OAKLAND (CBS Sports) — Would Hue Jackson still be a Raiders employee today if he had taken Al Davis supposed job offer?
After only one season in charge of the Raiders and after going a respectable 8-8, the organization fired coach Jackson after the 2011 season, and just like that, Jackson disappeared into the anonymous world of former coaches searching for assistant gigs (Jackson found a home, again, in Cincinnati).
But while recently talking to Sports Illustrated, Jackson wondered what might have been if he had taken a job offered to him by the late Raiders owner Davis in 2009.
That job: Raiders general manager.
Oakland already had hired Jackson as the teams offensive coordinator under then-head coach Tom Cable, but Davis apparently respected Jackson enough to offer him the GM job. Jackson told SI that the reason he didn’t take the job was because he loved coaching too much.
Jackson says he turned it down because his passion is coaching and working with players, Trotter writes. He says he and Davis never discussed him taking the head coach position — contrary to speculation that he accepted the coordinator position with an eye on the top job.
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