Reggie McKenzie has hit the Easy Bay running (or swimming if you prefer) since becoming Oakland’s general manager. He wasted no time in firing Hue Jackson but has since taken his time in searching for qualified candidates. With names like Marty Mornhinweg and Mike Tice floating around the term “qualified” becomes a relative one. But that is a different topic.
No matter my opinion of the Raiders’ known candidates the fact remains that the business of football moves forward…rapidly. Already the NFL season is nearing its conclusion which means free agency and the draft are right around the corner.
Generally you need a head coach in place well in advance in order to get up to speed. But when you’re searching for your third head coach in as many years you’d hope McKenzie is taking his sweet time for a good reason.
As reports slowly filter out regarding just who the Raiders have interviewed the logical question every member of Raider Nation wants to know is when a decision will be made. Luckily Paul Gutierrez asked that exact question of McKenzie.
When Gutierrez asked McKenzie if a coaching announcement was in the cards for this week, the new football boss of the East Bay responding with the following.
Yeah. Yeah. It could happen. It could happen by Saturday.
Not exactly a quote to plaster across billboards but it at least indicates where McKenzie is in the process. Then again, the interview with Winston Moss passed by without so much as a blurb appearing on any of the NFL gossip sites.
So how do we know what is what? Well, it’s the Oakland Raiders. You’ll find out when they want you to. Now take your bread and get out of the line.
McKenzie’s got a great football mind as evident by his help in building the Packers into the current powerhouse they are. While McKenzie gets credit for being a part of the process this is a much different beast. Hiring a head coach is an easier task when you’ve got a stud like Aaron Rodgers running the show on Sundays.
These Raiders are talented but desperately need a coach that will get them to focus on the details. You know, like not jumping offsides or committing costly penalties after the play has been blown dead. Both Tom Cable and Hue Jackson proved to be great motivators of men but to sustain true success something extra is required of an NFL coach.
Here’s hoping McKenzie sees that it quality in his current bunch of candidates. From where I sit the only it I see will be accompanied by the letters sh if we have to sit through another rebuilding effort.