By now you've no doubt heard that Hue Jackson has left his post as the Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach to join the Raiders as their new offensive coordinator. But what does it all mean? Especially when the Raiders have yet to say whether Tom Cable is returning as coach, only to issue statements that basically say Al Davis has not made a decision yet despite ESPN's weekend report that said Davis had indeed decided to retain Cable? And, oh yes, Cable will be representing the Raiders at this weekend's Senior Bowl in JaMarcus Russell's hometown of Mobile, Ala.
Well, reading between the lines elicits the prevailing thought - that Cable is staying, has given up his play-calling duties to Jackson and has convinced Davis that he can somehow, with Jackson's help, right Russell's ship.
"I'm hired as the offensive coordinator, and I'll be the primary play-caller," Jackson told www.baltimoreravens.com. "That's my role. It's a chance to go out and assist the head coach and be the best offense we can be."
Following is the official Raiders release:
The Oakland Raiders are pleased to announce that Hue Jackson has joined The Oakland Raiders coaching staff as Offensive Coordinator. Jackson is a veteran assistant who has vast experience as an offensive coordinator both at the college and National Football League levels.
Jackson, who most recently as Baltimore's quarterbacks coach helped the Ravens advance to the postseason in 2008 and 2009, is excited about the opportunity to join the Raiders. Jackson and Coach Cable previously worked together on two college staffs - as assistants at Cal State Fullerton in 1990 and at the University of California in 1996.