Raiders head coach Tom Cable declined to comment on his QB situation when PFW spoke with him at the Senior Bowl Jan. 27, but he was willing to discuss the team's decision to take play-calling duties away from him and give them to new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who was hired on Jan. 26. Cable seemed content with the move. He's familiar with Jackson, having served with him as an assistant at Cal State-Fullerton in 1990 and the University of California in '96.
"It's good for he and I, because we've been together before, and I think that's a big help for me," Cable told PFW. "So I'm excited for it."
Head coaches sometimes resist giving up play-calling duties, but Cable said he thinks the decision to turn that task over to Jackson will make the Raiders a better team.
"I think you always got to do what makes your team better, and this will allow me to be better at being a head coach and coaching the coaches and coaching the team," he said. "Our agreement, initially, between (managing general partner) Al (Davis) and I was for me to do that, and now as we've progressed into Year Two and (after) the progress we made last year, it's important that my focus kind of be on the whole thing rather than so wired into that segment of it."
The addition of Jackson, who previously served as the Ravens' QB coach, may not make much of an impact if he's unable to help QB JaMarcus Russell break through. Cable benched Russell around midseason last year, but it appears Davis is committed to him as the team's quarterback of the future. Regardless of who is under center, Cable said he doesn't expect the team's offensive scheme to change much.
"I think it would be good to hear some ideas and some fresh ideas from (Jackson) and see how it all fits," Cable said. "We're so young on that side of the ball, really the important thing is to continue the path we're on, in terms of terminology and how we operate, and try to add to it and make it better."
There were rumors that Cable would be fired after Oakland went 5-11 in 2009, but despite the Raiders' reluctance to confirm that a decision has been made on his status, he'll be the team's head coach next season.
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