(The Spread) - The Oakland Raiders have a new head coach…again.
The Raiders promoted offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to head coach on Monday, as must people expected. He becomes Al Davis’ seventh head coach in the last 10 years, replacing the recently fired Tom Cable.
Last year, Jackson was handpicked by Davis to run Cable’s offense and he immediately improved the Raiders’ O from 31st to 10th in total yards and 31st to sixth in points.
Jackson started his career as a running backs coach with the Washington Redskins in 2001. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2003 before moving on to become the Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receivers coach from 2004-2006. It was there that he has been credited with helping develop Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Jackson was Bobby Petrino’s offensive coordinator in 2007 and helped Roddy White realize his potential. Thanks to Jackson, Petrino and veterans like Joe Horn, White may not be the top-5 receiver he is today.
When Petrino left Atlanta to become the head coach at Arkansas, Jackson wound up in Baltimore as the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach. After working with Joe Flacco in 2008 and 2009, he moved on to Oakland last year.
There’s word from Oakland that Chiefs’ assistant Al Saunders will be hired as Jackson’s offensive coordinator. It looks like Jason Campbell will return as the Raiders’ starting quarterback, as he and Saunders have worked together before.