Tag:Hue Jackson
Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:56 am

Lechler is not happy with Raiders organization

Al Davis' decision not to pick up Tom Cable's option was not seen well by Oakland P S. Lechler (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Tuesday, we told you about the, um, interesting decision by owner Al Davis not to renew the option of Raiders coach Tom Cable, casting him into unemployment instead of rewarding him for the team’s best record in eight seasons and a clean sweep of the AFC West.

Now, the fallout begins.

Oakland punter Shane Lechler told CSN Bay Area (via Pro Football Talk) that the decision was a “huge setback” and intimated that it might cause the team’s best players to not want to play for the organization.

“I’m not so sure this isn’t a terrible decision,” Lechler said.

A few other spicy quotes.

On Hue Jackson, the team’s offensive coordinator who now could be in line for Cable’s old job: “Yes, I do respect (Jackson) … Whether he can call plays and pull off the whole head coaching deal and deal with Al Davis on the side, I don’t know.  That’s a lot on somebody’s plate, so we’ll see.”

More on Cable: “I just want to know . . . how do you justify firing somebody when you just went 6-0 in the division and 8-8 in the season after we put in so much as a group, as a unit, as a team with our leader being Tom Cable, how do you just go ahead and whack this guy with, I mean, no reason?”

If anybody can say this in the Raiders organization, it’s Lechler. He’s regarded as the NFL’s finest punter, and if Davis wants to part ways with him because of the above comments, Lechler would have no problem finding a job in the NFL. Hell, maybe that’s exactly Lechler’s plan.

Maybe Lechler’s not just pissed, but maybe he’s also quite brilliant.

And as we all know, pissed and brilliant is a dangerous combination.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 10:03 pm

Report: Cable out as Raiders coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Looks like a sweep of the AFC West and the team’s best record since 2002 wasn’t enough to satisfy Raiders owner Al Davis.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland organization has informed coach Tom Cable that it will not pick up his option for 2011.

Which means that Cable, after just his second full season in charge of the team and who led the Raiders to their first non-losing record in eight years and a 6-0 record in the AFC West this season, won’t be back.

Although Davis has given the 49ers permission to interview Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, it kind of makes sense now that Jackson could be Oakland’s next head coach (especially if San Francisco really wants to hire Jim Harbaugh, which apparently they do).

RELATED: The Black Monday/Tuesday Coaching Carousel continues to twirl.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 9:04 pm

Baalke hired as SF GM (and other 49ers news)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The 49ers are looking for a head coach, but apparently, they don’t mind giving their defensive coordinator a shot at a different head coaching job.

As CSN Bay Area writes, San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will interview for the Panthers job that’s been vacated by John Fox.

- In other 49ers news, the San Jose Mercury News reports that team owner Jed York has narrowed the field to two GM candidates: Trent Baalke and Michael Lombardi.

Apparently, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh – who very well could be the next San Francisco head coach after the new GM is hired – would be fine with either candidate.

Expect a decision on the GM matter very soon. Like, really, really soon.

- And while we’re at it, we’ll throw this bit of news in there as well. As the Contra Costa Times writes, the 49ers have been given permission from the Raiders to interview Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for the San Francisco head coaching position.

“The 49ers asked and Al said yes,” senior executive John Herrera told the paper. “He’s happy for Hue.”

UPDATED (9:00 p.m.):
Earlier, when I said "Expect a decision on the GM matter very soon. Like, really, really soon," I didn't expect the decision would be made 10 minutes after I posted the blog.

But yeah, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Baalke has been handed the GM reins. His first order of business: track down Jim Harbaugh, drag him into the 49ers offices and force him to take the San Francisco job.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:08 am

49ers request permission to interview Hue Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers are so busy at work trying to find a general manager that they don't have time right now to start interviewing coaches, right?

Wrong, apparently -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that San Francisco has requested permission from the Oakland Raiders to interview offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for their head coaching position.

This is an interesting move on a number of fronts. First, they have no GM (technically; everyone believes Trent Baalke is going to get the gig at some point), so they're going against their previously stated policy of hiring the front office before the coaching staff.

Secondly, Jackson is considered a potential frontrunner for the Oakland job, if Al Davis decides to relieve Tom Cable of his duties.

And finally, Jackson's interview immediately complies the 49ers with the Rooney Rule. That's not say they're doing it just to comply, but once they've completed a legitimate interview with a minority candidate, they have free reign to hire anyone they want without fear of being rebuked. (Although it's worth noting, I think, that the 49ers aren't exactly concerned with hiring a minority candidate -- they just finished the Mike Singletary era.)

And who knows? Maybe Jackson's the guy after all, although it would seem odd to have them "find their guy" before the front office is figured out.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:29 am

Hot Routes 12.14.10 no snow problems here

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz

Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton certainly wasn’t great in the first start of his career Sunday, but he was good enough to earn another start from Ken Whisenhunt.

Colt McCoy is optimistic that his return from a high ankle sprain is near.

If the Vikings want to play next Monday’s game at the University of Minnesota, they need to let the school know by today. It’s because removing the snow from the field would take 5-6 days.

Buccaneers rookie DT Gerald McCoy tore his biceps muscle vs. the Redskins on Sunday. He’ll need surgery to repair the damage.

Redskins SS LaRon Landry, who actually had been having a pretty strong season, has been placed on the IR list.

Is it really that big a deal that Tashard Choice got Michael Vick’s autograph after the Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday?

They just won a Monday Night thriller on the road…now John Harbaugh wants his team to get a Monday Night game at home for a change.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer questions the constructiveness of Steve Smiths’ comment about Jimmy Clausen. (He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore.)

The Bengals placed underrated run-defending safety Chinedum Ndukwe on IR (knee).

If Flynn had gotten hurt last Sunday, the Packers would have turned to Jordy Nelson at quarterback.

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai has had a surprisingly good season. Now there’s pressure on the Fins to pay the man.

Tom Cable refutes the report that he and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson aren’t seeing eye to eye.

Mike Singletary intimated that Brian Westbrook’s time on the bench earlier this season was a blessing in disguise, as now the veteran RB is fresh. Westbrook doesn’t exactly agree with that, though he’s not raising a stink over it.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:46 pm

I left my heart in SF (not really)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not good when Detroit QB Shaun Hill – a man who soon will be a backup once again – says (paraphrasing), “Man, I’m glad I’m happy not to be in San Francisco.” But it’s doubly not good when the very next day, an assistant coach from across the Bay is saying the same thing (even if he’s not as obviously as pleased as Hill was).

That’s what Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who interviewed for the 49ers offensive coordinator job that Jimmy Raye earned before last season (and then lost earlier this season), had to say today to the Contra Costa Times.

From the Times:

“It was a position I seriously did consider. It just didn’t go right at the time,’’ Jackson said. “Obviously they went in a different direction and I was back in Baltimore and I wished him well, and I’m here in Oakland.’’

Asked if it was his decision, Jackson said, “No, no. That was their call at the time. And that’s OK. I feel I’m where I’m supposed to be now, here with the Raiders getting this organization where it needs to be.’’

That said, you have to wonder: is anybody NOT happy that they’re not playing in San Francisco anymore? Anyone at all?

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:48 am

Hot Routes 9.8.10: Well, how big a boy are you?

Posted by Will Brinson

Originally I was going to try and get a full post out of Suh and Larry (via Suh's Twitter account, seen right) and the whole "big boy" thing was aimed at Deuce (see: No. 2 below). Then I realized that it was something the Cable Guy might say and that I definitely don't have 300 words in my brain that revolve around that picture.

We will, however, accept captions in the comments or via twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) , where you may also send tips for the Hot Routes.
  • Deuce Lutui will get loose at right guard for Arizona , despite heavy concerns (literally) about his weight keeping him from performing at an expected level. Said Lutui, it's "not the first time I've been called fat. It's one of those things, as a big boy, you have to live with."
  • My buddy RJ Bell of Pregame.com points out that the Colts are expected to be favored in 15 of their 16 games this year (the lone exception being their game at New England), while the Lions are only expected to be favored in ONE game, when they play the Rams in Week 5 at home. These expectations, remember, don't judge future performance (necessarily) ... just expectations.
  • So, there's apparently a chance that Tim Tebow might not play in Jacksonville, as according to the Denver Post , he and Brady Quinn are still battling it out for the No. 2 quarterback spot. There might be a full-on revolt at Everbank Stadium if that happens.
  • Hue Jackson, the Raiders offensive coordinator, helped get T.J. Houshmandzadeh from Seattle to Baltimore. Weird .
  • Big Blue View takes a look at the 2009 Giants draft class and decides that it might be nice to take a mulligan on that one, even if Hakeem Nicks is pretty talented. Unfortunately, well, you know how mulligans work in the NFL.
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