The Oakland Raidersfired coach Hue Jackson on Tuesday after just one season at the helm in the first major move since Reggie McKenzie was hired as general manager.
The decision to get rid of Jackson came four days after the team announced the hiring of McKenzie as the team’s first general manager since the death of longtime owner Al Davis in October. McKenzie, who is the first Raiders executive to hold the title of GM, was formally introduced later Tuesday.
Since 2002, the Raiders have had six different head coaches and all have lasted fewer than three full seasons. Since the start of the 1996 season, the Raiders have had nine different head coaches, the most of any team over that span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
When reached by CSNBayArea.com, an angry Jackson said, “(McKenzie) is going to gut this place.”
“He wants to bring in his own guys. No job is safe right now,” Jackson told the website.
The move marks a rapid fall for Jackson, who was in charge of personnel decisions and coaching after Davis died of heart failure on Oct. 8.
While Palmer showed signs of giving the Raiders a big-time quarterback, he was unable to get Oakland to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, raising questions about how effective that trade was.
After starting the season 7-4, the Raiders lost four of their final five games to mark their ninth straight season without a winning record or a playoff berth. A late-game collapse at home to Detroit on Dec. 18 and a 38-26 loss to San Diego at home in the season finale did in the Raiders and ultimately Jackson.
Owner Mark Davis, Al’s son, made the decision to bring in McKenzie last week and gave him the authority over the coaching staff. McKenzie will now get to pick a new head coach, providing the Raiders a fresh start in their first full season without Al Davis involved since 1962.
Jackson talked at the end of the season about having more involvement in 2012, but instead he will have none.
“I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,” he said after the season finale. “There’s no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now. I promise you that. There’s no question. Defensively, offensively and special teams. I’m not feeling like this no more. This is a joke.”
I wonder if the same thing will happen when the time comes for the Cowboys?