Hue Jackson speaks out on his firing


Hue Jackson speaks out on his firing

A day after getting fired by new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, Hue Jackson surfaced on the NFL Network on Wednesday.In an on-set interview with Fran Charles in Los Angeles, Jackson was asked about his infamous final post-game media conference in which he said he was "pissed" at his team and threw players and, it seemed at the time, his defensive coaching staff, under the bus.Asked if he regretted saying some of the things he said following the season-ending 38-26 loss to San Diego, Jackson did not, well, blink."I wish I could take it back and say it differently so people could really understand what I was trying to say," Jackson said. "I wasn't trying to say that I wanted to take total control of everything."I think when you work for the Raiders, I think you understand that Al Davis is first and foremost -- you work for him. So I didn't get an opportunity to put everybody that I wanted on my staff, or run the team or the situation with football operations the way I see fit. I took the job, and I knew the parameters of the job, and I accepted that, and I think at the end, what was coming out of me was the emotion of a long season, being 8-8, losing to the Chargers with so much riding on the line. The opportunity to win the AFC West, to host a playoff game there at home, opportunity to have the first nine-win season since 2002."Jackson did raise eyebrows that day with how quickly he appeared for the presser."I normally go in and take a shower and put on my clothes before I go and see the media and I think I kind of carried some things with me and that's a lesson learned for me," Jackson said. "You think you need to settle down first and really think through what you're saying. But what I said is what I felt."Not that I was trying to say I wanted to run everything; I just wanted to be able to feel like I knew there were some changes that needed to be made and I wanted to be able to make them, and I was trying to voice that. Not take total control or anything like that."Jackson also broached several other topics:On if he was caught off guard by being relieved of his duties by new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie:"I was a little surprised, but I do understand the nature of pro football. Sometimes things that look like they should don't always end up like they should. So I understand. The Raiders did me a favor by giving me an opportunity, Al Davis did and I thank him for it. What a tremendous organization. My time there was awesome, the people at 1220 (Harbor Bay Parkway) who I worked with, they were tremendous; the staff was tremendous. I understand the nature of this business, but obviously I wish it would have went a different direction than it did."On how he found out that he would no longer be the head coach of the Raiders:"(Reggie McKenzie and I) didn't really get into too many of the details. Reggie was very forthcoming and just said, 'I'm going to make a change, I need to bring in my own guy,' which I understand. I knew that anytime a new GM comes in, they like to line themselves with their head coach, somebody that they want to bring in. At the end of the day, I can't fault him or anyone within the organization for feeling like they feel. I wish the situation was different but it's not."On any conversations he had with Mark Davis over the past couple of days:"I didn't talk to Mark (before the decision was made). I have not talked to Mark. Mark is a good man and I have spent a lot of time ever since the night that Coach (Al Davis) died; the person that told me was Mark -- he came to my room and informed me of what had happened to Coach. I haven't had an opportunity to speak to him. I did text him and tell him thank you for the opportunity and to thank him and his family, and I wish him well. But at the end of the day, like I said he's the owner and he's going to make the decision of which direction the franchise runs and I have to accept that."On the Raiders down the stretch of the regular season:"We didn't finish. It's a term that I've always used. We didn't play as well as we could have down the stretch, and again that's what I was feeling after that San Diego game. We had so many opportunities, whether it was going to Miami, going to Green Bay, finishing at home against Detroit, went to Kansas City and then here comes San Diego. We weren't able to get it done and I don't have an excuse for that. At the end of the day, that's my charge -- to make sure that we do (get it done), and we didn't. I know we played decently on offense, we didn't play as well as we could or should on defense and I think the players know that. I think they own up to that and they respect that. But at the end of the day we just didn't finish. When you don't finish, this is what happens -- you end up 8-8 and you end up out of the playoffs."On if he wants to coach in 2012:"There is no doubt I do. I love coaching, I love leading men and coaching guys. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen, but I'm going to take a couple of days to just relax and then let the chips fall where they may. There is a place out there for me someplace and I think I'll find it."

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”