The Raiders haven’t had a winning record since 2002, so talking about Oakland winning the Super Bowl sounds crazy. Raiders coach Hue Jackson knows that, but he’s talking about Oakland winning the Super Bowl anyway.
“Why not us? Why not the Raiders?” Jackson said. “We’re trying to win a championship. It’s what I talk about. It’s what I believe. I don’t know anything else. I know some of you look at me and say, ‘Man, this guy must be crazy.’ No, I’m not, because the first place we’re going to beat people is in the mind.”
Jackson’s enthusiasm comes across as genuine and infectious, and he wants Raiders fans on board.
“Oh wow,” Jackson said. “Oh wow. Is this fun or what? First of all, I have to say something to Raider Nation. Raider Nation, we are back. Back in business, back to playing football. I’m excited, our players are excited. We’re going to create something here that’s great. I am not interested in being good. I am interested in being great.”
Jackson will soon learn that Raider Nation will be with him just as long as the Raiders are winning.