The NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders for relocation to Las Vegas Monday morning. Following the news, there was widespread coverage across a multitude of media outlets, including a tweet from the team’s quarterback, Derek Carr.
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However, Owner Mark Davis’ patience in McKenzie was rewarded, and fast forward a few seasons, and the Raiders have returned to the playoffs, and McKenzie has cleaned up on the awards circuit, being recognized across the board for what he did to the team’s roster in 2016.
“In my opinion, the best thing he [Davis] has done for this franchise is to have patience with the personnel side of the ball,” said King. “It would have been very easy for him a couple of years ago to say, ‘boy, it’s not happening fast enough. I’m going to get another general manager.’ This is a little bit too about Mark Davis’ patience. He knew he had the right guy, and he gave him the time to succeed.”
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been performing at an MVP-caliber level, according to sports analysts around the league. The third-year quarterback has led the team to a 4-1 start, and on multiple occasions this season he’s come up clutch in the closing minutes of games. The Raiders signal-caller was back at practice Wednesday, and Oakland Raiders jersey china shared his thoughts on another important division game this week.
The Oakland Raiders starting quarterback has earned two nods to the Pro Bowl, and was in the MVP conversation before his season ended up prematurely Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts, and Saturday night he took home yet another trophy for his collection, the 2016 Commitment to Excellence Award.
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Making it to the NFL is a huge accomplishment in and of itself. Players have overcome adversity, and worked a majority of their young life trying to reach the professional level. From Pop Warner football as a kid, to high school, and college, the work remains constant and necessary to achieve the ultimate goal.
Wednesday evening, rookie linebacker Shilique Calhoun appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Howard Balzer and Gil Brandt, and during his time on the air he touched a variety of topics ranging from where he’s lining up on the defensive front, to his relationship with rookie quarterback Connor Cook.
And succeed is precisely what McKenzie has done, particularly in the draft, as he’s secured franchise players for the Silver and Black on both sides of the football in quarterback Derek Carr and defensive end Khalil Mack.
“I think you get him [Carr] healthy for a 16-game season, and he will win an MVP in his life, in my opinion,” King explained. “That’s how good he is…. I don’t know how you look at the NFL today, right now, if you had a draft of all the players in the NFL right now; I think if you’re McKenzie, if you’re [Head Coach] [Jack] Del Rio, if you’re Davis, who are you picking before Derek Carr? That guy is a goldmine for your franchise.”
While Carr has certainly become the face of the franchise over the course of his three seasons as the Raiders starting quarterback, Mack has quietly gone about his business, stacking accolade on top of accolade, culminating his dominant 2016 campaign as the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.