Hue Jackson Fired: Shocking Move Won’t Help Raiders Find Stability

The Oakland Raiders have a new general manager in Reggie McKenzie, and he made it abundantly clear on Tuesday that he's not messing around.

Via ESPN's Adam Schefter, here's the latest news:

Roughly a year after he first got the job, Hue Jackson has gotten the axe. The Raiders will now be on the lookout for a new head coach.

In other words: new GM, same old Raiders.

I don't fault McKenzie for firing Jackson. He went 8-8 in his one and only season at the helm, and the Silver and Black spent the bulk of the season playing sloppy, undisciplined football. Jackson also executed the trade to acquire Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals.

At the time, it seemed like a boneheaded trade. In retrospect, it's even worse. Palmer did not come in and rescue the Raiders, and dealing for him cost the Raiders two vital draft picks.

But the Raiders' subpar play and the Palmer trade aren't the only reasons Jackson got the axe. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk summarized the situation rather perfectly over the weekend:

It’s believed that Jackson has damaged his stock in Oakland via statements made in the wake of Sunday’s home loss to the Chargers, which caused the Raiders to miss the postseason for the ninth straight year.  To stay, Jackson will have to submit to the new structure and accept the fact that his influence as to football matters necessarily will diminish.

It appears Jackson wanted to submit to no such structure. Hence, the axe.

Now that Jackson is gone, McKenzie can look to bring in his own people. Since he comes from the Green Bay Packers organization, it's a good bet that he will draw plenty of people to Oakland from Wisconsin, perhaps even the Silver and Black's new head coach.

Once everyone is in place, the rebuilding process can begin.

Rest assured, it will not be a quick process. On the contrary, it's going to take a...

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