Oakland Raiders have fired general manager Reggie McKenzie
The Oakland Raiders are continuing their trek through a disappointing 2018 campaign that has featured plenty of internal issues throughout the entire process.
This has now led the team to make another major decision with the firing of general manager Reggie McKenzie on Monday morning, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Reggie McKenzie now has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately, per source. https://t.co/36tjy7PTGM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 10, 2018
McKenzie had held the position since 2012 while the team had a 39-70 record with him at the helm as the general manager of the franchise. He had inked a four-year extension back in 2016 that had put him under contract through the 2021 NFL Draft.
However, Oakland has struggled to find much success this season currently holding one of the worst records in the league at 3-10.
The team’s lack of success along with these questionable decisions with marquee players in the franchise looks to have put it over the top for them to move on. Oakland had traded a pair of Pro Bowlers in outside linebacker Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper for first-round picks in hopes of helping the rebuild for the franchise.
Beyond that, there was also rumored to be possible friction for him with head coach Jon Gruden that may have influenced the decision making with the roster. Gruden is currently in the first year of his 10-year contract with the franchise.
Although the timing of this move is questionable given that the team is headed toward another losing season, it does show that McKenzie had no longer been in the long-term plans for the franchise. Instead, it is a clear sign of things to come next offseason where the Raiders may go forth with an entire reboot to help right the ship in the right direction under Gruden.