Hue Jackson Fired – There’s one former head coach that isn’t going down easy, and jackson wants his side of the story to be told. In a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Jackson only seems to dig himself a deeper hole.
Jackson believes the decision to fire him came directly from Raiders owner Mark Davis, not new G.M. Reggie McKenzie. (Despite McKenzie’s words to the contrary.)
“It ain’t Reggie,” Hue said of McKenzie. “Me and him get along. The easiest thing to do is to start over and bring in all new people, which is what he’s doing. The hardest thing to do is to say, ‘I’m gonna keep a guy who’s already here and try to build around him.”
Jackson is right. It is hard to build around a coach you didn’t choose. General managers have tried it and it rarely works. You usually end up wasting time for a year like Ted Thompson did in Green Bay and Mike Holmgren did in Cleveland.
It’s especially hard to do when the head coach publicly asks for more power that he doesn’t get. That’s not a situation that lends itself to a harmonious coach-G.M. relationship.
Jackson believes that Mark Davis made the decision to fire him based on a conversation that took place over a week ago. Jackson voiced his concerns about not being involved in the G.M. search before the season-ending loss to the Chargers. Davis rebuffed him.
“I gave him three opportunities to give me a vote of confidence, and he didn’t give me one. He said nothing,” Jackson said.
This is a sign that Mark Davis may have a better idea on how to run the Raiders than Al Davis in his later years. Should a first-time head coach with one average year under his belt really be helping to choose his general manager? It’s backwards.
Davis leaned on former trusted executives and they made a great choice in McKenzie. Jackson got caught in the middle, a talented coach that was the victim of bad timing with the ownership transition and his own choice of words.
The revelation by Jackson that he pushed to be part of the G.M. process before the Chargers game is telling. Even after Davis denied him, Jackson made a clumsy public push for more power. He partly blames emotion.