Oakland Raiders Hire Hue Jackson, Al Davis Steals the Show

Today should have been a day when the Raider Nation exhaled and looked to the future. 

This day was supposed to be about the announcement of Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson being named the 17th head coach in franchise history.

Jackson looked the part in his black suit, white dress shirt and silver and black tie. He sounded the part talking schemes and team philosophy. Jackson carefully walked the line between cocky and confident.

He did his best to not only talk about the future of the organization, but to also reference the storied past as well.

On a day that took a lifetime to achieve, Hue Jackson went from top story to a mere afterthought. The Raiders organization might as well have former head coach Tom Cable up on the podium with Jackson and Mr. Raider himself Al Davis.

Why can’t the Raiders ever seem to get it right?

Here is a career assistant that has spent the better part of 20 years learning and developing his craft. His coaching career has taken him from his alma mater, the University of Pacific; to London, with the Monarchs of NFL Europe; back to the college ranks; which ultimately got him into the NFL.

From there, he never looked back. 

Hue Jackson has paid his “coaching dues” and should relish in the moment of being named head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Jackson took a pitiful Raider offense littered with talented but underachieving players and in one season made an organization matter again.

Let’s get one thing straight: Hue Jackson is and was the right man for the job. 

He has proved to be a motivator and has been tagged as a "players' coach," and went on to tell the media in attendance, “Today alone I got 20 text messages from our players, who are very excited about me being here, being the head coach, and they can't wait to get back here." 

Jackson made it a point to reitera...

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