Green Bay Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie will be the Raiders next general manager according to an ESPN report. The Raiders general manager had been owner Al Davis since 1963. Thus a new era of Raiders football begins behind a man for which there is little negative to be said.
McKenzie is an ex-Raiders linebacker, drafted by Al Davis with the assistance of then front office executive Ron Wolf. Wolf hired McKenzie again in Green Bay in 1994 as a scout and he’s spent the past 18 years working his way up in the Green Bay front office.
It has been speculated that McKenzie would attempt to bring Eliot Wolf (pictured above left) who is Ron Wolf’s son to Oakland with a promotion. The Packers would have the ability to block the Raiders as to avoid their entire front office from being raided in one offseason.
Mark Davis and Amy Trask are not football people, but have been consulting with Ron Wolf, John Madden and Ken Herock. Herock’s son – Shaun Herock also works as a scout for the Packers and joined the Packers in 1994 the same year as McKenzie. Shaun could also follow McKenzie to Oakland.
The obvious connections between two out of the three consultants made the hire an easy decision for Mark Davis and Amy Trask.