Hue Jackson might have been dealt a bad hand by Al Davis. But he knew the deal before becoming a Raider. This was AD’s franchise and he ran the show his way.
Hue Jackson might have regrets for throwing everyone in the organization under the bus. But he is a grown man and he knows better.
Hue Jackson should have been given at least one more year in the East Bay. But this is the NFL which stands for not for long when you fail to deliver on lofty promises.
No matter the reasons why Jackson was relieved of his duties one thing was all too clear – he was far too comfortable in his role as head coach. Jackson spoke as if he was guaranteed to be a fixture in Oakland. He walked around acting like whatever he said went.
In reality only one man has that unlimited football power in Oakland. His name is Mark Davis.
Like it or not this is his business to run. Coach Jackson was but another employee.
I applauded Jackson for his bold approach in pursuing Carson Palmer yet wondered aloud why he turned a blind eye to Rolando McClain’s misgivings. You can’t put such a premium on winning that you trade away valuable draft picks and overlook inappropriate conduct yet fail to just win, baby.
8-8 got Jackson his job. It also lost his right to collect Davis endorsed checks.
In the coming weeks we’ll learn more of the new regime in Oakland. One thing is very clear, more changes are coming.
Is Mark Davis out to prove something to himself or his iconic father? We’ll probably never know. What we do know is that Jackson learned a harsh lesson in a brutal business. Just like real life, noting in the NFL is guaranteed.
No coach, not even the hoodie, can speak on behalf of an entire organization. Too often that is what Jackson did.
To paraphrase Chris Rock, I’m not saying I agree with the firing of Jackson…but I understand.
I won’t pretend to act as if I know Mark Davis or Reggie McKenzie’s thinking but I know how I would feel if I were the owner of a business and my manager was acting like he could kick his feet up on my desk.
Hue Jackson might get another chance one day. If and when that day comes I’m sure he’ll think long and hard about all the responsibility that comes with being a head coach. His learning process is underway while Davis’ is just beginning. One day these two men will look back on their brief interactions with a much different outlook. The real question is which one will have grown more? Only time will tell.