In Which Larry David Captures Al Davis’ Eventual Feelings About New Raiders Coach Hue Jackson
Much to the shock of everyone, Al Davis emerged momentarily from his crypt to issue a statement regarding a news conference scheduled for today during which it will be announced that offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is to be promoted and will take over for Tom Cable as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
Jackson, who oversaw an offensive renaissance for the Raiders after taking over play-calling duties for Cable this season, has no head coaching experience, but Al Davis has complete faith (for now) in Jackson’s ability to oversee the Raiders’ operation…at least from under the ancient thumb of Davis.
From a statement issued by Davis (via the San Francisco Chronicle):
“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.”
Kind words, to be sure, but they come from a notoriously impatient man, so who knows how long Davis’ admiration for the “fire in Hue” that will ultimately last. But to be honest, if I were a Raiders fan, I wouldn’t be too keen on having a flame burning in my heart and mind – that condition sounds akin to having a stroke and suffering from a bleeding ulcer at the same time.
Be that as it may, one can only reasonably suspect that Davis will soon grow tired of Jackson when the coach doesn’t lead the Raiders to a 16-0 season where they score 5,000 points – seemingly the only way Davis could ever be happy with a coach – and I suspect this following scene from the classic Curb Your Enthusiasm episode, “The Nanny From Hell”, more than adequately encapsulates how Davis will ultimately feel about his new coaching hire.
Warning: contains gratuitous use of the f-bomb
Ha. Classic. Granted, the two may spell their names differently (Hugh vs. Hue), but I believe the sentiment will eventually hold true.
Raiders promote Hue Jackson to be head coach [San Francisco Chronicle]