Jackson part of Raiders GM search party a dicey proposition

January 3, 2012, 12:45 am
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ALAMEDA -- If Hue Jackson was Nino Brown in the courtroom scene of "New Jack City," taking just about everyone associated with him down with him following Sunday's playoff-extinguishing loss to San Diego, he was a more cool, calm, collected and, yes, calculated customer the day after.Jackson's rage had slowed to a simmer as he spoke for 35 minutes in his season-ended media conference.Oh, be sure, he was still seething, but Jackson was not throwing players or coordinators under the bus and then driving over them himself on Monday. And he had not relieved defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan of his dutiesyet."The year is over now," Jackson said, "now I can tell you what I really feel, and what's really on my mind."Meaning everything he said to reporters and, by extension, the paying fans, all season long was hogwash?Maybe not, but you get the drift. Because of course Jackson's message to his team has a different face than the one he wears in public. It should.And since we're being honest now, I asked Jackson if he would be involved in the search for a new general manager, and if it would be awkward, considering he would essentially be helping in the hiring of his new boss."I don't know that," Jackson said. "But I don't think it would be awkward. I'm pretty comfortable with who I am and what I am. I'm not going to get caught up in who we hire and who we bring in here. I know how that works. I know when people mention that, 'Well, if they hire a G.M., then he's going to want to bring in his own head coach.'"And hey, if that's what Mark (Davis) decided to do, that's his right. I don't think that that's the case, but that is his right. But at the end of the day, whoever comes here, I think it's going to be somebody who wants to share the same vision as a I do, which is winning a championship, which is getting the organization back to being better than average. Because we should be, and we can be."Asked then if he's already been a part of the conversation, Jackson said there has been some talk."But we haven't said exactly who, what, when, where and how," Jackson said. "But I do know that there's going to be somebody that we do bring in here and talk to and do those things with. But we haven't just nailed it down or anything like that."Asked again if he's part of the process, Jackson answered, "I think I will be. But how involved, I don't know that. I mean, I think (Mark Davis will) let me know that as we move forward."It might be a dicey proposition, though, with Jackson already expressing that he will have an even bigger role in the entire organization next year, and a new G.M. probably wanting to put his own stamp on things. The two personalities must mesh. At least in the beginning.Meh...just another day in the new "HueJack City."