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October 10, 2011
Jackson talks about "Coach" Davis

ALAMEDA -Hue Jackson's press conference today had nothing to do with Sunday's win in Houston. It was all about his relationship with late Raiders owner Al Davis.

Jackson discussed grieving, coaching and going forward this season without Davis.

By the end of the press conference Jackson was overcome with emotion after talking about "Coach" for more than 20 minutes.

Jackson on grieving:

"I think the grieving part is over. Obviously, we're going to have Coach very near and dear to us as we move forward. All you know Coach and what he was about. He wasn't about all of that. He was truly about let's move and on to the next situation and opportunity that we have so we can capture that. We're chasing something. He knew it, and we know it. That's what we're going to do."

On the "baton" of Davis' vision of the Raiders being passed along to him:

"I probably haven't looked at it the way you just expressed it. I've felt that ever since he made me the head coach. My job is to help this organization get back to where it wants to be within his vision. That's what I'm setting out to do. That's how I set out to do it when the year started. Coach is about winning championships, and that's what we're going to be about. We're not going to back down from that."

On the emotional win in Houston:

"It was hard, because I loved the man. Everybody says I have a different type of relationship with him than most. I think I understood what he wanted. Coach's goal was to make people better than they have ever been. He pushed you. He prodded. He had a lot of demands on you. That's probably the environment that I work in best. I like when people have high expectations for me and make me reach them. That's what he did for each and every person in this organization. Some people from the outside see that as something different. I see that as being pushed to be the best you can be. To lose that is tough. At the end of the game, I felt all of the emotions that I lost someone I could always lean on about the situations here. Not that I don't have other people. Amy Trask and Mark Davis are here, and I can always turn to them, but I can't pick up the phone and call Coach anytime I want anymore. I can't call Coach and ask what he thinks about this or that, or I'm not going to get any of those late-night phone calls at 11 p.m. or midnight to say, 'Hue, what are you doing?' That's different. All of that hit me at that particular moment. All of that is done. You have to move on to the next chapter."

On using Davis as a rallying point the rest of the season:

"Me knowing coach, that's now what he was about. Don't use a rallying cry over him. Do your job. Do your job and perform because that's what he pays you to do, to be the best you can be. It was never about one person. Just as if it was me, I would never want it to be about me. I want it to be about this organization and this football team being the best it can be because it should be great and expect to be great. We are committed to excellence, and that's how we're going to go about doing it."

On making roster moves without Davis:

"I'm never going to do anything alone here. We're a team here. So I'm not going to say I'm going to do it alone but I think I'm going to be the person that says hey let's make sure we take a peek at these things to make sure we're strengthening our team trying to find a way to get our team the best we can have it the best we can be."

On the need to bring in a general manager:

"If that's what we decide to do, then that's what we'll do. I'm open and I think the organization's open to doing whatever we need to do to have us be the best we can be. Whatever that is, I'm totally open to that, and I think if that's what's the best thing for us to do, that's what we'll do. If it's not, then we won't. And I think we're in a great situation right now because we've laid such a good foundation, Coach had laid such a good foundation with the people that are here, that we're kind of up and running and moving in that direction already. I think things are great, and I think they can even be better, and I think we'll continue to do so."

*For those wondering, the Raiders have a one-week roster exemption for quarterback Terrelle Pryor before they have to make a move to put him on the 53-man roster.

*In other news, cornerback Chris Johnson expects to resume some on-field work this week after missing the last two games

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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