Oakland Raiders: Hue Jackson’s Key to Success Is Improved Coach-Player Relations

How would you define leadership? What are the qualities of a good leader in professional football? Do the Oakland Raiders have excellent leadership at this time? We truly believe so. Our hope is in the fire and leadership ability of head coach Hue Jackson.

If, in fact, the Oakland Raiders have a very talented team, then will the leadership be able to harness and utilize that talent to win more games in 2011?

No one should be able to say in 2011 that quarterback Jason Campbell looks "shaky" during a game.

The question that I want to raise is whether or not Campbell has the type of mentality that flourishes or collapses during stress.

Can the ability to function under stress be coached and improved under Jackson's coaching style? I believe so.

There is no doubt that Campbell has the physical capability. It's also obvious that there must be a development of the relationship between him and the other players. That takes time, I admit. The cohesion between Campbell and his teammates improved toward the end of the season.

Many researchers believe that leadership can be developed. How much time does it take for that development of the cohesion, perception, and intuitions that are needed to overcome opponents and adverse situations on the playing field?

There is a small amount of research on coach-player relationships and how that factor impacts the dynamics of a team. Here is an excerpt for consideration:

The Definitions and Excerpt 

...This research has focused on how coaches and athletes influence each other and the interdependency that is evident. Initially, Jowett and others highlighted the importance of the three C’s of closeness, commitment and complementarity to coach-athlete relations (Jowett, Paull, Pensgaard, Hoegmo, & Riise, 2005).

Closeness refers to feelings and perceptions that appear to be a function of interpersona...

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