Raiders coach Jackson prepares for preseason debut

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NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- Hue Jackson has waited a long time for his first chance to be a head coach.

So it comes as no surprise that he's going into his debut in the exhibition opener for the Oakland Raiders with the same sort of verve he brings each day to the practice field.

Oakland opens the preseason Thursday night at home against the Arizona Cardinals and their newly acquired quarterback, Kevin Kolb. It will also be the first chance for Raiders fans to see how the team has changed under Jackson's leadership.

Players are approaching this exhibition opener with a little more excitement than usual because of the offseason uncertainty from the NFL lockout that threatened to cancel the preseason.