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Raiders: Why Firing Hue Jackson Was a Mistake

The Oakland Raiders are an incredibly impatient franchise.

December 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson stands on the sidelines against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

When success isn’t looking their way, they quickly try another option. This is reasonable and understandable in a sense, but in one case scenario Oakland had really jumped the gun.

It was the 2011-2012 NFL season. The Oakland Raiders had finally built an adequate football team, and in some areas they were certainly above average. They finished off a fairly successful season at 8-8 and it was definitely one of the best years in a long time. Oakland ranked ninth in total yards and 16th in points scored on the season. Their defense still was sloppy with many issues ranking 29th, but head coach Hue Jackson had his offense looking sharp in numerous areas.

Jackson’s offensive play calling was extremely creative and effective, and it was sure as hell entertaining to watch. He would call risky plays, such as a fake field goal kick, flee flickers, or going for it on a 4th and 1 – and he was typically successful with his choice of play.

On top of all this, Jackson had dealt with adversity as well. Starting quarterback Jason Campbell, who was playing well, went down with a season-ending injury. Coach Jackson had Campbell performing at a high level as he was unquestionably playing his best season in the NFL. The Raiders then made the move to acquire Carson Palmer, who was employed by no one before the trade, and this did not turn out very well.

As expected, considering the fact that the veteran Palmer virtually had no time to build any type of chemistry with Oakland’s wide outs, he threw 13 touchdowns in 10 games while racking up 16 interceptions. He failed to become a team leader, and the veteran never seemed to develop any comfort with the Raiders’ young but talented receivers. To make matters even worse, star running back Darren McFadden fought injury after starting the season off amazingly strong.

Now, do not get fooled by the 8-8 season led by Hue Jackson, the Raiders were still not even close to where they need to be.

Nevertheless, it seemed as if they were finally headed towards the right direction. Hue Jackson should have gotten another shot at head coach; he would of done better than a 4-12 record in 2012-2013.

Topics: Carson Palmer, Darren McFadden, Dennis Allen, Hue Jackson, Jason Campbell, NFL, Oakland Raiders

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  • http://twitter.com/RickyBo60099188 Ricky Bobby

    Hue was a awful game manager, Carson & Curry stunk, & no playoffs. He deserved to be fired.
    TR

    • Pridenpoise

      Anyone that thinks we should be bringing in Vince young to compete for the QB position, and just cut Palmer is an idiot, therefore I wouldn’t put to much stock into what you think. Hue obviously deserved another year after turning around our offence, and was the reason they stopped calling McFadden a bust, but I’m sure you probably want to trade McFadden for a 5th rounder IDIOT.

      • http://twitter.com/RickyBo60099188 Ricky Bobby

        Yes, by is a upgrade over roster waste cp3. Young is a career winner, Carson a career loser. Sorry truth hurts playa, get over it!!

        • Pridenpoise

          Your a loser if you think Vince young is a better QB than Carson, if he is so good I wonder why he is begging for a job. Career winner don’t make me laugh. I’m not saying Palmer is the be all and end all but he certainly give us a better chance to win than Vince. And those are the facts playa.

          • transparent58

            Neither guy is the answer for the Silver and Black at QB, but VY would cost a lot less, could make plays outside the pocket, is younger, and did I mention he would cost a lot less?

          • Pridenpoise

            Well if its just about money can you throw a football, I’m sure you would come cheap Vince young couldn’t even make the Bills roster last season so I’ll pass. Obviously We can’t continue to pay Palmer the bloated salary but if he was to take a pay cut then I would like to see him on the team for at least another year or two.

          • transparent58

            I’ve got no problem retaining Palmer is the price is right, but he surely doesn’t deserve elite QB money. Elite QBs put up huge numbers AND wins. Palmer put up decent numbers, but didn’t get the team into the End Zone nearly enough and only won 4 games. While I give Knapp his fair share blame for how terrible the Raiders were in the Redzone, Palmer doesn’t get a pass, either.
            Financially speaking, the Raiders can’t afford him at the salary he’s supposed to receive in 2013. If he refuses to restructure, cut him and move forward with Pryor. If they build their offense around Pryor’s strengths, VY becomes a very viable option as a back up. They have similar skill sets. Use the money saved from cutting Palmer to sign a right tackle or upgrade the talent on the defense. There’s a lot of Free Agent talent out there, and Reggie needs to pad his tackle box before going fishing…

          • Pridenpoise

            I agree with you to an extent, however we had no running game to speak of our receivers dropped far to many passes and lets face it the defence sucked. And as you said Greg knapp was a big problem. With that being said I would like to see Palmer get another season or 2 with a new OC. You have your opinion on VY and I have mine and I respectfully disagree with you. I just think he is I giant asshole there is a reason he has a winning record and yet nobody seems to want him. Whatever happens we are all Raider fans and if VY was to get the roster spot and work out I would be the first person to admit I was wrong.

  • Jared Myers

    Hue went on a power trip. That’s what got him fired. He would have been horrible at working together with Reggie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.kench Eric Kench

    I couldn’t agree more about firing Hue Jackson. He would’ve fixed the defense eventually if he had been allowed to hire is own defensive coordinator. That clown Bresnahan really sabotaged the season for us. But it was the Palmer trade that ultimately cost Jackson his job in my opinion. Now I’m not a Palmer hater, he’s the best quarterback we’ve had since Rich Gannon. But no one is worth two high round draft picks.

    • transparent58

      Even then, I think Hue would have had to make a deep playoff run to keep his job after 2011. A new GM rarely retains the previous coach, and if he does, you run the risk of an A.J. Smith/Marty Shottenheimer scenario that played out in San DiegNO.
      Hue made it even tougher to retain him with that silly press conference after his team choked away a shot at the playoffs/division title.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.saeed.50 Danny Saeed

    I’ve heard it was the power trip that ultimately got Hue fired. Regardless, I thought he had the team headed in the right direction. Had the offense looking the best it’s looked in a while. He made JCampbell look pretty damn good out there. I just thought Oak jumped the gun firing Hue, should of definitely gave the guy another year. Clearly could of been a solid HC in this league, and those don’t come easy

  • http://twitter.com/DaNnyBoyQ Danny Saeed

    I believe in McKenzie, therefore my worries have somewhat flown out the window.