Hard to blame Bears for Jackson

January, 26, 2010
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AP Photo/John BazemoreHue Jackson will have the chance to call plays for the Oakland Raiders next season.

CHICAGO -- There was nothing sinister behind Hue Jackson's decision to bypass the Chicago Bears in favor of the Oakland Raiders. To put it simply, the Raiders were ready to make an offer, the Bears were not.

If this entire drawn out coordinator search has taught us anything, it's that the Bears operate on their own time table. They weren't about to offer a job to Jackson without having the opportunity to meet with him first, especially since it's widely known that a key member of the team's front office wasn't really sold on the idea of interviewing Jackson in the first place. But even if the two parties had sat down this week at Halas Hall, there was no guarantee anything would have materialized.

So, if you're Jackson, the decision is easy. You go to the Raiders, and maybe even end up as the head coach before it's all said and done.

"Lovie is a great man. I don't think Lovie was upset at all," Jackson said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "He said you have to do what you have to do. I think we all understand that, and I really appreciated his response because it showed me what kind of man he is.

"I honestly feel that they are being very thorough with their evaluation of candidates so they can ensure they get the right person in there. They have a very talented quarterback, they have very young receivers and that takes time. You want to make sure you make the right decision, and I have a great respect for that. They'll know when that time comes."

That last sentence is up for debate. I still question whether the Bears actually know what they're looking for when it comes to hiring an offensive coordinator, but I completely understand why the Jackson thing fell through. When you look at the facts, it's hard to blame the Bears for Jackson's decision to join the Raiders.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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