Ravens QB coach Hue Jackson, the main teacher of Joe Flacco since he entered the NFL, and a contender for many open offensive coordinator jobs last offseason, has been linked to the Raiders to take the reins from Tom Cable as their new head coach. Today was the third straight day that Jackson was interviewing with Raiders owner and the NFL’s resident old man, lady-looking alien thing, Al Davis.
Davis must have a thing for QB coaches, because before he hired Lane Kiffin, an offensive coordinator from a college program, he offered an NFL head coaching job to Steve Sarkisan, the QB coach at USC. That’s a college position coach who was only 32, being offered an NFL head coaching job. Davis is a bit cooky, and the facts back up that statement.
Personally, I love seeing coaches get other opportunities from the Ravens staff. Sometimes they haven’t worked out at all (Mike Nolan with the 49ers), sometimes they’ve been alright for the most part (Jack Del Rio with the Jags) and in Rex Ryan’s case, the apprentice has become the master, with his team one win away from a Super Bowl berth. Often it’s talked about how coaches have their “coaching tree”, which is a term for when assistants from a particular coach are given head coaching jobs elsewhere. Brian Billick had a very large, and still-expanding tree, and Harbaugh’s is right on pace if Jackson takes this job. More to come as it comes in on this situation.
In slightly unrelated news, the $70 million lawsuit against Terrell Suggs was dropped, and apparently all is well, with hugs being shared outside of the courtroom.