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Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:00 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 4:46 pm
Every year there's one firing of a head coach that qualifies as a surprise, and Hue Jackson is that surprise.

At least it was to people outside the Bay Area.

Those who follow the team, however, tell me the guy was unpopular with players, which probably counted for something. His failure to close out the AFC West when Denver lost its last three couldn't have helped, either. Nor can I imagine the team's NFL record for penalties boosted his cause. That's the sign of an undisciplined team.

Plus, Jackson's rant following the season-ending defeat to San Diego, where he basically threw his players under the bus, wasn't such a great idea. If you're the head coach, you're acountable for your team's successes and failures, and Jackson should have been accountable.

Oakland wants to win division championships and return to the playoffs, and GM Reggie McKenzie quickly determined he couldn't do it as long as Hue Jackson was in charge. So he canned him, and now the search is on for a successor -- with Green Bay, where McKenzie worked previolusly, the most logical place to start.

In the past, the candidates always included one of two choices: 1) Experienced coaches who were off everyone's radar, or 2) young assistants considered two raw and too green to be given a shot by 31 clubs.

In short, the candidates almost always were not on anyone else's short list.

The most obvious reason was that owner Al Davis ran the organization with such an iron fist that most guys considered for other jobs weren't interested. They wanted freedoms and authority that Davis would not grant.

One head coach who interviewed year ago with Oakland -- and who was hired later by another team -- told me Davis wasn't interested in hiring anyone who wouldn't cede authority over personnel or assistant coaches to him. Once he heard that, he said, his decision was easy.

But Davis is gone, and the job is a lucractive one again. In fact, with McKenzie in charge, it could be one that attracts a promising young assistant or an experienced head coach who sees an opportunity to work with a Raiders' team that finally seems to have a future.

In essence, Jackson's firing is another step away from the Davis regime. It was Davis who hired him after he let go Tom Cable, and it was Davis' memory and words that Jackson invoked after Oakland wins.

Now both are gone, and the Raiders move to establish themselves in another image. Considering what's happened since 2002, maybe that's not such a bad idea.

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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:52 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

Being of the Packer Nation, I think that the Raiders made a great move. If Mac does half of what Thompson has done for the Pack, then the Raiders will see a Super bowl soon..

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:06 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

The Raiders' draft pick situation is not as bad as it is made out to be.  Although, as of now, they only have fifth and sixth round draft picks, compensatory picks are on the horizon for losing Zach Miller, Robert Gallery and Nnamdi Asomugha to free agency. 

Although more draft picks would be nice, it's not the only means of acquiring personnel.  It will be interesting to see what moves McKenzie makes next.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:25 pm

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

What no one mentions when discussing how horrible it was that Jackson traded away the first round draft pick for the Raiders in the 2012 for Carson Palmer is that it looks bad mostly because Al Davis had already traded away nearly all their other draft picks in the 2012 draft. While a first round pick would be nice, that one pick wasn't going to fix the defense on this team.

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:47 pm

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

I wish I had a dollar for every time I read about Cincinnati getting "two first round picks" from the Raiders for Carson Palmer.

For Carson Palmer, the Cincinnati Bengals received ONE 2012 first round pick, and a CONDITIONAL SECOND ROUND 2013 PICK, that will ONLY become first round pick if the Raiders make it to the AFC conference championship game this year (obviously not), or next year. 

Chances are, the Raiders will not be contending for the AFC conference championship next year, and this is coming from a devout Raiders fan.  Therefore, the Bengals will not get even a sniff of another first round pick.

The Bengals did NOT get anything more than a 2012 first round pick, and a 2013 second round pick.

Since the Raiders weren't going to get Andrew Luck with their 2012 1st round pick, they are content with spending a first and second rounder on an above-average quarter back. 

If, by some divine act of comedic intervention by the football gods, the Raiders do make it to the Conference Finals next year, then it will be totally worth another first rounder.

That's it.  End of story. 

You're welcome.

Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:01 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

mark my words BCR1, the raiders will win the super bowl before Cincy, maybe two.
Some teams are championchip worthy, some are pretenders...that's the bengals.

Enjoy the picks, but you are one and done

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:46 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

You cant really blame a new GM for wanting his own guy. The Raiders have been a dysfunctional mess for too long. If the new GM has an idea of how wants to do things and he doesnt feel the Hue was on board with that than he really didnt have any choice but to cut ties now and bring in someone that's on board with his ideas.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:46 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

One of the few CBS Sports writers that actually gets it.  Unlike Freeman, who is clueless, this article actually shows that someone did some research on the topic.  Jackson was a bad fit for the Raiders.  He was responsible for setting this team back another year with a terrible trade.  He lost 4 out of his last 5 games, and was preparing to fire assistant coaches to save his own job.  He wanted to run all aspects of this team.  That is a very stupid thing to do with a new G.M. in place and new ownership.  McKnezie knows what he is doing.  Green Bay has not been an unsuccessful franchaise, and he is responsible for a lot of their success.  The Raiders did the right thing allowing him to choose their head coach for the 2012 season, not the departed Al Davis.

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:36 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

I'm just glad Hue sent my Bengals two draft picks so Palmer could go back home to "those people."  Going to be tough to rebuild anytime soon with no draft picks and QB who isn't a leader.  Raiders are at least three years away from winning the division again, as long as Rivers is the best QB in the division. 

Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:42 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

"two raw and too green"  seriously dude... proofread much

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:21 am

Maybe Jackson move isn't so bad after all

I would have preferred to see Hue given at least another year to see what he could do.  The midseason injuries (especially DMadeinChina) were basically devastating, going forward with Boller was a more disastrous option than going all-in with a washed up Palmer. Every Raider knows the story of reclaiming Jim Plunkett off the scrap heap, so though that trade was pricey, we've seen it work before.  The penalty situation is a f*cking joke, they could call holding or illegal contact on every play of every NFL game, the Raiders are just one of the teams that the refs get over-officious with (thanks Marv Levy lol).  The f*g Patriots mug guys in the secondary, and Woody was flagged way more when he was with the Raiders than with the F*dgePackers.  That won't change anytime soon.

Ok, Reggie, the team is yours, make it work.  JUST WIN BABY!!!!! 

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