I have been Reggie McKenzie’s biggest supporter over the last year, but yesterday’s roster debacle has me scratching my head. Not only did McKenzie cut promising defensive end David Bass (Who just signed with the Chicago Bears) but he kept two punters. Unless there are some desperate teams looking to trade for a punter, keeping two punters makes little sense.
What worries me about McKenzie is that both of his high profile moves have been major flops. Last season, his lone big free agent signing Mike Briesel has been an epic bust and newly acquired quarterback Matt Flynn is looking like the Raiders third best quarterback. There have been concerns about the defensive line all off-season and McKenzie’s answer to the problem was to cut his top young pass rusher David Bass and veteran Andre Carter. The Oakland Raiders have reverted back to the power running game but McKenzie kept both Briesel and Tony Bergstrom who are made for the zone blocking scheme (Now Bergstrom is out for season).
Now news has just come in that McKenzie has cut fourth round pick Tyler Wilson. I understand that Matt McGloin has impressed so far in training camp but you cannot give up on a rookie quarterback after one training camp. McKenzie would have been better off getting rid of Matt Flynn, whose presence will only ruin team camaraderie and he has less upside than Wilson.
McKenzie has done a great job clearing cap space which has been the Raiders biggest enemy over the last decade. However, he must remember that he runs an NFL team with the most passionate fan base in the league. Raiders fans do not want to watch another team without a chance of competing for the AFC West. So far McKenzie’s moves make me wary of the Raiders future with him at the helm. McKenzie has been showing that he is a salary cap guru not an NFL general manager.