As the regular season moves to a conclusion, the Raiders widely are expected to hire a G.M. after the 2011 season ends.
Per a league source, the Raiders have no list and plan to compile no list of G.M. candidates until the 2011 season ends.
It’s worth noting that the Raiders have no list because there are rumors, and possibly reports, of a list. The rumors and reports simply aren’t true.
So where do the rumors and reports come from? Agents and other intermediaries apparently are pitching names to the Raiders, which then can be used as a vehicle for forcing the names that are pitched into the general conversation, giving the names some validity.
Regardless, the Raiders have no list at this time. Eventually, they will. For now, they don’t.
A key factor in the search will be coach Hue Jackson. It’s believed that he reports directly to the owner; as a result, Jackson and the G.M. will truly be partners. It’s critical, as the situations in Kansas City and Miami have shown, for the coach and the G.M. to have a relationship based on trust and respect.