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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.”

Early AFC West notes

January, 1, 2012
PM ET floats the name of Elliot Wolf as a possible candidate for the Oakland general manager job. Wolf is the son of former Green Bay and Oakland executive Ron Wolf. Also, Elliot Wolf works in Green Bay with another top Oakland candidate, Reggie McKenzie, a former Raiders linebacker. Expect the Raiders to begin the process of adding an executive after the season. That has been the plan since the Oct. 8 death of owner Al Davis.

The Chiefs put running back Jackie Battle on injured reserve and added Shaun Draughn from the practice squad. He is from North Carolina.

Norv Turner has the support of his players going into Sunday’s season finale at Oakland. Still, don’t expect the support to sway ownership. Turner is expected to be fired after the Chargers have failed to go to the playoffs for the past two seasons.

Perhaps a chain of events will prevent former Denver coach Josh McDaniels from being the offensive coordinator in Kansas City.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Jay Cutler should be careful what he wishes for.

Wherever he ends up, Cutler might find it hard to match the offensive weapons he had with the Broncos. If he ends up in Washington, for example, he won't have the offensive line protection he had last season. If he goes to Chicago, he won't have the caliber of receivers he had last year.

Take a look at what Cutler will miss when he leaves Denver.

Offensive line: The Broncos had one of the best lines in the league last season. Cutler was sacked just 11 times, the second-lowest total for a starting quarterback in the NFL. His backup, Patrick Ramsey, was sacked once. The Broncos have one of the league's best young left tackles in Ryan Clady, who protects the quarterback's blindside.

Receivers: Denver has a nice complement of receivers in Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokley, along with tight end Tony Scheffler. That group helped Cutler amass more than 4,500 passing yards in 2008, a Denver team record.

The running game: Denver routinely has a deep backfield and one of the best running attacks in the NFL. The running game always set up the pass in Denver under Mike Shanahan. New Denver coach Josh McDaniels will use some of what Denver used to do and some of what he learned in New England. Still, Denver's running attack should continue to be solid.

It wasn't all good in Denver, of course. Here are some things Cutler won't miss in Denver.

The trust issue: Cutler feels he can't trust McDaniels after the ill-fated Matt Cassel trade talks. Sources in Cutler's camp feel McDaniels is happy about owner Pat Bowlen's decision to pursue a trade and never really wanted Cutler. Those sources say Cutler could never feel good about playing for McDaniels.

The defense: Denver's defense has been a disaster the past two years. There has been some modest improvement, but the front seven is still underwhelming. Much is made of Cutler's 17-20 record as Denver's starting quarterback. But chew on this statistic: Cutler's record in Denver is 12-1 when the Broncos defense has allowed opponents 22 or fewer points. The one loss, to Green Bay in 2007, was in overtime. A defense that limits opponents to three touchdowns is not too much to ask. Denver's problem has been its defense, not its quarterback. Without Cutler, the Broncos may have trouble in both areas.



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