Ravens QB coach Jackson spends 3rd day interviewing with Raiders

He could replace Cable as Oakland's head coach, source says

January 22, 2010|By Mike Preston

Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson spent a third straight day in Oakland interviewing with the Raiders for a coaching position Thursday.

Despite media reports that Raiders owner Al Davis has recently been interviewing candidates for an assistant coaching position, it should not come as a surprise if Raiders coach Tom Cable is fired and Jackson replaces him, according to a source. The Raiders could not be reached for comment.

The Raiders like Jackson, 45, because he played a major part in the development of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, and Oakland also likes what he has done working with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco the past two seasons. Jackson, who has been with the Ravens for two years, also has ties to California, having held coaching jobs at Southern California, California and Cal State-Fullerton.

If Jackson, who has not been a head coach, is hired, it wouldn't be the first time Davis has made an interesting pick for coach. Lane Kiffin was the offensive coordinator at USC when Davis hired him in 2007, and Cable had been the offensive line coach for Oakland and the Atlanta Falcons before succeeding Kiffin.

Cable went 5-11 in his first full season as coach and is 9-19 since replacing Kiffin early in the 2008 season, leading the Raiders to their NFL-worst seventh straight season with at least 11 losses.

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