Jackson’s anger on full display after Raiders loss


Raiders coach Hue Jackson promised to build a bully, solve the penalties issue and get his defense to stop the run. In the end, none of those things happened, and he fared no better than his predecessor, Tom Cable, in guiding the Raiders to an 8-8 record after a 38-26 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
However, Jackson did make good on one promise. He delivered that one Oct. 18 during an introductory news conference the day Jackson engineered a trade for quarterback Carson Palmer.
“This team is poised to win; whatever we need to win,” Jackson said that day. “I said that before. We’re not putting people on the team just to put them on there. We’re chasing a championship. I’m not going to tell you I’m going to be disappointed if we don’t, but I’ll probably be mad if we didn’t.”
Jackson’s anger was evident during his postgame news conference Sunday, saying numerous times how “pissed” he is at his players and for how the Raiders squandered an opportunity to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
“To say I’m pissed off is an understatement,” Jackson said in his opening remarks, with a scowl on his face. “Obviously, we got beat here at home, and it didn’t’ look like a football team that was hungry enough to go win the AFC West title.”
The Raiders entered the day with a shot at making the AFC Playoffs, either as the AFC West champion or the second of two wild-card entrants.
The wild-card scenarios vanished just about the time the Raiders started their game against the Chargers. It became AFC West or bust.
Near the end of the game, fans chanted “Denver lost” as a means of spurring on the Raiders. Numerous players said they were aware the Broncos had lost and all they needed to do was take care of business against a Chargers team with no playoff aspirations, and the division title was theirs.
Yet, it wasn’t to be. The Chargers marched 99 yards midway through the fourth quarter for a touchdown that sealed the victory and prompted fans to boo in unison.
“Words can’t describe how disappointed we are,” strong safety Tyvon Branch said. “We had everything set up for us. We had a roller coaster season and we had a chance to get in the big tournament still, and we blew it.”
Jackson was convinced that his team was ready for the big stage, that they would find a way to get it done.
“I thought this team was ready to take the next step,” Jackson said. “We didn’t get it done. It’s my responsibility, and so I understand that, and I’m pissed, to say the least.”
Free safety Michael Huff said he appreciates Jackson’s dour mood. However, the blame falls upon the players and not Jackson or defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.
“We should all be pissed,” Huff said. “To be this close and to blow it, it’s nothing the coaches did. The players didn’t play (well). I know some people are going to try to blame Chuck, some people are going to try to blame Hue but, at the end of the day, we’re the ones on the field.
“Regardless of the defense that’s called, we got to line up and play and execute. I don’t want anybody going out there and trying to blame the coaches because it’s on us.”
When asked who he was mad at, Jackson made it abundantly clear who he was talking about.
“I’m pissed at my team,” Jackson said. “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.
“We didn’t get ‘em stopped. And we didn’t make enough 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. Because when you have those kinds of opportunities, you’ve got to do it, and we didn’t do it.”
Jackson wasn’t pulling any punches, either.
Someone has to be held accountable for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completing 19 of 26 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns, without any sacks or interceptions. Or the Chargers rushing for 153 yards, at 4.9 yards a pop.
“Nah, uh-uh, I’m not making no more excuses for nobody,” Jackson said. “I’ve taken this thing on all year and, look, bottom line is, we don’t tackle very well in the secondary, we don’t make the plays that you have to make in the secondary to be very successful. We’re not where we need to be yet. It’s my job, and I’m going to get it fixed.”
When asked about Bresnahan’s status for next season, Jackson said he isn’t answering that right now.
Jackson did say that the Raiders defense needs to play as a cohesive unit, some guys need to make more plays and an “attitude adjustment” is in store.
“Chuck knows how I feel,” Jackson said. “I’m disappointed over there. I have been. It’s not like we haven’t had conversations. Chuck knows what I feel, and it’s not good enough. …
“When you play defense in the NFL, man, you got to hunt. You can’t give up 28, 29 points and expect to win. You’re not going to do that. I’ve challenged our guys, I’ve challenged everybody and, obviously, we’re not responding to it. We got to get better.”
Jackson said he has been aware of the issues holding back the Raiders for some time. Now that the season is over, it’s time for him to let it out and talk about what needs to be done going forward.
For one, Jackson said, he intends to take on an even heavier hand in how the team is run. He is hell-bent upon making sure he doesn’t feel again the way he feels right now.
“I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,” Jackson said. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now, I promise you that. There’s no question.
“Defensively, offensively and special teams. I aint feeling like this no more. This is a joke. To have a chance at home to beat a football team that is reeling after being beaten by Detroit, is one of your rivals, and come in and beat us like that … yeah, I’m going to take a hand in everything that goes on here.”

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  • JohnnyRaider

    This defense has been flat most of the year and looked like they did not care and just wanted to get home to go party. This is why most of these defensive players should be cut, don’t know why call them defense because they could not defend against a crippled baby. Get rid of all big money players and start over fresh with players who really want to play. Get rid of Seymour, Kelly, Michell, Boyd, Giordano, Huff, Routt, Wimbley, McClain, Lito, and if both drafted corners can not stay healty get rid of them too. Get rid of Chuck B by tonigh or tomorrow, he should not be paid for another day, get rid of line backer coach, wide receiver coach and special teams, Fassel is a joke. Get rid of Schillens, Cartwright, Murphy. This team needs an extreme major overhaul make over. PERIOD!!!

  • al d. davis

    As I predicted several weeks ago, all the talk about making the playoffs was both ridiculous and assinine. I also predicted: “We will lose to San Diego since Rivers is now throwing big time TD’s like the mad hatter.” I was correct.

    For the life of me I can’t understand why the CB’s, while reading the receiver’s body language, turn toward the ball and just get a hand up. We couldn’t even do that today while Rivers ran roughshod over us.

    Attenuate Stank AL’s taint: hire a GM and legitimate head coach; blow the team up, tar and feather Hue and clip his eggs at the city limit.

    Also, I couldn’t believe the play of McClain. I watched him on the bench – sluffed off chin and beady eyes, nasty goatee – cut him….oh yeah…..show him the ax handle across the face. That goes for Seymour, CJ, that idiot bunch of CB’s.

    Makes me sick….

  • crazy_eyepatch

    “Obviously, we got beat here at home, and it didn’t’ look like a football team that was hungry enough to go win the AFC West title.”

  • GoodOle00

    **** yeah Hue! Read em the riot act! Wouldn;t expect anything less.

    “8-8. They can’t call us losers anymore!”


    The bottom line is that Cable was 8-8 and swept the division.
    Hue is 8-8 and didn’t sweep the division.
    We went backwards.

    Did Hue imrpove the offense? Yes.
    That makes him an offensive coordinator not a head coach.

    Really don’t like Jackson publicly dumping on everyone in sight even as he says he accepts the responsibility.
    As a coaching technique that’s not going to work.

    A lot of Hue’s play calling is not good.
    At the end of the first half, with eleven seconds left on the last play of the half, when they are trying to set it up for Sebass, Hue calls that short pass down the middle that ends the half without a score.

    Jackson’s made plenty of mistakes but I don’t know that it’s a good idea to fire him yet. He probably should have another year just as Cable should have had another year.

    We definitely need to bring in a strong General Manager to replace Al and that person needs to have the power to hire and fire coaches.

    And it needs to happen NOW Mark!

  • Snoopy


    WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ANYWAY?!?! Hue is cool i dig his rage… Breshnaloser no sacks no pressure on Rivers its like he wanted to lose and, he did!

    The only way to beat Rivers is to keep hitting the hell outta him and knocking his ass on the ground. no sacks says everything you’d think he’s vick out there!?!?!?!

    too bad the STEAL’rs are hurt and we could of beat them around but without hitting big ben its the same thing like rivers… you can’t give them time or they eat you alive…

    I say wate for REX RYAN to be fired and bring his big ass to the HOT, he’s the better of the ryan brothers and REX can make this D hum!!!

    Oh and by the way… CODE BLACK!!!!

  • fingers

    These coaches were Al’s picks…. Not Hues …
    The Defense was built by Al … Time to move on …
    Hue will be back next year … Palmer will be back next year.
    Bresnahan will be gone … The Defense will be retooled..
    And The Raiders will have a new GM …

  • gb1218

    Why is Hue getting a pass? He’s no better tnan “The Cable Guy” Hue is way over his head. He’s an adequate OC, not an HC. Fire his @ss! The Raiders will always be 2nd fiddle to Harbough and the 49ers, as long as Hue is the HC.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    How do you lose when your QB does this?

    C. Palmer 28/43 417 9.7 2 1 102.6

    To have a performance like that go to waste and to expend to high draft picks to have the defense collapse anyways is just flat out frustrating!

    And to think the one int is because the WR looked lost on the play!!!

    The 99.5 yard drive had to be the worst defensive stand I have ever seen the Raiders do. However, we had a CB off the street FA no one wanted, started a Safety playing in dime off the street FA no one wanted. It just seems that if you had half a pass rush – is this not what we paid TK RS and CW for? and some decent run defense (isnt that what we drafted the thug from Alabama for?) the Raiders should be able to force the team to punt at least once? I mean all teams have to hide weaknesses. It seems like the rest of the defense just sat there and laughed at Sheppard as he got torched. The DC just sat there with no answer. AHHHHHH.

    By the way #159, AD gave Hue Chuck B. No one else in the NFL wanted him. The guy was coaching in the UFL or something like that. I mean he could not even get a gig in college. Having him as a DC reminded me of the Bed and Breakfast Guy AD hired as OC in 2007. We need serious professional coaches that can make adjustments!!!

  • MxRaider

    Hue Jackson promised to build a bully, solve the penalties issue and get his defense to stop the run and none of those things happened. In the end he fared no better than the Cable guy!…

    He also thought this team was ready to go to the playoffs that his defense was one of the best and he was absolutely clueless as to when a player could come back to play.

    Bottom line is we need to demote Hue to OC as he has no business being a HC in the NFL, fire Bresnaham, Routt and McClain, hire a defensive minded coach and a competent DC along with a good GM.

    I’m tired of being bullied around, specially by San Diego and Dungver!

    I’m pissed at some players but specially @ Hue and Bresnaham!. This loss was absolutely heart breaking. To lose at Oakland against the Chokers!… R u kidding me !?… I’m so disgusted I’m gonna leave and throw up now.

  • justwinbabyor

    FIRE Hue Jackson !!!!!!
    It hasn’t happened yet, so, will everything remain the same? will the owners contemplate who should be fired? (Hue) Duh?? and who should take control,as GM and make the decisions,I’ll stay excited until i see what happens next,& pray they made excellent decisions.
    WE need a rookie QB,let’s start fresh.
    I want a coach like cable,a coach who takes responsibility for the job,he was not given a chance,& fired because he took responsibility,not putting blame on others. Raiders Administration need to get there head out there a@@!!! and hire a coach that will inspire and motivate players to a higher level.I want to win,not barley,or hope someone other team looses so we can make the playoff’s,i want to win for 10,20 seasons straight,i want other fans to hate us because we win all the time, not because we’re the most routty fans in the NFL,well that too. justwinbabyor all the time.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders need to resign Mr. Campbell as Mr. Palmer’s back up; more than likely Jason be starting by week six since Carson holds onto the ball until the quarter is over.

    Seriously though; this move would solidify the Raiders at QB for the next three years, since we have Mr. Pryor to develop for the future.

    Raiders are solid at the OLine, although there is room for improvement.

    Raiders are solid at WR, although there is room for improvement.

    Raiders are solid at TE, younger guys simply need to develop.

    Raiders are thin at RB, who woulda thunk?

  • RaiderRetribution

    Hue needs to sign:

    Crennel, Tucker, Dungy, or Wannstadt as DC.

  • dvrick

    # Raider J Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    “8-8 ain’t what I want to be. Im not happy with this season. But we overachieved. Its just that simple.”

    Hue Jackass City=Raider losses.

  • dvrick

    # GoodOle00 Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 2:04 am

    **** yeah Hue! Read em the riot act! Wouldn;t expect anything less when you’re to blame!!

    “8-8. They can still call us losers!”

  • dvrick

    Sullivan44 Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Typical B…K man when the evidence is right in front of him that he’s to blame he throws everyone else under the bus.

  • Raidernationdave

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    “I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,”…

    Wow, did Hue change Al’s will and inherit the team?


    I guess if we asked HueJAX “Who died and left you in charge?” He’d say “Al did.”

  • manmarquez

    Steve Spagnuolo!