Jackson is new Raiders coach

Football: Former GCC quarterback is promoted from Oakland offensive coordinator to head coach.

January 18, 2011|By Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — In leading the Oakland Raiders offense to a 2010 turnaround, Hue Jackson has earned the opportunity to lead the Oakland Raiders franchise in 2011 and beyond.

The former Glendale Community College quarterback has reportedly been tabbed as the new Raiders head coach, as he will take on the task of leading a franchise that has not had a winning season or made the playoffs since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002. It's a span that has seen five coaches come and go before Jackson was tabbed.

"The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation," Oakland Owner Al Davis said in a press release on Monday.


Oakland is set to announce Jackson as its new coach at a press conference scheduled for 1:15 p.m. today in the Bay Area.

Jackson, who was the Vaqueros' signal caller from 1983-84 and was an All-Western State Conference selection, replaces Tom Cable, whose option wasn't picked up by Oakland after the Raiders finished 8-8 and in third place in the American Football Conference's West Division behind the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.

Under Jackson, the Raiders showed signs of improvement. Jackson was brought in nearly a year ago to take over the play-calling duties from Cable and transition an offense that had slumped in recent seasons. Oakland scored more than twice as many points in 2010 than in 2009, leading to the Raiders avoiding their eighth losing season in a row.

Led by quarterback Jason Campbell, running back Darren McFadden and rookie wide receiver Jacoby Ford, the Raiders placed sixth in the league in scoring with 410 points.

"That's why I came to the Raiders, was to improve, but we didn't improve fast enough," Jackson told the Associated Press late in the season. "We expect to be challenging for the playoffs, challenging for our division year in and year out, and we're not getting that done, so, to me, that's a disappointment. There's either first place or there's last place, and there's no in between."

Jackson becomes the second former Vaquero football player to be elevated to the head coaching ranks. Andy Reid, who played at Glendale college from 1976-77, has been the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles since 1999 and led the Eagles to a division championship this season.

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