With a day to cool off, Raiders coach Hue Jackson was a lot more calm Monday than he was following Oakland’s season-ending loss.
His message, however, didn’t really change. Changes seem likely to happen to Oakland’s defensive staff. And Jackson wants a big say in the future of the franchise, including the hiring of the next general manager.
“I would hope that as the head coach of this football team I would hope that the organization understands that I have a pretty good idea of where we need to go. Because if not, then I shouldn’t be where I’m sitting,” Jackson said via the Oakland Tribune.
Pressed on the subject, Jackson made it clear he didn’t actually know if he would be in the hiring of the team’s next G.M.
“I don’t know that. I mean, [owner Mark Davis] will let me know that as we move forward,” Jackson said.
It’s a tricky situation. It’s my opinion that finding the right general manager is a far more important hire than finding the right head coach. The G.M. needs the flexibility to set the course for all aspects of the franchise.
Finding a personnel guy that meshes well with Jackson would be a nice bonus, but it shouldn’t be a prerequisite.