Hue Jackson Fired
January 11, 2012 by staff
Hue Jackson Fired, Newly hired Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie fired Hue Jackson on Tuesday morning, telling the brash head coach that he wanted to start over and bring in his own man.
However, Jackson believes his dismissal after a single 8-8 season as the Raiders’ coach was a decision ultimately made by owner Mark Davis, who has been running the franchise since his Hall of Fame father, Al, died last October.
“I’m not going to shed one tear, because I busted my ass for this organization, and I cherished the opportunity to do it,” Jackson said Tuesday in a telephone interview shortly after he received the news. “I have nothing but good things to say about the Raiders and their fans, and I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish in two years, as an offensive coordinator and coach.
“But it’s Mark Davis’ football team, and Mark’s going to do what he thinks is best. In the end I think he said, ‘I want to put my own stamp on it,’ and he wanted his own coach.”
Jackson said he and Davis had a meeting late last month, shortly before the team’s season-ending defeat to the San Diego Chargers, during which the coach asked if he would have a chance to meet the candidates during the franchise’s search for a general manager. Davis, Jackson said, rebuffed the request.
“I told him, ‘Then I have a concern, because normally a GM that comes in wants to bring in his head coach,’ ” Jackson recalled. “I said, ‘You can understand how that would make me feel,’ and he said, ‘Yes, I can.’ I gave him three opportunities to give me a vote of confidence, and he didn’t give me one. He said nothing.
“I knew then that there was a chance, regardless of how things went the rest of the season, that he wanted to make his own mark in this organization.”
If Jackson’s job was indeed in jeopardy at that point, the Chargers game and its aftermath certainly didn’t improve Jackson’s stock. With a chance to win the AFC West (given the Denver Broncos’ defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs) and secure their first playoff appearance and winning season since 2002, the Raiders suffered a 38-26 setback at the O.cO Coliseum. In an emotional news conference afterward, Jackson told reporters, “To say I’m pissed off is an understatement.”
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