Al Davis may no longer be with us, but he would be proud the way the Oakland Raiders are being run.
After just one year on the job, the Raiders have fired head coach Hue Jackson despite finishing tied for first place in the AFC West, according to Adam Schefter. The move was the first made by new GM Reggie McKenzie, the first person to hold that position for the Raiders.
There were rumblings that Jackson could be in trouble as his team failed to capitalize on the struggles of the eventual division champion Denver Broncos. After taking heat for pulling the trigger on a trade for QB Carson Palmer, faltering down the stretch must have been too much for the franchise.
It’s late in the game to start up a search for a new head coach, but there are some very intriguing names still on the board. None more than recently fired Chiefs coach Todd Haley. He would add an even deeper level of hatred to the Kansas City-Oakland rivalry and serve as another classic “Al Davis move”.
McKenzie is coming from Green Bay, so obviously he is familiar Packers assistants Winston Moss and Joe Philbin. Obviously no one knows how the terrible news of Philbin losing his son will impact his decisions during the offseason, but he and Moss would seem like logical fits.