Tag:Hue Jackson
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 3:38 pm
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Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

JacksonBy Josh Katzowitz

Whatever faults you  might find with Bengals owner Mike Brown -- and I haven’t been ashamed in pointing them out -- you never can begrudge the man his loyalty. And he made another example of that today as the Bengals have announced they’ve hired former Raiders coach (and former Bengals receivers coach) Hue Jackson as an assistant helping the secondary and special teams*.

Jackson, you might recall, was fired only one season into his Oakland tenure after leading the team to an 8-8 record and trading first- and second-round picks to the Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer.

*It should be noted that Jackson doesn't appear to have ever coached defense, though he did work with special teams when he was at Cal State-Fullerton in 1990 and the World League's London Monarchs in 1991. So yeah, this totally seems like a loyalty hire.

After Al Davis’ death and the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie, Jackson’s stay with the Raiders was doomed. Particularly after he tore into his team following a Week 17 loss, saying he was pissed off and disappointed. “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."

Well, that’s totally true now, because Jackson should be in Cincinnati in Week 17 of 2012.

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It’s a place where he spent 2004-06, helping mold Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh into two of the better receivers in the league. And while he had the Raiders in the race for an AFC West title this year -- until, that is, a guy named Tim Tebow emerged for the Broncos -- McKenzie decided to bring in his own coach after the season.

“A the end of the day, I didn’t win enough games, didn’t get to the playoffs,” Jackson said in January. “Once Mark (Davis, Al’s son) saw where the franchise was, after he hired Reggie, he gave Reggie the opportunity to bring in his own coach.”

There has been speculation on who actually brokered the trade that seems like it’ll pay off awfully well for the Bengals -- Jackson now says he only helped bring the Raiders and Bengals together and that those on a higher pay-grade made the final decision.

But now, Jackson is in the strange position to see how the deal works out from the opposite side of where he was when he first helped make it.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:03 am
 

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Bruce Allen has been hired to be Oakland's next coach (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz


Dennis Allen, the former defensive coordinator of the Broncos, has been hired to be the next Raiders head coach, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed (the news was originally reported by Fox’s Jay Glazer).

Reports out of Oakland suggested Allen had done well in his two interviews with the Oakland front office and that early favorite Winston Moss, the Packers assistant head coach, had not.

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In his only season as the head of Denver’s defense, he helped lead a unit that propped up quarterback Tim Tebow for the last half of the season and allowed the Broncos to win the AFC West and beat the Steelers in the first round of the postseason.

Glazer writes that the two sides still have to negotiate a deal, but with Allen, the Raiders will get a coach whose defense finished in the bottom half of the league standings but who was lauded for the improvements his unit made in the final half of the season.

Although Moss -- who knows new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie quite well from their days together in Green Bay, leading to the speculation that he had a good chance of landing the job -- seemingly fell out of favor during the interviewing process, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg reportedly had a good shot at landing the job.

The Raiders also interviewed Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice and former Dolphins defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, while Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy declined his chance to interview.

Considering former owner Al Davis was such a big proponent of hiring offensive-minded coaches (see: Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Jon Gruden, etc.), seeing a defensive-minded coach hired is an interesting concept.

It shows that Mark Davis, Al Davis’ son who is now in charge, will take a different tact than this father. Only time will tell whether this new path is the beginning of a Raiders resurgence or if Al Davis had the right idea the whole time.

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Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:49 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Fisher reportedly will make $7 million a year in St. Louis. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Rams will officially introduce Jeff Fisher as their new head coach in a 2 p.m. ET Tuesday press conference. After days of vacillating between the Miami and St. Louis jobs, Fisher settled on the Rams last Friday.

And now, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas, he's going to be well compensated, too.

"Before taking the podium for the first time at Rams Park, Fisher will sign a five-year contract believed to pay him around $7 million annually, easily making him the highest-paid coach in franchise history."

Thomas notes that it wasn't the $35 million over the life of the deal that enticed Fisher to take over a 2-14 team. It was his desire to have have the resources available to "put together a strong coaching staff, be active in free agency and have a strong personnel department."

Fisher's title isn't expected to include "vice president" -- just "head coach" -- which is probably for the best. Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan are recent examples of coaches who struggled to also make personnel decisions. One decision Fisher will have to make: naming an offensive coordinator.

Reports earlier this week had former Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer as the front-runner, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted Tuesday that recently fired Raiders head coach Hue Jackson would also be interviewed for the job.

One thing that is for certain: Gregg Williams, Fisher's defensive coordinator in Tennessee, will be joining him in St. Louis.

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:00 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 6:33 am
 

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Jackson's now denying he pulled the trigger on the Palmer trade. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Hue Jackson, it's widely believed, dug his own grave with the Raiders. His fiery end-of-season presser probably didn't endear him to new Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie. And neither did the midseason trade for Carson Palmer, which Jackson made the ultimate decision on.

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Or did he? Jackson, appearing on 95.7 The Fan in San Francisco, was asked if his role in the trade was unfairly portrayed in the media, and that he wasn't the guy who pulled trigger on bringing Palmer to Oakland.

"No it wasn’t," Jackson said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I did coach and recruit Carson in college, I was with him in Cincinnati, I do know Mike Brown because I did work there so naturally everybody is going to say it was Hue that did it. Well no, Hue was the person when it was all said and done that was able to get the sides together. The decision was made as an organization. I don’t make a decision to give away draft picks, I didn’t make a decision on how much money someone was going to make. That’s not my domain. I don’t do that.

"But no I’m not the only person. I was just a player involved in it because I knew the two parties and I knew how to get the two parties together to see if we could potentially do a deal."

We don't know how true this is. We just don't; maybe all Jackson did was get two groups of people in the same room (or on the same phone line) and grease the wheels.

But in the wake of the Raiders getting Palmer, Jackson did call it "probably the greatest trade in football." This clearly wasn't the case, because the 4-2 Raiders finished the season 8-8 and in third place in the AFC West.

The point being, though, that those aren't words coming from someone who simply brought two parties together. It was the sort of trade that, depending on how 2011 played out, might not sit well with a general manager.

Whether or not that was actually the case is now apparently a he-said/he-said sort of thing.

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Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:51 am
 

Jackson thinks 'I could have done it different'

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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Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:20 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Steelers D, coaching rumors, MDS

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

The fallout from the Steelers loss to the Broncos continues...

We start the show by discussing if Pittsburgh's defense is again old. (You'll remember, this was a hot topic for the first month or so of the season and then the unit ended the year in a familiar place -- among the NFL's best defenses. Oddly, we didn't hear anything about it until the Steelers' D got Tebow'd Sunday. Then, predictably, the concerns returned.)

We then turn the conversation to whether the Falcons' 2011 draft-day trade for Julio Jones should be considered a whiff, before returning to Steelers-Broncos to revisit James Harrison's hit on Eric Decker. The new safety rules prohibit going high on receivers but there's no mention of going low. Harrison did just that, Decker was knocked out of the game, and many of the fears players voiced when the new rules were implemented were realized in Denver on that play.

Finally, ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith makes his weekly visit to the podcast to talk about all of the aformentioned topics as well as what we can expect in the divisional round of the playoffs. 

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:56 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:28 pm
 

Raiders fire Hue Jackson

The last head coach Al Davis hired lasted just one season. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

The Raiders have fired head coach Hue Jackson, CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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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Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:49 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Is Hue Jackson in danger of getting fired?

JacksonBy Josh Katzowitz

With the Raiders hiring former Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie as their new general manager, one has to wonder what, if anything, that means for coach Hue Jackson.

Yes, Jackson has only been in Oakland for one season and nearly made the playoffs (he was Tebowed out of the postseason), but according to Pro Football Talk, there’s a clause in his contract that gives McKenzie the right to fire Jackson.  

As Mike Florio writes, “It’s believed that Jackson has damaged his stock in Oakland via statements[*] made in the wake of Sunday’s home loss to the Chargers, which caused the Raiders to miss the postseason for the ninth straight year.  To stay, Jackson will have to submit to the new structure and accept the fact that his influence as to football matters necessarily will diminish.”

*Here’s what Jackson said after the Raiders lost last Saturday to eliminate themselves from the postseason: "I'm pissed at my team. At some point in time as a group of men you go in the game and you can say whatever you want about coaches, you win the game. Here's your time. Here's your time to make some plays. We didn't get them stopped and we didn't make enough plays. Yeah, I'm pissed at the team. Like I tell them, I always put it on me, but I am pissed at my team because when you have those kind of opportunities, you've got to do it and we didn't do it."

Also potentially damaging his credibility: Jackson’s decision to bring in quarterback Carson Palmer and when he called it the greatest trade ever made.

Yahoo Sport’s Michael Silver, though, believes Jackson is safe, writing, "My Raiders sources believe Hue Jackson will NOT be fired, despite rumors...”

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