Report: Raiders making changes to personnel department as Gruden’s influence grows

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The Raiders are Jon Gruden’s team, and with the draft behind him, Gruden can now focus more on shaping the personnel department his way.

Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports that Gruden is making changes to the personnel department. One change could be Raiders player personnel director Joey Clinskscales leaving Oakland for Cleveland.

Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said before the draft that he and Gruden are on the same page about what kinds of players they want to draft. That’s good for McKenzie, because if the two of them couldn’t agree, it would be Gruden who would make the call.

The simple reality of the Raiders is that they have a new coach who negotiated a 10-year, $100 million contract directly with the owner. That means the coach is the person in the building with the most authority. And he’ll have the authority to put together a personnel staff as he sees fit.

54 responses to “Report: Raiders making changes to personnel department as Gruden’s influence grows

  1. He has Tony Razzano’s son on his staff. Tony Razzano ran the 49ers personnel dept during the Walsh era. Tony wrote a great book on scouting. RIP Tony.

  2. This is gonna be a Big Mistake bringing chucky back….a $100,000,000 Dollar mistake…But That’s the raiders!!..

  3. I agree with this article but why paint gruden as a bad guy (my interpretation).They pulled him out of retirement not the other way around.I like McKenzie quite a bit but if I’m gruden and my legacy is at stake this late in the game you better believe I’m buying the groceries. We all know if the raiders do horrible in the media it will be grudens fault not Reggie’s.

  4. ‘Bringing Chucky back…was all about keeping fans’ enthusiasm at the highest level possible for ticket sales/ancillary revenues both in OAK & LV down the road.

    No other potential head coach would’ve ignited the fans’ passions as much as JGruden, even though i would’ve preferred Sean Payton strictly as the best possible head coaching replacement for a too complacent JDRio.

  5. Poor Reggie….he takes a team that is a complete mess and gets them out of cap hell, drafts some quality players, gets rid of the over paid no talent guys and gets the team on track to make some noise. Then the cartoon character owner signs another cartoon character to coach and within three years it will be back to where it was when Reggie took over. If I was Reggie I would leave that soon to be mess NOW!

  6. well after a surprise trade down with the #10, and to still have Edmunds and James still available, I think they reached with Miller. After that said, this might turn out to be one of the Raiders best drafts ever.

  7. I was luke warm on Jon’s return but after watching our draft and FA haul I can see his vision on the Raiders future. I am also loving his demeanor in handling business. If you can’t see the Raiders are going to better on the field and the sidelines, as Hawk and Animal would say, “YOU DON’T KNOW SQUAT!” I will take some thumbs down now.

  8. Who negotiated the contract with McKenzie? The ghost of Al?

    If I’m the owner, I’m negotiating the money I’m paying some one.

  9. I tried to warn you, Nation, but your GOOOO REGGGGIE is Gone. BTW, he was a horrible GM during his six years. He also drafted off the mocks. Carr and Mack. Right where everybody had them. You could do that. This team is a mess. Gruden’s draft and trades are getting killed! And the Raiders have no idea where they will be playing in 2019. Perfect.

  10. Reggie is slowly being pushed out the door by Gruden,
    and pretty sure it’s all by design.
    Mark Davis, unlike his father Al – doesn’t have the heart to do it
    and probably will let Gruden send McKenzie off into the sunset after this season.

  11. What a Mess !!! But that’s the raiders…Bring back Jim Plunket !!!! Only hope they have !!

  12. Gruden did exact same thing to the Super Bowl Bucs org he inherited from Dungy, in 7yrs turned a top team into a perennial 9-7 one – mediocre, Glazier called it just before firing Gruden.

  13. Gruden better get a group together that knows how to draft players because this draft sucked. Last years draft sucked. The only good player drafted was Mack. Cooper has hands of stone and can’t even catch a cold.

  14. As perhaps the longest tenured (god I’m old) Raiders fan here I’d like to share my thoughts.

    Gruden was helped greatly by the declining Al. Al wasn’t a veggie yet while John was there the first time. I had a friend in player personnel the first trip and he told me stories of those two budding heads. Not, one was right and 1 was wrong. Went both ways. Al wanted Tebucky Jones instead of Woodson. Gruden won that fight. Conversely, Gruden pushed for Jon Stichcomb and loved certain guys that were useless. Gruden wanting more control was why he was traded, but a lot of the key vets that were there during that period were actually Al.

    My personal opinion about Reggie is he absolutely sucks. Not as a free agent evaluator but he has no business watching college tape. Raiders were drafting Watkins when Mack unexpectedly fell to him. Although DJ Heyden was as bad a pick as any ever made….Meniluk? Amari has 2 out of three years of unreliability catching the ball. Mario Edwards was a risk, hasn’t really paid off, Joeseph is a 2nd round player who he picked like 16th, Jihad.. Out his 51 drafted players 8 are starters and the teams record is below .500. Do the math.

    Gruden has a 3 year window. maybe 4. He needs smart young college familiar guys working the scouting department, Not Reggie. John will be making the calls but he listens to people’s opinions. That is still better than Reggie who is known to be uncommunicative.

  15. Report: Raiders making changes to personnel department as Gruden’s influence grows…a game “chuckie” is familiar with: his time with the Bucs were marked by the undermining of Rich McKay(only took a year and a half to get rid of McKay) and then got his bosom buddy Bruce Allen to help him make disastrous personnel decisions…and, I believe, Bruce Allen is on the Raider horizon…feel sorry for Raider fans…

  16. just because they All have the same Barber doesn’t mean chucky is Not gonna throw u under the Bus !!! 3 different heads..Not Gonna End Well !!! BOOK IT DANO !!!!

  17. It’ll take several years of rebuilding to correct the damage that Gruden is currently doing to the Raiders.

    The shame of it is that the Raiders looked like they were becoming a good young team based on the 2015/2016 improvements. And then Son-of-Al wrecks it all by breaking his vow not to interfere in football operations and he brings in Lynch and Gruden (both of whom no other team wanted) as publicity stunts.

  18. No different than Texas or other teams. Now is when a team makes changes to their Personnel Deptartment. The difference here and other teams is just the slant that PFT is putting on this move.

  19. Do you think Raider fans really care about you nerds that come on the site took make negative comments we just laugh at you!

  20. jjfootball says:
    April 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm
    Do you think Raider fans really care about you nerds that come on the site took make negative comments we just laugh at you!

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    And we laugh at you when the postseason comes and the Raiders are busy making tee times and planning family vacations

  21. I think Clinkscales left because he knows the Raiders draft was horrible and hes looking for a lifeboat from that sinking ship.

    And I know his Packers connection Elliot Wolfe and Alonzo Highsmith who are now in Cleveland called Clinkscales and had a “what hell are yall doing?”, conversation, and then offered Clunk a chance to join them.

  22. 3ringbronco says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:57 pm
    Not quite sure what direction Gruden is going. Just haven’t understood his off season moves.
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    Specifically which ones Bronco – getting rid of Prima Dona Crabtree who put himself before the team? That really angered me last year – I didn’t find it at all funny and thought it reflected a selfish attitude. They then bring in the consumate pro in Jordi Nelson. No, he isnt as talented as Crabtree at this point of his career but do you think he gets into a chain pulling fistfight at any point this year?

    Getting rid of a kicker who put himself before the team? Not to mention this idiot pokes fun by siding with the enemy… I was pretty much done with him then. Also he was making a ton of money and – is a punter.. Draft another punter lower cost and won’t be getting 15 yard penalties running his mouth.

    Drafting offensive tackles in the first round on a team who has no healthy LT (Penn is recovering – 35yoa – and making a ton of $$) and no RT? If you actually watched them last year they were solid in the middle and terrible on the edges on OL. Protecting DC is a good plan. All you need to do is replay the Redskin game and watch the offensive tackles ole’ the edge rushers about 30 times during the game.

    Taking a chance on several defensive backs after cutting both starters from last year? Why not, the only player I was sad to see leave was TJ Carrie the others where hot garbage. Not to mention that two of their rookies in the secondary played limited time last year because of injuries. Will be an all new secondary save Joseph – and it should be.

    Bringing in Guenther? I don’t know of a time where Gunther had a terrible defense… If he can get them to line up correctly it will be better than what they did last season. Great hire IMO.

    Specifically what moves did he make that were so wildly crazy?

  23. David Szwartz says:
    April 29, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    just because they All have the same Barber doesn’t mean chucky is Not gonna throw u under the Bus !!! 3 different heads..Not Gonna End Well !!! BOOK IT DANO !!!!
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    Raiders will be just fine. The fact that Gruden actually will have a plan on offense that isn’t written in crayon like the guys before him makes them better already.

    The fact that they have a defensive coordinator that is actually an X and O guy will be far better than what they had with Norton.

    The Raiders were easily the worst coached team in the NFL last season. They are all gone, they are immediately better by flushing those guys.

    I will wait to see how it turns out.

  24. I think Chucky did a good job with the picks and the trades…I like the 3rd and 5th round players we got alot..if any other team drafted those guys all those phony experts would be saying that was a steal 1rst round talent but his off field antics make this a bad pick…or the kid from Michigan..he already got clearance from doctors to play but the experts dont say a word about that great pick they rather say nothing instead of giving Raiders credit for a great pick..instead all we hear is the 1rst rounder was a reach…yea we all know that but the rest of our picks were solid in my book..plus you notice when Belichick traded for Branden Cooks everyone said hey thats a drft choice cause they traded there number 1 for cooks and thats a great pick for Patriots..but when we traded a 3rd for Bryant hardly no one says anything !! lol the experts dont change there bias ways but i am happy with this years moves so far..

  25. OK..Let me get this ..chuck was fired ..then kicked raiders ass in Super Bowl..Now hired back at One Hundred Million Dollars..What is going on there ????? what a messs!! then paying a back-up $25 mil a yr….JUST A CIRCUS..Bringing back Marcus next ????? Sad Franchize

  26. So where is the GOOOO REGGGGIE Nation now? Total failure at 34-60. This team is really hot garbage. Not a clue. Mexico in 2019? Vegas in 2020? Jesus, what a mess and embarrassment to the NFL.

  27. Joey Clinskscales was supposed to leave before the 2017 season. That’s well before Chucky ever became head coach. So ya can’t say Gruden is getting rid of him. He’s wanted to move on…

  28. David Szwartz says:
    April 30, 2018 at 1:06 am
    OK..Let me get this ..chuck was fired ..then kicked raiders ass in Super Bowl..Now hired back at One Hundred Million Dollars..What is going on there ????? what a messs!! then paying a back-up $25 mil a yr….JUST A CIRCUS..Bringing back Marcus next ????? Sad Franchize

    Nope. Traded for a first-round pick. The with Gannon as the OC, went to the super bowl without Gruden. Gruden, happened to be the opposing coach. Then for reasons that will never be clear, FRIDAY before the SB the game plan was changed radically, form an against the grain ground and pound (totally out of character for that season’s raiders, great game plan) to John Gruden’s plays. One of the safeties for Tampa said after the game, “I couldn’t believe it, they ran plays we ran and I saw every day in practice.”

  29. dukesinhell says:
    April 30, 2018 at 10:59 am

    David Szwartz says:
    April 30, 2018 at 1:06 am
    OK..Let me get this ..chuck was fired ..then kicked raiders ass in Super Bowl..Now hired back at One Hundred Million Dollars..What is going on there ????? what a messs!! then paying a back-up $25 mil a yr….JUST A CIRCUS..Bringing back Marcus next ????? Sad Franchize

    Nope. Traded for a first-round pick. The with Gannon as the OC, went to the super bowl without Gruden. Gruden, happened to be the opposing coach. Then for reasons that will never be clear, FRIDAY before the SB the game plan was changed radically, form an against the grain ground and pound (totally out of character for that season’s raiders, great game plan) to John Gruden’s plays. One of the safeties for Tampa said after the game, “I couldn’t believe it, they ran plays we ran and I saw every day in practice.”

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    The Raiders were doomed in that Super Bowl mainly because of Barret Robbins’ meltdown. Robbins was one of the top centers in the league and the anchor of the o-line. The downgrade to Adam Treu probably necessitated abandoning the ground-oriented game-plan although several years later Tim Brown accused Bill Callahan of throwing the game.

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