Within the first few words uttered by Reggie McKenzie, the tone was set for Tuesday afternoon’s press conference to introduce McKenzie as the new general manager of the Oakland Raiders.
McKenzie, with owner Mark Davis by his side, opened the media session stressing the need for wholesale change, saying, “The Raider organization, with respect and deference for all of its tradition and history, is about to embark on a new era,” and in the very next breath announced his first change — the firing of Coach Hue Jackson after one season on the job.
“I felt there was a need for change at the head coaching position from the top,” McKenzie said in explaining his motivation for dismissing the former Glendale Community College quarterback. “We’re moving into a new era. No disrespect to Coach Jackson, but it’s something I wanted to start anew.
“Everything is based on performance, No. 1, but I go with my gut a lot, so when it’s time to make to make the final call, my gut’s going to tell me one thing. ...Recently I let [Davis] know I would like to move on from Coach Jackson and begin my search for a new coach and he was alright with that.”