Raider Nation, I hear you screaming in the streets. I see your Facebook statuses proclaiming your outrage. My Twitter timeline is dripping with your despair. I'm currently turning off my phone so the texts won't interrupt this article. Wipe away your tears, and take a moment to read just why Hue Jackson ultimately HAD to go.
During Al Davis' long reign as the owner and managing general partner of the Raiders, he wore many hats. When he passed, he left his son scrambling to fill his shoes. He would need a general manager to help him, but to do that he would need to reach out to the great minds of Raiders past to get the right guy.
The Raiders held a press conference to announce Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' next general manager. Managing general partner, Mark Davis, took the opportunity to send the message that the Raiders are very open to a move back to Los Angeles.
According to Hue Jackson, Al Davis once told him, "Hue, trust your players, not your plays." That begs the question, what happens when you can't trust your players? The answer: You hire Reggie McKenzie to be the General Manager and he promptly fires Hue Jackson. With that, the McKenzie era has begun in Oakland.
After much speculation in the media, the Raiders have fired Hue Jackson after just one season as the team's head coach. Jackson interviewed with new general manager Reggie McKenzie this week and apparently the interview did not go well.
It was an up and down season for the Raiders. Early it seemed like the ups would outnumber the downs but eventually the downs caught up to them, and the Raiders were kept out of the playoffs yet again. It can be difficult to round up every player and/or coach and simplify exactly what happened. But I'm gonna do it anyway.
The Associated Press announced their All Pro team and it did not include a single Raider player. The Raiders had three Pro Bowlers this season in punter Shane Lechler, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, and Richard Seymour. But oddly, none of them made All Pro.no comments