It doesn't look as if Hue Jackson has quite yet gotten over the fact that the Oakland Raiders dumped him unceremoniously this past weekend. Jackson has been making the rounds on the media circuit, and he's gotten tough with the organization that left him in the dust. However, he seemed to soften his stance in his latest appearance and made more PR responses in his answers.
In his appearance on the NFL Network, Jackson indicated shock at the decision, but seemed to accept it once it was handed down.
"I wish I could take it back and say it differently so people could really understand what I was trying to say," Jackson said. "I wasn't trying to say that I wanted to take total control of everything.
"I think when you work for the Raiders, I think you understand that Al Davis is first and foremost -- you work for him. So I didn't get an opportunity to put everybody that I wanted on my staff, or run the team or the situation with football operations the way I see fit. I took the job, and I knew the parameters of the job, and I accepted that, and I think at the end, what was coming out of me was the emotion of a long season, being 8-8, losing to the Chargers with so much riding on the line. The opportunity to win the AFC West, to host a playoff game there at home, opportunity to have the first nine-win season since 2002."
Click here for Gutierrez's article at CSN Bay Area and more details about the Jackson firing.
After the jump, more from Jackson in a radio interview he did with 95.7 FM The GAME, a local Bay Area radio station. Click here to listen to the audio.
Jackson still is unhappy at how the media treated him. But he appears to be more contrite in his feelings on the matter.
On media coverage & portrayal of him:
I was disappointed with how the media tried to portray me. But I know some things they sell. Everybody gotta sell what they do and I respect that too but at the end of the day we’re talking about a career and a life just like everything else. I’ll move forward. The Raiders are moving forward and we’ll all be better for it.
Jackson is probably set to move, as is Raiders Nation.
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