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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 28, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:35 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

John Madden has free time

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:32 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I liked Hue Jackson. It was nice to see coaches with emotion once in a while. I guess his reputation took a hit being the most penalized team in football. It didn't help that his entire team was hurt the whole year though.

If Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, and Jason Campbell were healthy, the chargers win that extra game they needed. They also would still have 3 draft picks they don't currently have. Since when do coaches have the final say on personnel though?

Did Hue just say "bring in Carson Palmer" and they just did it? No blame to anyone else?

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:31 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

As someone who doesn't like the Raiders, all of the developments of the past week are bad news.  Reggie McKenzie is a real GM, I'm sure he will do a great job there.  No more drafting guys because they are fastest guy at the compound or can throw 70 yards from his knee.  The Raiders will probably start having good drafts, will hire a good coach and let him run the team, etc.  As a non-Raider fan this is all bad news seeing the team start to function like an actual NFL franchise.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:29 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Obviously H.J. needed to go..he cried more in public than I've ever seen any coach, Pedicures for the camera and throwing his team under the bus at his final press conference. There's alot of good, experienced coaches out there waiting for the right situation, and not to talk smack about the late Davis but with him being out of the picture may add a better coach than if Davis was still in charge. I'm a 49er fan but I'm even more a football fan.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:28 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

They should fire McFadden too.  That is the real reason that this team fell apart.  It didn't seem to me like he was in any hurry to get back out there.  Just sayin.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:25 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Reading the comments and how unaccountable he was kind of sways my opinion...but I still wasn't expecting it. If he showed the 'tude that it was not his fault to the boss though, it makes total sense that he's gone

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:25 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

The Raiders are so disfunctional!

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:23 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I would have fired him simply for getting raked on the Carson Palmer deal. Awful.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:23 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I'm really surprised by this. They have a .500 season after losing the starting QB and one of the top RBs in the league and they fire the first year HC? ya they went on a losing streak when they got Palmer..but then they turned it around a bit. Ya they went on a losing streak to finish the season that cost them the playoffs, but with eveyrhting that went on this year, i thought Jackson did an OK job. They were the most penalized team in Football and that needs to be fixed, but a 1st yr HC going 500 with a QB that was on the team half the season, a top 5 RB out the second half, injured receivers the entire year, the owner dying, and O ya, it's the Raiders, all seem worthy of at least a second season...maybe i just didn't watch them closely enough but this surprises me a bit.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:22 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I'd gander that when Hue and new GM Reggie McKenzie met, either Reggie didn't like what he heard, or Hue tried to cop an attitude.

Either way, Reggie's rebuilding this organization from top to bottom. Good. Lord knows we need it.

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