An offseason that has featured several significant moves, most notably trading for quarterback Matt Flynn and trading away quarterback Carson Palmer, has left Raiders owner Mark Davis pleased with the work of General Manager Reggie McKenzie.
“Everything is going as planned,” Davis told CSNCalifornia.com of McKenzie’s offseason work. “He’s doing what he was hired to do. I’m very happy with it.”
Davis said he’s very confident that McKenzie is the right person to rebuild a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002.
“He’s doing the job. Yeah, he’s my guy. I’ve never wavered from that. He’s the only guy I’ve hired. Well, I traded for Carson Palmer, but [McKenzie] decided he was not part of the long-term plan, and I’m O.K. with that,” Davis said.
So McKenzie has his boss’s support. If he wants to keep that support, however, he’d better be right that Flynn is a better quarterback than Palmer, and he’d better see the Raiders improve on last year’s 4-12 record.