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Sources: Raiders In Talks With Mike Holmgren About Leadership Position
Published February 27, 2013
POTENTIALLY A GOOD MOVE: YAHOO SPORTS’ Frank Schwab wrote it is “hard to see that move as anything but a positive one for the Raiders.” Assuming Holmgren “also works on the personnel side of the Raiders' front office, and assuming he and McKenzie can find a good balance of power, that gives Oakland a couple of good football minds to build the roster.” That would be “a good step for a franchise that hasn't been to the playoffs since the end of the 2002 season” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/26). ESPN’s Damien Woody said, “Anytime you can have more familiar faces, people who are familiar with the style that you have from the days that you won a Super Bowl, I’m sure that’s welcome in Oakland. They’re trying to change the culture with the Raiders” (“NFL Live,” ESPN, 2/26). ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said the hire is “one that would make a lot of sense if they work it out” (“NFL 32,” ESPN2, 2/26). NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted the Raiders "have been taking steps over the last couple months to try to modernize their franchise as they move on from the passing of Al Davis” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 2/26).