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Raiders fire college scouting director Jon Kingdon

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Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said that he would wait until after the draft to make changes to the team’s scouting department.

The draft ended on Saturday and those changes have started. The team has parted ways with college scouting director Jon Kingdon, according to NFL.com. Kingdon had been with the team for 33 years so his departure is one more piece of the Al Davis machine that is going away now that the team is under new management.

Based on the fact that McKenzie said changes were coming likely means that this year’s draft had no bearing on the decision. Kingdon’s time was coming to an end in Oakland regardless of what the team did with their six picks over the weekend.

It looked like Jets Vice President of college scouting Joey Clinkscales would be heading to Oakland before the draft. With Kingdon out, it seems like that spot would go to Clinkscales. Over the weekend, though, Clinkscales said that he “expects” to remain with the Jets so there may be a different man on top of the scouting hierarchy in Oakland.

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30 Responses to “Raiders fire college scouting director Jon Kingdon”
  1. joetoronto says: May 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    Reggie knows what he’s doing, and that’s good enough for me.

  2. rayguyreturns says: May 1, 2012 10:10 AM

    In Alameda the windows are finally open and the fresh air is coming in.

  3. jbaxt says: May 1, 2012 10:10 AM

    Too funny. This poor sap gets the whole draft taken from him because of their idiot coach traded everything for a barely living Palmer, a washed up LB, and money grubber Pryor and he loses his job. Typical faiders. Al lives on.

  4. tedmurph says: May 1, 2012 10:16 AM

    How would someone from the jets be an upgrade? They haven’t drafted an impact player since Revis in 2007.

  5. joetoronto says: May 1, 2012 10:46 AM

    I hear the free jerseys they’re giving out in KC are all super extra large.

    No need for any other sizes.

  6. nflofficeadmin says: May 1, 2012 10:48 AM

    Mel Kiper III is the front runner for the job.

  7. tatum064 says: May 1, 2012 11:00 AM

    jbaxt says:
    May 1, 2012 10:10 AM
    Too funny. This poor sap gets the whole draft taken from him because of their idiot coach traded everything for a barely living Palmer, a washed up LB, and money grubber Pryor and he loses his job. Typical faiders. Al lives on.

    =================

    And San Diego STILL HAS NO RINGS.

    A.J. Smith lives on.

  8. warrenmoon says: May 1, 2012 11:03 AM

    Reggie wants everything to be his. As long as he doesn’t put his face on the helmets I am alright with it.

  9. joetoronto says: May 1, 2012 11:17 AM

    “McKenzie wants good-quality players and good-quality people.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/30/SPQ11OATOA.DTL

  10. steviekthr3e says: May 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    jbaxt…. uhhh did you not see Kingdon has been with the Raiders for 33 years? Obviously an Al-henchman.

    So. No. This is a new regime. McKenzie keeps cleaning house & rightfully so.

  11. radrntn says: May 1, 2012 11:35 AM

    I remeber after the final week, when Hue Jackson went on his rant and said ” “He’s going to gut this place,” Jackson told Henry Wofford of CSNBayArea.com. “He [McKenzie] wants to bring in his own guys. No job is safe right now.”

    well just saying GO RAIDERS, GO REGGIE!

  12. nicosanchez02 says: May 1, 2012 11:40 AM

    jbaxt says:
    May 1, 2012 10:10 AM
    Too funny. This poor sap gets the whole draft taken from him because of their idiot coach traded everything for a barely living Palmer, a washed up LB, and money grubber Pryor and he loses his job. Typical faiders. Al lives on
    ———————————————————
    That’s why they got rid of the idiot coach, and now this idiot scout, Pendejo.
    As far as money grabber, you’re dead wrong look up his contract.
    Pendejo!

  13. efriedo says: May 1, 2012 11:42 AM

    jbaxt says: May 1, 2012 10:10 AM
    “Too funny. This poor sap gets the whole draft taken from him because of their idiot coach traded everything for a barely living Palmer, a washed up LB, and money grubber Pryor and he loses his job. Typical faiders. Al lives on.”

    *****************************

    Poor jbaxt! He obviously has no idea what he’s talking about!

  14. paul82461 says: May 1, 2012 11:46 AM

    Say all you want about the RAIDERS, 17 teams finished worse than them last year . It will only get better.

  15. racerx1225 says: May 1, 2012 11:59 AM

    Ofcourse Clinkscales is gonna say that until a deal is ironed out. Unless you’re stupid, you dont walk away from a good job without a better job already lined up and agreed upon. Duh! What do you think he is gonna say? “Im heading to the Raiders as soon as the contract is ironed out.” For real?

  16. bizieman says: May 1, 2012 12:10 PM

    With that draft and those selections, he should have been fired.

    The Bengals are somewhere cracking up. They pulled the ultimate hustle on the Raiders.

  17. AlohaMrHand says: May 1, 2012 12:21 PM

    Anyone who thinks Kingdon had anything to do with those picks is only fooling themselves.I imagine Reggie made those picks DESPITE kingdons input.And personally I liked the picks not one glorified track star in the group and they went after FOOTBALL players.And you have to consider what they were dealt with since Hue traded everything for a sack of magic beans.

  18. pencilmonkeymagic says: May 1, 2012 12:32 PM

    Good to see someone’s taking a hold of that franchise. Having said that, I’m actually going to miss the fun of the traditional “Who’s it gonna be?” Raider Round 1 pick…

  19. raiderrob21 says: May 1, 2012 12:37 PM

    Theres a new sherrif in town and his name is Reggie (Hammond) Mckenzie

  20. conjecture101 says: May 1, 2012 12:42 PM

    The transformation continues. The Packer-Saints are building their organization on slow, weak nonathletic “football players” with no off-the-field blemishes. Can’t wait to see this product.

    33 years of loyalty to an organization kicked to the curb in favor of the “new wave” of thinking, which actually is just the process of copying everyone else. Ask Belichick, he’ll tell you what innovation is, and who he learned it from.

    Copying the cookie cutter instructions might look good on the surface, but it lacks any substance at all.

  21. ambitoos says: May 1, 2012 12:52 PM

    33 years. That’s unheard of in the NFL. He must have been hiding under a rock that Reggie overturned.

  22. villa41 says: May 1, 2012 12:59 PM

    bizieman says:
    May 1, 2012 12:10 PM
    With that draft and those selections, he should have been fired.

    The Bengals are somewhere cracking up. They pulled the ultimate hustle on the Raiders.

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    Yeah, right. Wake up, son. First, Kingdon didn’t make the selections – ReggieMac did with input from Coach Allen and the scouting staff. Secondly, it looks like a good draft (although any draft can’t be evaluted properly for seerval years in most cases). Lastly, you say the Bengals pulled the ultimate hustle? Now, I know you’re high.

    What hustle was that? I’ll take Carson Palmer over the criminal CB you got with the 17th pick any day. Unless a team is fully loaded in every other area, a productive QB is needed to compete in the NFL. The Raiders haven’t had that guy since Gannon, but they do now. I’ll take Palmer over anybody not named Brady, Rodgers, Brees, and Manning (that’s Eli only). Can’t wait for the match up this season against the Bungels when Palmer schools your new, shiny CB.

  23. techvet says: May 1, 2012 1:05 PM

    All Packers fans say, “Do it, Reggie! See you in the Super Bowl!”

  24. granadafan says: May 1, 2012 2:13 PM

    To survive 33 years with the Raiders, Kingdon had to have been a yes man to Al Davis. You don’t survive long in his organization by disagreeing with him, especially when he wants to draft glorified track stars over actual football players. Kingdon was “institutionalized” and found it hard not to just be star struck by workout wonders. If Mark Davis’ ego will allow football people to make football decisions, then the Raiders will be back on track. Unfortunately, his dad made the football decisions and a decade of ineptitude was the result after the game long passed him by.

  25. conjecture101 says: May 1, 2012 2:51 PM

    @grandafan

    you say “yes man”, i say someone who follows instructions. If you get hired by Mcdonalds and start making taco’s you will be shown the door.

  26. raideralex99 says: May 1, 2012 3:25 PM

    If you take away Davis’ first round picks … the rest of the drafting once it was left to the scouts was pretty good over the years.

  27. mullman7675 says: May 1, 2012 4:56 PM

    @bizieman- Beat it, scrub. You bore me.

    This is another good move by Big Reg. The RAIDERS are moving in the right direction and good things will follow not very far behind.

  28. raiderapologist says: May 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    jbaxt says: May 1, 2012 10:10 AM

    Too funny. This poor sap gets the whole draft taken from him because of their idiot coach traded everything for a barely living Palmer, a washed up LB, and money grubber Pryor and he loses his job. Typical faiders. Al lives on.

    That’s a laughably ignorant take. Kingdon was on his way out once McKenzie was hired, but scouting departments don’t get turned over until after the draft. Typical clueless commentator lives on.

  29. anhdazman says: May 2, 2012 3:46 AM

    Kingdon kept getting into trouble in the Raiders Draft War Room, when he kept saying, “That guy doesn’t run fast enough!” During Oakland’s selections.

  30. deepseabreeze says: May 2, 2012 11:50 AM

    i don’t like the moves. Kingdon and Kebric were the two best scouts that the raiders had. you would drop dead if told about the players these guys scouted and drafted. I know personally that Kingdon is who pushed for Denarius last year and Veldheer the day before. He actually wanted Denarius in the 3rd round because he saw how special of a talent he was. One of the best scouts in the league, with Kebric not too far behind. They are going to get snatched up by other teams ASAP. Well respected scouts. NOT Al Davis yes men

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