After his great start as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Hue Jackson has had to deal with a lot of distractions and adversity already in his short time as top dog. From Terrelle Pryor to the death of Al Davis, to the quarterback issues with Jason Campbell and now Carson Palmer, Jackson has definitely had his plate full this year, though Hue isn't making any excuses.
He discussed the team's current state with Murph and Mac on KNBR, make the jump to see what he had to say.
Jackson talked about the team's chemistry thus far and whether or not that plays a factor in their recent play:
Is it possible that chemistry is taking some time on this team with the additions of Carson Palmer, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Aaron Curry recently?
"I don't think so. I don't think that is it at all. I think those guys fit in here. I don't think it is chemistry. I think what we have to do is finish the game. I When we make decisions to put other people on the team it is because they need to be on the team. Obviously I think it takes some time as you go through a transition.
Another problem as of late is talk of some dissension within the Raiders locker room, and whether or not Hue is letting his power go to his head. Jackson would have nothing of it:
ProFootballTalk had a story on you that said since the passing of Al Davis you have had too much to handle running this team:
"I don't worry about what everyone else is saying. I can only worry about what I know is going on. It's like anything else when things are not going as well it's easy to all of sudden have all these spins. Two weeks ago things were going great and there was none of these things being said. You start to lose a couple of games and that comes with the territory. I understand that. I respect that. We don't have a problem in our locker room. We don't have a problem with this team. We got off to a great start and now in the middle of this thing we are having some bumps and bruises.
'Bumps and bruises' is a great way of saying ' a whole lot of crap to deal with,' though everything considering I'd say Jackson has been doing a pretty fine job. A lot of it has been the transition to Carson Palmer over the past few weeks, though Jackson feels like all he needs to do is control the interceptions:
What did you see from Carson Palmer? The good and the bad in playing his first start as a Raider:
"The good was as you said he made some fantastic throws in some tight windows. He knows how to distribute the ball to his teammates and get the ball around to guys in spots where they can make plays. The negative is he still has to do a better job of taking care of the ball and I think he knows that. We gotta do a better job of taking care of the ball. One thing we can't do is turn it over. I think we all understand that. We want the production of the touchdown passes and the production of the offense, but what we can't do is turn this ball over."
Hopefully Palmer can show his true colors this Thursday against the Chargers.
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