The announcement comes a day after the team prevailed over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-21, in dramatic fashion. The sum of the parts that make up the McKenzie’s tenure at the helm of personnel was uninspiring at best, however.
The team has put together just one winning season among McKenzie’s seven, its best coming in 2016 when the team went 12-4 and lost in the Wild Card round to the Houston Texans. Since then, the Raiders have failed to notch more than six wins in a single season.
Head coach Jon Gruden has assumed a czar-like role with the Raiders since signing on in 2018, and the move to relieve McKenzie solidifies his standing in the organization as the man in charge. It’s safe to assume that Gruden will likely have full control over all personnel in a more official capacity given McKenzie’s departure.
Gruden is now on a proverbial island as he continues to mold the roster and team makeup precisely how he wants it. With McKenzie out, the head coach will be left responsible for whatever fate the Raiders realize for the remainder of 2018.
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