In the continuing odd world of the Oakland Raiders, the team asked for and received permission to interview Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson for an unspecified position, a league source told ESPN.
Jackson has aspired to become a head coach, but Oakland also has been seeking someone that could work with and develop former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell.
When the Raiders will interview Jackson is uncertain. What they're interviewing him for is uncertain. When there will be word on head coach Tom Cable's fate also is uncertain.
The Raiders have also talked with former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel and former Raiders offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. In addition, Oakland has also spoken to Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh about their head coaching position but Harbaugh didn't express interest in the job at this time, a source said.
Cable was scheduled to meet with Raiders owner Al Davis last week, but the meeting never occurred. The staff's future remains up in the air until that meeting happens.
Cable's job is in question after he went 5-11 in his first full season as coach and failed to develop Russell into a legitimate NFL quarterback. Cable is 9-19 since replacing Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season, leading the Raiders to their NFL-worst seventh straight season with at least 11 losses.
Cable has pointed to the team's improvement after Russell's midseason benching as proof that he deserves another year.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.