First Casualty of the Reggie McKenzie Era.

Today, Hue Jackson was fired as Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders, marking the first casualty of the newly hired GM’s era. Was it the right move? Does this mean improvement is on the horizon? We hope to find out in the coming years, but let’s first look at if the move was just or not. 

After starter Jason Campbell was lost to a broken collarbone, Jackson engineered a risky trade which acquired aging semi-retired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals for a 2012 first round pick and a conditional 2013 draft pick. The move reeked of desperation as it went down 2 days after Campbell went down. It looks even worse with the Raiders slumping down the stretch losing 4 out of the last 5 games including a late collapse against the Lions at home and then a loss to the Chargers at home to end the season. Jackson was also victimized by many other key injuries, Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford being a couple on the offensive end with Matt Shaughnessy being a key injury on the defensive end. The Raiders were never a consistent football team in 2011, not closing out games, setting a new NFL record for penalties, not showing discipline in key moments. Jackson may have expressed his disbelief with the team after they lost the last game of the season at home to San Diego but the problem had loomed for weeks and along with Denver’s struggles down the stretch, the Raiders should have somehow squeaked into the playoffs. 

Well enough harping about what the 2011 season could have been for the Raiders. Let’s just look forward to the future and hope Reggie McKenzie can build the Raiders program like he did in Green Bay. We just want to win one for Al in the future! Just Win Baby!


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