The San Francisco 49ers have requested permission from the Oakland Raiders to interview offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for their head coaching position, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Jackson joined the Raiders last January after coaching the Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks from 2008-09.
Under Jackson, the Raiders’ total offense improved from 31st overall to 10th, their scoring offense went from 31st to 6th, and the rushing attack ranked 2nd with 155.9 yards per game.
Jackson has also worked as running backs coach with the Washington Redskins, an offensive coordinator (2003 Redskins and 2007 Atlanta Falcons) and coached the Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers between 2004-06. Jackson coordinated offenses at USC (1997-2000) and California (1996).
The Raiders have not yet made a decision on whether or not to retain head coach Tom Cable, and Jackson is thought to be a possible option if owner Al Davis decides to make a change.
So while Cable likely has no problem with Jackson interviewing across the Bay, it will be interesting to see if the Raiders’ front office risks losing Jackson to another NFL team.