ALAMEDA -- If it's Cincinnati Week for the Raiders, it's also Hue Jackson Week.Which means an obvious storyline will be to get players' takes on what it means to face off against the former Raiders head coach-turned-Bengals assistant special teamsassistant defensive backs coach."Obviously, we have a lot of respect for Hue so Im sure well give him a hug after the game, not before probably, stay out of his way," Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour said with a smile Monday. "But hes a guy that we have a ton of respect for. He was a heck of a play-caller for sure. And he loved his players. Thats something that well take from it. Whether a guys here this year, thats just the business of the NFL."I had to learn that as a rookie coming in. You see so many transactions. I dont want to say you become numb to it, but you learn to deal with it."Jackson, the last head coach hired by the late Al Davis, had the Raiders sitting at 7-4 last season before a late swoon saw them finish 8-8 and one game out of the playoffs. He was let go by incoming general manager Reggie McKenzie after an epic end-of-season media conference in which he said he was "pissed" at his players and talked about taking a stronger role in the organization.Carson Palmer was acquired by Jackson, with the blessing of owner Mark Davis, in a massive deal that Jackson called "the greatest trade in football" at the time."You can try to guess or assume how something is going to feel or see or something is going to be," Palmer said. "But to see him over there, Im not sure if hes on the field or up in the box, but it will be good to see him once again."Hue and I have talked a number of times since everything went down last year. Im looking forward to seeing him."Seymour was asked if he could see Jackson getting another head coaching gig in the NFL."Absolutely, I think he has those qualities," Seymour said. "Like I said, I mean, we were one game away from the playoffs last year, so I mean, I think he did some really good things and maybe some things he, it wasnt all perfect, either. He was a guy I knew went to bat for us as players so I think at the end of the day you respect that."
Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.
"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.
Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August.
"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.
Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans.
Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.
The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:
"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."
No additional information is known at this time.