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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 kind of pretending. We’re pretending to be Mark Davis, football visionary. As Pretend Marks we ask ourselves a two-part question: When this lousy season ends, do I (Mark) retain the… Read More »

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 the World Series means everything. In baseball there is nothing more important. Beane has not won a World Series. That means he has not accomplished what Sabean has. There is… Read More »

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 been in many parts. But the Raiders had set up an interview with new general manager Reggie McKenzie, who had been director of player personnel with the Packers. And here… Read More »

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 in this transcript, be kind to me. I typed a lot of words. Where were you born? Knoxville, Tenn. What street did you grow up on? Lilac Avenue. It was… Read More »

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 writing reports for Al Davis and he made all the decisions. Now the Raiders have a real dept. with division of labor. This is another way they are entering the… Read More »

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 goals — from what we can observe? And, most important, what kind of team will the Raiders be — good, middle of the road, not so hot? I wrote my… Read More »

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 overpaid in certain cases. In other words, McKenzie has the difficult job of revising the work of a legend. And I believe McKenzie is doing it prudently. I don’t know… Read More »

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 comfortable with Eric DeCosta, director of player personnel with the Ravens. DeCosta and Jackson have a relationship from when Jackson was with the Ravens. Stay tuned.