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Raiders fans buy newspaper ad calling for return of Hue Jackson

Hue Jackson

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2011 file photo, Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson grimaces during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Oakland, Calif. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Raiders have fired coach Jackson after one season and a disappointing 8-8 record. ESPN first reported Jackson’s firing. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, because the move had not yet been announced ahead of the Raiders’ scheduled 2 p.m. PST news conference to introduce new general manager Reggie McKenzie.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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The Raiders aren’t getting much else done, but at least they’re sparking the local economy.

Via CSNBayArea.com, a group of Raiders fans bought a quarter page ad in the Oakland Tribune, asking for the team to bring back Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as the team’s next head coach.

“Ever since our Super Bowl loss in 2002, our beloved Raiders organization has been having unsuccessful, losing seasons,” the ad read. “In 2010, we hired Coach Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator, who came in to work alongside then Head Coach Tom Cable. He aided the franchise to bounce back from a 4-12 record to an 8-8 record. Hue Jackson was promoted to Head Coach. Our players were motivated and wanted to play for Coach Jackson, and there was a huge shift in culture within the Raiders locker room. That season, our team went 8-8, just missing the playoffs. This success was in spite of the 132-day NFL lockout, losing our starting quarterback Jason Campbell to injury, and then losing our running back Darren McFadden. In addtion, our legendary, trendsetting, trailblazing owner, Al Davis passed away. Mark Davis assumed ownership while grieving his loss and it was Hue Jackson’s loyalty to the franchise that saw him take on more responsibilities.

“Despite the firing of Coach Allen, our record as of print is 0-10 and 0-16 over two seasons! Our team was in a better position with Coach Hue Jackson. Raiders Nation let your voice be heard; hire Hue Jackson in 2015!”

While a group of disgruntled fans buying ads (or airplane banners, or billboards) might not create fundamental change, it at least shows a degree of passion for a team that has done everything possible to kill it.