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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: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:43 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

It must be tough to be a Raider fan. Season after season of ineptitude on and off the field.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:47 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Life in the NFLis rough for coaches.  A new GM customarily likes to bring in his own guy.  Jackson would have been eventually fired with that in mind.  The timing of the firing will give Jackson a chance to land somewhere else.  I think Jackson's fate was sealed when they failed to make the playoffs after trading for Carson Palmer.  You can't give up that many picks and fall short. 

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:36 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

hey Floridafan, You are the joke for insulting the fans and the city which you probably know nothing about.  If you live in FL, than you may know that Gruden almost was taken to the woodshed by the players and here you say imply that he was the reason they were successful.  Dont judge all fan by a couple fans.  I dont know where in FL you are, but I have seen dumb fans in Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonviller.  Lets not even talk about UF or FSU.  Oh wait, should we talk about THE U?!?!  I guess you are right, FL fans are better!


Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:55 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I wish this organization anything but success. The new GM wants to bring the front office up to NFL standards, but many teams that use it lose every year. When they lost Gruden they lost the capability to win. A new GM and coach won't change it without quality players, and they have maybe five right now. Their draft future is a joke like the fans and city.

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:29 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

OK Mr Ross it is time to step up and hire a coach and here he is. If you arent talking to Jackson now than you and that trash you call a GM can go jump off a bridge

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:18 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Bring back John "Chuckie" Gruden!!

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:57 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Bring back Cable!

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:36 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

This was an obvious fire.  Jackson crossed the line when he said:  " I'm going to take a stronger hand in this whole team, in this whole organization."  The team is one thing.  The organization is another.  He was responsible for giving up a #1 and a #2 pick to get Carson Palmer.  That was a terrible move that will set the Raiders back another year. His team lost 4 our of their last 5 games, and failed to make the playoffs.  No one can blame a new G.M. for wanting to go in a new direction.  This was a good firing.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:32 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Until the Raiders find a coach that can stop them from making stupid penalties that cost you the game they will remain stuck in suck mode.  They made some strides but when Campbell got hurt they were in trouble.  After Al Davis's death Jackson was in way over his head and the Palmer move cost him his job.  McKinzie will probably hire an assistant of of the Packers staff after their season is over.Cool

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:30 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Mckenzie will make the Raiders a highly competitive team. A team people will want to come and play for. No more drafting guys just because of their speed. All around great athletes. Congrats Raider fans, this guy is for real!

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