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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 4, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:19 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I see that nothing has changed in Raider Nation. They keep firing coaches. A head coach fired that had an 8-8 season. The number one quarterback had a season ending injury, and the running back had injury problems. It could only happen in Raider Nation.

I think Hue Jackson was a very good coach that did well under the circumstances that happened in the Raider organization this season.

Since they are continuing one tradition of firing coaches, I wonder if the other tradition would continue and that is the fired coach would have a difficult time getting the money remaining on his contract.

It probably will, you have to remember these are the Raiders. I had hoped we would see a change of philosophy at the top.

It is difficult to have a winning franchise if you are changing coaches each season or every three seasons as the Tampa Bay Bucs are doing.

The fans are getting short changed. Just when they think the franchise is stabilizing they change the coach for no reason or trade the quarterback for no reason.   


Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:12 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I feel sorry for Hue as I think he deserved a second season to try to get things right, but then again any head coach that presides over the worst penalised team in the history of the nfl has to take the blame for not being able to rectify that problem. Bring back Gruden, now that Al's gone I'd like to think he can sort the disciplinary problems and offesive woes we've had since he left

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:56 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

>>> The whole organization has gotten too used to losing and going through coaches like a hooker through condoms

Hookers don't use condoms. The losers who use hookers because they can't get a woman without paying for it use condoms.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:50 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Not sure with where to start with Vadergator. Not sure if you are serious, kidding, or just plain insane. Tebow to the Raiders is not going to happen. Better chance of making a trade for the number one pick and getting Luck and that is not going to happen either. Tebow is a work in progress who may or may not become successful but excuse the pun but he is not the second coming. He was 10 for 22 last week. Hardly a great completion percentage. I know he runs well but you need to be a little more balanced. Denver was definitely the better team on Sunday.

Not sure what any ofyour rambling individual thoughts pieced together as sentences has to do with Jackson getting fired. Jackson made is own bed and now he has to lie in it. Gotta take responsibility for the trade for Palmer. That was all or nothing. Playoffs or nothing. Now the lack of picks comes to haunt and it's off to a coordinater job or some mid major college gig if he is lucky. Would have been nice to see what next year would have looked like when everyone is healthy. 

Looks like some stabilty and competence restored in the GM office. Interesting to see if they can get one of the top names or who will be interested. You gotta think it would be perhaps a little hard to entice good candidates with the history over last several years. Not a great place for job stability. Hopefully this is the beginning of a new direction and some competetive football.

Vadergator, hope the guns are locked away or better yet you are......................... &

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:47 pm
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Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:38 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

AMEN!!!!!   The revolving door keeps moving in Oakland.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:37 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I haven't read all the comments on this thread, but it seems that most are on the same page. He did himself no favors with that end of the season outburst. I was like, "when did this guys last name become Davis"? Dumb move, and that trade didn't help. Especially with a guy like McKenzie coming in, and his background from GB. If he follows that formula then we know that draft picks are valued, and not thrown away on washed up players that threaten to retire, rather than play out there contract. Hue's not a bad Coach though. I'd love to see him replace Arians, and run the Steelers offense.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:30 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

How much time did you waste typing this out?  Not only is your views of Tebow beating the Patriots wrong but there is no chance in hell that Al Davis would want a QB like Tebow.  You must have a ton of time on your hands to come up with this nonsense. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:29 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Jackson shot himself in the foot when he blasted the whole team and staff and didn't take any of the blame himself. Any good leader knows that you defend your guys in public and take blame for things that have gone wrong. Because of this, there is know way he would have the trust and respect of the players and they would just be counting the days until they can get a new contract with another team while not giving a darn about winning for a coach they can't trust or respect. The Raiders did not have a choice.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:28 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Come to Miami, Hue.  Please?  

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