For the Oakland Raiders it seemed ineveitable that along with the passing of legendary owner Al Davis, and his son Mark Davis's subsequent takeover will come a search for the right GM to take the team to new heights. Late Thursday evening ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Reggie McKenzie will be heading to Oakland to become the new general manager.
The search started earlier this week when Packers' director of football operations McKenzie was interviewed in Oakland. McKenzie had a leg up on any other candidates, as ProFootballTalk subtly points out, in observing how ex-Packers GM Ron Wolf who is currently leading the search is "strongly advocating" for McKenzie, who will bring Wolf's son Eliot (current Green Bay assistant director of player personnel) along with him to the interview.
Additional among the supporters of the bid for McKenzie to become the next GM were former Raiders coach John Madden that assisted in the process.
According to sources all the details have not been iron out. However, Wolf and Madden both continuing to assist Davis in completing the hiring process and description of what exactly will McKenzie job will entail.
Coach Hue Jackson's personnel power may now be limited, which should be music to the ears of most fans of the Silver and Black. But who knows maybe Jackson does approve of this hire and it could work out for the him too.
McKenzie is a former linebacker that played for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1985 to 1988 and has been with the Packers organization since 1994. Hiring McKenzie, 48, would be the first major move for Oakland this off-season.
The history of the Raiders has been a one man show, this hiring will be the start to getting the team back on the right track.
McKenzie will bring the Raiders into the modern era something the team hasn't seen in over 30. Being stuck in the 70's for so long this is exciting move for the Raiders and their fans.