After being let go by the Raiders, Hue Jackson told Henry Wofford of CSNBayArea.com that McKenzie intends to make sweeping changes throughout the organization.
“He’s going to gut this place,” Jackson told Henry Wofford of CSNBayArea.com. “He [McKenzie] wants to bring in his own guys. No job is safe right now.”
There has been some resistance to firing Hue Jackson but McKenzie was with Packers GM Ted Thompson as he rebuilt the Packers organization into one of the model franchises of the NFL so it’s not as though he’s incapable of building a better foundation for the Raiders.
Hue Jackson mortgaged the teams future by trading for Carson Palmer after Jason Campbell went down with a season-ending injury. While Palmer played well at times it’s hard to justify what the team gave in return for Palmer. The good news is that the Raiders have young talent on their roster but it will take some clever maneuvering in the interim to be better positioned for the coming years.
Since hiring former Packers exec Reggie McKenzie, there has been a lot of speculation that this move could be coming. Pro Football Talks Mike Florio deserves credit for connecting the dots early last week as he pointed out that Jackson’s public comments about what the team should be doing in relation to hiring a new GM may have damaged his reputation in the eyes of the Raiders front office. Add in the fact that new GM’s prefer to have a clean start and it certainly seemed like a strong possibility.
Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss has been rumored to be McKenzie’s prefer choice but Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements is another possibility. We’ll have more on the Raiders next head coach as the news becomes available.