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Green Bay Packers Will Lose Reggie McKenzie to Oakland Raiders, Also Lose Jason Wied: Fan’s Take
The Green Bay Packers are expected to lose at least two of the most important executives from their front office. Director of football operations Reggie McKenzie has reportedly agreed to become the general manager of the Oakland Raiders. Vice president Jason Wied resigned on January 6, 2012, due to what he cites as an addiction to an herbal remedy that he was using for sleep-related health issues.
Wied joined the Packers in 2000. Along with many other duties, Wied was responsible for the Lambeau Field renovation project in 2003 and the current stadium expansion. He had been on a leave of absence since November 7, 2011. Wied claims that moving on from his employment with the Packers will allow him to make some necessary changes to his life.
The Raiders have scheduled a news conference on January 10 for McKenzie. McKenzie will take over many of the responsibilities that owner AL Davis had previously held before his expiration on October 8. McKenzie isn't expected to remain with the Packers' organization during the playoff run.
McKenzie had spent the past 18 season with the Packers' organization. McKenzie does have prior connections with the Raiders' organization as he played inside linebacker for them from 1985 through 1988. In November, McKenzie claimed that he was a Raiders fan who was forever grateful that he played for the Silver and Black.
There had been reports that Eliot Wolf, the son of former Packers' general manager Ron Wolf, might join McKenzie. That doesn't appear to be the case. In fact, early reports have indicated that Wolf could be promoted to McKenzie's previous position as director of football operations. That could be an appealing promotion from him as Ted Thompson's contract expires in 2015. Currently 29-years-old, Wolf might have enough experience to succeed Thompson if Thompson chooses to retire at that time.
The Packers should also be in no danger of losing their director of college scouting, John Dorsey. Dorsey had recently rejected an interview for the general-manager opening of the Indianapolis Colts. Dorsey apparently loves his position with the Packers and doesn't want to relocate his family.
The Packers are a well-run organization. I'm confident that they'll make the necessary adjustments on their staff.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 while completing a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Nashville Predators. He also follows the Tennessee Titans, his favorite AFC team.
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