It was a busy day for new Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie as his first order of business was to tell head coach Hue Jackson that he would not be retained.
Jackson had just completed his first full season as Raiders head coach, leading the team to an 8-8 record. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the season was that the team lost four of its last five games after holding a two game lead in the AFC West.
Jackson was heavily critical of the team’s performance at the end of the year, especially the defense, which struggled throughout the season. He also made a major move when he took over personnel decisions, making a trade for starting quarterback Carson Palmer, which will cost the team its 2012 first round draft pick.
In his introductory news conference on Tuesday, McKenzie said he will be bringing in a coach that is “his guy” and most anticipate him delving into the Green Bay Packers coaching tree, which is where he came from. Media close to both the Raiders and Packers believe Green Bay coach Winston Moss is the front-runner for the job.
McKenzie said he believes the team will win the Super Bowl in the near future and has some of the pieces in place to contend immediately. Never a dull day in the land of the Oakland Raiders.
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