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Monday, October 10, 2011
Hue Jackson discusses future

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

After a whirlwind, emotional weekend in Houston, Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson had a lengthy interview session with reporters on Monday to discuss how the Raiders' leadership will move on after the death of legendary owner Al Davis.

Davis died Saturday at the age of 82. He led the team -- Jackson said he believes Davis watched film on Friday -- until his death.

Jackson had no concrete answers, but he said he expects to work closely with Mark Davis, the son of Al Davis.

“I’m never going to do anything alone here,” Jackson said. “We’re a team here. So I’m not going to say I’m going to do it alone but I think I’m going to be the person that says hey let’s make sure we take a peek at these things to make sure we’re strengthening our team trying to find a way to get our team the best we can have it the best we can be.”

Jackson was asked if the Raiders will bring in someone to bridge the gap. There has been speculation someone such as John Madden, Ron Wolf or Bill Parcells could come in and help the Raiders. It has been reported the Davis family will eventually hire a general manager. Jackson said the team has had a plan in place on how to operate after Davis’ death.

“If that’s what we decide to do, then that’s what we’ll do,” Jackson said when asked if he the team could bring in someone. “I’m open and I think the organization’s open to doing whatever we need to do to have us be the best we can be."

Asked if adding someone is an urgent need, Jackson said: “I don’t think right this second. Obviously, we’re in the flow of the season.”

I think everything will be on the table in Oakland in the coming months. However, the Raiders are in good hands with its leadership base of CEO Amy Trask, Mark Davis and Jackson. So, if the team remains status quo for now, I think the Raiders will be just fine.