Hiring Hue Jackson: I considered this an inspired hire at the time, and I continue to. Jackson came from Baltimore, where he was instrumental in the development of Joe Flacco, and his magic touch has expanded with the Oakland offense. The offense is scoring 26.5 points per game after scoring 12.3 last year (the Denver game is an outlier, but in reality, it could have been worse). Jackson has tapped into McFadden's strengths. People who gave up on McFadden as an inside runner forget that he hadn't been utilized in another role -- the passing game. Now, he's the team's third-leading pass-catcher, and has 885 yards from scrimmage (and that's after missing two games). Overall, the Raiders are second in the NFL in total offense. It's a stunning turnaround. Jackson has to get credit for his role in the revival.
Mel Kiper wrote this blurb about him on an ESPN Insider piece about the Raiders.
If there is hope for the Raiders than there is hope for the Bengals. At least I hope!