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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: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:30 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Agree with the poster. You cannot keep giving people one year trials. You need to let the coach develop.
Not just this team, but any team. Or company for that matter.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:25 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson


Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:25 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Odenheimer1,  LMAO!!  Ty for that!  I have been down about this firing but your laughable Charger what if, coulda shoulda woulda post brought me back. 
The best part about the Raiders future is that they got rid of a coach that does not fit with the direction they are heading.  They also have a solid, young core of players.  With a FA pickup or two and another strong draft with late round gems, they will again challenge for the West.  Sorry to you and the other Charger fans, wallowing in what ifs...  you are stuck with another year of Norv on the sideline and Rivers under center...LOL.  I have enjoyed watching Darren Sproles do his thing as a Saint...brilliant move lettingh im go.  As for "the farm" the Raiders gave up...  the 18th pick this season and a much worse pick next is FAR from a farm.  Maybe a few hay bales...  we shall see.
But, again, TY for the laugh!

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:47 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I think Raiders coach Hue Jackson signed his own death warrant after engineering the deal that brought Carson Palmer from the Bengals for a 1st and 2nd round pick. The Raiders certainly didn't get any better and went a paltry 8-8 for the season. After the trade, they were 4-6...Palmer wasn't the mesiah and with Darren McFaddin sidelined most of the 2nd half of the season, didn't help. Michael Bush played well enough, but on both sides of the ball, the Raiders had issues.

New GM...clean house. It's the Raiders way. Without any coaching continuity, it may be a while before the Raiders return and beat the likes of the Chargers, Chiefs or Broncos enough for a division title.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:09 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Al Davis passed away, now someone new is going to screw the Raiders up.  A .500 record with that team was a great job of coaching. The new person in charge needs to take lessons from all of the elite teams...... find a good coach, give him the players he needs, and let him do what you hired him to do. Don't meddle, don't interfere... let him coach, and not for one or two years.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:46 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

McFadden is OVER RATED.. Michael Bush I think is a better all around RB and should be the fulltime starter 

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:54 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Between the Chefs and Donkeys, huh? Rivers does not fumble that snap and Novak makes that FG against Denver the Bolts are in the playoffs. If they don't lose nearly their entire O-line and most of their linebackers, Norv would have had a lot more to work with.  The Faders are a joke and are a dirty team. Once again they lead the league in penalties...broke the all time record, actually. They gave up the farm to get the quitter Palmer...I love it! They are hosed next year...what goes around comes around Fader Nation. Just lose , baby!

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:15 am

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:56 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:49 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

This can't all be put on Palmer's shoulders.  If McFadden hadn't missed so many games they would have been much better.

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