On Monday, the Raiders said that they have begun the process of hiring a new head coach.
Today, Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is working to compile his staff. But the fact that Jackson is lining up potential staff members doesn’t necessarily mean he’s getting the job.
It’s common for head-coaching candidates to take steps to get a potential staff in place before a formal interview. In Jackson’s case, it will allow him to show up for his inevitable meeting with owner Al Davis prepared to set for a clear plan for the immediate future.
Hired last year to be the offensive coordinator, Jackson is expected to get the job. Barring a major upset he will. The fact that he’s making calls to potential assistant coaches doesn’t mean that he’s secretly been promoted.
Then again, there’s technically a chance that he has been.