Raiders release statement on hiring of Jackson

Raiders release statement on hiring of Jackson
January 18, 2011, 1:04 am
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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.