Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon called the team’s decision to fire coach Hue Jackson “a stunner.” He also said that Jackson’s comments after the season-ending loss to the San Diego Chargers didn’t help Jackson’s cause for getting a second season.
Here is what Gannon said about today’s eye-opening news, in a segment from Sirius NFL Radio:
Gannon: “What a stunner. … I just go back to some of the comments that Hue made at the end of the season. They were damaging remarks about his team, about the players, about the fact that they didn’t put forth their best effort. And some of the decisions that he made essentially as the head coach/general manager in the absence of Al Davis, I mean, the decision to make that trade for Carson Palmer. And my sense is they got together and [new Raiders GM] Reggie [McKenzie] wanted to make a change and he’ll bring in someone that he’s more comfortable with. My sense is it is probably somebody on that Green Bay coaching staff. It could be assistant head coach Winston Moss.”
“Now Reggie McKenzie has full autonomy. He’s got the support of Mark Davis and Mrs. Davis and the organization to make the changes that he feels are necessary in order to get the Raiders back into winning ways and back to postseason appearances. This is the longest drought in franchise history. This is the longest drought where they’ve not had a winning season. You have to go back to 2002 the last time they’ve had a winning season. You look at how the Raiders finished this year, losing four of their last five games, including that disappointing home loss against the San Diego Chargers. Kansas City did their job, they took care of Denver. All the Raiders had to do was to win on January 1 and they would have been in the postseason. So a disappointing finish and to make matters worse Hue Jackson went ballistic at his postgame press conference. Those comments were heard around the league. I think they surprised some people. And not only that but his comments about moving forward how he would have more control and he’d want more control and want to do more things in terms of the personnel. I think when you listen to those comments and you are Reggie McKenzie and you’re coming in you say to yourself, ‘Wait a second, this is not how we’re going to do business.’ And I’m not surprised with the change.”
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