Raiders Senior Executive John Herrera “retires”

If further proof were needed that the Raiders’ football operations are now run exclusively by G.M. Reggie McKenzie, one of the last links to the football decision-making processes under the late Al Davis has left the organization.

Sort of.

Senior Executive John Herrera has retired after 35 years with the organization.  But he has not completely severed ties with the team.

“At this point in my career and after careful thought and consideration, I have decided to take a break,” Herrera said. “I’ve had a great run, 35 years over three tours of duty, and have been privileged to work in every area of the organization. I’ve enjoyed the whole ride and cherish my relationships with the Davis family, players, coaches and front office staff.  I have developed lifelong friendships with people that have come through the organization and my time with the Silver and Black has exceeded my wildest expectations.”

He first joined Raiders in 1963, at the age of 16.  He then returned in 1985, after working in scouting and player personnel with two other teams and serving as a G.M. in the CFL.

His most notorious moment arguably came in 2008, when Herrera accosted Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News in the press room in an incident caught on video.  Herrera at one point made reference, apparently gratuitously, to Kawakami’s “smoke pot . . . smokin’ buddy Mike Silver.”

It’s hard not to wonder whether Herrera was forced out, especially given the theory espoused by the aforementioned Silver that new owner Mark Davis wants to systematically remove (or, as Silver wrote, “kneecap”) from the organization anyone who has first-hand knowledge of the manner in which Al Davis supposedly disrespected his son.  Still, the release states that Herrera will remain with the team, working with Mark Davis “on special projects.”

Maybe Herrera will be the “kneecap” guy.

23 responses to “Raiders Senior Executive John Herrera “retires”

  1. Wait a second? Herrera is not actually a life sized muppet controlled with Al Davis’ arm completely up his rear and operating John’s mouth? Who knew?

  2. I believe Herrera’s father was one of the an original owners of the Raiders. Not a general partner, one of the silent partners that had no say in operations.

  3. That video was embarrassing – Kawakami’s columns are not always spot on (e.g. his prediction in the summer of 2010 that Tim Lincecum had lost his fastball – the Giants of course went on to win the 2010 World Series), but Herrera looked like a buffoon in the clip. Hopefully his “special projects” won’t include acting as a liaison with the media.

  4. Good news. Break away from the past. Herrara was a bully and a jacka$$. Who is starting these stories about Mark Davis getting rid of people that know how bad Al treated him. If that was the case, wouldn’t firing them be worse. Once they aren’t on the team payroll they could tell all the bad stories without any consequences. I guess people just believe any ridiculous story about the Raiders.

  5. i too think this guy is a jackass. however look up the article wrote by jerry mcdonald. changed my outlook a bit. the guy was extremely loyal to al davis and the raiders. they guy gave his life to the raiders. didn’t always do what was right but which of us does?
    this came from either trask or mark davis. reggie had nothing to do with it.
    tim kawakami is just as big of jerk as herrera

  6. Thank God hes gone! I do give him props for calling out the Raider Haters in the media though. Kawakami and Silver are at the top of the list. This “retirement” shows we are really moving this organization quickly in the right direction. AWESOME JOB REGGIE AND DENNIS!!

    RAIDER NATION!

  7. Check this out: You’re a teenager. You don’t have a ton going for you in life. Suddenly, the owner of an NFL franchise gives you the chance to hang around the team for a while. You are decently compensated. You have a career for 35 years doing this. The only things you really have to do are a) kiss up to the owner every now and then b) hang out with NFL players and c) make life miserable for media members who blast the team’s owner.

    I know, none of you would take that job.

  8. End of an era…..watching the paranoia and dysfunction of the Raider organization was often more entertaining than watching the team actually play……and firing Hue Jackson after only one season definitely cost us some additional drama. With Herrera gone, the only question left is whether Amy Trask survives……

  9. I’m not a raider fan but didn’t trask quit two years ago? She’s on cbs now right? Would think fans of this team would know that

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