Maybe this is wishful thinking but Reggie McKenzie and Mark Davis need to put down their egos and rehire Hue Jackson as the offensive coordinator. First of all, Hue Jackson should have never been fired in the first place. When he was hired as offensive coordinator in 2010 his leadership abilities quickly became apparent by leading the Raiders to the 6th rank scoring offense in the league and this was with Jason Campbell as quarterback. I’m not sure if many of you remember but in 2009 the Raiders had the 29th ranked scoring offense. He took one of the worst offensive teams in the league and made it one of the best with a middle of the road quarterback.
Under Hue Jackson, Darren McFadden averaged more than 5 yards a carry for both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. With Greg Knapp as the OC, McFadden is averaging 3.4. I am not going to spend a lot of time comparing Jackson and Knapp, I think anyone that is a true Raiders fan, watches every single play and has a brain knows that there is no comparison. I’ll simply say this, Knapp as an OC is predictable and ineffective and Jackson as an OC was creative and successful - the numbers bear this out.
Many in the media say we need to give Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie a chance because it takes more than one season to rebuild a team. What? The team was already rebuilt with a young talented head coach, that bleeds silver and black, named Hue Jackson. Hue Jackson was the one thing Al Davis got right. Well I shouldn’t say that, Al got a lot of things right when it came to the Raiders but most of those things were a long long time ago. Finally, after years of hiring bad coaches, Al hired a head coach that was capable of bringing this team back to the promise land. Then sadly, Al dies, Mark Davis takes over, highers Reggie McKenzie and the egos run amuck.
Yes, Al Davis is responsible for making the right move and hiring Jackson but he also is responsible for getting him fired by rehiring the inept defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. Al essentially saddled Jackson with a boat anchor as a DC. If we had a decent defensive coordinator last year we quite possibly could have been 10-6 or even 11-5 which would made firing Jackson almost impossible. Let’s not forget that if it weren’t for two end of the game meltdowns against the Bills in week 2 and the Lions in week 15, the Raiders would have been 10-6 last year, won the division and heading into the playoffs. Does that sound like a team that needed to be blown up? The only thing that should have happened at the end of last year, in terms of coaching changes, is Chuck Bresnahan should have been fired and replaced.
I seriously doubt that Reggie McKenzie and Mark Davis will put their egos down and rehire Hue Jackson but I did want to point out the colossal mistake they made in firing him in the first place. I do realize that Jackson brought some of this on himself with the power-play he made during the press conference after the SD game last year but firing him was not the answer. The team was going in the right direction and firing him did not serve the best interest of the team and the FANS. We don’t fire a head coach that was one play away from winning the division, especially given how horrible the Raiders have been. In the 7 years before Hue Jackson was hired as the OC, the Raiders didn’t win more than 5 games in any of those 7 years. We higher Hue and we started winning. I guess winning is not the most important thing after all.
Currently we have the proud record of 3-10, nice work Mark Davis, Reggie McKenzie, Dennis Allen, Jason Tarver and Greg Knapp. If you are going to fire Hue Jackson after one season of being the head coach with an 8-8 record and tied for the division lead then what are you going to do with a GM and a group of coaches responsible for winning half the games won last year (if they are lucky they’ll get to 4 wins)?