Add Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson to the growing list of those who believe the NFL Lockout will soon be drawing to a close.
In a much publicized interview with KNBR radio’s Murph and Mac, Jackson openly stated he was optimistic things were about to return to normal.
“I am getting excited because it’s getting closer to July and that means training camp,” Jackson said, per SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I truly believe there is going to be football. I’m very excited about getting these players back here and moving towards our goals.”
Given the quirkiness of the last few months because of the lockout, this hasn’t been the easiest offseason to transition into a first-year head coach. So the question becomes whether he and the other Raiders coaches will be ready once the NFL doors open to players.
“Obviously there’s still a lot of work to be done,” he confessed. “There’s still things to do and there’s no question about that as you continue to talk about the team you are going to play.”
But he’s not too concerned.
“[W]e know it’s going to be a little bit different,” Jackson added. “I think guys are just so eager to see a player in the facility and we truly believe it’s going to happen soon rather then later, so I think we are getting really excited because again training camp is right around the corner.”