Hue Jackson Says Oakland Raiders Will Win AFC West
by: Chuck Carroll
Football News Now Staff Writer
October 3, 2011
The Oakland Raiders were beaten handily by the the New England Patriots on Sunday, but that’s not stopping head coach Hue Jackson from making"err, sticking by"bold predictions.
The coach believes the Raiders will win the AFC West this season.
Jackson’s squad finished the first quarter of the season with a .500 record and wins over the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.
The Raiders could very well have been at 3-1 had it not been for collapse against the Buffalo Bills.
As it stands now, they trail the division leading San Diego Chargers by one game with a difficult road contest against the Houston Texans on the horizon.
Here is an excerpt of Jackson’s comments to CSN Bay Area’s Paul Guiterrez on Monday:
“We’re 2-2, so I’m disappointed but not discouraged because I know what’s in the locker room. I’ve said this before: I have to keep coaching and keep pushing and keep grinding on these players. And these players have to keep responding, and they’ve responded every time I’ve asked them to. . .
“We’re not backing down from what the expectation is here by no stretch of the imagination. It’s not going to change. We’re going to win the AFC West. We’re going to do everything we can to get in the playoffs and go challenge for a Super Bowl. I am not backing down from that.”
NOt if they play the way they are today against HOuston
EDIT: the above craziness was stated after the first quarter of no first downs at all. But the way those guys stepped it up today,,I think it is very possible they could win the AFC West title. Just gotta take down the Chargers.
10/09/2011 - 09:32 PM PST
If we beat the Chargers twice, it's ours.
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