Oakland Raiders Fire Furious Head Coach Hue Jackson; New GM on Firing Tirade

OAKLAND, CA—Hue Jackson's job was one to watch heading into this offseason. He hadn't had the best of seasons, but there was a sort of promise in this Raiders squad. 

That was, until new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie fired Jackson today after the coach failed to take his team to the playoffs.

Upon hearing the news, Jackson went berserk, exclaiming that no one's job is safe and that McKenzie is going to "gut this place."

"He wants to bring in his own guys. No job is safe right now," Jackson told CSNBay Area. "You know I did everything possible to keep my job. McKenzie told me I am not in his plans for the future."

Jackson declined to elaborate on the length of the conversation he had with the new GM, but did mention he was given his time to defend his right to remain the head coach. 

Upon asking why he was being let go, McKenzie reportedly stated numerous times that he wants to bring in his own guys. 

The interesting link between the two in this story is actually their agent. Both share Kennard McGuire as their agent, and McGuire actually said earlier this week that Jackson's job was safe.

It appears now that this was obviously not the case, and the Raiders now may not only be looking for a new head coach, but also for a new staff entirely.

McKenzie is the first person not named Al Davis to be named the GM since Davis took over. McKenzie, though, is nevertheless partaking in an ancient Raider ritual of hopping on the never-ending coaching carousel.

With the available candidates average to unimpressive, aside from a few notable exceptions, it will be interesting what McKenzie does with the vacancy. There is no doubt that the addition of Jim Harbaugh across the bay in San Francisco and his immediate success with the 49ers had an effect on the decision.

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