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Hue Jackson, Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator, Targeted By Owner Al Davis For Head Coach

With Tom Cable out as head coach, Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders are looking for someone new to fill up the position. Davis's favorite is probably offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who has long been considered the only current viable candidate for the job. Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed this with a source close to the Raiders coaching situation.

Not much is known about Jackson, but the Raiders offense did dramatically improve between 2009 and 2010 in terms of scoring (from 31st to 6th). According to Football Outsiders the improvement was only incremental; Oakland was 23rd in offensive efficiency, up from 30th in 2009. The rush attack was much improved though, leaping from 26th to 6th behind a physical offensive line and strong running from Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.

Bill Williams of the NFL Nation blog discussed how Davis may have panicked once he heard the San Francisco 49ers had contacted Jackson for an interview, and got rid of Cable in order to retain Jackson. The funny part is that Jackson probably isn't even a serious candidate for the 49ers job; he's probably just getting interviewed to fill in the Rooney Rule minority slot before the Niners continue their pursuit of the big name candidates they're interested in.

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