Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bye Bye Hue!

New Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie suggested Carson Palmer will have competition for the starting job in 2012.

"Palmer will not be immune to a good player ... pushing him," said McKenzie. Former coach Hue Jackson paid the franchise QB price of a first- and second-rounder to acquire Palmer, but the new front office isn't going to treat him as such going forward. Even if the Raiders bring in a capable veteran, Palmer remains the heavy favorite to start in 2012.

We knew this was a realistic possibility once the Raiders brought in GM Reggie McKenzie, as Jackson was still fighting for more power with owner Mark Davis. Had Jackson made the playoffs and not ransacked the franchise's future for Carson Palmer, there's a good chance he'd still be in charge. Packers LBs coach Winston Moss and DBs coach Darren Perry have been mentioned as potential replacements. Fantasy-wise, the coaching change is bad news for Darren McFadden and the Oakland receivers, as Jackson maximized their talents with creative scheming and aggressive play-calling.

Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter