On the day the Oakland Raiders officially unveiled Reggie McKenzie as their new general manager publicly, the Raiders decided to move in a different direction and fire first year head coach Hue Jackson.
McKenzie is the first Raiders general manager, with late owner Al Davis taking that role as part of his legendary running of the franchise.
Jackson had just completed one full season as raiders head coach, finishing with an 8-8 record and also taking over some personnel duties after Davis passed away October.
Oakland started the season strong enough when moving to a 7-4 record, but they faded down the stretch and lost four out of five to miss the playoffs for the ninth year in a row.
With McKenzie taking the helm officially, he has decided to bring in his own coaching staff and his first major decision was to release Jackson of his duties.
A former Raiders linebacker, McKenzie traces his experience from the Green Bay Packers where he was an executive during their run to the Super Bowl last season and their great regular season record this year. As he takes up his new role with the Raiders immediately, he will miss out on their current playoff run.
Jackson's will be known to most Raiders and NFL fans alike on taking the biggest gamble on making the big trade for semi-retired quarterback Carson Palmer with regular triggerman Jason Campbell ruled out for the season in week six through injury.
Still hard to intake sometimes but with Palmer saying he would rather retire than play for the Bengals, Cincinnati managed to bargain for a first-round pick in 2012 and second round pick in the 2013 draft in exchange for a man they no longer needed nor wanted.
Palmer has played well during for the Raiders but it now means that McKenzie has hardly any picks to play with come April, and that may have played a part in his decision to dismissing Jackson from his duties with the Silver and Black.
Releasing 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. But in respect to the great owner Al Davis that was his hires and now it’s time for the new Raiders regime.
Raider Nation have faith this could be exactly what the team needs on all cylinders to get out of the drastic playoff drought and become one of the powerful and outstanding franchises they once were.