Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC West [Print without images]

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Hue Jackson talking to 49ers Wednesday

By Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders are on the clock with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

The 49ers are interviewing Jackson on Wednesday for their head-coaching job. The 49ers asked for permission Tuesday. Hours later, Oakland fired coach Tom Cable. Jackson, who was successful in one season as Oakland’s offensive coordinator, is considered the leading candidate in Oakland and I think the timing of the 49ers’ request to interview him and Cable’s firing can’t be overlooked.

Oakland needs to hire Jackson to keep its continuity and momentum. If Jackson goes to the 49ers, the Raiders will be starting over again. I think the Raiders will end up hiring Jackson, but they officially have competition for him.