There seem to be wholesale changes coming to some NFL teams this upcoming week as those franchises with losing records must reevaluate their future with whatever staff is in place at the moment. This means that teams like the Vikings, Lions, Redskins and others are thinking about their current head coaches and whether or not someone could do a better job if hired, but for the Oakland Raiders the change might be coming across the board including at general manager.
Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask spoke on CBS Sports Network this morning and brought up an interesting point in that Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie’s future may be tethered directly to the fate of head coach Dennis Allen.
Continuity is important. I argued with Al [Davis] about that all the time. We had so many arguments, about a lot of things, but about the importance of continuity. But at some point, you have to say, ‘What is more important? Keeping the same person in place or evaluating and considering and making sure you have the right person in place’. . . . When you ask if [Allen] is the right person, I go back to what I opened with. Why has that narrative changed entirely in two years with the team’s performance?”
Trask referenced the fact that McKenzie and Allen have been in this together since 2012 and while they promised change, the only thing that has happened is two losing seasons. As Trask says, continuity is important and the Raiders have done a good job of making losing a continuous trend in the Bay Area.
Dumping not only Allen but McKenzie as well might be something that changes not only the culture but the losing continuity as well.