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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson Addresses The Media Prior To The NFL Draft

Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson speaks to the media freely on Thursday about the upcoming draft, free agency and the state of the Raiders for upcoming season.

 

 

 

 

Jackson fielded questions about the Raiders’ needs in the upcoming draft, saying he hoped all the Raiders’ free agents would return. When asked specifically about whether Nnamdi Asomugha’s departure-assuming he leaves through free agency-would open the team up to the idea of selecting a cornerback early in the draft he said that he felt that the Raiders are deep at that position and young, talented players at corner have to step up.

 

 

Jackson, noted that “There’s some things to fix, but there are not a ton”, and then went on to say “I feel comfortable, we have a veteran quarterback, we have a veteran, defensive football team, we have a young but talented offensive team.”

 

 

The Raiders don’t have a first round draft pick but this will not stop Oakland from selecting the player or players they want. According to Jackson they are prepared for plan A, B and C while planning on sitting around and playing the waiting game at the draft. He also knows he will have improved his strategy come draft time.

 

 

He and the Raiders staff have studied plenty of film and reviewed strategies despite the labor dispute and lockout. Jackson, has been unable to speak to his players or run any offseason workouts. He said “I want to get to what I truly get paid to do, which is coaching football, as soon as I can.

 

 

 

He thanks owner Al Davis for making the right decisions in resigning the players on the defensive side of the ball and having a good team already in place.

 

 

Also-contrary to popular belief-Jackson said there is more than one voice when it comes to the Raiders draft process. It just so happens that Davis’ voice is the one that matters most. “A lot of people think it’s a one-man show,” Jackson said. “He makes the pick, and he should. He’s the owner of the team. But the bottom line is, he takes a lot of information from us all. And he does take that information in, and he makes a very calculated decision based on what we say and what we think.”

 

 

This was a strong press conference from the new head man in Oakland.

 

 

Despite all the recent criticisms, he expressed he feels confident the Raiders will not only improve on last years but be with a new and only one mind set of winning. This starts out with Davis and then moves on to include the executives, Jackson himself, and the coaching staff. It ends with the players and the global fans of Raider Nation still standing strong.

 


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