Jon Gruden wins power struggle as Raiders fire Reggie McKenzieDecember 10, 2018
It’s not just game-changing players whom Jon Gruden is getting rid of in Oakland.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has been fired, according to NFL Network, as the power struggle between him and Gruden reached a breaking point. The report said McKenzie was given the chance to stay through the end of the season but is unlikely to do so.
The Raiders are tied for the worst record in the NFL, at 3-10, in Gruden’s first season back on the sideline. The head coach had a hand in trading away Khalil Mack to the Bears and Amari Cooper to the Cowboys, two players McKenzie previously drafted in the first round.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” Gruden said Sunday, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal, when asked about McKenzie’s reported impending departure. “We’re going to build this team back. I know that. We’re going to bring the Raiders back.”
McKenzie had been the GM since 2012 and was named the NFL Executive of the Year in 2016, when the Raiders reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
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