The Oakland Raiders have a new head coach with a lot of power in Jon Gruden, and that could be a saving grace for general manager Reggie McKenzie.
After a 2014 draft class that any team would die for, Reggie McKenzie has struggled to find the same level of success over the past three seasons. And while Gabe Jackson, Derek Carr and Khalil Mack are cornerstones of this Raiders franchise, the NFL is still a “What have you done for me lately?” league where someone can easily go from executive of the year to out of a job in just a few years.
But McKenzie may just be as lucky as anyone in Oakland that Mark Davis was able to coax Jon Gruden out of the broadcaster’s booth and back down to the sidelines. Had Davis failed in his task to bring Chucky back, reports were that he would have stuck with Jack Del Rio for at least another season.
And that could have been disastrous not only for the Silver and Black, but for Reggie McKenzie.