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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: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:55 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

This is kind of like the Haley firing in KC.  It is hard to put winning mentality coaches with "losing" mentality organizations.  They just don't mix.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:54 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Reggie McKenzie is a quality individual with years of experience both playing, and being an administrator, in the sport. 

He has been coached by top-rate coaches, and worked with top-rate personnel guys his whole career. 

And he undoubtedly has no shortage of contacts to fill out the Raiders front office and coaching staff with Winners.

Hue Jackson is just a casualty of progress.

Good things are coming for the Raiders.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:52 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

they need a Bill Parcells there.  only way to clean that mess.  Al's senility in his last years really set them back.  i dont mean to be a pr!ck about that, its just true the guy lost his mind.  im a big fan of al davis and his disdain for the NFL

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:40 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

i dont get this firing, was the Palmer trade too much, yes, but it wasnt like he coached badly this year.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:38 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Marty will NEVER coach the Raiders, he hates them too much from his time in Kansas City & San Diego...he use to say "if we beat 1 team every year, I'd pick the Raiders," He use to get the team fired up calling the whole week "Raider Week" and use to love when they were beat by his teams.

If he ever coaches for the Raiders, I'll be shocked.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:38 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

The legend of Al Davis lives on!...another year, another head coach fired!. I thought Jackson was turning thing around with the Raiders, all they needed was someone to run the defense .

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:37 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

I think the Raiders can rise up again after Al died and his son took over.  It seems to me like the same type of situation with the Blackhawks after Dollar Bill Wirtz died and his son Rocky took over.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:36 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

Typical Raiders lunatic organization and front office.  They will rue the day they fired Hue!!  At this point who would wnat to be their coach??  At least they have Carson Palmer.  Commitment to Excrament!

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:34 pm

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

The problem is that no matter who the Raider hire to be their coach it will have to be a nobody that has trouble getting other head coaching jobs in the NFL. Nobody in their right mind would take that job if they had other options. Maybe with Al Davis gone things will change for them. Every time they hire a coach that gets the team back to .500 they kick him to the curb in hopes that their next coach will take them deep into the playoffs in his first year. I hope McKenzie knows what he is doing, or the Raiders could be in for another long decade.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:33 pm
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