It was most definitely the best press conference the Raiders had in over a year, and most of that was due to Al Davis making a rare appearance in front of the media. As usual, Davis had the press eating out of his hands, as they surrounded him after the press conference had ended for more Davis quotes.
Davis started the press conference with a big smile as he told those within the auditorium, “I know you got questions. I got questions for some of you too.” It was classic Al Davis.
Davis began bringing up a story that a writer had written weeks ago about the five things he had done right last season:
- The draft
- Trading for Jason Campbell
- Sticking with Tommy Kelly and Darren McFadden
- Hiring Mike Waufle
- Hiring Hue Jackson
While in the process of listing those five things, Davis referenced his comment about Campbell reminding him of Jim Plunkett at this time in his career, saying, “I said it then and I believe it now.“
While talking about quarterbacks and the greatness of Plunkett, Davis said, “He was a Heisman Trophy winner, he was a Super Bowl winner, he did as much in pro football as John Elway did, who it took 15 years to win a Super Bowl, somewhere close to that.“
The Raiders owner then threw in Brett Favre for good measure in his comparison of Plunkett’s two Super Bowls. “You all espouse the greatness of Brett Favre … uh, one Super Bowl that he won with the Green Bay Packers.“
Davis also defended Campbell’s record at Auburn, in comparison of Cam Newton — who Al affectionately kept calling ‘Kim.’ “One point I want to make, it might be of interest to you, Kim Newton is the quarterback for Auburn and they were the national champions this year,” Davis said of Cam Newton.
“When Jason Campbell played for Auburn they were 13-0 his senior year. I want you all to check it out with your, a lot of you have scouts and this, who the better player was coming out of college, Jason Campbell or Kim Newton.“
There’s just too much for one post. Check back later this evening for more on Davis.
Hue Jackson was gracious, and continued to bring up Mike Waufle during his questioning, that took over an hour and a half. There have been no released developments on the coaching staff, but Jackson said that’s the number one priority for him at this time.
Jackson confirmed that he will be the play caller on Sunday’s, saying, “I’m going to be the primary playcaller, but we’re going to do everything we can to recruit the best staff for the Oakland Raiders.“
Jackson also defended the Raiders as a good place to coach. “I know a lot of stuff gets said about this and that, I’m telling you I’m here,” said the new head coach. “I’m a walking testimony of coming here in the first year and having an opportunity to make something great.“
“We’re not where we want to be but I’m so excited about the opportunity that the men that are sitting in the back of the room, Mike Waufle and Kevin Ross, guys that I know this past year that we did everything that we could to get this organization where we want it to be, and none of us are satisfied. We all are ready to roll up our sleeves and go to work. So I’m glad, to be here, glad to be the head coach of this football team. I plan on being here for a long time.“
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