Saturday, January 15, 2011
Report: Oakland to promote Jackson soon
By Bill Williamson
There are two expected coaching storylines developing involving the AFC West.
First, the Contra Costa Times is reporting that Oakland is expected to promote offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to head coach in the coming days. This has been the expectation since Tom Cable was fired Jan. 4.
We’ll have plenty of reaction when it is official. But I fully expect to see Jackson get the gig. This is the right call. If Cable, who led the team to an 8-8 record, had to be fired (and I don’t think he should have been), elevating Jackson to head coach is the only logical decision.
Jackson had a major impact on the Raiders’ offense. Oakland finished sixth in the NFL in scoring with 410 points after being near the bottom in scoring in 2009.
Jackson deserves the promotion.
Also, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting former Denver coach Josh McDaniels – who was fired in December – is interviewing in St. Louis for the offensive coordinator job. That has been expected for days.
McDaniels has also interviewed in Minnesota. I expect McDaniels to take the St. Louis job if offered. McDaniels is interested in it because of young quarterback Sam Bradford. If McDaniels succeeds in St. Louis, he will likely be in line for another chance to be a head coach at some point in the future. This would be a good situation for McDaniels, 34, who flamed out in Denver after 28 games.