, 2011 in Alameda, California. Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing the fired Tom Cable.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIINovember 30, 2011

The death of Al Davis on Oct, 8 sent shock waves throughout the NFL, as one of the few men left who helped build the NFL into what it is today was gone.

Although he was gone physically, some would say he was the Raiders' 11th man on Michael Huff's game-winning interception on Oct. 9 in Houston, as his phrase "Just Win Baby" lived on.

While he's gone, the Raiders continue to make personnel moves that seemed like moves he would make.

One example was the trade for QB Carson Palmer, who has a strong arm had a falling out with his former team. The Raiders had lost their QB (Jason Campbell) for the season.

Another example is the trade that brought in a former top-10 draft pick Aaron Curry, who had been benched by his previous team. How about signing a journeyman who some believe is past his prime (Lito Sheppard)?  

These three moves were done by coach Hue Jackson, who has taken over as an interim general manager and is the top guy in football operations.  

He will deny that and say he talks with CEO Amy Trask and Davis' son Mark—who is running business operations—but neither of them are known to be as football-savvy as Hue Jackson.

Davis could say "been there done that" to just about any football job you could say. He has been a receivers coach (Los Angeles Chargers), head coach, general manager, commissioner and owner.

Jackson has been a receivers coach (Cincinnati) as well as QB coach in Baltimore and running backs coach in Washington, and a head coach.

When Davis joined the Raiders, they were the worse team in football. Jackson joined a 5-11 team with Tom Cable as head coach.  

Davis improved the team from 1-13 to 10-4, while Jackson led a resurgence on offense that helped them to an 8-8 record. Now as head coach, he has the Raiders at 7-4 and playoff bound.

Can you see some similarities building up here?

Will Jackson end up owning the team someday? Who knows.

If he does, let's just hope he doesn't have the crash and burn that Davis had in his later years, as the Raiders have made the playoffs three times over the last 15 years.

While there will never be another Al Davis, Jackson seems like he could be the next best thing for the Oakland Raiders into the future. 

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