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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