Last Thing Raiders Need Is A New Head Coach


From the second it was reported that Reggie McKenzie would become Oakland’s general manager the discussions of Hue Jackson being fired began. Exactly how the speculation came about is a bit of a mystery.

Local beat writers continue to claim that Jackson’s job is safe. National writers say McKenzie is undecided.

No matter who you believe one thing that should be obvious is that the last thing the Raiders need is to make yet another coaching change.

Stability in the East Bay has been about as common as stability in J-Lo’s love life. It just really doesn’t exist. Despite the constant coaching turmoil the 2011 Raiders actually looked like a team capable of competing with the NFL elite. Well, at least they did until the bottom fell out and the Raiders crapped out of the playoff chase.

But, hey, losing a meaningful game in December beats being out of the hunt in October.

While there are no moral victories in the NFL there certainly are necessary steps that need to be taken before becoming a champion. This game of football is unlike any other professional sport. You just can’t buy a championship roster in one offseason. Just ask Nnamdi Asomugha about that.

You also can’t build when you’re constantly rebuilding.

Some reports claim McKenzie could replace Coach Jackson with Winston Moss. Please tell me how replacing one rookie head coach with another rookie head coach will improve any team?

McKenzie owes it to himself to give Jackson the benefit of the doubt. Starting a coaching search is no way to get started as a GM. Keep in mind McKenzie has never done this job before. He’s a rookie himself. At least Jackson has a year under his belt in his current position.

No matter where these reports have come from there has got to be some common sense that trumps all. Common sense says McKenzie should give himself a year of learning the franchise to figure out what he’s got to work with. Starting a coaching search this late in the game, when all of the top candidates have already made their rounds, is a sure fire way to create unnecessary controversy and confusion. What this franchise needs is consistency and competence.

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Tags: Hue Jackson Nnamdi Asomugha Reggie McKenzie Winston Moss

  • raiderlukeCO

    I’m torn…lost 4-5 at the end, didn’t discipline McClain, wasted draft picks on Curry, and became the most penalized team ever. However, I would love to see what this season looks like uninterrupted.

  • raiderlukeCO

    I’m torn…lost 4-5 at the end, didn’t discipline McClain, wasted draft picks on Curry, and became the most penalized team ever. However, I would love to see what this season looks like uninterrupted.

  • rsmar222

    See ya later Hue…I’m more optimistic than I’ve been in years. Let’s say it like it is. I’m not interested in seeing Jackson get outmatched in the second half of games again next season. The Raiders were outplayed in every game in the second half of games. It was miserable to watch. The defense kept things close by allowing opponents freedom to score at will, which put pressure on the offense to keep scoring throughout each game. Oakland has a legit shot at stability, a chence to build a team that can win for years. We may be able to attract talent through free-agency, hire the best coaches, and retain talent. There is the basis of a very good team here. Let’s see what happens.

  • rsmar222

    See ya later Hue…I’m more optimistic than I’ve been in years. Let’s say it like it is. I’m not interested in seeing Jackson get outmatched in the second half of games again next season. The Raiders were outplayed in every game in the second half of games. It was miserable to watch. The defense kept things close by allowing opponents freedom to score at will, which put pressure on the offense to keep scoring throughout each game. Oakland has a legit shot at stability, a chence to build a team that can win for years. We may be able to attract talent through free-agency, hire the best coaches, and retain talent. There is the basis of a very good team here. Let’s see what happens.

  • Chewie8Solo

    I disagree. It’s either win or get fired. That’s the Raider way. Hue got too caught up in his own hype and didn’t do his job. 1st order of business should have been to fire Chuck B. since his defense sucked. Same players Marshall had… So what’s the excuse. See ya!

  • Chewie8Solo

    I disagree. It’s either win or get fired. That’s the Raider way. Hue got too caught up in his own hype and didn’t do his job. 1st order of business should have been to fire Chuck B. since his defense sucked. Same players Marshall had… So what’s the excuse. See ya!