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The Oakland Raiders enter Week 15 of the NFL regular season at 2-11, a disappointment to say the least.
Owner Mark Davis and the Raiders are prepared to make drastic changes in the offseason, including the potential replacement of general manager Reggie McKenzie, according to an ESPN report.
Oakland preparing for sweeping changes that involve its GM Reggie McKenzie, according to league sources. Mark Davis getting ready to spend.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2014
Davis offered up a vote of confidence in late Nov., assuring that McKenzie was "not an interim GM." Davis spoke to San Jose Mercury-News columnist Tim Kawakami this week, and reiterated that McKenzie is "my guy right now, absolutely."
"Right now" was the key phrase in that sentence.
Davis has never said McKenzie was on the way out, or that his job was in jeopardy. He has a good working relationship with McKenzie, and was impressed by his 2014 draft class. That's especially true of quarterback Derek Carr. Davis is a believer in the young signal caller acquired with the No. 36 overall pick.
The Raiders have two wins -- they beat the Chiefs and 49ers in the last three games -- and more quality play could sway Davis' opinion.
The team already dismissed former head coach Dennis Allen midseason and has been connected to San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh. Schefter's report that the Davis is "getting ready to spend" suggests that a big-name coach could be coming to Oakland. Harbaugh is that type of coach.
They are yet to be linked to any front office executives.