Sep 30, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie during a press conference to introduce Tony Sparano (not pictured) as Raiders interim coach at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
There has been speculation in abundance regarding the job security of Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie, who since taking over the team in 2012 has presided over an 8-30 record, including what has become the longest franchise losing streak since the Kennedy Administration. After getting deserved credit for bringing the franchise back from absolute fiscal and organizational desolation created by deceased owner and managing general partner Al Davis, Reggie’s job security has been called into question as he has not been able to field a team that can win a game, even with the most cap space in the league going into the 2014 offseason, and with one of the best drafts perhaps in franchise history. His first coaching hire, head coach Dennis Allen, was unceremoniously fired four games into the season, and interim replacement Tony Sparano has led the team to a slightly more competitive 0-2 record since.
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Many have criticized McKenzie’s offseason strategy in signing older veteran players to short term deals, especially since many of those veteran players have not contributed and indeed have been liabilities. Still, McKenzie has done a lot right, and despite the team’s deplorable record during his tenure and it’s awful start to his third season, he has put the franchise on the right track for sustained, long-term success in the future. Here’s how: