I consistently read comments written by fans who believe Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie need to go and these fans continually say the Raiders biggest mistake was firing Hue Jackson. But these same fans fail to realize the difference between Hue Jackson and the coach before him, Tom Cable.
Tom Cable's team scored 25 points a game and allowed 23 points a game. Compare this to the 2011 Raiders who averaged 22 points a game but gave up 27 points a game. The rushing attack under Cable averaged 4.9 yards per carry and averaged 155 yards a game compared to Hue's 4.5 yards per carry and 131 yards a game.
Hue's defense in 2011 gave up 433 points. Tom Cable's defense gave up 371 points in 2010. In 2010 Tom Cable's defense had 47 sacks. In 2011 Hue Jackson's defense had 39 sacks.
If any coach deserves to be the coach of the Raiders, it's Tom Cable not Hue Jackson. Hue Jackson took over the same team Tom Cable had and proceeded to score less points and had a defense give up 5 more points a game.
As many fans on this site have attested to the "zero excuses" approach to Dennis Allen's two years in Oakland, no excuses should be given to Hue Jackson who lost Jason Campbell and Darren McFadden. There's no excuse as to why Hue Jackson's team was worse than Tom Cable's teams. If Hue Jackson was such a great coach, there should have been improvements across the board, not decline in addition to breaking records for the most penalized team to ever play the game. Granted Tom Cable's team was 6th overall on the top 10 most penalized teams to ever play, but Hue Jackson's teams committed 15 more penalties which resulted in being number 1 on the top 10.
That's why I believe there's a fallacy in regards to people's love for Hue Jackson. I believe it's misguided and the only reason people are holding onto him is because he's the last coach to have his team at 8-8 followed by two 4-12 seasons and fan discontent.
Since no excuses can be given to Hue Jackson, why do fans on this site continue to praise him? His Raiders were the most penalized team to ever play the game, had a worse offense, and much worse defense than Tom Cable, yet people on this site continue to support Hue Jackson?
In my opinion, Hue Jackson was fired by Reggie McKenzie because Reggie realized how the team was actually worse under Hue than they were under Tom Cable. If anything, I don't understand why more people aren't calling for Tom Cable to come back to Oakland?