Now that Reggie McKenzie has become the Oakland Raiders GM and fired head coach Hue Jackson, we are all on notice. He is looking for his guy to hire as head coach, and we are now left to wonder who his players are.
After being fired, Jackson told a CSN Bay Area reporter, "He's going to gut this place," according to NBC Sports. If that is indeed what McKenzie plans to do, I sure hope that it's the organizational side he's talking about.
I know that new GMs like to put their stamp on a team, but the notion that McKenzie is rebuilding is ridiculous to me. This is a team with a ton of young talent that needs only a couple of pieces and a change in defensive strategy to contend for a title.
For goodness' sake, with all the injuries the Raiders had, they were within one game of the AFC West crown. There were some strategic mistakes made on defense, but McKenzie has new coaches on the way there.
There is plenty right with the team, and gutting the team in total can end up being football suicide for McKenzie. You can tell from the last couple of years that the Raiders are on the brink of something big soon already.
Turn the page for a look at how Jackson doesn't need to prevent that from happen.