Hue Jackson is the Dear Abby of the Oakland Raiders. I guess we can consider this the one bright spot of the lockout because not only are the Raiders asking their coaches to sell season tickets, but Hue Jackson is answering fans' questions once a week. Maybe Hue would be doing this anyway. He does seem committed to building a bond with the fans.
There was a common theme in a couple of his answers this week, and that was the Raiders need to get better at the game's outside of their division. Here is his answer as to which game is going to be the most challenging and revealing:
I think everyone will look to the Jets game, our home opener, because they’ve been in the AFC Championship game for the last two years. It would be a measuring stick because that division houses the New England Patriots who we play the very next week. They are a very strong division and if we intend on being the football team I know we intend to be, those are the teams you have to beat.
And here is what he had to say about extending the Raiders inner-division dominance all throughout the league:
We need to get better. We understood how to play the teams in our division, obviously that’s well documented. We need to continue that dominance, that’s what we want to continue to do. But we also need to learn how to defeat the teams outside our division. That comes with poise, that comes with understanding, that comes with playing intelligently, and that comes with making sure we understand that winning in the division doesn’t just rest in winning in our division. It also rests in winning outside of the division because there are teams that our division opponents are going to play also. We need to be prepared to defeat them.
There certainly isn't anything groundbreaking here. It does serve as a great reminder that this team's "poise, that comes with understanding, that comes with playing intelligently," is going to be tested early with the Jets and Patriots scheduled to appear in Weeks 3 and 4.
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