Former Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson said he shouldn’t have ripped into his team publicly after a loss to the San Diego Chargers, but said he would still be the team’s coach if Al Davis were still in charge of the team.
Jackson made his remarks Wednesday in an ESPN Radio interview in which he said he should have calmed down before commenting on his team’s play in another season the Raiders failed to make the playoffs.
“I think probably the emotions were still pretty raw after talking to the team,” he said of his the Jan. 1 setback on the “Hill & Schlereth” show. “I kind of went in there and said some things that I was saying to the team that maybe didn’t need to be said outside the locker room.”
Jackson said he wore his heart on his sleeve and was disappointed about Oakland’s late-season collapse.
“So lesson learned by me. I know what I said, I know what I meant. I don’t think I meant it the way that everybody took it.”
Jackson said he believes Mark Davis, son of the deceased ex-owner who took over his father’s role, was responsible for his dismissal after just one season. He said he wishes the Raiders success going foward, while denying he tried to expand his role after the elder Davis’ death.
“Sometimes people can take things and run with them,” Jackson told NFL.com. “I’ve seen so many things said about me being power hungry, that I want to be the GM. I’ve never said that. I don’t know many coaches in the National Football League that don’t want input on his team, his coaching staff or how to go about conducting practice.”