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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: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:38 pm

Who's the Raider's GM?

It wasn't Hue Jackson, so how could have possibly made the trade?  He could have lobbied for it as any coach could, but it obviously wasn't his decision.  Unless things are as backwards as they seem in Oakland...

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:13 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

But he did cave into Carson's trade demands.  I'm not saying that Cincinnati didn't get the better end of it.  We still have to see what they do with those draft picks and how Carson plays next year.  As far as this year goes Cinci got the better end of the deal but to say Mike Brown stood his ground isn't really correct.  He did exactly what he said he wasn't going to do.  He traded Carson Palmer and Carson Palmer got what he wanted, out of Cincinnati.  I would have made the trade if I was him too but he didn't stand his ground.  If he did Carson Palmer would still be retired and who knows maybe Hue Jackson would still be coach.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:03 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Raiders finished the season 8-8
Stupid firing.  Finishing 8-8 for what has been a scrub team in the Raiders is actually an accomplishment.  I think Carson Palmer was a good pickup although they overpaid for him which isn't Hue's fault...someone else thought that he was worth it and he might still be next year...that's if the Raiders had a coach which they don't now.  I heard Jim Zorn is looking for a job....

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:50 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Hue Jackson is an embarrassment and a disgrace. Can you imagine that abrassive bumbler being the face of any organization? Other than the Bad News Bears? This hiring was yet another Black Eye for Al Davis, whose timely death was surely a blessing for this organization. BTW, the Bengals say thanks for those picks. Suckers.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:38 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Two words Hue Jackson should consider the next time someone asks him for an thanks.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:14 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Really Hue?  I wonder what your story would be if you were in the playoffs.  Somehow I think he wouldn't have been so ready to give credit to the "unnamed" others if things would have turned out differently - defintely would have taken credit for the whole thing had it worked out.  He was singing a different tune before he lost his job, about how he was in control and would take a larger role in things in the new year.  The Raiders actually made a great decision adding Reggie McKenzie as their new GM (as a Packer shareholder, I'm sorry to see him go) and Hue should have shut it knowing it was coming....he might have still been employed.  Now that he's out, let's push the blame on all the questionable decisions elsewhere.....way to be a "stand up" guy.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:06 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Getting Carson was probably one of the better personnel moves by the Raiders, even if it does turn out to cost them two 1st round picks (which remains to be seen). He is the best they have had at that position since Gannon left. Yes, he threw some picks, but Holy Roller, he had no training camp and cam in stone cold the first game. He probably should not have had a uni on those first two weeks. I want to see what he can do with this team after an off-season of camps and working out with whover their new OC ends up being (under Winton Moss?).

He's certainly better than either Jason Campbell or Kyle Boller are. My question is why did they keep Boller if they were so afraid to use him? Why didn't they keep Edwards instead?

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Hue says "I knew how to get the two parties together"  Wow, I guess the Raiders have really gone backwards if they need Hue Jackson to give them Mike Browns's number.  That in itself tells me Jackson was the one who pushed the trade on the Raiders. I dont think much of Palmer However, he played well enough. Jackson lost his job because he sold the Raiders front office that the trade would put them over the top. Clearly the teams lack of discipline exposed them as mediocre at best.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:37 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Hue Jackson seemed to be an OK coach.  His comments at the end-of-the-season press conference came across as being over the top. Regardless, the Carson Palmer trade coupled with a very good Round 1 and Round 2 draft choice in 2011 made Mike Brown executive of the year in the NFL.

Think about that: Mike Brown, Mikey Boy, wayward son of one of football's great coaches is executive of the year.  Heads had to roll.  Brown stood up to Carson Palmer, a no better than average quarterback today by not caving in to a trade demand.  With Palmer retired Brown did not have to pay his rather lofty salary.  Brown won.  Then Oakland comes out of no where and offers high draft choices to unload a guy Brown did not want nor need and who claimed would never play for Cincinnati again.

Hue, whether you deserve to take the fall or not someone has to because Carson Palmer today is not going to lead Oakland or anyone else to the promised land. 

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:30 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Losing two 1st round draft picks for Palmer was excessive but the gamble should have paid off. The Raiders should have won the AFC West but excessive penalites and blown late leads to Buffalo and Detroit negated 2 wins. Sure Palmer was not the perfect QB but he did the job well enough to put Oakland in a position to win the division. The defense late in games and record setting penalites kept Oakland out of the playoffs and a division title for the second straight year. Everyone is blaming the season on Hue Jackson and this trade and it could not be farther from the truth. Without Carson Palmer the Raiders would have finished far worse then 8-8. This season is to blame primarily on the defense late in games and penalites.

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