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Oakland Raiders Hire Hue Jackson to Lead Team

The Oakland Raiders' new head coach Hue Jackson led the team's offense last season in a major turnaround.
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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson
The Oakland Raiders' new head coach Hue Jackson led the team's offense last season in a major turnaround.
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The Oakland Raiders have hired Hue Jackson, their offensive coordinator last season, to lead the team, according to the team's website.

The Raiders fired former coach Tom Cable, despite turning around the franchise after several embarrassing years, following the end of the regular season. In three seasons, Cable accumulated a 17-27 record, always finishing third in the AFC West. In his last season, he went 8-8.

Cable's relationship with the Raiders was a rocky one. He allegedly punched out an assistant coach before the start of his first full season as head coach in 2009. During the last season, he filed a grievance claim against owner Al Davis, claiming the team had withheld $120,000 from his paychecks, NBC Sports reports.

Jackson, 45, was brought to Oakland from the Baltimore Ravens by Davis to fix its struggling offense in 2010. In his first year as offensive coordinator, the team finished sixth in the NFL in scoring, with 25.6 points per game, and doubled its scoring total from the previous year.

In a press release, the Raiders said Jackson has 25 years of coaching experience in college and professional football and has been an offensive coordinator at both levels.

Among Jackson's many coaching exploits, he coached the Cincinnati Bengals' receivers when T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ochocinco were among the NFL's elite receiving corps.

After news of the hiring went public, Ochocinco tweeted: "Congratulations 2 Hue Jackson for becoming thee Oakland Raiders new head coach, best receiver coach I've ever had."

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.