Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Al Davis / Hue Jackson Press Conference

A very interesting day in Alameda to say the least. Davis dropping verbal hay-makers on Cable, F-Bombs caught on mic, and introducing Hue Jackson, "But today, I want you to meet the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, I'm proud as hell, Hue Jackson."

By far the most entertaining and interesting part of the press conference was the Q & A with the various Bay Area and national sports writers. Part of the transcript by Kawakami is here.

Newly named Head Coach Hue Jackson's demeanor, personality, energy, positivity, passion, and enthusiasm really bubbles to the surface in his press conference.

I have to say I am either a complete sucker for what I saw from Hue Jackson's PC or we are in for a wonderful, glorious ride with him at the helm. When I watched Hue's press conference the first things that ran through my mind are;

(1) Wow! He is a lot like Gruden in terms of vibe, energy, passion, and charisma. His communication skills are quite extraordinary.

(2) Hue has fully embraced the unique and difficult environment in Oakland with no misgivings whatsoever. He is either very naive or the type of guy who truly relishes the opportunity when all the cards are supposedly stacked against him.

(3) Hue is without a doubt the most positive, confident, self-assured HC we have had since Gruden. It doesn't seem to be an artificial bravado but the real deal.

(4) He understands that if he has any chance of being successful at being the HC in Oakland that he needs to;
(a) raise the bar and preach high expectations or die on his own sword ... playoffs or bust.
(b) give Davis public respect w/o reservations, hesitation, and in such a way that he is acknowledging the challenges BUT not making excuses for anything less than striving for the brass ring. Yes, this also means kissing the Don's ring & ass. If this is the game that he has to play to survive and strive, so be it. Hue Jackson will need to be a skilled diplomat, savvy politician, gifted deal-maker, Oscar worthy actor, and yes, results-oriented head coach all rolled into one.

Lastly, the twitters and quotes from players seems to be universally behind and supportive of this promotion. Guys like Campbell (IMO, the most important relationship on the team), Asomugha, Miller, goes a long ways towards stability, continuity, and trying to get to the next rung on the competitive ladder ... playoffs 2011 (or 2012 with a lockout).

All things considered, I feel a whole lot better about this team going into 2011 than I did prior to the 2010 campaign. This feeling of optimism is especially true considering the nucleus of the 2010 draftees plus other young players making up the core group. Onwards and upwards!

Davis explanation for Cable being shown the door:

Godfather Davis dropping F-Bombs:


Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

I hope your optimism is well-founded, CJ. Crazy Uncle Al has had only 2 decent coaches since Flores -- Shanarat and Chuckie. Which is to say, the good ones are few and far between. But sign me up, I'm a Hue Jackson fan now.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good blog CJ. I agree with you on the enthusiasm but I also get a vibe that Hue is a better football tactician than Cable was.

As we commented about in the previous posting Cable had reached the proverbial glass ceiling. I think Davis and Jackson referred to that----he was a good o-line coach. We need a great head coach, I hope Hue is that man

Florida Raider

3:41 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Jackson is a major upgrade over Cable in terms of his football acumen, leadership skills, communication skills, and intelligence.

The question will be whether or not he can artfully appease Davis and get results quickly enough to lengthen the leash to earn more authority.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Have you read the latest article by Tim Kawakami. Is it just me or is that guy a little weaselly Raider Hater in the extreme. Yes I dont think Al should have used the press conference to lamb baste CAble--take the high road its not like Kiffin who deserved to be skewered. However in the big picture I think Al should be applauded for getting rid of what is probably a mediocre head coach and striving for a guy who he feels is capable of getting the team to the Bowl.

Contrast that against Cinci keeping Lewis after a 4 win season, Denver hiring Fox talk about the money saving cheap retread hire and the fiasco in Miami. I say thank God we have Al at least he is trying to win

What do you think?


Florida Raider

3:52 PM  
Blogger stacey said...

Phenomenal post; loved it! Unfortunately Mr. Davis got a few minor details wrong ... aside from the rest, Mr. Davis introduced Hue's sister as Hue's mother's sister, and he introduced Hue's EX wife as his "wife". Hue and Michelle have been divorced since 2009. Michelle and the girls still reside in Cincinnati, where they've lived since Hue's tenure with the Bengals ended. She brought the girls out so they could join their father in his special day.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

Fla Raid,
Kawakami is with the SJ Mercury News, and is a total Raider hater. He's so one-sided as to be toxic. But to be sure, I can't help but look at this parade since 1995: White, Bugel, Gruden, Callahan, Turner, Shell, Kiffin, Cable, and now Jackson. 16 years, 9 coaches. I'll wait and see if Hue Jack is the man. Like Al, I'll be counting the W's.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point Tooz regardless of Cables shortcomings its not easy to defend Al when its a total revolving door of coaches.

Your also right about that Timmy punk even worse that Kawakami's Raider hating is everyone of his articles is just a miserable diatribe of criticism or making fun of people. If he ever has a legit point it gets lost in the nastiness. I guess that's what sells papers or gets blog hits these days. I have even seen were he makes fun of Al's physical condition---that's out of bounds

Regards Florida Raider

5:22 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Watching an Al Davis whacking is PAINFUL. My goodness, why does he have to air such laundry? What is the purpose? When someone comes in front of National camera's and goes into long winded ramblings of what a jerk the guy was he just fired.....that is a weakness on Al Davis. It shows Al's lack of respect and total lack of privacy and rights that the "jerk" has. Al is a poor human, anyone who does that to another man, more than once may I remind you, isn't a person that I or anyone else with self respect would work for. In my mind, it's DISGUSTING and uncalled for. Anyone who condones this behavior is right there with Al, it's shameful and the fans deserve better.


10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Stacey...you are wrong..Hue is not divorced from Michelle. Whoever told you that, told you a lie.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CJ no draft blog what gives?

Hope you are well

Florida Raider

3:22 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

FL Raider - Until the CBA gets settled, I've got this season on mute. The lockout has caused a major disconnection in off-season activities and drop off in interest level (for me). Hope you are doing well and that the billionaires and millionaires can figure out how to sensibly divvy up a $9B+ pie. cj

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the response CJ, I am totally with you. The lock-out has embittered me to pro-football in general, though I mostly blame the greedy owners. Couple that with all these stories about former players who are destitute, have brain damage or committing suicide and its hard to get excited.

Hopefully we will be talking about football soon, until then have a good summer

Florida Raider

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stacey, who told you that he was divorced?

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stacey - the line he gave you about Michelle just bringing the girls out for his big day....is the same line he gave me.

He is a pathological liar. He is not divorced to date.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hue told me he was divorced in Nov. of 2010, because I spent New Years Eve with him in KC when they played the Chiefs. Then he was hired as head coach for the Raiders in 2011 and I talked to him on the phone almost every day, and met up with him whenever they were in KC - and once in Oakland. This ended while he was in Cincy. I have known Hue since 1995 when he was at ASU and I never dreamed he would have lied to me - right he is pathological - and so obviously I did not spend a lot of time googling him. What a super family guy with 4 ladies that look up to him. I wonder how many more . . .

7:31 PM  

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