Hue Jackson: 10 Predictions About His Tenure As Oakland Raiders Head Coach

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 18, 2011

Hue Jackson: 10 Predictions About His Tenure As Oakland Raiders Head Coach

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski #5 of the Oakland Raiders talks with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Glendale, Ari
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    Every team in the NFL now has a head coach. The Oakland Raiders made the long-rumored move of promoting offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

    This move had been reported by sources from the day the Raiders announced they would not be retaining Tom Cable. This move had also been speculated since Al Davis hired Jackson last offseason and brought him in to turn the offense around.

    Jackson did just that. The Raiders went from 31st in total offense in 2009 to 10th in 2010, and Jackson has been rewarded with his first head coaching opportunity.

    Here are some predictions about what his tenure will hold.

No. 10: Jackson Will Have a Tenure Worth Calling a Tenure

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    19 Aug 2001:  Head Coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders standing on the sidelines watching the action during the Pre-Season game against the San Francisco 49ers at 3Comm Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers defeated the Raiders 20-17. Mandatory
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    Not since Jon Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay in 2002 have the Raiders had a head coach last longer than two full seasons. Jackson is going to last longer than that.

    Jackson has already proven he knows how to work with Davis. He has earned himself at least a little leeway with his owner by having a successful run as offensive coordinator, and Davis handpicked him when he brought him to the organization.

    Prediction: Jackson will have longest Raider tenure since Gruden.

No. 9: Silver and Black and...Yellow

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Referee John Parry #132 signals for play to begin between the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raiders defeated the Bears 32-17. (Photo by Jona
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    The Raiders are notoriously one of the most penalized teams in the league. It doesn't seem to matter who the players are, who the coaches are or who the refs are. They just draw penaltiesβ€”lots of 'em.

    I have a theory on this.

    The Raiders averaged 79.8 penalty yards per game. That's over 12 yards per game higher than the next closest team. Against the Raiders, teams averaged 72.6 penalty yards per game. That's over seven yards more than any other team.

    The refs just throw flags more in Raiders games. They always have, and they always will. The Raiders can certainly lower their near record-breaking 2010 totals, but don't expect them to climb from the bottom of the barrel.

    Prediction: The Raiders will remain among the most penalized teams.

No. 8: A Fantasy Coach

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders breaks the tackle of Sean Considine #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on December 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty
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    Darren McFadden went from bust to stud in Hue Jackson's offense. McFadden had two of the top 10 highest-scoring fantasy weeks of the year.

    Jackson has a run first philosophy, and he knows how to put his backs in a position to succeed. Jackson added power blocking run plays in the Raiders' zone blocking system for McFadden, and McFadden excelled.

    McFadden missed three games this season. In the three games he missed, Michael Bush started and rushed for over 100 yards. Bush found most of his success in the zone blocking plays.

    Prediction: Start Jackson's RB in your fantasy league.

No. 7: Jackson Will Not Get All of His Money

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    Al Davis doesn't like to pay coaches. He doesn't sign them to big contracts to begin with, and he seldom pays them what their contract says they are owed.

    You need look no further than the last two coaches for evidence of this. Tom Cable was reportedly fined $120,000 by Davis this season. Davis also withheld the remainder of Lane Kiffin's salary after he was fired. Davis overhead-projected he was fired with cause, and a court sided with him.

    Prediction: Hue will not receive the full value of his contract.

No. 6: Bringing Back the Franchise

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Nnamdi Asomugha  #21 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass intended for Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Much has been made out of Nnamdi Asomugha becoming a free agent. Speculation runs rampant as to where he will land next season.

    Asomugha was not thrilled with Cable being let go, but he also has tremendous respect for Jackson. Jackson routinely and playfully called out Nnam and challenged him in practices, and Nnam returned the trash talk. This hire and Al's big check will make his free agent talk much ado about nothing.

    Prediction: Nnamdi Asomugha will re-sign with the Raiders.

No. 5: Movin' on Up

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    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Oakland Raiders at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    As stated earlier, Al Davis does not pay his coaches top dollar. He also does not offer them full control of the roster. This is why Jon Gruden moved on, and this is why Jackson will do the same.

    Jackson is a high-energy guy, the players like him, he has had success everywhere he has been and he is going to be a sought-after coaching commodity in a few years. Like most coaches, Jackson will want to buy the ingredients to the dinner he is cooking.

    Prediction: Jackson will leave the Raiders for a higher-paying job with more team control.

No. 4: "Action" Jackson

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    This one is too obvious to not happen. Jackson is a fiery guy. Raider Nation likes to give its coaches nicknames. Carl Weathers is a former Raider. This seems like a done deal to me.

    Prediction: Action is going to precede Jackson more often than Hue.

No. 3: Goin' Deep

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass over Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn
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    Al Davis has always been in love with the deep ball. This is a big part of the reason why he also picked Jackson to run the offense.

    Hue Jackson is a run first coach. He likes to run play action passes off the run and hit for big gainers. The Raiders finished eighth in yards per completion this year, and that number is only going to increase as they get the system clicking.

    And we all know the Raiders are going to have the speed to go deep.

    Prediction: The Raiders will have a year, under Jackson, where they lead the NFL in yards per completion.

No. 2: The Jackson Acceptance Speech

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    The Raiders were close to making the playoffs this year. They are a young team, and they finished the season with some positive momentum. They are undergoing a coaching change, but their offensive system and overall identity will remain the same as last year.

    They are poised to make some noise next year, and when they do, Jackson will get some accolades.

    Prediction: Jackson will win the 2011 Coach of the Year Award.

No. 1: Return to the Promised Land

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Tommy Kelly #93 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after the Raiders scored a safety during their game against the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Sh
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    The Raiders made a three-game improvement in 2010, and they did so by sweeping their division. They did this largely based on the improvements Jackson made to the offense.

    Jackson has the respect of the players, and the Raiders are a young team. They had one of the most productive and deepest 2010 draft classes, and they are poised to improve.

    Prediction: Jackson will lead the Raiders back to at least the AFC Championship Game.


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