Reggie McKenzie Seems To Recognize The Significance Of The Raiders Meltdown In D.C.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie isn’t buying the conspiracy theories out there, but he acknowledged at least one element of the Raiders mysterious week three meltdown in Washington – the effect it had on the team.
“It shook all of us,” McKenzie said Thursday of the team’s 27-10 loss to the Redskins. “It shook us enough that that everybody had to look in the mirror and say lets get this thing going. This is not who we are.”
It’s interesting that McKenzie acknowledges the significance of the Redskins game – not because of underlying team drama (which he said was ridiculous), but because he’s yet another figure close to the team that seems to recognize the Raiders lost more than just a football game against the Redskins.
For the first time since his rookie season, the Raiders offense with Derek Carr looked rattled. There was a different feel to the way the quarterback and team responded that night and it’s reasonable to wonder if the shockwaves didn’t affect the entire first half of the season.
McKenzie stopped short of saying it, but there are those within the organization who still believe the Washington game impacted the Raiders far beyond the third week.
As Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
Could it have been the Redskins game that literally knocked the “mojo” out of the Raiders season?