For once, Raiders owner Al Davis did exactly what everyone expected.
Hue Jackson signed a contract Monday night to be the next Raiders head coach. ESPN’s Michael Smith was the first to have the news, and FOX’s Jay Glazer and ESPN’s Adam Schefter were soon to follow. (Someone knows how to mass text!)
Ever since Jackson took over the offensive playcalling in Oakland last offseason, there has been speculation he could replace Tom Cable. There was a report that tension was brewing in December between Cable and Jackson. At the time, that report was quickly shouted down by Cable and Jackson as an example of the nefarious media making up stories.
It has since been revealed Cable filed a grievance claim against Davis during the season for withholding money from his paycheck. (Please remember: No drama here.)
Jackson did a nice job improving the Raiders offense in 2010 into an-often dominant rushing attack with an improved-if-erratic passing attack. Schefter reports Al Saunders is likely to be Jackson’s offensive coordinator.
The Raiders have changed systems so often the last eight years that promoting Jackson is a welcome change of near-continuity.
UPDATE: The Raiders officially confirmed the news. There will be a press conference Tuesday.