GM Reggie McKenzie Could Replace Head Coach Hue Jackson

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The Raiders plan to hire Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie as their new general manager, ESPN reported Thursday night.

The team, which interviewed McKenzie on Wednesday, declined comment. Oakland cannot officially hire McKenzie, 48, until Green Bay is done playing in the playoffs.

The former Raiders linebacker (1985 to '88) is a disciple of former longtime Packers GM Ron Wolf and has been with Green Bay's front office for 18 years. Wolf worked in the Raiders' personnel department for 25 years and recommended McKenzie to Raiders owner Mark Davis.

Among McKenzie's first tasks will be to work with head coach Hue Jackson on finding a new defensive coordinator. Chuck Bresnahan won't be back next season, a source close to the defensive coordinator confirmed Thursday.

Yahoo's Mike Silver reported that Bresnahan and assistants Rod Woodson (cornerbacks), Greg Biekert (linebackers) and Kevin Ross (safeties) have been told that their contracts will not be renewed when they expire Jan. 15.

The Raiders (8-8) had the 29th-ranked defense in the league this season and had franchise worsts in touchdown passes allowed (31), yards per carry (5.1), yards passing (4,262) and total yards (6,201), while giving up the third most points (433) in team history.

The firings were first reported by 95.7 The Game, but the Raiders denied the report.

Bresnahan was hired by late owner Al Davis in February as a defensive assistant, but the Raiders did not immediately specify his duties. He was announced as the defensive coordinator a month later - his second time taking that job with the Raiders.

Woodson and Biekert played for Bresnahan during his stint as defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2000 to 2003. Oakland won the AFC West in his first three seasons and went to the Super Bowl following the third year, 2002.

The 31 touchdown passes allowed reflect on Woodson and Ross, as well as the lack of quick development for rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke. Not to mention Stanford Routt's league-high 17 penalties.

Jackson talked up Van Dyke, a third-round pick, all preseason but signed Lito Sheppard off the street when injuries hit and wound up starting him over Van Dyke down the stretch. Jackson was asked Monday if he was happy with Van Dyke's progress and he said yes, but he didn't put the 6-foot-1 rookie in Sunday when 6-foot-5 Malcom Floyd kept abusing the 5-10 Sheppard.

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The Raiders scheduled a news conference on Tuesday to introduce McKenzie, who will fulfill many of the duties handled by iconic owner Al Davis until his Oct. 8 death at age 82. One of McKenzie's first orders of business likely will be sitting down with coach Hue Jackson, who handled personnel decisions in recent months. Jackson, who just completed his first season as head coach after being elevated from offensive coordinator, pulled off the October trade for quarterback Carson Palmer after starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone.

The 47-year-old McKenzie will take over his new job with the Raiders immediately, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because those details weren't formally announced. That means McKenzie will leave the defending Super Bowl champion Packers (15-1) before they open defense of their title. The NFC's No. 1 seed is off this weekend with a first-round playoff bye.

ESPN first reported the deal. Oakland has gone without someone in a true GM role since Davis' longtime senior assistant, Bruce Allen, departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2003 season. Allen had been a top personnel executive for Davis from 1996-2003. Davis' son, Mark, is now making many top decisions.

Oakland went 8-8 this season after a promising 7-4 start, ending its playoff chances by losing four of the final five games �" including a 38-26 home loss last Sunday to San Diego with a playoff berth still within reach. The Raiders have missed the postseason for the last nine years since losing in the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.

Davis loved to bring back former Raiders to the silver and black, and McKenzie fits the bill. He played linebacker for the Raiders from 1985-88 and joined the Packers as a pro personnel assistant in 1994. He was named director of football operations on May 27, 2008, and also previously worked in the role of director of pro personnel.

A 10th-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Raiders out of Tennessee in 1985, McKenzie played the first four of his six NFL seasons with the Raiders.

For the Packers, losing McKenzie is a double whammy.

Earlier Friday, Green Bay announced that Vice President Jason Wied had resigned from the team's front office because of health issues.

Wied, the vice president of administration/general counsel, took an indefinite leave of absence from the organization in November. In a statement issued Friday by the Packers, Wied said he has been dealing with sleep apnea and insomnia and developed a dependency on one of the herbal remedies he was using. ... 52418830/1

This is such an awesome move, I'm really excited for the start of the offseason and the 2012 season. I also wonder if the Raiders return to the 3-4 defense.

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Oakland Raiders GM: Reggie McKenzie Could Replace Head Coach Hue Jackson

by Scott Coleman

Head coach Hue Jackson may not have made the playoffs with the Oakland Raiders this past season, but he had the team competitive all season, even with the numerous injuries they sustained down the stretch. One would think his job would be safe as new general manager Reggie McKenzie takes over control of the franchise, but that may not be true, if a recent report from Chris Mortensen is accurate.

Here is that report, along with a little analysis from Bill Williamson of ESPN:

Mortensen reported (on Saturday morning NFL Countdown) that new Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie may consider replacing coach Hue Jackson.

Williamson's take: Jackson's possible firing has been the elephant in the room for days. There have been rumblings of it and Mortensen's report brings light to the situation. There has been talk that Jackson took too much power after owner Al Davis died in October, that he gave up too much to get quarterback Carson Palmer and that he rubbed players the wrong way. The fact that the Raiders lost four of their final five games including a Week 17 home loss to San Diego with the AFC West on the line could go against Jackson. There is no doubt Jackson is a talented coach, but perhaps McKenzie will want to start fresh and bring in his own coach. Schefter said Green Bay assistant Winston Moss could be a target. Moss was a candidate in Oakland in the past and he was a favorite of Davis. Like McKenzie, Moss is a former Raiders' linebacker. Is Jackson definitely on the chopping block? I wouldn't say it's definite, but it is a situation to watch in the coming days.

That would be quiet the shakeup in Oakland if this were to happen. For an organization that has gone through so much in the last few months, the hiring of yet another head coach could potentially become a strenuous situation for all parties involved.

Again, as the report suggests, absolutely nothing is imminent at this point and no final decision will be made for at least a few weeks, but this is something to keep an eye on. The Raiders have never been a conventional team; why stop now that Al Davis isn't running the show? ... ackson

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Gee, I don't know how I feel about all of this. Some of Williamson's analysis rings true. We did give up to much for Palmer and we certainly tanked at the end of the season. On the other hand I really like Hue. I think we stay the course unless we have access to a new coach that is a no brainer. To replace the coach just to take a flyer on another unproven guy could be counter productive. I think we need to focus on fixing the defense and see how Coach Jackson does next year with a defense that works. We certainly can not rebuild with draft picks, they are all gone.

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