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Jackson regrets comments from final game news conference

One day after being fired as the Raiders head coach, Hue Jackson is in full spin-control mode.
On Wednesday, Jackson took to the air to give his side about comments he made minutes after his team’s season-ending loss to the San Diego Chargers, in which he said he wanted more control over the team and blamed his players for their play against the Chargers.
It’s interesting to note that new general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday at his introductory news conference that Jackson’s comments after the Chargers game had “nothing to do with” Jackson being fired. He said everyone makes comments that they wish they could take back.
New owner Mark Davis said he didn’t want to comment on Jackson’s postgame remarks Jan. 1. That was the only question that Davis refused to answer, by the way.
Here’s the transcript from Jackson’s interview, courtesy of NFL Network:

On if he was caught off guard by being relieved of his duties by new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie:
“I was a little surprised, but I do understand the nature of pro football. Sometimes things that look like they should don’t always end up like they should. So I understand. The Raiders did me a favor by giving me an opportunity, Al Davis did and I thank him for it. What a tremendous organization. My time there was awesome, the people at 1220 [Harbor Bay Parkway] who I worked with, they were tremendous – the staff was tremendous. I understand the nature of this business, but obviously I wish it would have went a different direction than it did.”

On how he found out that he would no longer be the head coach of the Raiders:
“[Reggie McKenzie and I] didn’t really get into too many of the details. Reggie was very forthcoming and just said, ‘I’m going to make a change, I need to bring in my own guy,’ which I understand. I knew that anytime a new GM comes in, they like to line themselves with their head coach, somebody that they want to bring in. At the end of the day, I can’t fault him or anyone within the organization for feeling like they feel. I wish the situation was different but it’s not.”

On his news conference following the Raiders’ final game of the season:
“I wish I could it take it back and say it differently so people could really understand what I was trying to say. I wasn’t trying to say that I wanted to take total control of everything. When you work for the Raiders, you understand that Al Davis is first and foremost – you work for him. So I didn’t get an opportunity to put everybody that I wanted on my staff or run the team to do with football operations the way that I see fit. I took the job and I knew the parameters of the job, and I accepted that. At the end, what was coming out of me was the emotion of a long season, being 8-8, losing to the Chargers with so much riding on the line: the opportunity to win the AFC West, to host a playoff game there at home, the opportunity to have the first nine-win season since 2002. I went and talked to the team, and what I normally do is I go in and take a shower and put on my clothes before I go see the media. I carried some things with me and that’s a lesson learned for me that I don’t think you can go in there [immediately]. You need to settle down first and really think through what you’re saying. But what I said is what I felt. Not that I was trying to say I wanted to run everything; I just wanted to be able to feel like I knew there were some changes that needed to be made and I wanted to be able to make them, and I was trying to voice that. Not take total control or anything like that.”

On any conversations he had with Mark Davis over the past couple of days:
“I didn’t talk to Mark [before the decision was made]. I have not talked to Mark. Mark is a good man and I have spent a lot of time ever since the night that Coach [Al Davis] died; the person that told me was Mark – he came to my room and informed me of what had happened to Coach. I haven’t had an opportunity to speak to him. I did text him and tell him thank you for the opportunity and to thank him and his family, and I wish him well. But at the end of the day, like I said he’s the owner and he’s going to make the decision of which direction the franchise runs and I have to accept that.”

On the Raiders down the stretch of the regular season:
“We didn’t finish; it’s a term that I’ve always used. We didn’t play as well as we could have down the stretch, and again that’s what I was feeling after that San Diego game. We had so many opportunities, whether it was going to Miami, going to Green Bay, finishing at home against Detroit, went to Kansas City and then here comes San Diego. We weren’t able to get it done and I don’t have an excuse for that. At the end of the day, that’s my charge: to make sure that we do [get it done], and we didn’t. I know we played decently on offense, we didn’t play as well as we could or should on defense and the players know that. They own up to that and they respect that. But at the end of the day we just didn’t finish. When you don’t finish this is what happens: you end up 8-8 and you end up out of the playoffs.”

On if he wants to coach in 2012:
“There is no doubt I do. I love coaching, I love leading men and coaching guys. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen, but I’m going to take a couple of days to just relax and then let the chips fall where they may. There is a place out there for me someplace and I think I’ll find it.”

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  • JB

    Hitler reacts to the firing of Hue Jackson – Hilarious!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kTV7O7TVNh0
     

  • R8ER MIKE

    1000

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    And we’re almost at 1,000 comments. Time for a new post, Cork!

  • J Hill

    Priest checked in to update in his cousin McGlockton’s funeral.

    Priest said he was going to shake this blog because he thought the blog was being invaded by (inset choice words he used).

    Pretty sure he’s still lurking.

  • R8ER MIKE

    damn

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bullschit assertion right off the bat.

    *****************************

    What QB’s are under contrat currently? What type of draft picks do we have?

    Thank-you.

    Carson is the QB, no question about it.

  • aig-raiders

    But he is still Al Davis’ son, you know he will power-trip on someone.
    ——————–

    I dont see it. I think we see a son that has seen enough of his father’s antics to say nah we’re not gonna do that. Congrats on the Chico Alumnus thing. I think most were fearful of Mark making a fool of himself before the presser. He charmed us pretty good in that presser.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    I dont want to see anymore PROJECTS hired, give me a proven damn HC, if nobody of that caliber is available, I guess Winston Moss will have to do.
    ————————————————-

    What has Winston Moss proven?.

    That he can coach Inside Linebackers?.

    Because he’s not even the LB coach over there, Kevin Greene coaches OLB, Winston just deals with the inside guys, A. J. Hawk is nothing special and Desmond Bishop is a beast, so 1 out of 2 is ok, I guess.

    No disrespect for Winston Moss, he may be a leader of men, hence the Assistant Head Coach title, but when the Packers needed a DC he was right there and was passed over, he also campaigned for the Philly DC job last year and didn’t even get interviewed).

    Point is, those GB coaches are extremely unproven and while Winston Moss may become a good Head Coach because of his leadership skills, he’ll need some damn fine Coordinators who can call a game.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Just like Reggie McKenzie jumped at the opportunity to become a GM with Carson Palmer as his QB.

    Now Reggie is no Hue Jackson spin-master, he is an honest man and clearly was stating how he wouldn’t have paid that much for Carson in the presser.

    But he dropped the Priesttj, “period” on us.

    Carson Palmer is a good QB, and will be leading us to the playoff next year.

    Only a vag would think otherwise.
    =================

    JFB dont be a simpleton, oh wait you cant help it.

    1.) what gm is going to trash the starting qb? of course he says he is good he made need to trade him and cant afford to let his stock drop furhter by trashing him, or lose leverage by letting the entire world know that he wants to trade him. Think for a second, i know its difficult for you.

    2.) Big mack wanted to be a gm, he has along history with the davis family, and organization. If you were the qb he would still have taken the gig. black men know that front office exec gigs are hard to come by so they wont pass it one is there for the taking.

    3.) After watching rodgers the last few years, and seeing palmer in person panic when breathed on an lob a soft hostess snowball floater into triple coverage, I dobut highly that big mack is sole on plamer and his mind bending 16 picks (12 dropped, two returned for tds) in 8 starts at this point. he will have to earn it.

    4.) you left out the most important part of his quote whan he answered the question, conviently and predictably, he said ” i like my own players”. Palmer has been demoted from the bungle with the free ride and golden ticket to stop gap.

    If it happens now, or next saeson carson will be moved, especially if he stinks it up this year like he did last year.

    for the record why do you like qbs that throw more picks than tds and looses (palmer grads), yet dislike the qb that protects the ball and wins? Dont answer it doesnt matter, im sure big mack is the opposite

  • GoodOle00

    996.KoolKell Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:14 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    McKenzie is a promising GM, who jumped to a job with Carson as the QB.
    ————————————–
    Bullschit assertion right off the bat.

    ====================

    Agreed. The inference during the presser is Checkers was pizzed at Hue about giving away the picks. Checkers said he “likes his picks”.

    Was a little shocked at how BOTH of them off handedly bashed their starting QB.

    They KNOW hes a Hue-man (don’t steal THIS one Steve) and wouldn’t be surprised to see him replaced.

    I wonder if Reggie is really going to let his Coach hire who he wants?

    Wouldn’t it be something if the new Coach hired Hue to be OC?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    McKenzie is a promising GM, who jumped to a job with Carson as the QB.
    ————————————
    Your bullschit assertion is that Carson Palmer had anything to do with his decision to come here.

  • boss01

    988.RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    Boss,

    excuse me?

    Cable was a HC at Idaho!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I hope youre joking

    Proven NFL HC experience is what Im after

    If I wanted someone from the college ranks, the last place I would look would be Idaho. The only mediocre thing to come out of that place is their potatoes and that is it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bringing in some quality backups to push Carson will be a great idea. But unless we do something splashy (not happening) there is nobody available anywhere near as good a QB as Carson.

    Seriously, he walked into the QB meeting room last year and saw Kyle Prejean and Terrll Pryor.

    He probably could have focused better by himself.

    Some new quality backups will help Palmer, not hurt him.

  • GoodOle00

    1009. Have no illusions, Campbell made bonehead plays too BUT he had Darren McFadden AND a healthy-ish Jacoby Ford AND Zach Miller.

    Give Carson a shot and he’ll light this mo fo up at the start of the season.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Ok count me in the David Shaw group too. But I think his wife is wayyy too smart for Oakland though. Stanford, MIT, and Cal degrees with studying Chinese and modeling on the side. Holy cow. I think she has everything covered.
    ————————————————–

    Yeah, sounds like Willie’s kid did very well for himself.

  • GoodOle00

    1014. B4 U hurt yoursleves pointing out Miller went to Seattle for 2011, I know, I meant Campbell’s performance B4.

    In 11, he had healthier options than Palmer. U add DMC with Carson and shizz gun get reel wit a quiknez

  • MiamiRaider78

    Read this reply to another poster on…ahem, Bleacher Report. lol It’s about the possibility of Gruden returning. Interesting to say the least or this guy is a complete and utter douche bag. I mean, Who would go around making these kind of things up and for what?

    Erik,
    Once again, my evidence is in a text message from a player following a conversation with Mark Davis. If you want to call “BS” then call it, but I am not revealing my source to prove myself to you or anyone else that reads this, for fear of losing that source. If I am right I do expect you to find me and apologize, and if I am wrong, I will eat crow all day long.

  • Dakota

    1014.Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    Bringing in some quality backups to push Carson will be a great idea. But unless we do something splashy (not happening) there is nobody available anywhere near as good a QB as Carson.

    Seriously, he walked into the QB meeting room last year and saw Kyle Prejean and Terrll Pryor.

    He probably could have focused better by himself.

    Some new quality backups will help Palmer, not hurt him.

    +++++++++++++++
    Brady Quinn!

  • boss01

    1008.Bob Marley Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    I dont want to see anymore PROJECTS hired, give me a proven damn HC, if nobody of that caliber is available, I guess Winston Moss will have to do.
    ————————————————-

    What has Winston Moss proven?.

    That he can coach Inside Linebackers?.

    Because he’s not even the LB coach over there, Kevin Greene coaches OLB, Winston just deals with the inside guys, A. J. Hawk is nothing special and Desmond Bishop is a beast, so 1 out of 2 is ok, I guess.

    No disrespect for Winston Moss, he may be a leader of men, hence the Assistant Head Coach title, but when the Packers needed a DC he was right there and was passed over, he also campaigned for the Philly DC job last year and didn’t even get interviewed).

    Point is, those GB coaches are extremely unproven and while Winston Moss may become a good Head Coach because of his leadership skills, he’ll need some damn fine Coordinators who can call a game.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    If no proven NFL HC is available, and the only one I would consider is Del Rio, then I would want someone like Winston Moss who has some synergy with the GM. He still would be considered a project IMO, but one that will at least be on the same page with the GM and will also pry some other D coaches from GB.

    Chucky is proven, but he would come at too steep a price and would never agree to be HC only with Reggie running the show.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    What about the head coach at USC? I understand he’s coached in the NFL before, and his father’s a longtime NFL DC.

    Yes, I kid. :-p

  • Just Fire Baby

    Your bullschit assertion is that Carson Palmer had anything to do with his decision to come here.

    **********************

    Well he is here and he knows the roster.

    It certainly didn’t prevent him from coming here.

    Palmer will impress next year, and McKenzie’s origanizational polish will rejuvenate a guy who has only worked for Mike Brown, Al Davis and Hue Jackson.

  • J Hill

    How many stories did you hear around Oakland that Gruden was LOVED by everyone in the Raider buliding, but the employees were scared of Al finding out about it.

    If Davis Jr did in fact get slapped around in public by Davis Sr, it wouldn’t surprise me at all for him to give his dad the middle finger and bring Gruden back, lol.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    ElkGRaider Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    what an idiot. You should ask what a person thinks about a certain issue before trying to paint them as a racist.
    ======================

    This is how you come off dumb@ss when you make stupid arguments only for black qbs.

    Your whole post was jibberish. QB’s dont hold that athleticm if they are running a spread/option offense where they run for 60/80yds a game. How long do RB’s last? People will need to draft a QB every 3 years if they ran that offense. Can you imagine injury prone McNabb in that offense? These QB’s transferred to the pro game just fine. They dont need a special offense because they are “athletic”.

    Im sure Im not the only 31 yr old to know who the floaters are troll…
    ==================

    if you can read i suggest, ARE YOU STILL A SLAVE? by Shaharazd Ali.

    You dont know very much about football do you? You dont need to have the qb run often, a handful of called runs will do the job in the spread option. Just enough to present a threat keep the defense in base formation and open passing lanes. Cam doesnt have run plays called 15 times a game, only 3-4 times a game. That way when he puts the ball i the running backs belly the defense must honor the fact that cam might keep it. most of cams running yards are scrambling yards.

    I didnt say the nebarska tommie frazier option offense. do your self a favor and watch some college football. Check out oregon, clemson, and air force this is what I mean when i reference option football.

  • J Hill

    Was McKenzie in GB when Gruden was there?

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    David Shaw.

    Make it happen McKenzie.

  • GoodOle00

    1015. Great pictures of them with their families decades apart

  • RaiderDebo

    for the record why do you like qbs that throw more picks than tds and looses (palmer grads), yet dislike the qb that protects the ball and wins? Dont answer it doesnt matter, im sure big mack is the opposite

    1010.GoodOle00 Says:
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    Wow! Can’t wait to hear your answer to this JFB. Take your time.

  • hwnrdr

    He may have been…since 94 right?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    It certainly didn’t prevent him from coming here.
    ————————————–
    The only thing that would have prevented him from coming here, would have been the presence of Al Davis.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    J Hill Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:28 pm
    Was McKenzie in GB when Gruden was there?

    ==========================================

    Yup. Again, I wouldn’t terribly object if Gruden came back, but I’m in no way lobbying for it. Former head coaches returning to their previous teams almost never works well (the most successful in the modern era was Minnesota’s Bud Grant, who returned after Les Steckel went 3-13, went 7-9 himself, then re-retired and handed the job to Jerry Burns).

  • GoodOle00

    1024. Mac was there for 18 yrs?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Bullschit assertion right off the bat.

    *****************************

    What QB’s are under contrat currently? What type of draft picks do we have?

    Thank-you.

    Carson is the QB, no question about it.
    =======================

    hahahahahaha

    carson is a stop gap qb, im certain big mack will be drafting a qb in 2013. lets go geno smith!!!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Carson Palmer is a nice passer, not a winner.

  • DutchRaider77

    @Mistic
    You do realize that McNabb felt it insulting to be labeled an athletic QB! He wanted to be a pocket passer. Maybe you know better than McNabb…

    “When I hear running quarterback, that sort of upsets me at times. That takes away from my drop-back abilities, play-actioning and getting the ball downfield. I think anytime you talk about how athletic a quarterback is and you continue to talk about his running ability, you sort of forget about him passing the ball.”

    http://articles.philly.com/2000-11-30/sports/25612061_1_donovan-mcnabb-true-pocket-steve-mcnair

  • Dakota

    Callahan went to the Cowgirls. Good for him. 2nd Dumbest Team in America, but a job is a job!

  • boss01

    1030.RaiderDuck Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    J Hill Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:28 pm
    Was McKenzie in GB when Gruden was there?

    ==========================================

    Yup. Again, I wouldn’t terribly object if Gruden came back, but I’m in no way lobbying for it. Former head coaches returning to their previous teams almost never works well (the most successful in the modern era was Minnesota’s Bud Grant, who returned after Les Steckel went 3-13, went 7-9 himself, then re-retired and handed the job to Jerry Burns).

    *************************

    Never gonna happen, chucky is power hungry and will command more $$$ than BSPN just paid him in order to leave his current MNF post, which is more than $5 mil / yr.

    Reggie just booted a power hungry HC, he will not be hiring another one “trust me when I tell you this”.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Carson Palmer is about our only hope from preventing Tebow from dominating this division for the next 4-5 years.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Listening to McKenzie’s thoughts about talent, Coaches & Players, he seems to be more interested in the intangibles. Just the opposite of Al Davis.

  • J Hill

    Former head coaches returning to their previous teams almost never works well (the most successful in the modern era was Minnesota’s Bud Grant, who returned

    ——————————————————-

    True.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    KoolKell Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    Listening to McKenzie’s thoughts about talent, Coaches & Players, he seems to be more interested in the intangibles. Just the opposite of Al Davis.

    ===========================================

    Yup. Al would never have picked Stefen Wisniewski if not for the “legacy” aspect, but Baby Wiz is totally McKenzie’s type of player.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    KoolKell Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Carson Palmer is a nice passer, not a winner.

    ::::::::::

    Well said Kell. A agree.

  • RaiderDebo

    1033.KoolKell Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Carson Palmer is a nice passer, not a winner.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Can’t say I’m at all comfortable with Carson in a two-minute/clutch situation. Would have my eyes closed worried about a pick or watching him slide a yard short of the 1st down marker like he did agaisnt Denver. In clutch situations, I’d much rather have JC. Hell, I’d rather see Jamarcus in those situations.

  • GoodOle00

    1038. People finally starting to get it. We saw the death of Al Davis football during that press conference.

    Mark is doing everything completely opposite of Al and destroying the Legacy Al built.

    Some feel this is exactly what needed to happen.

    We’ll find out over the next few seasons…

  • Dakota

    Palmer is not perfect.

    But quit biotching about him unless you can name an available QB that we can realistically get who is better than him..

    Other than those who are delusional and think Jason Campbell is a better QB that Carson Palmer, can anyone name a QB we can get for 2012 that is better than Palmer?

    Anyone? Anyone?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    @Mistic
    You do realize that McNabb felt it insulting to be labeled an athletic QB! He wanted to be a pocket passer. Maybe you know better than McNabb…

    “When I hear running quarterback, that sort of upsets me at times. That takes away from my drop-back abilities, play-actioning and getting the ball downfield. I think anytime you talk about how athletic a quarterback is and you continue to talk about his running ability, you sort of forget about him passing the ball.”

    http://articles.philly.com/2000-11-30/sports/25612061_1_donovan-mcnabb-true-pocket-steve-mcnair
    ============

    This only back up my claim, that the black qb faces a ridiculous double standard. rememeber before the class of 99 it was rare for black qbs to even get a shot, they were and still are often labeld “athletes” while guys like steve young rodger stauback elway tarkenton enjoyed the freindlier moniker of mobile qb.

    Because a guy has extreme athleticism doesnt negate his ability to drop back and pass from the pocket. yet it is always set up that way when discussing black qb’s. macnabb is one of the guys that helped break down the false hood that athletic black qbs couldnt be pocket passers. In fact he was so intent on doing tis that he neglected his own running abilyt at times for fear of people saying he couldnt read from the pocket. as a matter of fact that was the knock on him pre draft and early in his career, he couldnt be a pocket passer.

    Either way only now are we seeing evidence of the stubborn nfl being somewhat willing to change the offense to suit the players skill, and after tebow and newton im hoping more nfl execs and coaches will follow suit, it is long over due.

    I have been watching football for over 30 years and the story has been very slow to change

  • RaiderDebo
  • Seymour Bush

    RaiderDebo Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Can’t say I’m at all comfortable with Carson in a two-minute/clutch situation.
    ==========================================

    The Palmer led Raiders were the best two minute end of the lst half team in the league last year. Get your info right.

  • Seymour Bush

    1033.KoolKell Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Carson Palmer is a nice passer, not a winner.
    ===========================================

    Carson Palmer has played his entire career with the Cincinatti Bungholes not the 1927 New York Yankees. sheesh.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Carson Palmer is about our only hope from preventing Tebow from dominating this division for the next 4-5 years.
    ===============
    I doubt our newly appointed stop gap qb will be here that long

  • GoodOle00

    1037. Wouldn’t put a bid for Matt Flynn past Mac. Not a bad move for a back up, but in FA Flynn’s going to command starter prices.