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Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:51 am
JacksonBy Josh Katzowitz

On the heels of Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver’s initial interview with just-fired Raiders coach Hue Jackson, in which Jackson said he believed Oakland owner Mark Davis was the one who wanted him gone, Jackson participated in Rich Eisen’s podcast Wednesday to offer more insight into how and why he was let go.

While the Raiders are moving forward with the news that they’ll interview Todd Bowles for the head coaching job, Jackson and Eisen took a look back at what happened since general manager Reggie McKenzie was hired in Oakland.

A few highlights from the interview:

So, um, what happened? “A the end of the day, I didn’t win enough games, didn’t get to the playoffs. Once Mark saw where the franchise was, after he hired Reggie, he gave Reggie the opportunity to bring in his own coach.”

Did your comments after the Week 17 loss to the Chargers hurt you? “It could be. When you look at anything, it could have been the one thing that turned it the other way. Do I wish I could have done it different? Yeah. Normally after a game, I go in and shower and put on my suit and go talk. On that particular day, I didn’t do that. I was emotional. It was a big game for our football team for the opportunity to have a nine-win season for the first time since ‘02,  an opportunity to win the AFC West outright, to host a playoff game the next week, to honor Al Davis’ death. There was a lot riding on it and not to play like I thought we could, what spilled out of me was the emotional side.

“But I think everybody took that wrong. Was I disappointed and pissed off? Yes. But when I said I wanted to be involved in every aspect of the football game, I was saying that because I didn’t have the opportunity to do that. This was Al Davis’ team. This is what he wanted on the football team. The point I was trying to make moving forward, whether it be with the staff or schematically, I can now make those changes because the 2011 season had already been in place and wasn’t going to change.”

On how much impact he had on the Carson Palmer trade: “All I did was help facilitate that because I have a relationship with Carson and had a relationship with (Bengals owner) Mike Brown. There’s been so many reports that I did the deal. I don’t do deals. I’m not the general manager. I’m the coach. But I opened the line of communication, and the rest of it was done within our organization with our team of people.”

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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:51 pm

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

A ton of factors led to this firing.  New GM wants "his man."  If not, and the Raiders struggle with Hue, then Reggie M. might go down without picking his own man.  Second, the Raiders simply blew it this year.  The AFC West was the Raiders' to win.  They finish 8-8 after being 7-4.  They were 8-8 last year, and were expected to move up to the next level and simply did not.  They set records for penalties.  That reflects on the Coach, and his lack of control and/or discipline over the team.  Hue had his chance to make a mark this year, and he failed.  Every team has injuries.  Michael Bush did a nice job filling in for McFadden.  Palmer looked way past his prime, and like he had been sitting on the sofa retired.  Hue Jackson played his cards, went to war with undisciplined underachievers, and blew a good chance to win the AFC West.  The real interesting issue would have been Reggie M.'s decision to keep or fire Hue, had the Raiders actually won the crappy AFC West.  Losing out made it easy for Reggie... See ya, Hue.  

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:17 am

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

I don't think Hue "deserved" to be fired after one season at 8-8, especially with the number of key injuries that occurred during the year and that fact that this has always been a team that Al built. That said, I think the whole organization is undergoing some radical changes, and I understand the new GM wanting to clean house.  The vision and direction that existed when Al ruled over the RaiderNation ended when he died, and I think the new owner wants to model the franchise in more conventional manner (ie - have an actual GM and HC who run the football operations).  I think this firing was less about Hue and more about getting a truly fresh start in Oakland.  May not be fair to the coach, but this organization has languished in the toilet since 2003 and needs to do something to change the trend.  Unfortunately they are still saddled with some remnants from the old regime (lost draft picks from the Palmer trade/debacle) and a squad of misfit players that will need to be culled and rebuilt to match the new direction of the team's leadership. 
I think they have a solid base in place to be a decent run oriented team, and get by at QB with Palmer for another year or two.  They should focus on the defensive side of the ball and try to get out of some of the more egregious contracts (like DT Kelly and a few unnamed LBs), and don't make any more dumb decisions like letting top CBs walk away.  In the end, if the ownership can show that this firing and the hiring of the GM and new coach mark the changing of the guard, it was a good move.  If this is just another example of fickle coaching practices (ala the last decade) and they go get some unproven nobody, then they are doomed to share the AFC West cellar with the Chefs.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:49 am

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

I love it when the liberal media is stuck between that rock and a hard place the Stones sang about.  This is all about race.  An article said that Davis was in over his head and he was the man who wanted Jackson out.  But Davis hired a black GM and the black HC was let go. Criticism tempered by the media here.  This is simply about race. Make no mistake.  Wait until Caldwell is sent packing (he should be).  See what hits the fan there. 

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:12 am

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

Don't forget about Flores and Gruden who both accomplished alot with their respective teams as well. I think the need for better protection for Palmer is a must, but a possetion reciever is als a must. The health of McFadden is also a factor since so much of the offense is generated off of his capabilities. Perhaps a more balanced running attack between our two very good running backs will also help to provide a better passing attack. But first and foremost, the penalties must stop, The Raiders need to be and are capable of being a smarter team as whole and individually, both on and off of the feild. 

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:06 am

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

The Raiders will not win ball games until they get consistency in their coaching staff and stablize a QB.  The only way Palmer will work is to get good receivers and give him some protection.  He is not going to work with a weak offensive line and no one to throw to.  I hope the Raiders will spend some time finding a coach that works - its been a long time since this team has been great.  Madden was the last and thats a long time.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:33 pm

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

He made some really bad decisions as a rookie coach, so he had to go. Expect big changes next year from the Raiders. What ever scraps are left from the draft for the Raiders should be spent on the defense and a back up QB, and maybe the next coach will play solid football and last more than one season. Good luck with your job with the Broncos Hue.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:53 pm

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

You hit the nail on the head with all of these points. I could not agree more.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:46 pm

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

Hue Jackson could not pull off the Carson Palmer trade without an ok from the front office. Normally coaches would have to seek permission prior to a trade being made. Coaches might have input, however, the general manager pulls the trigger on any trade. Mark Davis was the owner and acting GM with football knowledge coming from Hue Jackson. I think the firing had nothing to do with Hue Jackson’s performance as a head coach this year. I think the new General Manager would want to have his own coach and declare this his team. This does not make sense from the stand point of economics or for the football operation. It set the team back as a rebuilding team. The new coach would want to introduce his system, thus the current players would not be suited for this new coaches system. The players that Hue drafted would not be able to play in the new coaches system. It would take about 3-4 years before a coach would have players to play in his system and the coaches necessary to run his system. Some coaches he would want might be under contract to other pro teams or colleges.


Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:47 pm

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

It just seems so typical that the Raiders would fire Hue Jackson after just one season of 8-8.  Very surprised they didn't give him at least one additional season.  But then again, it is the Raiders!

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:41 pm
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