Exclusive: 1-on-1 with Raiders coach Jackson


Exclusive: 1-on-1 with Raiders coach Jackson

Jan. 25, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVEMatt Maiocco

MOBILE, Ala. -- New Raiders coach Hue Jackson was among the many coaches and front-office personnel evaluating talent at the Senior Bowl. The following is a transcript of his interview:

Maiocco: So what are your duties here, what are you trying to accomplish at the Senior Bowl?

Jackson: Obviously, to come out and evaluate the talent that's here. There's a lot of good players here, there's a huge game on Sunday and it's a chance for me to get with our staff, see our scouts for the first time, and just get a feel for each other and how we evaluate talent.

Maiocco: So working together as a staff, is that part of the week as well?

Jackson: Oh definitely. There's no question. I mean, we're all here together, we stay in the same hotel, we get to see each other, bounce ideas off each other, so it's a good time.

Maiocco: Now are you also conducting interviews to fill staff positions?

Jackson: Oh there's no question. There's a lot of guts running around, you know, that we'll get a chance to talk to, several different people about job opportunities, but we're doing our due diligence, every day, getting close to getting a staff together. I think we'll have something in place soon.

Maiocco: You have an offensive coordinator now, Al Saunders..

Jackson: Uh-huh, sure do..

Maiocco: Tell me about him...the reason the hire was made

Jackson: Ah he's great, he's a guy who's been in the league a long time, we've worked together in Baltimore, I have a great relationship with him, and he shares the same vision that I do on offense.
Maiocco: And what is your plan for defensive coordinator?Jackson: Oh, we're working on that as we speak.
Maiocco: Have you been interviewing candidates for that?

Jackson: We're getting there, we're getting close to there. Just know this, we're going to have a very good defensive coordinator for our team.

Maiocco: Now, no first round pick this year. Does this change the way you approach this, watching these practices?

Jackson: No, no, I mean obviously we don't have it at this time, but you know all these things can change. I think the most important thing we do is come out here and evaluate the talent that's here, make sure we have the proper evaluation for the players that's here, and obviously this process is ongoing, and we'll just continue to find the Raider-type player.

Maiocco: And what is the Raider-type player for you?

Jackson: A player that's a winner, who's very passionate about football, who understands the commitment to excellence, the vision that we have at the Raiders and who loves to win.

Maiocco: Now obviously during the season, you're not able to scout a lot of college players. When did the scouting process really begin for you, did you do a lot of homework before coming here?

Jackson: Oh yeah. Obviously you want to know the players that are here, so you have an opportunity to look at them, not only a name with a face so I absolutely understand who they are, but then you get to see what their talent is, and what they're trying to accomplish out here.

Maiocco: And what can you see out here that you can't see on film?

Jackson: Obviously you get the same in person that you do on the field, obviously that's film, it's tape. But here you get to see them live in person, you get the chance to interact with them, personally, so I think that's obviously very different from watching them on video.

Maiocco: Thank you very much.Jackson: Thank you.

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”