Jackson consults with Davis, Trask

October 17, 2011, 11:53 pm
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ALAMEDA -- With quarterback Jason Campbell lost for at least six weeks with a fractured collarbone, the Raiders have a huge decision to make before Tuesday's 1 p.m. PT trade deadline.

Which begs the question: in the wake of Al Davis' passing on Oct. 8, who does coach Hue Jackson answer to now in regards to player personnel decisions?

"I'm not going to do this alone," Jackson said. "I talk to Mark (Davis), I talk to Amy (Trask). Those are my two people I spend a lot of time talking to because they've been here and they're people I know the most.

"Then I pray. I pray hard to try to make the right decision. I ask for guidance and wisdom. We all need to because we're trying to win. That's the way it is. Those people are very, very important to this process. I'm not doing anything without Mark Davis and I'm not doing anything without Amy Trask knowing."

There had been reports that the Raiders were leaning on John Madden, Ken Herock and Ron Wolf in recent days.

I asked Jackson if he had been consulting anyone outside of the organization.

"I can't bounce things off those guys because they'll start telling my secrets," Jackson said with a laugh. "I can't do that. They start telling on me. Theyll start telling you guys and you guys will write them."

Jackson paused.

"I really don't," he added. "We try to keep everything in here pretty close to the vest because that's the way it should be. What we're trying to do is something that I think every team is trying to do. There's a blueprint of how to do it and we're working our blueprint."

Davis passed away Oct. 8 at the age of 82. Mark Davis became team owner following his father's death.

Trask is the team's CEO. She said last week that at some juncture there will be a search for a director of football operations or a general manager, possibly both.

Wolf played a prominent role in personnel operations with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 19661975, and again from 19781990.

Herock is a former Raiders player (1963-67). He was Oakland's player personnel director in 1975 after starting his front office career with the Raiders in 1970 as a combination personnel scout and special teams and tight end coach.