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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: May 24, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:27 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Its no big surpise that Jackson loses the job.  He gambled everything on winning this year. The Carson Palmer trade was all Hugh Jackson.  The front office put their faith in him, let him act as defacto GM, and the results at the end of the year werent pretty. The capper to it all was the horriffic news conference where he threw the whole organization under the bus.  Jackson all but claimed the GM position for himself. I dont think the Davis family was buying anymore of what Hugh was selling.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:27 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Wow...gotta know when to Shut UP! He came acrose as bigger than the organization......(the TEAM).....

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:26 pm

Raiders Need A Winner!

The fact of the matter is that the Raiders team did play extremely poorly for the last month of the season, especially the defense.  If the players don't play with passion, the coach SHOULD call them out.  We aren't dealing with college kids.  We are dealing with grown men who earn a league MINIMUM of 6 figures.  The product that they put on the fields, ie their effort, was shameful, and they deserved to be called out for it.

Hue Jackson had EVERY right to tell each and every player that they stunk.  He had every right to put them in their place.  The irony is that it is HIS job to have his team ready to play on every Sunday.  Jackson didn't. 

As much as Al was a rebel when he was around, he lost his football accumen about 5 years ago.  Tom Cable shouldn't have been fired either.  Other coaching choices?  Norv "I'm Average" Turner?  (I love the HOFer, but....) Art Shell?  Lane "No, Really, THIS Is My Dream Job" Kiffin?  Bad choices.  Amy Trask and the new GM have their work cut out for them.  The Raiders are losers right now.  I wouldn't be suprised if this is a 3 year rebuilding project, with a new QB, O-Line, D-Line (Really, Dick Seymour?  How many times did you get kicked from a game?), and defensive backfield.  About the only good things right now for this team are the WRs, RBs, and linebackers....if they're not covering the fastest WRs in the game, that is (who's idea was THAT coverage?). 

And they NEED this change.  The whole organization has gotten too used to losing and going through coaches like a hooker through condoms.  It has to change somewhere, and I guess this is where it least Raiders fains should hope so....     

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:24 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I know this may come off sounding far fetched, but, I think we could see all things emerging better for this team after this weekend of games. How? Well, I will explain my take on it. Is it not fair to say that Oakland is in need of a miracle to turn things around? I agree. Now, there is one player that Al Davis would have simply loved to play for him. That player? TEBOW. WHAT??? YES. The 1970's throwback kind of QB who is tough as nails ( like Ken Stabler / Dan Pastrorini, etc. ) and not afraid to take or give a hit. Tebow is like Dick Butkus playing QB. Al probably would not have liked all the touchdown Jesus business. But, after enough MIRACLOUS comeback victories like Tebow has helped engineer this year, Al would have wrapped a KING'S ROBE around Tebow as he ran off the field. You say i'm crazy. Al still wants revenge on the Pats for the blown call that robbed them of their title shot. Tebow has a chance at redemption against the Pats. Elway still is not sold on him or could be just a little jealous of all the love for Tebow. Either way. Tebow will give Al Davis his revenge. Either as a Bronco this weekend, or as a Raider next year. WHAT??? That's right. Elway would trade touchdown Jesus Tebow to Oakland for more of a pocket passer like Palmer. Tebow would promptly alter the "MINDSET" of the Raiders. With the DIVINE intervention of the Creator working thru Tebow; an EXORCISM of devils would remove the curses that currently cause this team to lose. As Tebow won his new teammates over with his genuine character; the players would become more team oriented instead of being all about themselves. Each victory would further strengthen this affect. The Raiders used to be one of the most FEARED teams in the NFL. I think MR. MIRACLE could help return them to their former GREATNESS. JUST WIN BABY!!!  That's what TEBOW specializes in. He just wins. Miraclous or not; he just wins. That is AL's one condition for being a Raider. Here's an example: say Tebow completed only an average of 8-15 passes a game. He looks absolutely horrible while doing it. He averages around 115 yards a game. Yet, the Raiders go 12-4; 13-3; 14-2; 15-1; or even MIRACLOUSLY 16-0.  JUST WIN BABY. I don't care how you do it or look while doing it. JUST WIN BABY. The Raider Nation needs an injection of LOVE. That's what the Creator specializes in. He works miracles only through his chosen vessels. That's where TEBOW comes in. Just look at the faces of the players and the STAR WARS / CONAN the BARBARIAN looking costumed fans grimacing at the cameras. They need some LOVE and a new mindset. You say the fans would hate Tebow and his faith. I say that Tebow's faith and attitude coupled with some miraclous victories would win over the most SATAN-filled hating fan. After all, the fans want a reason to cheer and roar. They want to brag about their team. JUST WIN BABY!!! I can see this all happening this offseason. Do not say that it would never happen. Orton was traded to in-division rival KC this year. Elway would not fear trading Tebow either. He doesn't think he's good enough remember. Just like Orton. Stranger things have happened. Of course; we would all prefer that Tebow went to the Redskins so as to ensure the country get's cleansed of Obama this next election. Him and all his crazy, militant communist-loving buddies. I mean CZARS. Here's hoping for a better 2012.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:19 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Chuck Bresnahan should have been the first to go.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:15 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Guess aside from every organization's pipe dream to be 19-0 every year, that's all 32 teams all with perfect records and Super Bowl rings every year -- guess the goal is everyone 8-8 with all sorts of tie breakers to enter the play-offs, again where every team of 32 goes 3-0 or 4-0...

Sorry.  The point is -- all teams lose.  Only 12 make the play-offs.  And the other 20 teams ought to exercise patience as well as the common sense to realize there will be draft busts, injuries, better teams, back luck and circumstances...  when coaches are hired and given ac ouple of years...  give them time.  Probably any other team or organization gives Reid or Turner the boot...  but the Eagles and Chargers realize they've got good head coaches, staff can be tweaked and players changed...  EVERYBODY CAN'T WIN EVERY YEAR!

And the dumbest thing is one team dumps a coach apprently unqualified to win in the NFL only to have these coaches hired by another club that thinks Eureka! we've got a great coach...  or a year later they're better.  No objection to Crennel; good of KC to give him a long term chance.  But Cleveland apparently felt he couldn't do the job.

It just gets ridiculous every year because one of 32 teams will have the worst record, worst ranking, worst defense, worst whatever...  one wins it all.  STABILITY in the front offices and at the head coaching job is what is needed.

And yeah, one year at the Raiders...  obviously not much of a chance...  especially given that they improved... 

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:12 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I don't get this.  3 decent coaches in 3 years.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:04 pm
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Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:57 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

“I’m going to take a stronger hand in this whole team, in this whole organization,”  This says it all. When a coach throws his team under the bus the way Hue did and makes a comment like that when the team is looking for a GM is looking to get fired. If he wanted to have a chance at keeping his job I would imagine he should have said something more along the lines of "We played a crappy game. once again took too many penalties and let the division get away from us. I am looking forward tp working with a new GM next year and progressing with a healthy team. We can work together to fix the mess we finished with this year and try to win the division next year." But Ego and lack of accountability seem to be his traits which got him fired. Chargers and Chiefs battle it out next year.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:57 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

What is the front office in Oakland doing? Have they never heard of a word called PATIENCE? It was Jackson's first season as their coach. There will be growing pains. He wasn't a bad coach in the least. He had a passion for the team, and was honest and had the trust of his players. So they missed the playoffs....big deal? He kept them at 500 even when their starting QB went down. Sure he spent too much on Palmer, but it was a sorely needed trade. Boller would have led them to a 4-12 record. As a Ravens fan, I've watched him since his days in Baltimore and he is nothing more than a reserve option. He has no arm...
Back to the firing though, the front office needs to give coaches more than 1 year to win a Superbowl! First Tom Cable improves the team and brings them to 8-8 and is thanked by getting the boot. Hue Jackson has to overcome an injury to his QB, star RB in Darren McFadden, and Palmer's acclimation to the offense in Oakland. What happened to giving a coach three years with the team to see what transpires in his time there? To see if he can rally the team around him and make positive steps, without regressing? The Raiders made a huge blunder here AGAIN. Even with Davis gone (RIP Al), the types of decisions that made him infamous still linger. A foolish move that is going to cost them....BIG TIME.

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