Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie is headed to Oakland to become their new general manager, whether coach Hue Jackson likes it or not.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news, which sounds unlikely to be confirmed by the Raiders right away. (What’s new?)
McKenzie and the Raiders still have to iron out details of McKenzie’s power within the organization. Ron Wolf and John Madden, who both helped with the Raiders search in unofficial capacities, both supported McKenzie’s bid for the job.
Once McKenzie is hired, it will be interesting to see how the team structures the relationship between McKenzie and Jackson. It’s also believed McKenzie could bring along Eliot Wolf, Ron’s son, to come with him from Green Bay.
McKenzie played with the Raiders from 1985-1988. He’s been with the Packers personnel department for 18 years.
No matter how things work out with Jackson, this is a great move for the Raiders. The team’s personnel department has been stuck in outdated, 1970’s thinking for a long time. McKenzie should bring them into the modern era.