Buffalo News: Hue Jackson figures to be near the top of the list for Bills’ next coach
Buffalo News’ Jerry Sullivan is calling for Mike Shanahan but says that Hue Jackson, currently the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, would be a good candidate as well.
Sullivan: “First of all, Jackson has been a head coach in the NFL. I have nothing against coordinators looking for their first shot. You never know which assistants have the makings of strong head coaches. But Jackson’s experience as a head man — albeit for only one year in Oakland — gives him an advantage.
Jackson didn’t “fail” with the Raiders. He went 8-8 in his one season in Oakland in 2011, when the Raiders faltered after a 7-4 start and missed the playoffs. But for the modern-day Raiders, that was an achievement. They have not finished with a winning record in any season since reaching the Super Bowl 12 years ago.
Reggie McKenzie fired Jackson after taking over as general manager in January of 2012. Like many new GMs, McKenzie wanted “his own guy.” He brought in Dennis Allen, who was fired after starting this season 0-4. The Raiders are 11-37 since McKenzie made the dubious decision to let Jackson go after one year.
Carson Palmer, who played quarterback for Jackson in Oakland, called him a “great coach” last fall and said his teammates loved playing for him.”
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