The Raiders did nearly a complete coaching overhaul this offseason. Tom Cable is out and Hue Jackson is promoted to the head job. He hired a lot of new assistants to join him in his quest to bring the Raiders back to their winning ways. But among all of the new hires, quarterbacks coach was not one of them.
Under Tom Cable, not only did they have a quarterbacks coach (Paul Hackett), but they even had a passing game coordinator (Ted Tollner). On top of that, Hue Jackson was hired last season as the offensive coordinator.
That is a lot of offensive minds all focusing on one aspect of a team. Which makes it all the more strange that now there is no one on this staff with the singular objective of coaching the quarterbacks. Or so it would seem.
It appears at this moment that Hue Jackson himself will be handling those duties. Then the question becomes if he is trying to wear too many hats. On top of his head coaching duties, he is also the offensive play caller and, apparently, the quarterbacks coach.
It is not unprecedented for a head coach to pull double duty. Sometimes it works out. But often times it does not. And if things go wrong, there is that much more blame to fall on Jackson himself, especially when the struggles can be simply attributed to being spread too thin. Whether those claims are valid or not.
But aside from the precarious position in which Hue is putting himself, this may just be the best choice.
It is true that Hue will be wearing three hats. But those hats are not extremely heavy. As the new head coach, he will have familiarity with the team from last year working in his favor. He has their respect and they have his. That puts him in a much more comfortable position than a new coach coming over from another team—especially considering those new coaches haven't met their players yet.
Second off, he is the offensive play caller but he has a brilliant offensive guru in Al Saunders as offensive coordinator. So while Hue may have the final say in which plays are called, Saunders will be designing much of the plays. Also the input and assistance he gets from Saunders will make his play calling duties a lot easier. This situation is considerably different than if Jackson was trying to juggle being the head coach and offensive coordinator as his predecessor attempted to do prior to his arrival.
And lastly, who better to coach Campbell and Boller than Hue Jackson? They are both familiar with Jackson and he is familiar with them. Campbell from working under him as offensive coordinator last season and Boller from last season and going back to Hue's days as the quarterbacks coach for the Ravens.
Hue has said that he "wants his hands all over this team." And there is nothing he does better and seems to enjoy more than coaching quarterbacks. On top of that, if the Raiders were to bring in another quarterbacks coach, he, Campbell, and Boller would have to acclimate to a new coaching style. This way they have the continuity of Jackson. And for Hue's sake, he won't find himself wanting to be more hands on with the quarterbacks while trying to be careful not to step on the toes of his quarterbacks coach.
So, while on one hand the Raiders may find it beneficial to have a head coach who was just the head coach and not perhaps spreading himself too thin, on the other hand the alternative could be worse.
The Raiders have seen firsthand that quantity in coaches doesn't always equal quality. You just have to ask yourself which is crazier; three coaches to fill one role, or one coach to fill three?
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The Raiders are going to win more than (6) games. They have assembled a playoff caliber team and have an excellent coaching staff assembled. The question marks concerning the Raiders are (1) depth at quarterback, (2) offensive line and (3) quality production from the wide receivers. If the Raiders succeed in answering the three concerns I have mentioned, I will absolutely gaurantee a deep playoff run...
As far as not having a QB coach, the Raiders are fine without one. Hue Jackson was one of the finest QB coaches in the league, and who better than Hue to oversee the development of the Raider QB's...
i have been a raider fan for more than 45 years. I have been a part of the glory days and not so glory days. Believe me when I say my beloved raiders will not win more than 6 games in 2011 (assuming there is a 16 game schedule). This coaching staff would not be hired by most teams in the NLF. They are either "has beens", or not good enough to have interest from other teams. Sorry guys. I hope I'm wrong (I would like to be), but I don't think I am.
I see your point BA. i still just think Saunders will be there for advisement and to help Jason Campbell out more when Hue is doing everything else. Al Saunders has a lot of experience with QBs in general, and obviously, is very familiar with Jason. I think that will be his role rather than designing plays. This is going to be Hue's playbook from last year, sprinkled with some of Saunders' that Hue probably hand picked out of that MASSIVE BIBLE full of plays that JC(nor anyone else for the most part) could even decrypt, added with a few designed plays from him i'm sure... it's a team effort, but ultimately, Hue is going to go with what worked last year, especially on the run plays where he let DMAC run the plays that best suited him.
If i had to guess, Al Saunders will most likely design more passing plays that have worked for his speedsters in the past... that's the area Hue does need help in ...
@johnn14 Mike Waufle is the best Def line coach in the league any team would be happy to have him and the Giants miss him. We have no idea how Woodson and Wiz will be as coaches and Hue Jackson did wonders for our offense last year and could coach anywhere. Al Saunders has been around a while, Bresnahan and Wylie too and if let go by Oakland, can probably find work in the league somewhere. Your theory is flawed at best.
@DARKKUSH Hard to say how much of the plays will be Saunders and how much will be Jackson. Saunders will be taking as much off of Hue's plate as possible but he is a coordinator not an assistant so he won't just be carrying Hue's clipboard around. And just FYI, this article is not Bret's, it's mine.
@LawrenceDJahn @johnn14 I think this coaching staff might be better than Grudens. As a matter of fact, Brensnahan ans Waufle we're on Grudens staff. Al Saunders almost landed the head coaching job for the Raiders in the past and has a 700 page playbook, very smart coach. How could you not like Woodson and Wiz? How could anybody not like coach Jackson? He breaths gas and shits fire. I've been a Raiders fan for over 40 years as well and I think this might be the best staff since the Raiders last super bowl win.
@BretArmstrong LOL - it is, and the dram had us winning everything! -)
Could see us go for #3 though, we'll see - if the Raiders won't get involved he could go in the 5th perhaps, but don't se us getting him that low..
The main thing imo is the character concerns, as the new drafting of high character guys would imply that he would not be brought in.. But he is just such an Al Davis prospect - extreme athletic ability and a cannon for an arm! I don't rule it out until the SD has passed and he is on another team!
Yeah, don't think he will bring in VY either - Troy Smith could very well take the plunge to the other side of the bay though!
@Harder2000 I think the idea of Pryor is just a pipe dream. The Raiders are already without their #2 and #4 round draft next year. Giving up a third for a guy that is a role player is questionable at best.
D-Mac and Michael Bush can both fill the same role that you are talking about, so I don't see this happening. And Al needs to stay away from VY too
@DARKKUSH @BretArmstrong It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Saunders will have on the offense, but as the offseason has been on lockdown it figures to most likely only be moderate to start it out with.. Really liked the creativity that Action Jackson showed in his playcalling after a slow and prette bland start in the first couple of games.. Sprinkle in some Saunders and they will definately create some special plays to put our talents in position to make plays!
I know this is way off topic, but i was thinking about whether or not we would/should sign Pryor in the SD - based on talent, potential and athleticism i find him very intruiging, but i would only pursue him if the background check and interviews indicates that he is not the second coming of JR, and the price is right..
... Anyway, was thinking about a formation where Pryor was behind center, Reece in as FB, TJ and D-Mac as HB's, Ford as WR and Miller as TE - this would allow for a ton of possibilities:
On the same play TJ could do a jet sweep, Reece and D-Mac pound it in the middle and Ford could go deep - if it was a pass or the jet sweep, Miller could release outside to either catch or block, and Pryors athleticism would always keep the potential keep on the table..
The same personel could potentially line up as WO's which would then put four blazers and a reliable TE in the mix, as well as the keep - a Defensive Coordinators nightmare! He needs to account for the speed, why he would probably want to come out in the nickel D to not risk getting burned deep by mismatches, but then the line + Miller + Reese + D-Mac would be able to pound it all day and move it on the ground!
They would not be able to put up their safeties in the box either, as that would leave Ford one on one for the TD, as well as a missed tackle on a potential jet sweep by TJ would then lead to a TD..
Going through the middle and bring extra pressure could be a possibility as it could help avoid the pounding while trying to take away time for the deep threat, but then the jet sweep would be dangerous, as well as a keep with 4.3 speed could kill the rush..
Don't really know how well it would work in praxis, but the concept is sound i think - adding extreme athleticism in the mix of all our special playmakers would create a ton of options for Action Jackson and Saunders to take advantage of, and Big Al loves this kind of homerun threat.. Unless the background investigation show something more serious than an immature kid, i could very well see us go for Pryor, and i would not be surprised to see us get him with our 3rd next year!
... Then Big Al would just trade 2013 # 2 for a 2012 #3 + #4, as well as wait for the complemental picks from Awesome One #21, Gallery and Huff.. At the very least they must find it an intruiging possibility to add an extra dimension to the exlposive offense (don't see VY as a possibility as he would challenge JC for the #1 spot, which Pryor would not, and they seem invested in JC to go all in this year - make or break year)!
grrr read two of the newest articles in a row and got the writers mixed up...
yea we'll just have to wait and see about that ... they were able to get a lot of the playbook to the players for their GA training sessions ... I bet it consists of a lot of Hue Jackson plays. we'll see some tweaking from Al Saunders, that's for sure. how much more than that remains to be seen.