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

Raiders: Why Firing Hue Jackson Was a Mistake

The Oakland Raiders are an incredibly impatient franchise.

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.

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

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