Mark Davis: Reggie McKenzie’s job is to get players Jon Gruden wants

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When Jon Gruden signed a 10-year deal for a second stint as the head coach of the Raiders, it seemed clear that the team would start doing business differently than they had in Reggie McKenzie’s first six years as the General Manager.

McKenzie had final say in roster construction in those seasons, but the Raiders didn’t move heaven and earth to get Gruden without giving him a major role in all football operations. Team owner Mark Davis said from the league meetings that Gruden’s “vision is going to be most important” as the team moves forward and outlined how McKenzie fits into that picture.

“Jon’s the head coach and he’s going to be here a while, so it’s important that he gets the players he wants and builds a team he wants to build,” Davis said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “Reggie is there with his staff to find the players, and also to keep the cap and everything else in order.”

Davis said he’s confident Gruden and McKenzie will “work together very well.” If not, there’s not much point in guessing which one won’t be sticking around.

28 responses to “Mark Davis: Reggie McKenzie’s job is to get players Jon Gruden wants

  1. McKenzie pulled them out of the gutter and is stripped of building the roster in return. Gruden’s offseason hasn’t been impressive. Yet surely McKenzie will end up taking the fall after the season if Gruden’s vision sets them back. Hopefully teams in need of a good GM will see what really happened if the Raiders don’t continue to take steps forward.

  2. Why not just let Jon be the GM, while his office staff manage the cap? This is no different than Seantors and their interns. I know nobody reads new bills, but you don’t think it’s the senators themselves writing them, do you?

  3. “Jon’s the head coach and he’s going to be here a while, so it’s important that he gets the players he wants and builds a team he wants to build,”

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    That worked to success during Gruden’s tenure in Tampa. Oh wait….

  4. “Jon’s the head coach and he’s going to be here a while, so it’s important that he gets the players he wants and builds a team he wants to build,” Davis said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “Reggie is there with his staff to find the players, and also to keep the cap and everything else in order.”

    And that’s the way it should be.

  5. So, Gruden is making the calls is basically what this report states. This will not end well. Just when The Raiders where climbing out of the abyss they go and screw up the whole system they had in place that was turning successful.

  6. I’m sure the established heach coached get the players they want – less experienced coaches have to deal with the roster they’re given. Reggie has been excellent with the cap, but his drafting hasn’t really been that great outside of the year he took Mack and Carr. More misses than hits for sure. Seems like Mark is clarifying that the business people will handle business, and football people will make football decisions.

  7. Well this should be fun. Gruden is going to want about 9 more QBs. Lets forget what our GM thinks and just go with this guy who has spent that last several years announcing games. The Raiders where close to being good, now they are just being silly.

  8. Reggie is a glorified cap manager and that’s all he should be. His drafting record is abysmal, as are all of his free agent signings outside of KO, Hudson, Penn, and Crabtree. The guy can’t evaluate CB or LB (the position he played) to save his life.

  9. Gruden has always been enamored with old players. He was his first go round. And he is now. Nothing has changed.

  10. Who sign’s a guy that’s been out of the league for a decade to a $100,000,000 contract?? Was Madden not answering the phone because # is blocked…or didn’t John want the same haircut as Davis so it was a deal breaker.. Just Lose Baby !!!!..if your team leaves ..Its NOT your team..if your wife leaves u..she isn’t your wife Anymore !!!! the Boise Raiders coming soon !!! worse franchise Ever!!!

  11. allsyntax says:March 26, 2018 at 9:24 am
    Why not just let Jon be the GM, while his office staff manage the cap? This is no different than Seantors and their interns. I know nobody reads new bills, but you don’t think it’s the senators themselves writing them, do you?
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    Actually, it’s the House of Representatives (Congressmen/women) who “write” the bills and introduce them for vote. In any case, they don’t write them either. It’s the special interest lobbyists who write the bills such as the NRA, oil/coal/ gas companies, insurance, big pharma, etc. They already bribed gave campaign “donations” to the Congressmen to ensure the bills get passed.

  12. lowphatt says:
    March 26, 2018 at 11:50 am
    Seeing Marc Davis’ and Gruden’s haircuts, someone should release the team barber.
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    I don’t think any Raider fan can argue with this.

  13. Gruden, just needs to let Reggie do his job, and Reggie we know will let Gruden do his, and Mark Davis just needs to leave them both alone , and keep telling us how great Las Vegas is.

  14. cabosan1978 says:
    March 26, 2018 at 9:46 am

    So, Gruden is making the calls is basically what this report states. This will not end well. Just when The Raiders where climbing out of the abyss they go and screw up the whole system they had in place that was turning successful.

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    I agree totally and 100% of the blame lies on the owner. Son-of-Al promised a hands-off approach and that seemed to be working at the end first 5 years after he inherited the team. And then he inflicts Lynch on the team (over the heads of the GM and coaching staff) and now fires a decent HC in favor of someone who’s rusty and way overrated.

    I’m afraid that the reality is that the Raiders won’t get turned around for the long-term without a change in the controlling ownership.

  15. McKenzie pulled them out of the gutter and is stripped of building the roster in return
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    Pulled them out of the gutter? Why, because they had ONE good season in all his years of building the roster which was mostly fueled by flukes and Del Rio’s massive risk taking paying off? Where were they last year? Or in 2015? Or in 2014? Or in 2013? Seems like a whole lot of gutter to me. How many of his draft picks have actually paid off? Outside the 2014 class, it seems like a whole lot of big misses to me.

    They were 8-8 before he was hired, 4-12 in his first year calling the shots. 6 years later, they’re 6-10. That’s “out of the gutter” to you? Man, some people are easily impressed.

  16. Raider fans are about to find out something I’ve been saying for a long time in the middle of their bashing (and others’ bashing) of Al Davis. He was just as important to their last go around as Gruden was, probably more so. Those late 90s rosters he had were stacked when Gruden walked into that team and outside of the Bugel disaster year, they did about what he did his first 2 years there due to not having a QB that was healthy in Hostetler’s case, which Gannon was able to be to create the myth of Gruden. Fun fact, half of his good seasons as a head coach (if you call 9-7 or 10-6 successful) came under Davis picking his players. I don’t have to tell anyone with eyes considering how bad that McKenzie has been doing with putting a team together, namely a defense, that he’s not even in the same stratosphere as Davis was as a personnel man when Gruden got that team last time. And if you think he has the answers on his own, go ask Tampa fans about that.

  17. Mark Davis is no Al Davis. While taking the advise of Ron Wolf and John Madden and hiring Reggie McKenzie a good move at the time it time to reflect on that hire. After drafting Carr, Cooper, and Mack there isn’t much left to point to as successful Raider draft picks. You can’t miss on so many picks. While Gruden is a guy that can bring emotion and energy to a team that energy, like Jim Harbaugh, can wear thin on veteran players. I give Gruen three or four years before he moves on to a college gig like Harbaugh. I’m not sure what makes a good talent evaluator but let’s hope Gruen has those abilities. Let’s also hope Reggie and Gruden can work together to draft worthy players that make the team for years to come.

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