The Raiders promoted offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to head coach yesterday after he helped the team more than double its scoring output in his first year with the franchise.
Jackson will be formally introduced today — two weeks after the Raiders announced they were not picking up an option to keep coach Tom Cable.
“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,’’ owner Al Davis said in a statement.
Jackson was widely considered the leading contender to get the job as soon as the Raiders announced Cable’s departure. This is Jackson’s first head coaching job at any level.
Jackson was hired a year ago to take over the play-calling duties from Cable and oversaw a transformation on offense. Oakland scored more than twice as many points in 2010 as it did in ’09 — and the Raiders won eight games and avoided an eighth straight losing season.
Jackson will try to get the Raiders back to the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2002 AFC championship. Davis has let go of five coaches since then.
Favre files, again Brett Favre, the NFL’s all-time leader in almost every major passing category, has made another move toward leaving the game for good by filing retirement papers with the league, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed.
This is merely a procedural matter, to start the clock on a player’s pension and Hall of Fame eligibility. It’s worth noting, too, that Favre has done this before, only to change his mind. Retired players can request to be reinstated at any time.
Dolphins pick Daboll The Dolphins are expected to hire Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to fill that same post in Miami, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Daboll was a Patriots assistant from 2000-06 . . . Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will be retained by coach John Harbaugh, who soon could receive a contract extension after taking Baltimore to the playoffs for a third straight year. Ravens spokesman Dick Cass said, “We’re working on an extension for John and expect to have it done soon.’’ . . . New Panthers coach Ron Rivera has begun to fill his staff, with Sean McDermott reportedly picked as defensive coordinator. ESPN reported McDermott, 36, was hired yesterday, two days after he was fired as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator . . . Mike McCoy will be staying on as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator, providing some continuity for raw rookie quarterback Tim Tebow. In addition, new coach John Fox said Eric Studesville will return as the Broncos’ running backs coach. He went 1-3 as interim head coach after Josh McDaniels’s dismissal.