Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oakland Raiders Fire Hue Jackson

By Rachel Swan
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Apparently, Tom Cable wasn't the only former Raiders head coach who had trouble with his superiors. His replacement, Hue Jackson, was deposed today, a source told ESPN. The decision came about a week after current owner Mark Davis (son of the late Al Davis) brought in Reggie Mackenzie to be the team's general manager, precipitating what Jackson would call a massive "gutting." It's rumored that Mackenzie has his own designs for the team, and that he'll start by recruiting a new coaching staff from the Packers.

Jackson had held the job for only a year, and during that time he made several controversial decisions, most notably by trading one first and one second round draft pick for quarterback Carson Palmer (to replace the injured Jason Campbell). It was a dicey proposition that quickly went sour, resulting in a spate of losses and another failed playoff bid for the Raiders. That of course doesn't bode well for a team that's coming up on its nine-year playoff drought — and many argue that Jackson should have been fired on the spot for engineering the Palmer trade. The younger Davis reacted by allowing Mackenzie to do a major hatchet job on the team, starting right at the top. We'll see what arises from the ashes.

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