Report: Raiders fire top scout

April, 30, 2012
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New Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie began the expected overhaul of the team’s scouting department Monday when he fired longtime scout Jon Kingdon, according to the NFL Network.

Kingdon was Oakland’s college scouting director and had been with the organization for 33 years. The team is restructuring the organization as it transitions after the October death of owner Al Davis.

Davis was Oakland’s decision-maker on every move, but Kingdon was one of his top chiefs. When McKenzie took over in January, it was expected that wholesale changes would be made.

Often such changes happen shortly after the draft so don't confuse the timing of the firing as a sign that Kingdon failed during the weekend. It was McKenzie’s show and I’m sure this move was planned.

ESPN New York recently reported that the Jets and college scouting director Joey Clinkscales were likely to mutually part ways and that Clinkscales could leave for a lateral move in Oakland. McKenzie and Clinkscales were childhood friends who played together at the University of Tennessee. Clinkscales said during the weekend that he expects to stay in New York.

However, there is now an opening in Oakland for him.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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