Hue Jackson will formally be introduced as Head Coach of The Oakland Raiders today.
Jackson has 25 years of coaching experience in college and professional football and has been an offensive coordinator at both levels.
Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis spoke about the dynamic 45-year-old Jackson: “The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation.”
Last year, Jackson coordinated an Oakland Raiders offense that finished fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in scoring (25.6 points per game). The Raiders more than doubled their scoring output from the previous year, totaling 410 points in 2010.
Under Jackson’s guidance, the Raiders also finished fifth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL in total offense (354.6 yards per game) and second in the NFL and AFC in rushing (155.9 yards per game).
Prior to joining the Raiders, Jackson spent two seasons as Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach and helped the Ravens advance to the postseason in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, Jackson tutored Joe Flacco, who became the first rookie QB to win two playoff games in NFL history as the Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship game.
In 2007, Jackson was an NFL offensive coordinator for the second time when he served in that capacity for the Atlanta Falcons. He was offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins in 2003 and also held that post twice at the college level—the University of Southern California from 1997-2000 and the University of California in 1996.
Under Jackson’s tutelage in Cincinnati (2004-06), Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh became one of the most prolific wide-receiving tandems in NFL history. In 2006, as wide receivers coach for Cincinnati, Ochocinco (1,369) and Houshmandzadeh (1,081) became the first pair of Bengals to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season. Ochocinco led the NFL in receiving yards and for the fourth-consecutive season, his yards topped the AFC, marking the first time a player had led his conference in receiving yards in four straight seasons.
In 2005 under Jackson, the Ochocinco-Houshmandzadeh tandem combined to total 175 receptions for 2,388 yards, while helping the team secure the AFC North title and a playoff berth for the first time in a decade.
Jackson was promoted to offensive coordinator in Washington by Head Coach Steve Spurrier in 2003 and handled the team’s offensive play-calling, becoming the only coach to perform that duty other than Spurrier.
In 2002, with Jackson as running backs coach, Pro Bowl RB Stephen Davis was on pace for another 1,000-yard rushing season before suffering a season-ending injury. Davis posted a career-high 1,432 rushing yards in 2001.
Jackson served as USC’s offensive coordinator from 1997-2000, helping to recruit and develop players, including QB Carson Palmer, with whom he was later reunited in Cincinnati. (Palmer was the NFL’s No. 1-overall pick by the Bengals in 2003.)
As Cal’s offensive coordinator in 1996, Jackson helped lead the Golden Bears to an Aloha Bowl berth. He coached running backs at Arizona State from 1992-95. He was a minority intern fellowship coach in training camp with the Washington Redskins in 1995, with the Arizona Cardinals in 1992 and the L.A. Rams in 1990.
From 1990-91, Jackson was running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Cal State Fullerton. He gained pro coaching experience as a running backs/wide receivers/special teams coach for the London Monarchs of the World League in the spring. Jackson launched his career as an assistant coach at Pacific in1987 and coached there through 1989.
As a quarterback at Pacific from 1985-86, Jackson threw for 2,544 yards and 19 TDs. He also lettered in basketball in 1986 and earned his degree in Physical Education. Jackson is a Los Angeles native who was a star quarterback at Dorsey High School in his hometown, where he also lettered in basketball.