Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Era - New Signal Callers

With JaMarcus Russell about to get his departure ticket punched in a matter of days, the Raiders start 2010 with some very important new signal callers.

The addition of Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson dialing up plays from the sideline adds a fresh new dynamic to our offensive sets. Incorporating the spread offense and a more creative call sheet plus utilizing RB Darren McFadden in a diversified package should give the offense more big play opportunities. Head Coach Tom Cable can now concentrate on managing the game, personnel, and coaching staff without worrying about play calling.

The trade for QB Jason Campbell, who will be communicating the calls in the huddle and making the necessary adjustments at the line of scrimmage, gives the offense a more reliable decision maker. Instead of the playbook being contracted ("QB Playbook For Dummies"), it now can be expanded for a QB who has adapted to 8 different OC's over the course of his college and pro career.

#8 pick MLB Rolando McClain aka "double nickel" has an unbelievably high football IQ. “The day after they drafted me, I called to ask for a playbook and some DVDs to look over,’’ McClain said. “I didn’t waste any time.’’ With McClain barking out the defensive calls and orchestrating the defensive alignments on the field, the defensive unit should be more cohesive and in better position to make more plays.

Jackson, Campbell, and McClain all play a pivotal role in 2010 in terms of impacting the final tally on the scoreboard and most importantly, the wins and losses column.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article on Calico Jack and some of his habits


3:52 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

thanks for the link!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How did you create that pic very cool

Florida Raider

4:29 PM  
Blogger john said...

I didn't hear or read anything about the "spread"....hope it's true....D-Mac should thrive

4:39 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

FLR - My friend did it with PhotoShop.

John - I've been hearing the speculation of some spread offense in various Raider forums but nothing official. Regardless, I think Jackson will be more creative and diversified with the offense than Cable was last year.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Raided Nate 75 said...

I like the fact that in the minicamp we just had, Cable was on the field, but not trying to "control" every aspect of football. He left it to his coaching staff. To me that is a positive sign.

9:53 AM  

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