Thursday, February 24, 2011
Talking with Hue Jackson
By Bill Williamson
INDIANAPOLIS -- Random thoughts from Hue Jackson’s media sessions at the NFL combine:
Jackson said he isn’t sure if he is going to hire a defensive coordinator. He said he will look at candidates, but he also said he likes his current defensive staff. There is a chance Chuck Bresnahan could be named the coordinator.
Jackson said he is ultimately the offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and special teams coach.
Jackson said that he is excited about his new staff and he thinks it’s going to be one of the best staffs in the NFL. He is particularly excited about having former Raiders Steve Wisniewski, Rod Woodson and Greg Biekert on the staff.
Jackson's eyes lit up when asked about Wisniewski’s nephew, Stefan Wisniewski. It is clear Jackson will consider taking the Penn State center/guard.
Jackson said he expects big things from second-year receiver Jacoby Ford. It's obvious Ford will be a starter. Jackson praised the Raiders’ young receiving crew and he said he is not sure the team needs a veteran receiver.
Jackson was asked about pursuing Cincinnati’s Chad Ochocinco. Jackson was careful not to break any league tampering rules and he said he couldn’t address Ochocinco. Yet, he did say the two were close.
Once again, Jackson pumped up quarterback Jason Campbell and said he believes Campbell can lead the Raiders to the playoffs.
Jackson said the Raiders will remain a 4-3 defense, but because they have so many defenders who are good fits for the 3-4, he said multiple sets will be used.
Jackson said he will continue to move toward being a power-blocking run team; the team will still use some zone-blocking schemes.
Jackson said he has been in touch with running back Michael Bush since his arrest for a DUI. He said Bush is doing well.
As he has been known to do, Jackson gushed about Oakland owner Al Davis. He said he doesn’t foresee any potential issues working for Davis and said he often picks Davis’ brain.