Raiders fire Hue Jackson


Raiders fire Hue Jackson

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In his season-ending media conference last week, Hue Jackson said he wanted to have a large role in deciding the direction of the Raiders going forward.

"As the head coach of this football team I would hope that the organization understands that I have a pretty good idea of where we need to go," Jackson said at the time." Because if not, then I shouldn't be where I'm sitting."

Tuesday morning, Reggie McKenzie pulled the chair out from beneath Jackson as the Raiders new general manager fired the first-year coach. The story was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jackson told CSN Bay Area's Henry Wofford he was "shocked" by the developments after a morning meeting.

"We no longer need your services," Jackson said he was told.

When he asked McKenzie why that was, McKenzie replied, "I'm starting from scratch. I'm going to bring in my own guys."

Green Bay assistant head coachinside linebackers Winston Moss' name has been mentioned prominently. He is also a former Raider, having played for the Raiders from 1991 through 1994. The next head coach will be the Raiders 10th since the team returned from Los Angeles in 1995.

Jackson was hired prior to the 2010 season by late owner Al Davis as Tom Cable's offensive coordinator and, it was assumed, the coach-in-waiting. Davis promoted him upon the firing of Cable following an 8-8 season.

In his first year as a head coach at any level, Jackson endured the passing of Davis on Oct. 8, became the Raiders' de facto general manager in the aftermath and orchestrated trades for linebacker Aaron Curry and quarterback Carson Palmer and signed receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. And despite a spate of injuries, including losing quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Darren McFadden for the season on consecutive weeks after Davis' death, the Raiders were 7-4 and on the brink of returning to the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 Super Bowl season.

But then middle linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., for allegedly firing a gun near a man's head, while purportedly back home for a grandfather's funeral, and Jackson offered no discipline, allowing McClain to play that weekend in Miami.

The Raiders dropped four of their last five games to finish 8-8, just like Cable, and lost the AFC West to Denver on tie-breakers. Particularly galling were late meltdowns by the defense, including 98- and 99 12-yard drives allowed at home to Detroit and San Diego. The 2011 team, under Jackson, set NFL single-season records for penalties (163) and penalty yards (1,358).

And despite Jackson greatly improving the offense, there had been rumors of unrest from many players that they did not trust Jackson in the wake of how he handled the Palmer deal, calling it "the greatest trade in football," despite it being for at least first- and a second-round draft picks.

Many in the building saw Jackson as having gone on a power trip since Davis' death, referring to him as "Hollywood Hue." Especially after he ripped the players following the season finale pratfall to the Chargers, saying he was "pissed" at him team and then explaining it the next day as, "The year is over now; now I can tell you what I really feel, and what's really on my mind."

Those types of comments were big no-no's with Davis alive.

McKenzie, meanwhile, is still scheduled to be introduced in a 2 p.m. PT press conference at the Raiders facility in Alameda.

Texts to owner Mark Davis and email and calls to several players had not been returned within an hour of the news of Jackson's firing breaking.

Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss


Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss

Josh Norman isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially about opposing receivers who he feels slight him in some way.

Raiders wideouts Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were his latest targets, subjects of a postgame rant following Washington’s 27-10 victory over the Silver and Black.

Washington’s premier cornerback said the duo talked trash to him during pregame warmups about big numbers they planned to post against Washington’s secondary.

That didn’t happen in an awful day for the Raiders offense. Crabtree had one seven-yard catch on the night and two drops. Cooper was even worse, with a six-yard catch on five targets and a crucial drop.

That gave Norman license to fire at the typically reserved Raiders receiving corps. Norman says he took the pregame exchange personally.

"What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?" Norman said, with quotes via "I mean, first and foremost, you don't come up in here and say what you're going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? (Crabtree) didn't catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you're a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I'm telling you, we are here and we are waiting.

"Don't come out here and tell me what you're going to do. Show me. You're going to have to run through me to get that."

It’s hard to imagine the quiet, often stoic Cooper inciting a rivalry with words. Crabtree has had a previous squabble with Seahawks corner Richard Sherman back when he was with the 49ers, but even he's typically quiet during the course of a game.

"Sherm was right,” Norman said. “(Crabtree) ain't going to say he's sorry, but I don't think he's sorry," Norman said. "He sucked, to be honest with you. You don't come out here and do that extra stuff, man. We don't play that out here."

Norman had several public exchanges with rival receivers, and may find motivation from these beefs.

"Whatever that young cat said, Coop, go and take it back," Norman said. "Crabtree? I have nothing to say to you. Yes, I may be Cover 2, but I'm Cover 1 too. I'm Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3 and Cover 4. All of them. All of the ingredients to make a perfect attack. We do all the extra stuff. When you come out on this field, you going to see about us."

Raiders snap count: Sean Smith the odd man out


Raiders snap count: Sean Smith the odd man out

LANDOVER, Md. – The Raiderss cornerback corps was completely healthy for the first time all season. That meant there would be an odd man out of the typical three cornerback rotation.

TJ Carrie started and played every snap in a 27-10 loss to the Washington football club on Sunday night at FedEx Field. David Amerson missed only two plays. Rookie Gareon Conley was a featured member of this group, entering in sub packages.

Sean Smith, by contrast barely played at all. Healthy again after missing last week’s game with a neck injury, Smith took three defensive snaps early in the game and never saw the field again.

He was charged with covering tight ends and struggled to blanket veteran Vernon Davis, allowing two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in as many targets.

He didn’t play much after that touchdown pass. Antonio Hamilton was a fourth cornerback later in the game.

Snaps for Nicholas Morrow continue to rise. The undrafted rookie played 42 snaps from the middle linebacker spot in the sub packages.

Mario Edwards Jr.’s hot start continued and brought an increased workload. He played solid run defense and had two quarterback hits.

Here’s a look at the snap count for the entire Raiders team.

Quarterback – Derek Carr 51
Running back – Marshawn Lynch 16, DeAndre Washington 16, Jamize Olawale 7, Jalen Richard 6
Wide receiver – Seth Roberts 45, Amari Cooper 44, Michael Crabtree 31, Cordarelle Patterson 26, Johnny Holton 7
Tight end – Jared Cook 41, Lee Smith 12, Clive Walford 4
Offensive line – Gabe Jackson 51, Kelechi Osemele 51, Rodney Hudson 51, Donald Penn 51, Marshall Newhouse 51, Jon Feliciano 1

Defensive line – Khalil Mack 51, Mario Edwards 43, Denico Autry 39, Eddie Vanderdoes 39, Treyvon Hester 26, Justin Ellis 26 James Cowser 16
Linebacker – Cory James 68, Bruce Irvin 54, Nicholas Morrow 42, Marquel Lee 23
Cornerback – TJ Carrie 68, David Amerson 66, Gareon Conley 46, Sean Smith 3, Antonio Hamilton
Safety – Karl Jospeh 68, Reggie Nelson 68

Shalom Luani 27, Keith McGill 27, Tyrell Adams 27, James Cowser 21, Jamize Olawale 19, Antonio Hamilton 14, Johnny Holton 13, Cordarrelle Patterson 13, Xavier Woodson-Luster 12, Nicholas Morrow 10, Jon Condo 9, Marquette King 9, Marquel Lee 9, DeAndre Washington 8, Lee Smith 8, Jalen Richard 8, Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards 8, Denico Autry 8, Jon Feliciano 8, Treyvon Hester 8, Eddie Vanderdoes 7, Bruce Irvin 6, Giorgio Tavecchio 5, Karl Joseph 3, Gareon Conley 3, Justin Ellis 3 Gabe Jackson 2, Marshall Newhouse 2, Kelechi Osemele 2, Clive Walford 2, Vadal Alexander 2


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