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.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.