On the radar: Hue Jackson

A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.

There is a lot of excitement in Oakland this offseason.

The Raiders and their fans believe the worst is behind an organization that has been mired in a seven-year funk. Oakland has lost at least 11 games in each of the past seven seasons -- an NFL record for futility.

Still, hopes are high in Oakland (as they are every offseason). One of the reasons is the presence of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

Jackson was an assistant in Baltimore last year. He has a good reputation around the league and helped develop Carson Palmer in Cincinnati and Joe Flacco in Baltimore.

Jackson will have a lot of responsibility in Oakland. He will be in charge of turning around a dismal offense. Jackson has proven to be very vocal in Oakland’s offseason workouts and he has received high marks from Oakland’s players. The Raiders hope the combination of Jackson and new quarterback Jason Campbell will help the team out of its doldrums.

Jackson is expected to call plays and the team is going to become more smashmouth under his guidance.

If the Raiders stumble early, it is not out of the question that head coach Tom Cable gets fired (his job status was in question for weeks this offseason) and Jackson takes over. That’s how Cable became the head coach when Lane Kiffin was fired during the 2008 season.

Whatever happens, expect Jackson to be a major storyline in Oakland as the season gets going. Oakland needs offense and is entrusting Jackson to provide it.