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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: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:19 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson are actually Carson Palmer, right?  Only you would put yourself in the company of the elite QBs in the NFL even after you quit on the Bengals after your injury.  Pathetic. 

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:13 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Raiders use to get bad boys to play for them, the ones rejected by other teams. Back then the rejects wanted to prove to the league they could play and they were wrong about them. In modern times this doesn't work. The modern mindset of the bad boy is way differen't. Hue was telling it like it is.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:01 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

The lost of upcoming draft picks isn't good, but the Raiders were without McFadden, a top 10 back, down the stretch. Heyward-Bay seems to be on the rise and Palmer still has the talent to be a top 10 QB. The Raiders likely need an improved defense. I like the Chiefs but Jackson appeared to be a good coach and I think the Raiders may win the division next year, if the chiefs don't :)

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:59 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Sorry for Hue but I feel he deserved to be fired, and NOT over the Palmer trade. Carson Palmer is a franchise QB. You look over Jason Campbell's production before he was injured and he wasn't even averaging 200 yards passing a game. He is not a top flight QB, never was, never will be. Palmer, on the other hand IS a top flight QB, a franchise quarterback capable of lifting a team from being mediocre to a superbowl contender like Brady, Brees, Rogers and Peyton Manning when he's healthy. Palmer was thrown into the Raider lineup with no practice, no conditioning, not knowing the plays or his receivers or anything. To expect him to play at his best is to expect miracles and yet Palmer increased the production of yards in the passing game. He threw more than double the number of TDs that Campbell threw and increased the average passing yards from less than 200 a game to 306 a game. I don't care what anyone says, Palmer is a world class QB capable of giving the Raiders a Tom Brady or an Aaron Rogers or a Drew Brees. Twice he lifted the pathetic Bengals into the playoffs on the strength of his arm. Four of his 7 seasons as a Bengal he threw for more than or just short of 4,000 yards passing. In Oakland, had he been there all year, he would have amassed 4,900 yards passiing if he maintained the 306 yards average he maintained in the 9 games he played in. DO you get it? That puts him in the league of Brady, Rogers, Brees and the two manning brothers. The Raiders need to build a team around him, get him the practice he needs with the squad to get to know his receivers, the plays, the routes so that both receiver and QB know where they are supposed to be. Big whoopie that the Raiders gave up a 2nd and a 4th round draft pick to get him. No 2nd and 4th round draft pick can land a Carson Palmer capable of turning a team around and leading them to a superbowl. And remember folks, Palmer did all this WITHOUT McFadden, who Campbell had. I also queston Campbell's durability.

Where Hue Jackson lost me is before the season started where he pushed Davis to hire Bresnahan, USA today dated 3-7-11 quoted Jackson as saying, ""The fact that I've had the chance to be in defensive meetings with Chuck and watch him lead the defensive staff made it an easy decision to name him our defensive coordinator. I am impressed with his passion, attention to detail and energy. This staff gives us the opportunity to have one of the top defenses in the NFL."

I was first struck by the fact Jackson was acting like this was his team and his decision to hire Bresnahan. Apparently he pushed very hard to get him hired and for the life of me I can't understand why. What thunderstruck me is that Jackson was a QB/Receivers coach for Cincinnati during the time Bresnahan was the Defensive Coordinator there and Jackson witnessed Bresnahan's defenses unable to stop a high school team. In his tenure there in Cincinnati Bresnahan's defenses finished 28th, 30th and 27th. He did little better as the Oakland DC in 2000-2003, getting fired in 2003 after the Oakland D finished 30th. So, folks, true to form Bresnahan's defense finished 29th over all in 2011 in Oakland. I could have told you back in March of 2011 that this was exactly what would happen! The Raiders didn't lose because of poor offensive performance. Palmer did amazing considering the situation he was thrown into. The Raiders lost because of poor DEFENSIVE performance. They couldn't stop the cheerleaders from scoring. Their pass defense was horrible and yet the previous year 2010 their defensive coordinator John Marshall had improved the Raider D to finish 11th ranked overall and 2nd ranked versus the pass. He had the team's defense going in the right direction. All they needed was to shore up the Defensive line to stop the run and viola` they are on their way to one of the best defenses but NOOO they had to hire Bresnahan. Jackson lost me right there. THAT decision is the decision that destroyed the Raider season and revealed that Jackson's decision making abilities were suspect.

Now Bresnahan must go. In one year he destroyed the Raider D taking it from 11th (2nd against the pass) in 2010 to 29th in 2011. The Raiders need to do like Houston did this year and hire a top flight Defensive Coordinator. The Houston Texans defense finished 30th in 2010. They hire Wade Phillips as DC and in ONE YEAR he turns them around and they finished SECOND. Phillips record as a DC speaks for itself. 12 times his defenses have finished in the top 10 and 11 times he's helped his team to make the playoffs, including THIS year. Why oh why can't the Raiders go after a DC like Phillips instead of a Bresnahan or a Rob Ryan who have histories of poor defensive performances? The Raiders need a DC like Pittsburg's LeBeau who year after year has his D finish in the top 5.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:50 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Lostening to Reggie Mc....he does not sound very confident in himself, he might be nervous; But I believe that his first impression was not very positive.  Good Luck Raiders.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:47 pm
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Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:46 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Bad decision!  He can't help getting what two quarterbacks hurt and out for the rest of the season.  He still almost got a play-off spot...I think he deserved a second year!

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:40 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Even with Al Davis in the grave, the Raiders continue their tradition of changing head coaches every year.

Just Fire Head Coaches, Baby.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:26 pm
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Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:24 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I thought Al Davis was already he still pulling the strings from 6 feet deep?

This organization refuses to allow themselves to ever succeed...

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