So, who was worse?
If this was a battle of speaking abilities, it would be a heavyweight bout.
In the coaching department, it’s nothing more than a couple featherweights slap fighting.
In Oakland, Jackson said he wanted to create a bully.
Well, the Raiders ended up being the ones bullied, beat down and humiliated.
Even worse, they gave away much more than their lunch money in the process: the team’s top two draft picks in a midseason trade for quarterback Carson Palmer.
There were several other factors (injuries, tragedies, distractions, more injuries, etc.) that played a big role in the disappointing 8-8 season, but Jackson only made matters worse. To put it simply, he did not do his job well enough.
You don’t have to go too far back in time or travel too far of a distance to find an equally bad coaching stint.
Mike Singletary roamed the sidelines at nearby Candlestick for just over two seasons (2008-10), accumulating a 18-22 record. Singletary would become more known for his preaching than winning and he may be better suited as a motivational speaker making sure the nation’s youth don’t end up living in a van down by the river.
Hmm, sounds familiar to Raiders fans who were fed plenty of speeches that turned into plenty of losses.
If only words spoke louder than actions; both coaches would be headed to Canton.
The similarities between the two coaches just begin there.
Both took over promising, yet flawed teams. Both came within a single game of reaching the playoffs, only to watch their division rivals win in the first round. Both dealt with tough circumstances, inept coordinators, and both failed to rise above.
Finally, both were rewarded with a ticket out the door.
The San Francisco 49ers then upgraded by hiring Jim Harbaugh, and currently reside in the postseason.
Now it’s the Raiders' turn.
Are there any other Harbaugh brothers out there, maybe a cousin?