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Raiders fire coach Jackson after disappointing 8-8 season

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The Oakland Raiders have fired Hue Jackson after only one season as coach, a league source told NFL Network's Michael Lombardi on Tuesday.

Jackson served as the Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2010, then succeeded Tom Cable after he also was fired.

Coaches fired after first full season (since 1990)
Coach
Team
Year
W-L
2011
8-8
Jim Mora
2009
5-11
Cam Cameron
2007
1-15
Art Shell
2006
2-14
Marty Schottenheimer
2001
8-8
1999
8-8
Joe Bugel
1997
4-12
1994
6-10
Richie Petitbon
1993
4-12
Rod Rust
1990
1-15

Jackson told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that he was shocked his friend, Reggie McKenzie, fired him four days after being hired as general manager.

"He's going to gut this place," Jackson told CSN Bay Area.

"He (McKenzie) wants to bring in his own guys," Jackson added. "No job is safe right now."

The Raiders went 8-8 in Jackson's lone season as coach, a season defined by his decision to trade multiple draft picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer after Jason Campbell went down with a broken collarbone.

After starting the season 7-4, the Raiders lost four of their final five games to mark their ninth straight season without a winning record or a playoff berth. A late-game collapse at home to Detroit and a 38-26 loss to San Diego at home in the season finale did in the Raiders and ultimately Jackson.

The Raiders opted to reorganize their football operations department following the death of owner Al Davis on Oct. 8 death at age 82. Davis made all football-related decisions, from hiring coaches and other staff to having final say on draft picks and free agency.

Owner Mark Davis, Al's son, made the decision to bring in McKenzie last week and gave him the authority over the coaching staff. McKenzie, previously the Green Bay Packers' director of football operations, will now get to pick a new head coach to provide the Raiders a fresh start in their first full season without Al Davis involved since 1962.

The Raiders had already scheduled a news conference for Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET to introduce McKenzie.

Oakland had gone without someone in a true GM role since Davis' longtime senior assistant, Bruce Allen, departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2003 season. Allen had been a top personnel executive for Davis from 1996-2003. Prior to McKenzie's hiring, Davis' son, Mark, was making many top decisions.

Numerous league sources told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that they expect Packers assistant coach Winston Moss to be a leading candidate to replace Jackson.

The new coach will be Oakland's seventh in the past 10 seasons, following Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable and Jackson.

A league source told NFL.com's Steve Wyche that Packers secondary coach Darren Perry likely would be hired as the defensive coordinator if Moss is hired, as expected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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