A day after vowing to "take a stronger hand" within the Raiders organization, coach Hue Jackson said Monday nothing had been sorted out regarding his place in the chain of command in the post-Al Davis era.
After a season-ending 38-26 home loss to the San Diego Chargers that prevented the Raiders from winning the AFC West and preparing for the playoffs, Jackson had plenty of thoughts about how to proceed.
"I would hope the organization understands that I have a pretty good idea of where we need to go," Jackson said at his season-ending news conference. "If not, then I shouldn't be sitting where I'm sitting. I think I know exactly what this team needs and how they need to do it.
"The downside is I didn't want to be sitting here today. I wanted to be preparing for a game, and we're not."
A front-office executive is in the plans, but owner Mark Davis hasn't addressed the media since his father died Oct. 8.
It isn't known whether Davis and CEO Amy Trask favor a strong general manager to provide direction in terms of personnel, or a numbers and salary-cap expert who will primarily carry out Jackson's wishes, or a combination of the two.
Jackson said he thought he would be involved in the hiring process of a front-office executive but didn't know at what level.
"I'm not going to get caught up in who we hire and who we bring in here. I know how that works," Jackson said. "I know people say, 'If they hire a G.M. then he's going to want to bring in his head coach.' If that's what Mark decided to do, that's his right. I don't think that's the case. Whoever comes here, I think it's going to be somebody who wants to share the same vision as I do, which is getting the organization back to being better than average."
While some NFL teams were busy parting ways with coaches and assistants, Jackson said there had been no determination on the fate of Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan or his staff after a season in which that unit finished near the bottom of the NFL in many statistical categories.
"Obviously I'm going to meet with everybody here soon, and we'll go from there," Jackson said.
Among experienced defensive coordinators on the market include three recently deposed head coaches: Jack Del Rio (Jacksonville), Raheem Morris (Tampa Bay) and Steve Spagnuolo (St. Louis).
Some players acknowledged change is inevitable, but safety Tyvon Branch wanted to stay out of coaching issues.
"I understand it's a business," Branch said. "Some things are out of our control. I'm a player. I stay on the players' page."
The Raiders' collapses on defense began as early as Week 2 in Buffalo, where the Bills scored touchdowns on five straight possessions in the second half, a game Jackson said came to define his club.
"When you're winning 21-3 and the other team comes back to beat you, that's who we really were," Jackson said. "And that's who we were all year, and that's very disappointing to tell you that, but that's the truth."
"Michael is going to have some opportunities. Sometimes you're not in control of that, and I respect that," Jackson said. "Any young man in these situations is going to do what's best for themselves and their families."
Regarding Branch, Jackson said, "Any guy the organization deems as a Raider and plays the way we want them to play, we want to get under contract and back here in uniform. He's definitely one of those guys."
Campbell, whose season was ended by broken collarbone Oct. 16, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and is expected to look for a place where he could be a starter.
"Anytime you lose one that means something, you're headed in the right direction, because my season's been over around here in November plenty of times," he said.
Said guard Cooper Carlisle: "It's definitely tough to swallow. It turns out if we win that game, we're preparing for Pittsburgh. Instead, I'm cleaning shoes out of my locker."
On the road, they will face the Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.