The Raiders held a press conference to announce Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' next general manager. Managing general partner, Mark Davis, took the opportunity to send the message that the Raiders are very open to a move back to Los Angeles.
According to Hue Jackson, Al Davis once told him, "Hue, trust your players, not your plays." That begs the question, what happens when you can't trust your players? The answer: You hire Reggie McKenzie to be the General Manager and he promptly fires Hue Jackson. With that, the McKenzie era has begun in Oakland.
After much speculation in the media, the Raiders have fired Hue Jackson after just one season as the team's head coach. Jackson interviewed with new general manager Reggie McKenzie this week and apparently the interview did not go well.
It was an up and down season for the Raiders. Early it seemed like the ups would outnumber the downs but eventually the downs caught up to them, and the Raiders were kept out of the playoffs yet again. It can be difficult to round up every player and/or coach and simplify exactly what happened. But I'm gonna do it anyway.
The Associated Press announced their All Pro team and it did not include a single Raider player. The Raiders had three Pro Bowlers this season in punter Shane Lechler, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, and Richard Seymour. But oddly, none of them made All Pro.no comments
The Raiders wasted little time in their search for a new general manager. This week the team set up an interview with Packers Director of Football Operations, Reggie McKenzie, they liked what they heard, and promptly hired him as their General Manager. But these wheels started in motion three decades ago.
Earlier this week it was reported that several of the Raiders' defensive coaching staff had been fired: defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, linebackers coach Greg Biekert, defensive backs coach Rod Woodson, and safeties coach Kevin Ross.
The Raiders were in the playoff hunt heading into the last game of the 2011 season versus the San Diego Chargers. Before the game was over, they learned that if they won, they would win the AFC West and head to the playoffs. They pulled to within five points of the visiting Chargers with under ten minutes remaining in the game, and their season hung in the balance. It became the fateful moment. The ensuing Chargers drive ended the Raiders' hopes. This is exactly how it went down, through the analytical eyes of TFDS contributor Asher Mathews.
It has been a long time coming for the Raiders with regards to their receiving corps. After every season, they are faced with a dearth of talent and depth at the position. But for the first time in ten years, they look to have a solid group with which to work.
Well, that's that. The 2011 season is over, and it ended in a similar fashion as just about every loss this season for the Raiders. They were close late and then had a collapse of epic proportions. We knew the Chargers were capable of putting a lot of points on the board and on this day, they were in top form while the Raiders were not. They ended the Raiders' playoff hopes with a 38-26 victory.