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ESPN: It’s McKenzie as GM

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 11:21 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Reggie McKenzie will be hired as the new general manager for the Raiders, ESPN has reported.

McKenzie played for the Raiders from 1985-88, has worked his way up through the Green Bay Packers organization since 1994 and comes with the endorsement of former Packers and Raiders execs Ron Wolf and Ken Herock.

McKenzie confirmed his hiring to ESPNmilwaukee.com without making comment.

Multiple reports had McKenzie meeting with the Raiders Wednesday, and he has been reported as a person of interest since the death of owner Al Davis on Oct. 8. to bring stability to the front office.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    D-Mac = Andrew Bynum

    So talented, you want to hope and pray it finally clicks, but the only thing clicking is his knee caps when he walks.

  • Forrest Hump

    594,

    Because he wanted to be a HC and wouldnt settle. Firing our HC and starting all over is short term. Keeping continuity, (at least on offense) is thinking long term.

    and 592

    Part of our Wednesday routine. You never got an invite?

  • Carl Weathers

    Hue coached like a rookie Head Coach and made the mistakes that should be expected. The whole crap about taking the blame each week only to unload on the D after the last game was weak.

    Coincidently, Tom Coughlinwas at a point where the giants had just lost to the Skins and were on a 4 game slide. Coughlin comes out and blasts EVERYONE in harsh fashion. They respond by winning out and beating their rival at home for the division title.

    If Hue is axed, anybody have an idea for a replacement? Someone with HC experience? This is a new era in Raider football, buckle up!

  • YoungAmerican

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Sacks arent the defining stat in making an impact for a pass rushing DT.

    ——————–

    It’s not about stats. It’s about two guys who give inconsistent effort and play undisciplined football. When you see offensive guards and fullbacks engaging the Raider LBs at the second level of the defense? That’s on the defensive tackles.

    They constantly overpursue, trying to get to the QB. The RB draw gets them every time. Cutback runners have a field day with the defensive line, leading them out of position then busting through a gaping hole right where the middle of the defensive line should be.

    Sacks aren’t everything. That’s why Kelly and Seymour’s contributions are overrated.

  • morilla

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    So talented, you want to hope and pray it finally clicks, but the only thing clicking is his knee caps when he walks.

    ———-

    Hehe, sounds like me walking up the stairs.

  • Forrest Hump

    MistaBrownStain

    Just been watching your posts over the years and taking notes at ineptitude.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Firing our HC and starting all over is short term.

    **************************

    How is “starting all over” short-term?

    Whenever you start all over at anything, it is a long-term vision.

  • J Hill

    384.J Hill Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 10:12 am
    What went through your head when Bynum pulled up lame on that half-ending shot?

    ——————————————————-

    LOL!

    What hit me upside the head harder was when dude said Bynum only had 2 assists ….. THIS SEASON.

    Still not adding Gasoft to the deal, and still not taking to Turkeyloos contract.

    PG is the bigger need.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    You been taking notes over the years from a blog?
    lol
    I had no idea this was like remedial adult school…
    _____

    Forrest Hump Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    MistaBrownStain

    Just been watching your posts over the years and taking notes at ineptitude.

  • Forrest Hump

    607

    Its short term because this offense has been under Hue for 2 years now, and that continuity counts for a lot in the NFL.

  • Dakota

    598.morilla Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    Na Dakota, I know. We need DMAC. I just wish he wasn’t so fragile. It was just such a frustrating situation.

    I hope we get T. jones on track because we need speed for when he’s out.
    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Hey me too, but players have had injuries early in their careers and then overcome them (Charles Woodson anyone?).

    The reward of keeping McFadden on the team is much more than the risk of letting him stay. Best case he returns to the form he demonstrated for nearly a year and a half and we have an amazing player. Worst case, he doesn’t and we are out some cap space. It is not like he is tradeable right now, so just keep him and hope for the best. Just have a reliable backup RB as an insurance policy.

    Jhill, Bynum is a different story. Much larger percentage of cap and one of only 5 players on the court at once. Way to risky to keep him.

  • Forrest Hump

    609

    Obviously I was being sarcastic. I figured you’d pick up on it. Sorry for over-estimating your intelligence. Wont happen again, I promise.

  • Dakota

    608.J Hill Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    384.J Hill Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 10:12 am
    What went through your head when Bynum pulled up lame on that half-ending shot?

    ——————————————————-

    LOL!

    What hit me upside the head harder was when dude said Bynum only had 2 assists ….. THIS SEASON.

    Still not adding Gasoft to the deal, and still not taking to Turkeyloos contract.

    PG is the bigger need.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Turkey is playing pretty damned well this year it appears….I’d take him if we could do an Artest/Bynum/picks deal for Howard and Turkey.

  • fingers

    Sirius Nfl radios says McKenzie has signed a contract..

  • Dakota

    The PG issues would be lessoned with Howard’s help D. no one is scared of Bynum in the Paint.

  • YoungAmerican

    Hey me too, but players have had injuries early in their careers and then overcome them (Charles Woodson anyone?).

    ————-

    From 1998-2001, Charles Woodson started every game but one.

  • Just Fire Baby

    This offense wouldn’t miss a beat if Hue left.

    He is not God’s gift to offenses.

    I trust that McKenzie can find OC’s and HC’s better than Hue Jackson, and if he can’t, he is the wrong man for the job.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Amen!

  • DMAC

    YoungAmerican Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Sacks arent the defining stat in making an impact for a pass rushing DT.

    ——————–

    It’s not about stats. It’s about two guys who give inconsistent effort and play undisciplined football. When you see offensive guards and fullbacks engaging the Raider LBs at the second level of the defense? That’s on the defensive tackles.

    They constantly overpursue, trying to get to the QB. The RB draw gets them every time. Cutback runners have a field day with the defensive line, leading them out of position then busting through a gaping hole right where the middle of the defensive line should be.

    Sacks aren’t everything. That’s why Kelly and Seymour’s contributions are overrated.
    ============

    I second that!
    Time to get rid of the fugazzi’s.
    Kelly and Seymour must go!
    Move Houston inside and pursue another DT either draft or FA.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    This is the happiest day for Raider fans since they beat the Titans in the Championship game!

    For the first time, EVER, we will have a General Manager. Not just some schmuck, promoted from the scouting department, but a key cog within the most successful organization in the NFL at the time.

    I am actually excited for this team’s future and for the 2012 draft. Even without high draft picks, I can’t wait to see what type of guys Reggie goes after.

    Oh what a habbyday, what a happy happy day!

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    If Bynum can avoid injury. I would rather keep him over Howard. Lakers need a PG desperatly.

  • RaiderRockstar

    QUESTION:

    since Reggie Mac was the ‘Director of Football Operations’ for Green Bay, is he free to leave their organization today?

    I know coaches have to wait until the season is over, but can still come to some sort of verbal agreement. Is it different with upper management?

    It’s not like Aaron Rodgers’ game would tank (knowing that they might lose Reggie, Shaun Herock & Eliot Wolf)

    The players and coaches wouldn’t even notice these guys in suits were gone until the offseason, right?

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post :)

  • DutchRaider77

    @YoungAmerican
    Is Seymour too old and slow to move back to DE? Or would he just be expensive back-up?

    If Houston is the 3-tech?

  • Forrest Hump

    617

    It would because CP was brought here to run HUE’S offense. And because when learning a new offense there is an adjustment period. Why do you think the teams that are consistently good have the same system year to year?? When Mike Tomlin went to the Steelers he was a 4-3 guy. Did he try to change it or go with what works and is the Pittsburgh way?? He went with what works because continuity is what works in the NFL. Playing fast means playing off instinct, not thinking about assignments.

  • RaiderRetribution

    It is on the Raiders official website,
    “Raiders Have reached An Agreement With Reggie McKenzie.”

  • al d. davis

    Has that filthy Hue the HC been fired yet ?? Did anyone hear he was caught slow kissing with Jerry Sandusky in the shower ???

    Attenuate Stank AL’s taint: purge and burn everything AL brought about in the organization in the last 10 yrs.

  • hwnrdr

    GG posted that McKenzie would be free to leave if he had the power over the team and on draft day…I think they are working out the detais, but it’s probably Hue’s…

  • RaiderRetribution

    “Reggie McKenzie to become the General Manager of the Oakland Raiders,” on the Raiders official website;

    lest their be any specualtion on an alternate title.

  • zopi

    I hope that thing about Reggie Mac being a “laid back guy,” doesn’t translate to rewarding incompetence.

    The time has come for deep transformation, to lay down the law, stop the excuses, get the best people for the job. HueSux is not, Hue would not get another NFL head coaching job if he was let go.

    The interview Hue got from the 49rs was a fraud, window-dressing for the Rooney rule, there was no way Hue would get hired over Harbaugh. Would any of you Hue supporters hire him over Harbaugh?

    Why would the Raider Nation be content with an incompetent mediocre head coach, when you have the chance to get better? Haven’t we had enough mediocrity. Enough already with Mr. Davis’ pet projects.

    So, why would fired head coaches accept a minor role with another organization, but not with the one they claim to really care for? Ego, pride?

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders have hte GM; now it is time to bring in the quarterback; Mr. is a Raider! Print that Jerry & Steve.

  • RaiderRetribution

    “Mr. Reggie Mckenzie, be yourself and know that you have earned the Raiders’ general manager position,” Ron Jensen, of Spokane, WA.

  • J Hill

    YoungAmerican Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I’d like to see if Wimbley can be more consistent with a real RDE across from him, Shaughnessy at LE, and Houston playing 3-tech DT.

    ——————————————————-

    ShoNasty at LDE????

    You think he is strong enough to hold the edge on that side?

    I like Houston there in running situations.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. Flynn will be the Raiders starting qb!

  • RaiderRetribution

    I would like to see the Raiders move Houston to the inside and start Bryant alongside him; this would mean thought that we would need to get another defensive end for our 4-3 front; I’m not sure if having Houston, Bryant, Shaughnessy would be a great3-4, three man front.

  • ElkGRaider

    634.RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    Mr. Flynn will be the Raiders starting qb!

    ===================

    Stop posting please…

  • ElkGRaider

    Anybody up for the idea of sitting DMC for the first 7 games so his feet can withstand the last 9-12?

    MOVE TO A 3-4 REGGIE!!

  • 303Raider

    All you Hue haters are morons or just became Raider Fans.

    We lost 13 in a row to SD before HUE
    We had 7 years of 11 losses or more before HUE
    We are undefeated in our division on the road because of HUE.
    We have aReal QB because of HUE

    The D, Al Davis, the Penalties were all inherited. Give him next year with Reggie, a new D coordinator, Carson an offseason and we are good to go.

    And yes, someone would pick up Hue for A head coaching position, cleveland, Tampa Bay, just to name a few.

    Go Raiders!!

  • 303Raider

    Our offense sucked for a decade so Hue must be doing something right? When was the last time we saw the “vertical” passing game in Oakland?

    Freakin’ morons who are Hue haters.

    I guess most of you like 2-14 or 4-12 seasons?

    Morons….

  • Zwarte Piet

    If the team you owne has been losing for years and years and you are starting a new era,do you keep a coach that shows up at the press conference after a loss in a John Gotti suit?

  • MikieG

    # 303Raider Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    All you Hue haters are morons or just became Raider Fans.

    We lost 13 in a row to SD before HUE
    We had 7 years of 11 losses or more before HUE
    We are undefeated in our division on the road because of HUE.
    We have aReal QB because of HUE

    The D, Al Davis, the Penalties were all inherited. Give him next year with Reggie, a new D coordinator, Carson an offseason and we are good to go.

    And yes, someone would pick up Hue for A head coaching position, cleveland, Tampa Bay, just to name a few.

    Go Raiders!!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Dude, don’t waste your fingers typing..I have been saying it for the past 3 months..Some people don’t like Hue for whatever of a thousand petty reasons. F’it..the fact remains that a new era has begun.

  • PlunkforHOF

    What up Raider fans and others!

    1st.. to Mark Davis.. thank you for your rapid, wise choice of Reggie McKenzie. This positive move takes away a little of the sting from last week.

    2nd.. I think Hue stays.. yes there was some schitty playcalling and yes theres the ego, but I think Reggie will get control of that.

    3rd.. Reggie, please fix the defense.

  • ghostraiders

    Looks like al davis may have left a ” to do list” ..for his son… open letter when I die”.. signed al davis.. inside letter read.. hire Reggie McKenzie! !

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