ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have promoted offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to become the team’s sixth head coach since 2003.

The team announced the hiring Monday. Jackson was widely considered the leading contender to get the job as soon as the Raiders announced Jan. 4 that they were not picking up an option to keep coach Tom Cable. This is Jackson’s first head coaching job at any level.

Jackson was hired a year ago to take over the play-calling duties from Cable and oversaw a transformation on offense. Oakland more than doubled its scoring total from the previous season. That increased scoring helped the Raiders win eight games and avoid an eighth straight losing season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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