As far as Hue Jackson goes. i have no ill will toward him at all. The guy did a good job with the offense. Only had 1 year as a head coach, and it was a tough year.
Let's face it, no matter what the coach says when the team is playing like crap.. you're gonna hate it. If he always gave the same coach rhetoric about it's on him and not the players you'll hate him for not holding players accountable, if he blames the players you'll say he threw them under the bus. When you aren't winning football games, you can't win at anything else and that includes commenting.
He's gone now, and fans need to move on. It was the right decision as far as the big picture goes. Hue was a typical Al Davis HC hire, and if anyone's noticed, that really hasn't panned out since Gruden.
I hope good things for Hue, well except against the Raiders.
And really, under the circumstances, can you blame a guy for losing it? Three 90+ yard TD drives allowed by the defense with under 5 minutes to go three weeks in a row--with the last resulting in us getting booted from the playoffs. I would have been chasing motherf'ers down with a chainsaw on the field to make sure they couldn't have a chance to escape into the locker room and lock the the doors behind them. That's probably one of the million reasons I'm not an NFL head coach, but the point is that losing it like Hue did that day isn't necessarily an indicator of anything abnormal.
Not the biggest fan of how Al ran the team, but am much less of a fan of people who pretend to revere an old man as a means of grabbing power.
Regardless, the Raiders were built on "Just WIN baby!" ...
We were 7-4 then went 1-4 in embarrassing fashion with a multitude of bad calls and a team that didn't show up.
Hue is gone, ain't ever coming back. In my opinion, Lane, Cable, and even Shannahan are princes compared to that asswipe Hue. He can svck cokks in hel1.
His tirade at the end of the season was stupid, but the big thing to me was after making the Palmer trade he at the end of the year was saying he was going to be more hands on and play a bigger role in the decision making process of the organization. There is no one who wanted that but Hue himself, I am sure that just made Davis and any other GM candidate cringe when they heard that.
Fact is Hue inherited an 8-8 team and turned it into, well, an 8-8 team. People can make excuses of injuries and the like. EVERY team has injuries. It is how you deal with and overcome them that matters. Hue's legacy may be bringing Carson Palmer into Oakland, giving the franchise a marquee QB it has not had in ages. If that ends up being the case, I will be grateful to Hue Jackson for that. But that is as far as it goes.
I actually think, with hindsight (I know, hindsight is 20/20), that the Raiders may have done better than 8-8 in 2011 with Cable as HC and Hue at OC, not to mention Marshall as DC. Who knows? And what Reggie would do inheriting that situation would have been interesting.
Anyway, I digress. Hue is gone, and rightly so. Bresnahan is gone, and rightly so. It is a new day, a new era.
Last edited by djh_raider; 07-03-2012 at 03:05 AM.
2013 Raider Draftees:
D.J.Hayden, CB, Houston
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Sio Moore, OLB, UConn
Tyler Wislon, QB, Arkansas
Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
Latavius Murray, RB, Central Florida
Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
Stacey McGee, DT, Oklahoma
Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State
David Bass, DE, Missouri Western State
RIP Al Davis
July 4, 1929 to October 8, 2011
QANTAS - even when an engine explodes the catering/service is STILL the biggest disaster on a Qantas flight!!!
It's always preferable that a coach remain stoic and try to take the heat for everyone else, but sometimes it just isn't going to happen.
Oh well, onward and forward and all that.
Bill Parcells- "You are what your record says you are."
The two coaches couldn't be more different in their philosophy. One was about killing hype, the other was all about ego and hype until something went wrong and then it was someone elses fault.
I don't dislike Hue Jackson as a person or a coach, but I don't like the way he handled himself under adversity last season.
I don't think it will be next year that we go for a QB, think maybe the one after, or even the one after that. But I think you just don't pass up the chance when you get it.
Hopefully we aren't picking that high next year. Would love to be looking at a CB or LB somewhere around pick 20 next spring.
You need to be a developer, teacher, installer, and playcaller.
Knapp blowing Hue out the water is a gross embellishment, Hue was asked to be the aforementioned things for the offense that was putird with help from Saunders, he wasn't just given the keys like Knapp to the 49ers where he just had to keep it rolling.
Whats more Knapp is a copycat system guy.....I dont like that, forcing players into a system. Unlike the 49ers but like other situations he is the guy on offense now that is developer, teacher, installer, and playcaller.
He didn't develop Vick(albeit other factors) he hindered Hassleback, the ironic part is that Vick had developed in the west coast with Reid as coach, and Hassleback was west coast developed by Holmgren so what was Knapp lacking as teacher and developer?
Also unlike Hue who was identified by AL like Shannahan and Gruden, Knapps time in the league as a bonified playcaller is suppose to be finished, his corpse was dug up when it should of been left to rot in the [no higher than QB coach because I screwed up enough times as coordinator} graveyard.
Hope it goes well and the talent overcomes him, but really we should of put AL Saunders in charge
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