The Oakland Raiders hired Hue Jackson to take over as head coach on Monday after serving this past season as the offensive coordinator. Jackson replaces Tom Cable, who was let go after the season when the team didn't pick up the final two years of his option.
The Raiders have announced that the hiring will be made official in a press conference Tuesday.
This past season, the Raiders ranked 10th in the NFL in yards per game as they averaged 354.6, but the new running attack was the most noticeable change since Jackson came aboard.
Led by Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, the Raiders amassed 2,494 yards on the ground — the second highest total in the league as they trailed only the Kansas City Chiefs. The passing attack still needs work, however, as the Raiders finished 23rd in the league in the air.
Jackson has never been a head coach in the past, but the Raiders are adding someone very familiar with how to run an offense as the 45-year-old has previously served as USC’s offensive coordinator, the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator and the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator.
He also served as the Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach from 2004-2006 when the team boasted Chad Ochocinco, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the late Chris Henry as well as the Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach during Joe Flacco’s rookie season.