Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jackson Fired as Oakland Retools Again Raiders Looking for a Head Coach after Another 8-8 Season

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jackson Fired as Oakland Retools Again Raiders Looking for a Head Coach after Another 8-8 Season

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The Oakland Raiders new regime will not include coach Hue Jackson, the coach confirmed to the Oakland Tribune on Tuesday.

Jackson was fired less than four hours before new general manager Reggie McKenzie was to be introduced at a news conference at the club facility, with McKenzie informing Jackson he wanted to hire a new head coach.

Jackson's status had been a matter of speculation since McKenzie was hired Friday to be the club's general manager.

McKenzie and Jackson were scheduled to meet Tuesday morning after McKenzie returned from a trip out of town with his family.

Dismissing Jackson means the Raiders will be looking for their 10th head coach since the franchise returned to Oakland in 1995, with the others being Mike White, Joe Bugel, Jon Gruden, Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable and Jackson.

Jackson was hired by the late Al Davis to be the offensive coordinator under Cable, and he immediately turned around one of the NFL's worst offenses.

The Raiders have reportedly already told some defensive staff members, including coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, that they won't be back.

That means McKenzie will be presiding not only over a makeover of the infrastructure of the organization, but of the Raiders offensive and defensive systems of football as well after their second consecutive 8-8 season.

Also, Raiders owner Mark Davis said it's imperative his team get a new stadium and he has had discussions with groups in Los Angeles about returning to Southern California.

Davis made his first public comments since taking over the organization in October following the death of his father, Al.

Davis says he has no plans to sell the franchise but wants to move the Raiders out of the outdated Oakland Coliseum. The team's lease runs through the 2013 season.

Jaguars

Jacksonville hired Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as head coach, a move they hope will help improve the league's worst offense. Mularkey's Falcons managed only two points in a wild-card loss to the New York Giants. …

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