Without a doubt every general manager in the NFL wants to run the show in their own unique way. Why would Reggie McKenzie be any different? Lost in all of the rumors of McKenzie’s supposed desire to can Hue Jackson and implement his own coach is the fact that the new GM in town has yet to officially be introduced by the team.
The official intro will occur on Tuesday. However it’s being reported that McKenzie will meet with Coach Jackson on Monday in what is being called a “re-interview”.
Undoubtedly McKenzie will need to get some face time with his new coach no matter the circumstances. However considering the nature in which the Raiders fell apart at the end of the season this meeting has anything but the feel of business as usual.
If in fact Jackson’s job is on the line then it will be unfair to determine that with a single meeting. McKenzie might be the boss but Jackson still has a better grasp on the state of the franchise at the moment.
The big unknown is what Mark Davis’ stance is on the whole matter. Since inheriting the throne from his father, Davis has been pretty much invisible. He hasn’t conducted an interview and has only been seen on Sunday’s. Otherwise the presence of Mark Davis has been largely missing from the public perception.
Perhaps the Raider front office is truly tired of Jackson’s antics already. Throwing others under the bus isn’t exactly a redeeming quality. Still it would be a great disservice to Jackson if that one moment overshadows all he’s done in his two years with the Raiders.
Let’s be honest. Coach Jackson put the O back in Oakland. Before his arrival this team had no chance to win in a shootout. While the terrible play of the defense hasn’t changed that fact too much at least the games are more entertaining and generally come down to the final possessions.
However this saga ultimately unfolds it is clear that there are questions surrounding Jackson. Starting all over again is not the best approach but is certainly understandable from McKenzie’s perspective. This is, after all, his show to run.
For the record my money is on Jackson staying put. If he was able to win over Al Davis then I’m thinking he can do the same with McKenzie.