It wasn't until Jason Campbell's injury against the Cleveland Browns that Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson contacted the Cincinnati Bengals, inquiring what it would take to trade for quarterback Carson Palmer, who was already in semi-retirement. Eventually the trade happened and the Bengals received a first round pick in 2012 and a second round selection in 2013. And the Raiders got their starting quarterback. Everyone was happy.
At one point sporting a winning record (4-2) before the trade, the Raiders finished their season at 8-8, including a 38-26 loss to the San Diego Chargers during the regular season finale that would have earned a berth into the 2011 NFL playoffs.
At the end of the season Oakland hired former Green Bay Packers executive Reggie McKenzie, who would be tasked with many of the duties once held by the recently deceased Al Davis.
One of his first acts, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, was firing Hue Jackson on Tuesday. Jackson spent one season as the head coach, taking on a promotion from offensive coordinator to head coach following the firing of Tom Cable in 2010.
This makes it all the more juicy if Jay Gruden is hired as a head coach elsewhere, opening the offensive coordinator position for Jackson with a game of the century of the decade of the year anticipated when Oakland visits Cincinnati next season.