Hue Jackson Is Embarrassing The Oakland Raiders With Power Trips, Heated Interviews

The Raiders blew a chance in the final week of the season to make the playoffs by beating San Diego after the Broncos had already lost to the Chiefs.

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Hue Jackson Lands Unexpectedly With Cincinnati Bengals As Secondary Coach

It’s a move that hardly anyone could have seen coming. Not only did former Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson land in the very place he traded with to land current Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, but he did so as the team’s new secondary coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Specifically, Schefter says he will also help with special teams.

It’s a puzzling move considering that Jackson has worked with quarterbacks and coached offenses in his past. Peter King seems surprised by the move himself after inspecting Jackson’s bio and wondering what the Bengals see in him for the position. While moving former offensive coach Juan Castillo to the defensive side is an experiment the Eagles tried this last season, this seems like another thing entirely.

Interesting enough, King also notes that the moves makes no sense “unless it’s a you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours Palmer trade payback.” Certainly the press conference will tell more, but for now this is a head scratcher on all sides.


Hue Jackson Reportedly Interviewing With Arizona Cardinals

Former Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson is being pursued by the Arizona Cardinals for an open position on their offensive coaching staff. Charlie Casserly reports that the Cardinals have set out to interview Jackson, who was let go after an 8-8 season and some impassioned interviews after the season that threw fellow coaches and players under the bus for the team’s collapse rather than the proper cliche of a coach taking the blame for what happened under his watch.

Jackson has since come out to say that he regrets his comments following the season, but it was enough to send him packing in a season that tumultuous all around for the Raiders — from the passing of longtime owner Al Davis to the injuries that kept out star players like Darren McFadden.

Former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was also previously linked as a possibility to join Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona and Jackson would make another former AFC West head coach interviewing for the job. The irony is that both are passionate, fiery coaches who will speak their mind but who also know their trade. Either would be a great hire but one that would need to be a team player along the way.


Hue Jackson Says Oakland Raiders Firing Provided Him With 'Learning Experience'

In the end, Hue Jackson was his own worst enemy. Despite the flawed trade for starting quarterback Carson Palmer for way too much and the failure to make the playoffs after leading the AFC West halfway through the season, Jackson would still likely be the coach of the Oakland Raiders if he hadn’t been such an emotional creature in the end — blaming everyone around him for the team’s collapse rather than just humbly ride off into the sunset of the off-season.

Now he says he’s learned his lesson in a recent interview with a San Francisco radio station. In the NFL, head coaches are recycled every few years, so he will get his chance again. If so, Jackson says his time in Oakland taught him what to say and what to avoid.

“ I know everybody made a big deal after the last game of the comments I made. I made ‘em and wish I hadn’t. Obviously I wish I would’ve done my normal which was go take a shower, put on my clothes, and then go speak. I was very emotional and felt like I felt based on the circumstances of the game and what was riding on the game and the fact that I didn’t think we took care of enough business to win the game. I said what I said. Not that I didn’t feel what I said I was feeling, but there was just probably a different way that it needed to be said. It’s a learning experience for me and I will grow from that.”


Reggie McKenzie Must Deal With Hue Jackson As First Action With Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have made a hire for a new general manager and it's an impressive arrival in the form of <a href="!/AdamSchefter/status/155144686120603648" target="new">Green Bay Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie</a>. That said, the instant reaction must be about how he will jive with outspoken head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson has already stated how much more control he will have this off-season going forward with the Raiders and yet he already seemed to have his hand on the steering wheel as word of his role in the Carson Palmer trade leaked out.

For the Raiders, the hire of McKenzie away from the NFL's hottest franchise represents a chance to make things right -- a move away from a team that cares very little about its draft assets to a team that can develop its own young talent. Oakland has hit on some draft picks in the past, but it usually treats them with less value than others, and then wonders why they don't make the playoffs.

Jackson certainly has a keen offensive mind, but his team also fell apart down the stretch and he threw everyone under the bus, including his players and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. Jackson must be on the same page with McKenzie if he's going to last in Oakland.

McKenzie played for the Raiders from '85-88.


Hue Jackson Is Embarrassing The Oakland Raiders With Power Trips, Heated Interviews

Hue Jackson seemed like a decent fellow only 16 games ago. The Oakland Raiders elevated their current head coach from offensive coordinator after bringing over Jackson from the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson was the quarterbacks coach credited with Joe Flacco’s transition to the NFL, and he instantly became favored under Al Davis in Oakland. And it seemed, halfway through 2011, that Jackson was a nice fit as the new head coach for the Raiders.

Then something crazy happened: the NFL trade deadline. In a season that was already under a cloud of sorrow from the passing of longtime Raiders owner Al Davis, Jackson lost his starting quarterback in Jason Campbell to injury. The most positive of reports maintained that Campbell could potentially come back by season’s end, but Jackson had an idea in mind — to trade for a player he was familiar with in Carson Palmer, since Jackson had been the wide receivers coach in Cincy several years before.

The cost, however, was astronomical. The Raiders traded one first round choice and another condition second round choice that could become another first for Palmer’s services. Yes, the same Palmer that had sat out the entire off-season as “retired” and half of the regular season now cost two first round choices. Amazing. Through it all, Jackson maintained that it was he who held the sway to make the trade happen.

Palmer did exactly what most people believed he would. His strong arm can definitely bring some big plays, but it also delivers a lot of turnovers. Palmer threw three interceptions in his first game against the Chiefs and ended up 4-6 down the stretch. The Raiders fell from first place in the process and are now picking up the pieces of an emotional season lost. Yet Jackson wasn’t done messing up his team just yet — even though he should have kindly walked away.

In a season-ending press conference, Jackson tore into his team, saying he was “pissed” and that he was embarrassed by their play this season. Yet in turn, it was Jackson who has been embarrassing this entire time.

“I cringed watching it live,” writes Adam Schein. "I cringed for Raider Nation, a fan base that deserves so much more. These are totally unacceptable comments. If Al Davis were alive, he would have called Jackson into his office. That’s not the Raider way. “I’m pissed at my team.” Hue, really? You should be pissed at how you handled your first year coaching the Raiders. You are majorly responsible for the Raiders not making the playoffs.

“Hopefully, Mark Davis and Amy Trask can hire a legit football man to be the general manager,” he contiues, “who won’t treat draft picks like bubble gum. And, hopefully, they pick someone who can help Jackson get a clue. The fans deserve it. The players deserve better.”

Scott Ostler agrees and writes, “Talk is cheap, and right now the speeches of Hue Jackson are in a bin at the 99-Cent Store. After the Raiders’ epic collapse, Jackson unleashed a furious flurry of verbiage.”

“Why throw everyone under the bus when you can drive the bus over ’em? Jackson lashed out at the players, at defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, and even put a little blame on himself, seemingly for his gullibility in trusting his players and assistant coaches in the first place.”

Jackson wants to blame his defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan and others for what he failed to put together: a winning team. There will come a point in the near future where all of these meaningless tirades will come back to haunt the Raiders’ coach. There are already cracks in the foundation and it’s hard to believe the Raiders can build a winning tradition if this guy is in charge.

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