AFC West: Jon Kingdon

More changes in Oakland

May, 8, 2012
The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday that four long-time members of the Al Davis front office -- George Karras, Bruce Kebric, Jon Kingdon and Kent McCloughan -- will leave the team.

The departures of Kindgon and Kebric had been reported, and wholesale changes have been expected since Reggie McKenzie became the team’s general manager in January. Davis died in October at the age of 82.

The team said Kebric and Kingdon were relieved of their duties, while Karras and McCloughan will retire.

“This was a very difficult decision, because these individuals have been part of this organization for all or parts of four decades,” McKenzie said in the statement. “We’re grateful for their dedicated service to the Raiders.”

Former Green Bay front office member Shawn Herock reportedly will become Oakland’s director of college scouting. In its release Tuesday, the team said McKenzie plans to announce a restructuring of the team’s player-personnel department this month. Expect major changes in the scouting personnel.

McCloughan, who first joined the team as a cornerback in the 1960s, had this to say about his time with the Raiders in the team’s release:

“I had talked to Al Davis when I turned 65 and he said, ‘Listen, young man: You’re not quitting before I do.’ I owe him a lot. He was so nice to my family and me. We had some great years, including when Ron Wolf was with us. We won a lot of games. I had the opportunity to work 47 years with one team. I enjoyed it so much. I thought Al Davis was an outstanding person and boss. I enjoyed the scouting department, the coaches and players I had the opportunity to work with, and I’ll always be a Raider. I’m going out about as good as a person can go out. You couldn’t have written a better story for me. I have the NFL Sunday Ticket, and I’ll still be watching all the games. I might even come out to training camp. I wish Reggie and the entire organization the best.”

Report: Raiders fire top scout

April, 30, 2012
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.