There are a lot of ways Hue Jackson is clearly different than his predecessor Tom Cable.
First is Jackson’s self-proclaimed “gift of gab,” which was on display in a pair of interview sessions at the Scouting Combine Thursday. Another obvious difference: Jackson is a true Jason Campbell believer.
After I asked a question about the team’s receiver position, Jackson went in an unexpected direction.
“There’s not a position, other than quarterback, that I wouldn’t just look at in the draft and say we don’t need anybody,” Jackson said.
Wow. Jackson later softened that position, saying that they would seek the best player at any position. But that first aside — on a question not even about quarterbacks — may give us a window into Oakland’s true belief in Campbell.
“Jason Campbell, in my opinion, did a tremendous job last year,” Jackson said.
Al Davis or “coach” as Jackson calls him, has repeatedly said Campbell can be a truly great quarterback. Jackson cited Campbell’s leadership and increasing comfort in Oakland over the course of the year. He said he fully expects Campbell to take the franchise to the next level next year after going 8-8.
Sink or swim, it’s pretty clear this is Jason Campbell’s franchise. Unlike when Tom Cable was running the show.