Hue Jackson was Al Davis’ man. When he turned around the Raiders offense dramatically in 2010, and Oakland got to 8-8 for the first time since 2002, Al Davis jettisoned head coach Tom Cable and promoted Hue Jackson. When Al Davis died in early October, it was Jackson who led the inspired effort at Houston and stepped into the leadership void. A week later, starting quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone, and Hue was staring at the ominous prospect of Kyle Boller.
The Raiders had few draft picks to make a move, but Hue the interim GM, who was also the guy with his job on the line at coach, traded away a bounty of all they had left for Carson Palmer.
Reggie McKenzie was hired to be the team’s GM at the start of this offseason, and was given the authority to fire Hue Jackson as part of the deal. Maybe Hue burned some bridges with his comments about the players after the season ending loss to the Chargers with the playoffs in the balance. Maybe McKenzie didn’t like Hue the GM gutting the draft picks for the future, chasing after Carson Palmer. Now, Palmer’s future seems a lot more uncertain even more than before, and Hue Jackson is unemployed (Hue clearly should not have been making the calls on trades, but I would take him now in Kansas City as the Offensive Coordinator under Crennel).
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