Fresh off of receiving a contract extension that will keep him in town through 2020, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is one happy camper that owner Mark Davis stayed onboard with this vision on rebuilding the team into a viable competitor.
And the work continues in 2016, something McKenzie is focused on even more.
“Mark Davis was committed to my plan,” McKenzie told reporters, via Jerry McDonald of the East Bay Times. “I’m sure he had a lot of phone calls, a lot of people talking to him and saying, ‘Is Reggie the guy?’
“It wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I’m not into quick fixes. It’s a process and it worked the way we planned. No, we still haven’t had a winning season, but we feel good about the direction we’re going.”
Making necessary moves and hard decisions lead to McKenzie bringing in Jack Del Rio as head coach and drafting pass rusher Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr has put the Raiders in prime position in the AFC West. Soon the focus will become on keeping those two, who will be commanding big bucks in two years’ time, and maintaining financial harmony throughout the roster.
“The plan is to keep good players,” McKenzie added. “Y’all could come beat me across the head if I let a Hall of Fame-type player leave this building.”