Matt Flynn, who was hired to be the leader and starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, has been released.
Reggie McKenzie said it’s far too early to make any judgments about his team and that any vindication would come if the Raiders make the playoffs.
“Not at all. Reggie understands why I made the decision I made,” Mark Davis said. “Look, I understand what Reggie is trying to do. Reggie’s fine. He’s the one guy that I’ve hired. I’ve got to give him room to do his job.”
Owner Mark Davis fired Oakland Raiders public relations director Zak Gilbert over the weekend. Gilbert had only been with the Raiders for a year, but when he was hired, he brought over 10 years of media relation experience to the team
The Oakland Raiders haven’t lived up to their slogan of “Commitment to Excellence” for a decade. Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders have been plagued by questionable personnel decisions and bad player contracts. Reggie McKenzie, who was the Green Bay Packers director of football operations before being hired as general manager in January 2012, is overseeing one of the NFL’s most difficult tasks in his attempt to rebuild the Raiders.
Like all NFL teams, the Raiders are getting ready for this week’s draft. John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew the Silver and Black are better prepared than in the past.
This was supposed to be a year where the Raiders would finally have a winning season and possibly challenge for a playoff spot. But under new head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie, the team’s rebuilding efforts were largely unsuccessful. A few players showed promise but overall, it was a frustrating season for the organization and the team’s long suffering fans.
With the Raiders mired in another losing season, now is the time for quarterback Terrelle Pryor to get his chance to prove to his coaches and the fans what he can do. The Raiders are guaranteed a top five pick in the upcoming NFL draft so there’s nothing to lose by playing him. In fact, a loss by the team only helps to ensure a better draft pick.
The 3-10 Raiders continue to make roster cuts to players who aren’t performing as the front office expected. This week featured the release of cornerback Ron Bartell and the reinstatement of disgrunted linebacker Rolando McClain. There is also speculation that long-time punter Shane Lechler will not return next season given his advanced age and high salary.
The 3-10 Oakland Raiders have three games left on the schedule. Owner Mark Davis has already expressed his frustration with the team’s struggles over the last month and the status of head coach Dennis Allen is in question. Many speculate Allen could get fired if he does not end the losing streak.