ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—The Oakland Raiders hired Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator on Tuesday, hoping the man who helped develop Joe Flacco(notes) in Baltimore can do the same for JaMarcus Russell(notes).
Jackson is the second new assistant hired by the Raiders since the end of the season, joining defensive line coach Mike Waufle. While owner Al Davis has not yet committed to bringing Tom Cable back as head coach in 2010, he has hired two assistants with ties to Cable.
Jackson and Cable worked together on the staff at Cal-State Fullerton in 1990 and at the University of California in 1996. Waufle and Cable also worked together at Cal in the 1990s.
The Raiders have pointed out Cable’s ties with the new coaches in their news releases announcing the hires. Cable is also at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week, although no final decision has been made on his status.
“We continue to evaluate the staff and make changes to get better achievement,” senior executive John Herrera said. “It’s still an ongoing process.”
Jackson is expected to take over the play-calling duties from Cable, who did not have an offensive coordinator in his first full season as coach. Cable also coached the offensive line and admitted after the season that he might have been overextended.
“I’m hired as the offensive coordinator, and I’ll be the primary play-caller,” Jackson told the Ravens team Web site. “That’s my role. It’s a chance to go out and assist the head coach and be the best offense we can be.”
Cable endorsed the move to bring Jackson on board.
“I think it’s a good decision by the organization,” Cable told National Football Post from the Senior Bowl. “It’s someone that I’m familiar with. It’s someone that I think can help us take the next step, so we’re all pretty excited about it.”