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Hue Jackson Fired: 5 Reasons the Oakland Raiders Canned Their Coach

B/R StudiosFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2012

Despite having the Oakland Raiders in contention for a playoff spot in the NFL's final week, Hue Jackson was fired as head coach after only one season.

Jackson, who led the Raiders to an 8-8 mark in 2011, was let go by new GM Reggie McKenzie, just four days after McKenzie was announced in his new role.

McKenzie joins the Raiders after spending the past 17 seasons in Green Bay’s front office, most recently as their Director of Football Operations.

The move comes at an interesting time for McKenzie, who is undoubtedly trying to make his mark in his new role. The general consensus around the league was that the Raiders drastically overpaid for Carson Palmer, who has been mostly ineffective over the last several seasons.

Palmer threw 16 picks for the Raiders in just over half a season.

Personnel moves weren’t the only problem with Jackson’s short tenure in Oakland. The Raiders committed a ghastly 158 penalties this season, an NFL record.

A few names are already being floated as possible replacements for Jackson, including Packers assistant Winston Moss, who some had speculated might be Oakland’s next defensive coordinator.

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