Raiders release statement on hiring of Jackson

Raiders release statement on hiring of Jackson


Hue Jackson will formally be introduced as Head Coach of The Oakland Raiders tomorrow.Jacksonhas 25 years of coaching experience in college and professionalfootball and has been an offensive coordinator at both levels.OaklandRaiders Owner Al Davis spoke about the dynamic 45-year-old Jackson:The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in thehearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation.Lastyear, Jackson coordinated an Oakland Raiders offense that finishedfourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in scoring (25.6 points pergame). The Raiders more than doubled their scoring output from theprevious year, totaling 410 points in 2010.Under Jacksons guidance, the Raiders also finished fifth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL in total offense (354.6 yards per game) and second in the NFL and AFC in rushing (155.9 yards per game).Priorto joining the Raiders, Jackson spent two seasons as Baltimoresquarterbacks coach and helped the Ravens advance to the postseason in2008 and 2009. In 2008, Jackson tutored Joe Flacco, who became thefirst rookie QB to win two playoff games in NFL history as the Ravensadvanced to the AFC Championship game.In2007, Jackson was an NFL offensive coordinator for the second time whenhe served in that capacity for the Atlanta Falcons. He was offensivecoordinator for the Washington Redskins in 2003 and also held that posttwice at the college levelthe University of Southern California from1997-2000 and the University of California in 1996.UnderJacksons tutelage in Cincinnati (2004-06), Chad Ochocinco and T.J.Houshmandzadeh became one of the most prolific wide-receiving tandemsin NFL history. In 2006, as wide receivers coach for Cincinnati,Ochocinco (1,369) and Houshmandzadeh (1,081) became the first pair ofBengals to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season.Ochocinco led the NFL in receiving yards and for the fourth-consecutiveseason, his yards topped the AFC, marking the first time a player hadled his conference in receiving yards in four straight seasons.In2005 under Jackson, the Ochocinco-Houshmandzadeh tandem combined tototal 175 receptions for 2,388 yards, while helping the team secure theAFC North title and a playoff berth for the first time in a decade.Jacksonwas promoted to offensive coordinator in Washington by Head Coach SteveSpurrier in 2003 and handled the teams offensive play-calling,becoming the only coach to perform that duty other than Spurrier.In2002, with Jackson as running backs coach, Pro Bowl RB Stephen Daviswas on pace for another 1,000-yard rushing season before suffering aseason-ending injury. Davis posted a career-high 1,432 rushing yards in2001.Jackson served as USCs offensivecoordinator from 1997-2000, helping to recruit and develop players,including QB Carson Palmer, with whom he was later reunited inCincinnati. (Palmer was the NFLs No. 1-overall pick by the Bengals in2003.)As Cals offensive coordinator in1996, Jackson helped lead the Golden Bears to an Aloha Bowl berth. Hecoached running backs at Arizona State from 1992-95. He was a minorityintern fellowship coach in training camp with the Washington Redskinsin 1995, with the Arizona Cardinals in 1992 and the L.A. Rams in 1990.From1990-91, Jackson was running backs coach and special teams coordinatorat Cal State Fullerton. He gained pro coaching experience as a runningbackswide receiversspecial teams coach for the London Monarchs of theWorld League in the spring. Jackson launched his career as an assistantcoach at Pacific in1987 and coached there through 1989.Asa quarterback at Pacific from 1985-86, Jackson threw for 2,544 yardsand 19 TDs. He also lettered in basketball in 1986 and earned hisdegree in Physical Education. Jackson is a Los Angeles native who was astar quarterback at Dorsey High School in his hometown, where he alsolettered in basketball.

Injury report: CB Sean Smith questionable; Washington TE Reed's status uncertain


Injury report: CB Sean Smith questionable; Washington TE Reed's status uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Raiders are remarkably healthy heading into Sunday night’s game against the Washington football club.

The entire 53-man roster practiced fully on Friday, before heading to the nation’s capital.

That includes veteran cornerback Sean Smith, who missed the previous game with a neck injury. A shoulder ailment cropped up during the week, which prompted the Raiders to label him questionable heading into Week 3. Smith’s the only Raider on the injury report, and even he’s in decent shape.

“I mean we put it on there because there’s still a little bit of a question,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You don’t have probable’s anymore. Given the choices, I just left him that way.”

That means the Raiders are going to have some healthy scratches a week after Smith was the only injured player sitting out.

Washington has some impact players on the mend. That included tight end Jordan Reed, who is questionable with a rib/sternum injury. He stands 6-foot-2, 246 pounds and is the type of receiving tight end that gives the Raiders fits. He has 1,638 yards 17 touchdowns the last two seasons, using good hands and a large frame to create mismatches in the secondary.

It’ll be key for the Raiders to defend him well if he’s active, with Nicholas Morrow as a primary coverage option.

“We’re prepared to face him,” Del Rio said. “We think he’s a good player. We’ll approach it that way and adjust if he doesn’t go.”

Washington also lists starting inside linebacker Mason Foster and running back Rob Kelley as questionable.

Raiders Injury Report
CB Sean Smith (neck/shoulder)

Washington Injury Report

TE Jordan Reed (rib/sternum), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Monate Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder)

Karl Joseph living up to first-round billing with early impact for Raiders

Karl Joseph living up to first-round billing with early impact for Raiders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Raiders safety Karl Joseph notched his first career forced fumble in Week 2’s blowout victory over the New York Jets. It came on his first sack, where he bent around a tackle into the pocket and devoured his pray.

Joseph recovered the ball, and the Raiders quickly scored a touchdown. The second-year pro enjoyed that moment, but left the game with regrets.

"I should have definitely had more sacks than I did,” Joseph said. “I feel like I should have had three.”

Joseph had quarterback Josh McCown in the crosshairs three times, and feels like he should’ve finished each one. The game plan provided opportunity. Joseph blitzed six times – fellow safety Reggie Nelson attacked thrice – and pressured the quarterback four times.

It was a relatively new responsibility, considering he blitzed nine times all last year. Joseph will be first to say he was a different player then. He was less explosive, more tentative and a smidge less confident, lingering effects from an ACL tear during his final college season. Joseph was cleared to play as a rookie but wasn’t all the way back, doubly hampered by missing an offseason program where rookies grow quick.

"I wasn’t completely myself,” Joseph said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports California. “I feel a lot more like myself this year. I obviously feel better physically, and the year of experience in the system has definitely helped. So has adjusting to the NFL life. That’s been an easier transition for me.”

Joseph is playing more like his highlight reel from West Virginia, where he proved a heavy hitter and a solid cover man worthy of last year’s No. 14 overall draft pick. The Jets game isn’t the only evidence of that.

Joseph had an excellent training camp, flashing an aggressive style and solid timing making plays in practice. That translated to the regular-season opener at Tennessee, when he saved a touchdown on consecutive plays. The first came on an open-field tackle. The second was a leaping pass breakup in the end zone, proof positive that Joseph was ready to make a big impact.

"He’s really good close to the line of scrimmage,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. "He’s a really good tackler in the open field. He also plays well on the back end. I think his development is right on time right now.”

The Raiders recognize that, and are using him like a queen on the chessboard. He can move back or forward, as an attacker or the last line of defense. He’s a rover at times, with an ability to create havoc at all levels of the defense.

Joseph is an excellent fit for the defensive scheme, bring a tone-setting physicality to the secondary. He is learning, as part of his development, that the nuclear option isn’t always best. There are times when it is, and Joseph enters those scenarios without fear.

"You can’t play worried about getting hurt. That’s not the way I play,” Joseph said. “It’s about being smart. I had to adjust my game coming into the NFL. Every hit can’t be a big hit. Sometimes you have to be smart and just wrap people up, but you can’t ever play scared.”

He isn’t afraid to take risks or attack when asked, and is already making a major impact on this year’s defense. That isn’t a surprise. It’s expected of first-round picks.

"That’s what he’s supposed to do. He’s supposed to make plays,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s a guy we selected because we thought he’d be a guy that could come in and impact on our defense. In the first two games of this year he’s played well. There are still things, like I tell you all the time, that have cleaning up to do, work to do, things to improve on, but he’s off to a good start and obviously it follows up from a good offseason. Healthy, a lot of good work and confidence that he’s gaining as we go.”