“Hue Jackson and I chuckled at during our dinner Thursday night: Unable to hire his own defensive coaches after accepting the Raiders‘ job before the 2011 season — that was handled by Al Davis, the legendary owner whom Jackson revered — the head coach was prepared to make a big change had he returned for a second season in Oakland. Given that the Raiders would have made the playoffs if not for several defensive collapses late in the season, Jackson planned to fire defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.
Jackson’s choice to replace him?
“Jack Del Rio,” Jackson said, smiling broadly. “I had him locked in and everything. I think we would have worked really well together.”