"We are grateful for everything Reggie has done for this organization as a player, executive and member of the Raider family," the team said. "We wish the best for Reggie, June and the entire McKenzie family."
"He was given the chance to stay the season but is not expected to do so," per that report.
Rapoport reported college scouting director Shaun Herock will become the "de facto interim GM" and will likely get an interview for the permanent position.
The divide between McKenzie's vision and head coach Jon Gruden's for the future of the team appeared to lead to the decision:
As for that separate scouting department, Rapoport wrote in September:
"Gruden essentially has his own staff that helps him judge talent and make decisions—most notably confidant and Director of Football Research Dave Razzano—along with a slew of interns and assistants.
"Gruden had his own draft board and has his own pro board, separate from those used by others in the organization. ...
"Certain scouts and evaluators [weaned] under McKenzie are frustrated that Gruden has his guys, who make up a group that spearheaded the signing of several veteran free agents, the jettisoning of many previous draft picks and the trade of Khalil Mack."
The trades of Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper will define Gruden's tenure. The team received Chicago's 2019 and 2020 first-round picks, a third-rounder in 2020 and a sixth-rounder in 2019 for Mack and a 2020 second-rounder plus a 2020 conditional fifth-round pick. For Cooper, it netted Dallas' 2019 first-rounder. Both players have thrived for their new teams, with the Bears and Cowboys pushing for division titles in large part because of their new playmakers.
The Raiders, meanwhile, are 3-10 and clearly in a rebuilding phase.
How Oakland uses those picks to reshape its roster will determine the foreseeable future of the organization. Given that Gruden had already compiled a scouting department separate from McKenzie, it was clear the two sides were unlikely to see eye-to-eye on how to best use those picks. And given that the Raiders have parted with McKenzie, it's even more clear Gruden's voice is the most important within the organization, at least when it comes to personnel decisions.
But while the news wasn't a surprise, McKenzie will likely find a number of suitors this offseason given the work he did in Oakland before Gruden's hiring:
The Raiders will move forward with Gruden at the helm, with his power solidified after Monday's news.