McKenzie Hired To Make Tough Decisions

Hue Jackson had been with the Raiders for two years. One as the offensive coordinator and one as the head coach. Both seasons ended with a record of 8-8 and no postseason play. The offense has improved since Hue has gotten to town, which I think is why most want to see him stay at least for the short-term. Maybe that’s why Hue be kept around for at least one more year to see if he can build on what he started. A new head coach should be given three seasons to prove his worth in the NFL and it is difficult to evaluate a coach based on a team that someone else put together.

Even though Jackson may deserve another year to prove himself, you have to ask why does a franchise hire a general manager? Many Raider fans have been lobbying for a GM for years and they finally got one, and a very good one at that. Now, fans are upset because Hue Jackson was let go by Reggie McKenzie. The reason you hire a GM is because you feel they know what is best for the team and you TRUST that they will make the decisions appropriate to improve your team. You can not hire a GM to run the team and then try to influence his decisions on how to run it. It would be the equivalent to hiring an investor and then telling them how to invest the money.

Reggie McKenzie was a great hire by Oakland and now he deserves every opportunity to do his job the way that he knows how and that includes evaluating EVERYTHING and making decisions on the best way to move forward. The future should be a bright one for the Raiders regardless of who is the head coach. Hue deserved another year, but McKenzie deserves the right to bring in his own guy.

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Posted in Offseason 2012
  • OakRaiderEd

    I’m with you on this one Chris! In Reggie we TRUST!

  • gadfly

    “Many Raider fans have been lobbying for a GM for years and they finally got one, and a very good one at that.” Very good? I thought this as his first GM job. So I’m curious what you’re basing this analysis of his GM skills on.

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