It's been a roller coaster week for the Oakland Raiders after losing the legendary Al Davis and beating the Houston Texans in most exciting fashion. Head coach Hue Jackson spent some time with Grant Napear on Sports 1140 KHTKto talk about what Al Davis meant to him, how he feels his team is progressing and what it means to Raider Nation to keep on winning.
Hue always speaks highly of Al Davis, and was no different here:
What did Al Davis mean to you personally?:
"Coach Davis was a great boss. He taught me so much about the Raiders, the organization, how he put this team together, why certain things happen the way they do. He showed me a lot of the inner workings of the Raiders and I really thank him for that. And more so than that, he gave me the opportunity to be a head coach when nobody else would.
It wasn't the prettiest game you'll ever see, but the Raiders win down in Houston last Sunday was one for the books. Here's what coach Jackson had to say about it:
What were you most happy about in beating the Texans?:
"We found a way to win. Sometimes it's not about statistics or anything. The thing I was really impressed with in our football team is we kept fighting. Things wasn't going great early, on offense especially. ... I think that's what you've got to do. There's some games you've just got to grind it out and find a way to win."
Aside from some problems in the noisy Texans stadium Jackson had nothing but good things to say about Jason Campbell as well:
Talk about the development of quarterback Jason Campbell:
"I think he really truly has [developed]. He is the leader of our offense. He has the true command of it. You've got to have poise in the noise. ... But he's done a great job. He understands the system... But we're chasing perfection here."
Lastly, Jackson talked about the Raiders fan base and how they're reacting to the new regime in Oakland:
Do you feel an increasing excitement brewing within the Raiders' fan base?:
"I do and I really appreciate our fans and Raider Nation and the people who are becoming excited about our football team because it is something to get excited about. I think the time is now. I know everybody's talking about a letdown, but I don't think this team is going to let that happen."
Let's hope you're right coach.