Raiders' New GM Reggie McKenzie Expected To Start As Soon As Contract Is Finalized
Packers Dir of Football Operations Reggie McKenzie agreed to terms to become the Raiders' GM Friday, and is "expected to start as soon as his contract is finalized, rather than wait until" the Packers complete their '11 season, according to Jerry McDonald of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. A news conference introducing McKenzie will be held tomorrow. McKenzie, a former Raiders LB, "arrived with the endorsement of former Raiders executive Ron Wolf as well as Ken Herock, a former Raiders player who later worked in the front office and has been in an advisory capacity on site since Al Davis died Oct. 8." Whether McKenzie's arrival has "any impact on the job security of coach Hue Jackson is an open question" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/7). In Milwaukee, Bob McGinn cited sources as saying that McKenzie was "given full authority over every aspect of the Raiders' football operation, including the firing and hiring of the head coach." One source said that the business side of the franchise will be "handled by chief executive Amy Trask, who begins her 25th year in Oakland." It is "highly unlikely McKenzie would have taken the job without the power that Ron Wolf and [Packers GM Ted] Thompson enjoyed in Green Bay" (JSONLINE.com, 1/6). ESPN's Chris Mortensen cited sources as indicating that McKenzie could part ways with Jackson "despite denials by agent Kennard McGuire, who represents both men." Sources said that McKenzie is "contemplating whether it is wise to bring in his own coach despite the relationship with Jackson" ("Sunday NFL Countdown," ESPN, 1/7). In S.F., Vittorio Tafur noted Raiders Owner Mark Davis "along with former Raiders head coach John Madden interviewed McKenzie on Wednesday." There had been "speculation that Wolf's son, Eliot, would follow McKenzie to the Raiders, but the Packers are expected to promote the assistant director of player personnel to McKenzie's old job" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/7).
NICE FIRST MOVE: CSNBayArea.com’s Paul Gutierrez said the hiring of McKenzie “is on” Davis, and “this shows just how fast, how decisive he made his first real move as owner of the Raiders." Gutierrez: "It seems like a slam dunk hire right now.” San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami said the “strong part about this is that Mark Davis -- he didn't dither, he didn't wonder, he didn't interview 15 people, he didn't go back and forth.” Kawakami: “The swiftness of this does tell us that Mark Davis had … a plan going in and is executing it, and that's a little bit better than maybe some people would have expected" ("Chronicle Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1/6).