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McKenzie to find out what it's like being boss

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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As prepared as Reggie McKenzie is to be an NFL general manager after working in the Packers' scouting department since 1994, there are some things a person can't know until he sits in the captain's chair. McKenzie will find out some of those things after taking over as the Oakland Raiders' GM on Friday. "What will surprise him are all the people that will tell him how to do it better than he can do it," said Ron Wolf, the former Packers' GM. "That will be the thing that surprises him. But I’m sure he’ll have a plan. I’m sure he’s got people in his mind he wants to interview (for key jobs), and move on." Though it won't be known until he does the job, one possible similarity between McKenzie and current Packers GM is Ted Thompson is their temperaments. Thompson's main attribute as a GM is his calm and seeming immunity from making panicked personnel moves when things aren't going well or there's a hole in his roster. In his seven years as GM, he's shown a great willingness to stick with his beliefs in the face of great pressures. At least in personal relations, McKenzie likewise comes across as a tranquil, deliberate thinker. "(McKenzie won't) allow anybody to influence how he’s going to structure the team," Wolf said. "He’s a very tough individual, mentally and physically. You don’t play the position played (i.e., linebacker) for the team he played for (i.e., the Raiders), he came in as a rookie (in 1985) and became a starting inside linebacker on a really good football team. He was a good player until he got hurt, more than a good player. So he has that toughness. He’s smart enough to know what he can do and what he can’t do. I don’t think you can intimidate him, because he’s a real tough person mentally."

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