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Hue Jackson is lining up a staff

Hue Jackson

In this Aug. 12, 2010, photo, Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson watches a preseason NFL football game between the Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Jackson spoke to the media on Thursday, Aug. 26, for the first time since being hired in January. He said he is looking to run a balanced offense with Oakland’s “prime-time” players, he wants to create a “bully” of an offense, and that he plans to turn the Raiders back into the winning franchise they are supposed to be. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)


On Monday, the Raiders said that they have begun the process of hiring a new head coach.

Today, Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is working to compile his staff. But the fact that Jackson is lining up potential staff members doesn’t necessarily mean he’s getting the job.

It’s common for head-coaching candidates to take steps to get a potential staff in place before a formal interview. In Jackson’s case, it will allow him to show up for his inevitable meeting with owner Al Davis prepared to set for a clear plan for the immediate future.

Hired last year to be the offensive coordinator, Jackson is expected to get the job. Barring a major upset he will. The fact that he’s making calls to potential assistant coaches doesn’t mean that he’s secretly been promoted.

Then again, there’s technically a chance that he has been.