Report: Hue Jackson fired by Raiders
The Raiders were 8-8 under Jackson and missed the playoffs, losing four of their final five games. They would have won the AFC West, however, had they been able to beat San Diego in Week 17. The Chargers, who were already out of the playoff picture, eliminated Oakland with a 38-26 win at Oakland.
A text message to Jackson on Tuesday morning was not immediately returned.
Jackson replaced Tom Cable as coach and looked to be among the most powerful coaches in the league after the October death of Raiders owner Al Davis, seeing as the franchise had no general manager.
But on Friday, the Raiders hired Green Bay executive Reggie McKenzie as general manager, and McKenzie -- a former Raiders linebacker -- officially began his new job Tuesday. He reportedly planned to evaluate the coaching situation. McKenzie and Jackson have the same agent.
After the season-ending loss to the Chargers, Jackson had ripped the team to the media, saying he was very angry at his players.
“At some point in time, as a group of men, you go in the game and you can say whatever you want about coaches, you win the game. Here's your time. Here's your time to make some plays,” Jackson said at the time. “We didn't get them stopped and we didn't make enough plays. Yeah, I'm [ticked] at the team. Like I tell them, I always put it on me, but I am [ticked] at my team because when you have those kind of opportunities, you've got to do it and we didn't do it.”
-- Sam Farmer
Photo: Hue Jackson. Credit: Thomas B. Shea / Getty Images