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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: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:10 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Gotta think Winston Moss will be the next Raiders head coach. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:08 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

the move was a set of cirmcumstances. one thing most general managers want to do is get their own person. like all of us when we get get the job we want, we think we will b there for a long time. so they wabt their own person in there. own person usually means some they have workedwith before and like. they think the other person like them. a lot of times it is the guy that gave them their firt change to get in the game. payback as it were. with palmer the raiders are a talented team.especially if they can get mcfarlands toe fixed. im sure jerry kramer of the packer long ago wouldhave played with a sore toe. anyway  jackson was not the guy to lead them to the promised land.of course the promised land is a super bowl ring. 

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:06 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

And, as a Redskins fan, I would offer up Mike Shanahan.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:06 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Typical Raiddr commitment to excrement.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:05 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I'll take that job!

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:03 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Does this surprise anyone?  It is a Raider tradition.  Of course when the team fails to live up to expectations it is easier to remove a coach then move the entire roster.  Let's face it, the Raiders have enough talent to compete for the AFC West title.  In that division though, you either win it or miss the playoffs, the wild card is not coming from that division.

The Carson Palmer move was not smart, but the reality is the Raiders have squandered first round picks in the past, so why not give them up for a proven QB?  I think Jackson should have been given at least one if not two more years to work on the team.

I am no Raider fan, but the way they treat coaches is awful.  Why would anyone want the job?  Jackson should have beat them to the punch and come out and asked them why in the world he would consider returning to the organization......they suck!

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:01 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

As a Bears fan, I would be happy if the Raiders hired Lovie Smith.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:00 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

time for them to go out and bring Chucky back

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:58 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

With Al dead, Jackson might be the first fired Raider head coach to get paid. Can they keep the Raider tradition of stiffing fired coaches? Only time will tell.
This was my first thought. What will we hear from Lame Kiffin and Shanny if Jackson is paid on his way out the door?

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:57 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I could certainly be wrong, but this just looks like the Raiders are out to honor the memory of Al Davis.  What would Davis appreciate more than a coach fired after one disorganized season?  I'm sure he is smiling down, or up, or sideways - ah, you get the point - on this move.

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