ALAMEDA -- Hue Jackson's comments on Monday about him wanting to bring in receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh since training camp raised many eyebrows in Raider Nation.Especially since he brought him in for a workout on Tuesday and signed him on the spot.Did it all mean that Jackson was overruled at the time by Al Davis? In a word, soundslikeit.
"Because at that time, the conversation between me and Coach (Davis) had, we wanted to make sure that we stressed our young receivers," Jackson said. "Again, those guys are the foundation of this organization as we continue to move forward, and that's not going to change."So rather than bring in an established former Pro Bowler like Houshmandzadeh, which might have stunted the growth of the young pass catchers already on the roster in Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy, Denarius Moore and Chaz Schilens, the Raiders brought in the likes of Derek Hagan to training camp in Napa."At that time, Derek was there, we took Derek," Jackson said. "I wanted T.J. Hey, like I told you, when Coach makes a decision, he made it. Well, now all of a sudden, when I keep looking at our football team and where we are, I say, 'Hey, here's a guy who can help us now that we're in a whole different situation.' And that's why I did what I did."