Blog Entry

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, CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore. McKenzie will hold his introductory news conference at 2 p.m. Pacific time.

Latest Coaching Rumors, News
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?

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed.
  •  
Comments

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I mean Jeff Fisher sorry about that.



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

that chance to "right the ship" set sail years ago.  Nothing but continuous futility is in their future



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I am disappointed that the Raiders dismissed Hue Jackson but perhaps the Raiders will finally hire a proven coach that knows what he is doing. Hue Jackson was truly only responsible for reviving McFadden as a runner with his new offensive schemes. The Raiders defense was a joke all year giving up long drives with the game on the line. Well guess what Hue...you are the head coach. If you think your Def Coord. is not doing a good job start calling the defense yourself. The Raiders have blown the AFC West title 2 years in a row to losses outsife of their division they should have won.  Last season they blew wins against Arizona and Jacksonville that they had the games in their hands to win.

This season it was Buffalo and Detroit. Those two wins in those two seasons give the Raiders 10 win season and AFC West titles with hosting a playoff game. The Raiders are the most penalized team in football and until that changes they will never win a division title blowing close games late. Sorry Hue but you have to win the division when you are the best team in the division. Those are the rules. Losing games you had in your hands to win is unacceptable. Bring in Steve Fisher and lets get it done!



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

If the Raiders are smart, they will contact Gruden immediately and offer him big bucks to get him away from television and come back to Oakland where he is beloved and can return that once-dominating frachise back to glory.  This is Oakland's chance to officially "right the ship".



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

And somehow Al Davis is STILL running this team from underground, into the ground.  Someone needs to dig up his corpse and but a few bullets in his head just to make sure he's dead...
Wow, was it really necessary to be that vulgor and graphic?



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

And somehow Al Davis is STILL running this team from underground, into the ground.  Someone needs to dig up his corpse and but a few bullets in his head just to make sure he's dead...



Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

The Raiders are a sorry excuse for a franchise. They have drafted reasonably well in recent years yet refuse to commit to a coaching staff and thus doom themselves to constant mediocrity despite playing in the weakest division in the Conference. I really belived for a long time Al Davis was to blame but apparently in Oakland idiocy is contageous. They have been very fortunate to win as many games as they have the past 2 years and i fully expect them to fall back into the 3-6 wins per year mode soon. The next coach will be the tenth since 1996. Pathetic. Their fans deserve better.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I liked Hue but we'll see who comes in to replace him. Marty is looking to get back into coaching, he would fit well here.



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Hurrican DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITKA



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

hogs44 i toothought shanahan would field a better team after a couple of years at the helm. i am disappointed in him.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com