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Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:56 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:28 pm
The last head coach Al Davis hired lasted just one season. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

The Raiders have fired head coach Hue Jackson, Mike Freeman confirms. NFL Network and ESPN originally reported the news. Jackson, who coached just one season with the team, met Monday with new general manager Reggie McKenzie, who had the authority to make a coaching change, according to Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore. McKenzie will hold his introductory news conference at 2 p.m. Pacific time.

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One of McKenzie's first acts was to get rid of Jackson, the man responsible for sending a first and second-round pick to the Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer.

The Raiders began the season 4-2 before losing starter Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone. Jackson promptly acquired Palmer in a move that came under much scrutiny, and Palmer's NFL return got off to a rocky start -- he threw three interceptions in a relief appearance against the Chiefs after just days with his new team. 

It took Palmer, who was willing to retire instead of playing for Cincinnati again, several weeks to get acclimated to his new offense. But when he did the Raiders improved. They won three in a row to get to 7-4 before losing four of five to finish 8-8 and in a three-way tie atop the division. (Oakland lost the AFC West tiebreaker to the Broncos.) 

Jackson probably didn't help his cause by commenting that he was "pissed at my team" following their Week 17 loss to the Chargers.

“I’m going to take a stronger hand in this whole team, in this whole organization,” Jackson said at the time. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now. I promise you that."

But he wasn't done.

“There’s no question. Defensively, offensively and special teams. I ain’t feeling like this no more. This is a joke. To have a chance at home to beat [the Chargers] that is reeling after being beaten by Detroit, is one of your rivals, and come in and beat us like that . . . yeah, I’m going to take a hand in everything that goes on here.”

Jackson indicated that defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan's job could be in trouble.

"I think Chuck knows how I feel,'' he said. "I'm disappointed over there. I have been. It's not like we haven't had conversations. Chuck knows what I feel, and it's not good enough.''

And today, Jackson feels worse. But the news isn't out of nowhere. We discussed the possibility that his job could be in danger in late November while the Raiders were in the middle of a three-game slide. We touched on the topic again on Tuesday's Pick-6 Podcast, hours before the news became official.

The next question: who replaces Jackson in Oakland?

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Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:54 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Hey Jackass this is a Sports website.

So you n Your tall Friends post somewhere else.

Wait I am over 5:8, let me checkout that site out.

Just what I thought a bunch Fuggouts. 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:52 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I'm not sure I understand all the questioning by posters on this decision. It seems to be fairly obvious that Mark Davis has made a clear decision to run this organization as a normal NFL franchise. He has decided to install a normal NFL heirarchy. (1) Remove yourself as much as you can. (2) Hire a GM with a background in helping build a winning organization. (3) Let him do his job and bring in his own people that he believes can restore a winning tradition in Oakland. (4) Be teflon and let all the negative people who are currently part of Raider Nation vent and have their opinions but stick to your guns and let the organization take a refreshing and different approach. (5) Smile in a couple years when your plan comes together.

PS. Unless this decision to operate normally came to Mark Davis after the dreaded HJ news conference, allowing the trade is a very big question mark! Come to think of it, that is the only way it could have came down.   

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:50 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Carson Palmer will be great for the Raiders. Give him a full year and a heathly running back, he will move the offence just fine. Wasnt Demarcus Russell a first round pick? Raiders gave him the world, and his plane never landed.

Just Relax, the Raiders will hire a Great coach to replace Jackson, then Fire him.

Been a Raiders Fan for 40 Years, and will be for another 40 years. Wait, probably wont make it to 85, so another 25 years give a or take a few Years.

Go Los Angeles Raiders, Wait again, got caught in a time warp, Go Oakland Raiders. 

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:49 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:41 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Even though the numbers don't show it- Carson Palmer is still way better than Jason Campbell-- so they should let Campbell go or trade him high (since his value is as high as it will ever be after a  4-2 start)-especially the way the season turned out.  But I'm sure the Raiders will screw it up again.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:39 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I just hope Hue Jackson and all future Raiders head coaches rent but don't buy.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:33 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Does this mean that the Raiders seriously thought Carson Palmer could get them W's even without McFadden???  As if 8-8 is really that bad after losing your starting QB and RB, I cannot understand why they would need to fire another coach.  No one except the dumbasses in charge of this franchise think that they have the talent to be better than 8-8.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:54 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

If Davis knew he was going in a different direction at the end of the season, why allow Jackson to handcuff the franchise with the Palmer trade? I think Hue Jackson had a window of control following AD's death and took a huge bite out of the apple he was given. His arrogance subsequent to that must have concerned Mark Davis enough to decide to start fresh and make this move. Can't really say Jackson didn't bring a lot of this on himself. Raider Nation will need to once again redefine itself.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:51 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

as for the Raiders future coach, it seems like it will be a former Packer, i keep hearing Winston Moss.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:50 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Ok Raider fans, let's put this in perspective.  For the first time since 2002 (when Bruce Allen was still with us) and actually for the first time since 1962 the Raiders are FINALLY going to be operating like every other team in the NFL.  An owner, a viable GM who is the overal boss of the organization, a coach who can hire his own staff, and an organization that is ran like everybody else.  No more owners running practices from the wheelchair lounge.  No more questionable draft picks (DHB, JaMarcus, need I say more).  We are going to function like an NFL franchise.  I really do think Mark Davis is making the right decisions and I think Mark was really exposed to how a functionable and successful franchise is supposed to be ran during the road games at Green Bay.  Do you see the coaches on NE, Pack, Saints, or even the Ravens throw guys under the bus after a loss.  No.  Give Hue another year?  For what?  With all of the lip service this was still a very undisciplined team.  Period.  Lining up offsides, false starts, and not being mentally ready to play in GB, at home to NE, the collapse to the Lions, and no defensive effort against the Chargers, all point to lack of leadership. 

Sure Hue had injuries to deal with and not having DMC for the rest of the season hurt the offense, but Hue was a victim of his own doing.  He clearly can't oversee the functionality of an entire team.  When he tried to the offense suffered.  Going for it on 4th down when a field goal wins the game is because he knows he doesn't have the defense where they needed to be, because he doesn't have the guts to fire Chuck B, because he knows a new GM is coming, etc.  Bottom line is as a Raider fan we are starting from scratch.  Coaches will want to coach here.  Players will want to play here.  A guess what, if Khalif Barnes think he can come back at have 4 false starts a game, better yet in a preseason game, and still have a job next year he is clearly mistaken.

It's a new day in Oaktown. 

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