From the second it was reported that Reggie McKenzie would become Oakland’s general manager the discussions of Hue Jackson being fired began. Exactly how the speculation came about is a bit of a mystery.
No matter who you believe one thing that should be obvious is that the last thing the Raiders need is to make yet another coaching change.
Stability in the East Bay has been about as common as stability in J-Lo’s love life. It just really doesn’t exist. Despite the constant coaching turmoil the 2011 Raiders actually looked like a team capable of competing with the NFL elite. Well, at least they did until the bottom fell out and the Raiders crapped out of the playoff chase.
But, hey, losing a meaningful game in December beats being out of the hunt in October.
While there are no moral victories in the NFL there certainly are necessary steps that need to be taken before becoming a champion. This game of football is unlike any other professional sport. You just can’t buy a championship roster in one offseason. Just ask Nnamdi Asomugha about that.
You also can’t build when you’re constantly rebuilding.
Some reports claim McKenzie could replace Coach Jackson with Winston Moss. Please tell me how replacing one rookie head coach with another rookie head coach will improve any team?
McKenzie owes it to himself to give Jackson the benefit of the doubt. Starting a coaching search is no way to get started as a GM. Keep in mind McKenzie has never done this job before. He’s a rookie himself. At least Jackson has a year under his belt in his current position.
No matter where these reports have come from there has got to be some common sense that trumps all. Common sense says McKenzie should give himself a year of learning the franchise to figure out what he’s got to work with. Starting a coaching search this late in the game, when all of the top candidates have already made their rounds, is a sure fire way to create unnecessary controversy and confusion. What this franchise needs is consistency and competence.