He Knows Adversity
Jackson went 8-8 with the Raiders in 2011, that’s like going 8-8 in Cleveland. It may not be winning the Super Bowl, but to a long-suffering fan base, going .500 will get the masses excited.
Jackson was in a tough spot in Oakland. He inherited the team on an interim basis in 2010, and did enough to keep the job into 2011.
During that season, starting quarterback Jason Campbell got hurt, and the Raiders made the move for Carson Palmer. Granted, Oakland paid a king’s ransom in acquiring Palmer from Mike Brown and the Bengals, but you can’t say Jackson waisted time.
The Raiders needed a quarterback and Jackson went out and got one.
His work with A.J. McCarron during the 2015 season with the Bengals also shouldn’t be ignored.
With Andy Dalton at the helm, the Bengals looked destined to win it all. When he went down, the ceiling came crashing down on the Bengals’ hopes.
But Jackson took McCarron, implemented the gameplan with the former Alabama star as his new quarterback and finished the regular season 2-1. Jackson and McCarron almost helped the Bengals win their first playoff game under Marvin Lewis, as the quarterback showed poise under pressure.
But stupid penalties from Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones robbed the duo of celebrating a playoff win.
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