The case against Dennis Allen

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie. The full text appears below: Let's pretend you and I are Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders. Well, if we're pretending to be Mark, we'd get a new hairdo ASAP. But we're not talking that [...]

By | December 16th, 2013|33 Comments

Rating Bay Area GMs: your call

This Sabean topic sure has legs. I appreciate how passionate all of you are either pro or con on Sabean. Here's a quiz. Rate these five GMs in order of best to worst and give a reason: Baalke, Sabean, Beane, Myers, McKenzie. I will stay out of the discussion. This [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|27 Comments

Sabean vs. all other GMs

When I posted an item praising Brian Sabean yesterday, I knew I'd get some negative response. Fair enough. Some people even wrote that Billy Beane is a better GM and that the Giants winning the World Series under Sabean doesn't mean all that much. Let's be clear about this. Winning [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|38 Comments

Reggie McKenzie (Lowell’s column)

Here is the opening to my column about Reggie McKenzie, a companion piece to the transcript of our interview I posted earlier. ALAMEDA - I didn't know where I was. That's the first thing you should understand. I never had been in this part of Raiders headquarters. Frankly, I hadn't [...]

By | May 26th, 2012|6 Comments

Reggie McKenzie speaks at length

Here is the transcript of a long interview I did with Reggie McKenzie a few days ago. I found him open, charming, smart. I hope you do, too. My column on McKenzie will run later today on the PD website and tomorrow in the paper. If you find any typos [...]

By | May 26th, 2012|3 Comments

More praise for Raiders

The Raiders sent out a news release yesterday with lots of names in it. The names form the new personnel dept. for the Raiders. In a sense, the word "new" is not accurate. In the past, the Raiders did not have a personnel dept. They had a bunch of guys [...]

By | May 16th, 2012|5 Comments

What’s up with Raiders?

The football conversation in the Bay Area has been about the San Francisco 49ers these days -- Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, racquetball, etc. But there's lots to say about the Oakland Raiders, specifically about rookie general manager Reggie McKenzie. Is he doing a good job so far? What are his [...]

By | March 25th, 2012|23 Comments

Praise to Reggie McKenzie

I want to praise Raiders new general manager Reggie McKenzie. He's doing a great job. And, believe me, it's a hard job. So far, he's cut six players, four of them starters. He's doing the hard dirty work that is required because Al Davis gave out some strange contracts and [...]

By | March 14th, 2012|17 Comments

Raiders potential GM

Lots  of talk today that Reggie McKenzie, director of football operations for Green Bay, is interviewing with the Raiders to be general manager. He has Ron Wolf's endorsement and that is a big deal. A source tells me McKenzie is not the guy Hue Jackson wants. Jackson would feel more [...]

By | January 4th, 2012|0 Comments