The Oakland Raiders promoted Hue Jackson to his first head coaching job a year after he joined the National Football League team as offensive coordinator.
“The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team,” owner Al Davis said in a statement on the club’s website yesterday.
The Raiders last season averaged 25.6 points per game, sixth best in the NFL and more than double their 2009 tally of 12.3 points per game, which was second lowest in the 32-team league. Oakland finished with an 8-8 record in 2010, its best performance since it reached the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.
Jackson’s appointment comes less than two weeks after Oakland said it wouldn’t extend the contract of Tom Cable, who became the team’s fifth coach in six years when Lane Kiffin was fired in 2008. Contract terms for Jackson weren’t revealed.
The 45-year-old Jackson has been a coach in college football and the NFL for 25 years, the Raiders said.
He was offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons and also tutored quarterbacks, including Joe Flacco, during two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson also trained wide receivers for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2004 to 2006, the Raiders said.
A former quarterback, Jackson was offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Berkeley, during the 1990s.
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