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Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:00 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 6:33 am
Jackson's now denying he pulled the trigger on the Palmer trade. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Hue Jackson, it's widely believed, dug his own grave with the Raiders. His fiery end-of-season presser probably didn't endear him to new Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie. And neither did the midseason trade for Carson Palmer, which Jackson made the ultimate decision on.

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Or did he? Jackson, appearing on 95.7 The Fan in San Francisco, was asked if his role in the trade was unfairly portrayed in the media, and that he wasn't the guy who pulled trigger on bringing Palmer to Oakland.

"No it wasn’t," Jackson said, via "I did coach and recruit Carson in college, I was with him in Cincinnati, I do know Mike Brown because I did work there so naturally everybody is going to say it was Hue that did it. Well no, Hue was the person when it was all said and done that was able to get the sides together. The decision was made as an organization. I don’t make a decision to give away draft picks, I didn’t make a decision on how much money someone was going to make. That’s not my domain. I don’t do that.

"But no I’m not the only person. I was just a player involved in it because I knew the two parties and I knew how to get the two parties together to see if we could potentially do a deal."

We don't know how true this is. We just don't; maybe all Jackson did was get two groups of people in the same room (or on the same phone line) and grease the wheels.

But in the wake of the Raiders getting Palmer, Jackson did call it "probably the greatest trade in football." This clearly wasn't the case, because the 4-2 Raiders finished the season 8-8 and in third place in the AFC West.

The point being, though, that those aren't words coming from someone who simply brought two parties together. It was the sort of trade that, depending on how 2011 played out, might not sit well with a general manager.

Whether or not that was actually the case is now apparently a he-said/he-said sort of thing.

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Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:28 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

C'mon you were one of the guys praising Hue for being a genius playcaller. Now you are calling him crazy? Why dont you man up and stick with your original praises. Like everyone else who loved Hue Jackson being the HC then abandons him and now look, there isnt anyone better out there as a HC.

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:24 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Palmer didnt play defense. Campbell played well in Buffalo and yet the defense gave the game away. Dont blame Palmer for the collapse of the defense time and again during the season.

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:20 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Hue was part of the final decision to make the trade for Palmer happen. No, he didnt do it all himself, Mark Davis had to ok the deal ultimately. Hue got the ball rolling and Davis signed off on it. Hue promised a AFC west title and sold the farm for a chance and failed. So he was fired, whether the trade was the cause or if it was Hue wanting more say in how the team was reorganized, we may never know. At least Mark didnt trash him during the news presser, although Al seemed to make a symbolic getsture from beyond with a malfunction of the projector screen and lights during the presser when Mark was asked about his late father agreeing with the firing. Spooky.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:58 pm

not me!

the palmer deal will turn into a disaster---he's not that good. Now, everyone invovled is denying they were part of it---classic!!

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:40 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Maybe they can trade Palmer to the Redskins for a few lousy players of theirs or get a 4th round draft choice for him. That will give them another late choice. You don't mortgage your future for one guy, Ditka tried it in New Orleans and it fell flat for them. I bet Palmer doesn't start next year. Hopefully the Raiders will be back to 3 or 4 wins again.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:18 am

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Hue, the word for today is ACCOUNTABILITY.  Learn it!

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:06 am

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade


Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:04 am

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Tebow cost the Broncos a late first round pick, went 7-4, earned the team a ton of money and interest in the team and won a playoff game.  Palmer went 4-6, cost the team it's playoff spot, and cost 2-3 picks, one of which was a middle first rounder.

Which QB was the better acquisition? 


Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:32 am

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Hue... Shut up.  You were jumping up and down about the "greatest trade ever."  He previously coached him, so who do you think the organization went to for info about Palmer BEFORE giving up those draft picks?  Right... Hue.  What a typical loser.  Just man up and say it didn't work out, plus he led this team, which was a bunch of undisciplined idiots, to a league record numbers of penalties.  Move on, Hue and quit making excuses.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:12 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Hue Jackson is one crazy guy. He is mentally disturbed, deranged and possibly psychotic. *His post game interview after the Raiders final game was very strange*He had alot of power when he was with the Raiders. The only guy who could have made the Carson Palmer trade would be Al Davis....but he died before they traded for him. Someone must have said "Carson Palmer is the guy that can take us to the playoffs. I coached him. I know him. He is a winner. He has a chip on his shoulder. Who doesn't play better with a chip on his shoulder? *Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Braylon Edwards - any high profile wider receiver/prima donna/diva*

In case you couldn't figure out who demanded that the Raiders trade for Carson was you...Hue. Your words are just like the Red Sox owners when Theo Epstein signed a big contract to an overrated Carl Crawford. The Red Sox owners did not take responsibility for the trade although Epstein could not have made the offer without the owners knowing about it. Man up dude....Man up! The whole world knows that you wanted Palmer as your QB and you got him. You can't hang this one on Al Davis. are a jerk and regardless of what Loronzo Neal said on Sportsnet last night the Raiders are better off without your crazy behavior. David Shaw from Stanford would be a great addition to the really. Winston Moss? I know he played LB for the Raiders, but what the Raiders need is an offensive minded coach. Hire Marc Trestman. Look at the 49ers! They were 6-10 last year with no hope and look at them now. Oh that's Raider fans don't want anything to do with the 49ers. But Al Davis did. He was a great supporter of the 49ers in many ways. 


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