Raiders Fire Hue Jackson

By Bill Enright
January 10, 2012 3:51 pm
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San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Hue Jackson after just one season.

Jackson confirmed the decision of new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Raiders had originally scheduled a news conference to introduce McKenzie on Tuesday afternoon. McKenzie and Jackson met Tuesday morning.

 

Jackson's one season with the Raiders produced an 8-8 record. The team nearly won the AFC West, needing a victory over San Diego and a loss by Denver on the final day of the season. The Broncos cooperated with a 7-3 setback to Kansas City, but the Raiders dropped a 38-26 decision at home to San Diego.

McKenzie, a former Raiders linebacker, was named GM last Friday after spending 18 years in the front office of the Green Bay Packers. He had been the club's director of football operations since 2008.

Various reports have indicated that McKenzie may already have a new head coach in waiting, as speculation has swirled that Packers assistant Winston Moss could be in line to take the job.

Jackson was named head coach last January after Tom Cable was fired in the wake of an 8-8 season. It was Oakland's first non-losing season since 2002.

The Raiders were 7-4 this year and in prime position for a playoff berth after a 25-20 win over Chicago on November 27, but lost three straight games before saving their season with a 16-13 overtime win against Kansas City to set up the final Sunday scenario.

Jackson had also taken over some of the personnel decisions this season after the death of Al Davis in October. He helped engineer the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer, sending the Bengals a pair of high draft picks in return.

Prior to being named head coach, Jackson was the Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2010. He joined the club after two years as quarterbacks coach for Baltimore and numerous other stops as an assistant.

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2 years ago
I think he might have believed his ties with Al Davis and the tight-knit Raiders family would give him at least one more season. Not making the playoffs after pulling the trigger on the Carson Palmer trade appears to have damaged him more than expected.
2 years ago
Not to mention constantly running his mouth like he owned the joint. I am no fan of the Raiders, but this guy was a tool.
2 years ago
But after just one season? Can't build a solid foundation if coaches keep getting axed

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