Reggie McKenzie said a lot of things today. For the first time in months the first time general manager of the Oakland Raiders opened up to the media offering his thoughts on what has been a disappointing and dismal season. Raiders.com has the entire transcript which is must read material for all of Raider Nation.
Naturally the questions McKenzie fielded all pertained to the sad state of the franchise, specifically the miserable month of November.
Now if you were expecting anything salacious to come out of McKenzie’s mouth then hold your breath waiting for Jerry Jones to takeover the Raiders. The new GM in town isn’t wired that way. There’s no doubt changes are coming at the end of the season but McKenzie didn’t go as far as singling out who is on the hot seat and who isn’t. But he did say everyone and everything is going to be “evaluated” from top to bottom once the season is over.
Dennis Allen, like McKenzie, is a rookie to his job but that hasn’t quieted the talk of his possible dismissal in year one of his head coaching career. McKenzie was non-committal on Allen beyond this season. All that means is the season isn’t over yet.
McKenzie made a point to make sure everyone is aware that nothing is decided yet. He’s giving the final five weeks of the season to determine the future of this football team from players to coaches to equipment managers. You name it, McKenzie wants to see improvement.
“Hey guys, players, coaches, my scouts, equipment guys, I’m not going to get after, from the standpoint of who’s safe, who’s in or out, I don’t like to discuss anything during the season. Because it’s my job to evaluate this team, and that’s done on a weekly basis, so at the end of this thing, I have my evaluation of not only Coach Allen, but every player and my thoughts of every coach.
“But it’s my football team, and I’m responsible. We have a great line of communication, so that’s not going to be an issue, at all. It’s my job to evaluate the situation, and I’m going to get that done. We’re going to do it the right way. I can’t build a team without effectively evaluating what’s going on. You’ve got to do it the right way, week to week. We’ve got five weeks to correct that now. I’ll be doing some evaluations in these five weeks.”
Bottom line being just about everyone has a five week audition. Ah hem…McKenzie included.
Don’t think for a second that the apple fell far from the tree in the Davis family. There is no way Mark Davis will be content to sit through another month like total disaster that was November. There isn’t anything to indicate Davis is willing to reboot again one year into his tenure as owner. But McKenzie already knows what his boss expects.
What would be unexpected is for the Raiders to start a new GM search this offseason. That said progress must be made over the course of the last five games. That’s the motto going forward.
“Mark and I talk all the time. The bottom line is we want to see progress, and that November month, nobody was pleased with. Nobody. He and I discussed that quite a bit, trying to put a finger on it, but we want to see better play, and we’ve got five games to do it.”