Hue Jackson Blames Everyone But Himself for Raiders Loss

Heading into Sunday, the Raiders had a fairly decent shot at making the playoffs. They needed a win against the highly-inconsistent Chargers at home and a Broncos loss to the Chiefs. Tim Tebow and company could not handle Kansas City, but the Raiders blew their opportunity anyway. Oakland’s defense could not stop the talented San Diego offense. After the game, head coach Hue Jackson expressed disappointment in pretty much everyone but himself.

“I’m pissed at my team,” Jackson said after the game according to the Oakland Tribune. “At some point in time, as a group of men, you go in the game, and you can say whatever you want about coaches, you win the game. Here’s your time. Here’s your time to make plays. So, yeah, I’m pissed at the team. I’m also, like I tell them, I’ll always put it on me, but I am pissed at my team.”

Typically a coach will shoulder the blame for a loss regardless of the circumstances, but Jackson didn’t exactly give us the impression that he was willing to do that.  Not only did he take aim at his players, he also expressed disappointment in defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.

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Hue Jackson Reportedly Has Complete Control Over Raiders Personnel Decisions

For whatever reason, the Raiders acquisition of Carson Palmer has been met with mixed reviews. We agree that Palmer should keep an already solid Oakland team in the playoff hunt with his veteran experience, but the price the Raiders paid seems absurd. Giving up a first-round pick and another conditional pick that could turn into a first-rounder for a rusty quarterback whose skills are diminishing is a huge risk.  If Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com’s sources are correct, it was a risky decision that was made by Hue Jackson.

The first-year head coach of the Raiders is reportedly in charge of all team personnel decisions after the passing of Al Davis.  Considering he has been a head coach in the NFL for all of six games, that is unheard of.  That being said, it would help explain why the Raiders were willing to give up so much for Palmer.

Jackson served as the wide receivers coach for the Bengals from 2004-2006, which were some of Palmer’s best years as an NFL starter.  In 2005, Carson threw 32 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions and finished the season with a passer rating of 101.1.  The following season he threw for over 4,000 yards for the first time in his career to go along with 28 touchdowns and a 93.9 passer rating.  Maybe that’s why Jackson said this about the move.

“We were able to put together what I think is probably the greatest trade in football, in my opinion. Obviously, I think everybody knows that we needed to go out and address our quarterback situation.”

Perhaps Jackson’s memories of Carson Palmer the Pro Bowler are a little too fresh.  Or, maybe he sees something in Palmer that he knows will be useful for the Raiders offense.  Unless Oakland at least reaches the AFC Championship in Palmer’s time as the starter, I’m not sure he will be worth the price the Raiders paid.

Crazy Hue Jackson Thinks Raiders Can Win the Super Bowl

The Oakland Raiders have already lost Robert Gallery in free agency and they’re about to lose their best player, Nnamdi Asomugha. That hasn’t affected head coach Hue Jackson’s confidence in his squad. Asked recently if he thinks the Raiders can make a run in the playoffs, Jackson said he has bigger dreams than that.

“Why not us? Why not the Raiders? We’re trying to win a championship. It’s what I talk about. It’s what I believe. I don’t know anything else.

“I know some of you look at me and say, ‘Man, this guy must be crazy.’ No, I’m not, because the first place we’re going to beat people is in the mind.”

Well, at least we’ll say that’s the type of attitude you need to have in order to win. Not many teams have had success thinking they were going to lose every game. But could you just imagine Hue Jackson going into a job interview and saying that to Al Davis? Davis is the same guy who thinks his quarterback is the next Jim Plunkett. Comments like these are probably music to his ears.

He should just hope this aspiration works out better than Brandon Marshall’s did last year.