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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: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:46 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson


There's a reason why the Raiders are garbage! Their gonna have a tough time finding anyone (good) to replace Jackson! I think Jackson should of gotten another year or two!

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:19 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Unfair firing or not. I could see Green Bay Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers getting the job here. 

Capers has got Head Coaching experience. Reggie McKenzie is familiar with his work. I think it would make sense, with Capers stealing an offensive assistant off of Green Bay's staff to become offensive coordinator.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:10 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

not only are the raiders just as crazy as always but so is palmer err frickin kiddin me! you could get brady, brees, manning  for a first, second rd pick, carson palmer and a ham sandwich! in fact the ham sandwich has more value than palmer!

i really cant believe that palmer actually posts here!

no way mijokes nobody other than you and palmer are buying that sh%t   

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:08 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Questionable move by the Oakland Raiders. I thought Coach Jackson showed some real promise this year. The team suffered a myriad of injuries. Jackson was spot on that the defense should have been better.

I don't understand this. Obviously, it depends on who they hire now. But Jackson should have gotten AT LEAST one more year.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:07 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

All of you misguided folks calling for Gruden to come back need to remember HE STILL HASN'T BEEN PAID FOR LAST TIME!  The bozo that wanted scumbag Al dug up and shot in the head was all wrong, dig him up and put a stake through where his heart was supposed to be.  Al lost his football acumen about the time he started dicking over Marcus Allen and his ever changing cast of QB's and head coaches.  Al would never touch Tebow, Tebow can't throw long.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:48 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

How do you fire a coach just after one season?  An an injurey riddled 8-8 season no less?  Looks like junior doesn't fall too far from the crazy Davis tree.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:40 pm
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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:35 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Any thought on a head coach?   How  'bout Rob Ryan?  His hair matches the team colour.  Maybe Chucky is willing to do a sequal!  Maybe there is another Harbaugh brother.  Mabe Saban will make an NFlL comeback  News FLASH.... Raiders front office has interviewed Madden and he is willing to fly to every game in an open cockpit bi-plane.  

Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:28 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

You're so right. Chuck B should've been thrown out with the trash right after the Bolts game. His "defence" was a complete joke for the last 5 games of the season. Cant believe he's still in the job (Hopefully the new GM has just forgot Chuck's still there and will cut him first thing tomorrow) !

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:26 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I heartily disagree. What is a 2nd and a 4th round draft pick going to get you? Think it will land you a QB capable of being a Brees or a Brady? Not a chance! Campbell in his 7 games WITH McFadden as a decoy for a good passing game Campbell couldn't even average 200 yards passing per game. His durability is also questionable. Meanwhile, in comes Palmer without conditioning, without knowing the plays, without being able to practice with the team and for him and his receivers to get to know one another so they know where everyone is supposed to be, etc. and Palmer, WITHOUT McFadden to help him out, he more than DOUBLES the number of TDs over Campbell, and boosts the passing game to 306 yards a game, improving the production from the pass by over 100 yards a game. Had Palmer been with the Raiders the entire year and produced those numbers over the entire 16 game season he would have ended up with 4,900 yards passing! Do you get it? He was a fantastic acquisition and if the Raiders new GM had half a brain he'll load the Offensive Coordinator position with someone like Mike Martz who loves the passing game and his offenses finish in the top 5 year after year. To his credit Hue Jackson's offense finished ranked 9th. The reason it didn't finish higher is because of poor passing yards production from CAMPBELL. Had Palmer been there all year and produced his average of 306 yards passing a game all year the Raider offense would have had an additional 2,147 yards, which would have landed it at the no. 1 spot even above Brees and co. Do you get it? The Palmer trade WASN'T a mistake. Hiring Bresnahan as the Defensive Coordinator WAS. His defense lost game after game after game.

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