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The Chicago Bears interviewed Reggie McKenzie for their GM job. Here’s what to know about the top Miami Dolphins staff.

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The Chicago Bears have contacted at least 15 general manager candidates and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the interview process, we review each of the potential hires.

Reggie McKenzie being interviewed for the GM opener on Thursday, the team announced.

Reggie McKenzie

Title: Miami Dolphins Senior Staff Manager

Age: 58

Experience

Prior to joining the Dolphins in 2019, McKenzie spent seven seasons as general manager of the Oakland Raiders. He was named manager of the year by Sporting News and PFWA in 2016 after a 12-4 playoff season that included seven players making the Pro Bowl.

It was the Raiders’ only winning season in its seven as its teams went 40-72.

Among the players he drafted were Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius ​​Murray.

Prior to joining the Raiders, McKenzie spent 18 years with the Green Bay Packers as a professional personnel assistant, professional personnel manager and director of football operations. The Packers won two Super Bowls during that span.

You should know

McKenzie was an NFL linebacker who played 60 games in five seasons with the Raiders and San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 1992. He played for the University of Tennessee.

Chicago Connection

In 2014, McKenzie drafted the current Bears out of linebacker Khalil Mack fifth overall.

In 2018, after coach Jon Gruden was hired and extension negotiations soured between the Raiders and Mack, the team traded Mack, a 2020 second-round pick and conditional fifth-round pick. to the Bears. The Raiders received two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and a sixth-round pick over the next two seasons. The Bears then gave Mack a six-year extension.

Mack was named Pro Bowler in each of his next three seasons with the Bears, but missed 10 games this year due to injury.

what was said

Prior to firing McKenzie in December 2018, Raiders owner Mark Davis spoke to ESPN about the Raiders’ roster issues.

“It’s all part of an evolution, but I think it’s becoming increasingly clear to Jon (Gurden), as well, that the talent just isn’t there right now,” Davis said. “The drafts didn’t help complement what we were doing in the free agent market. If you look at our roster now, it’s a bunch of free agents, one-year-old guys who are mercenaries. And they’re great guys, and they’re Raiders. Once a Raider, always a Raider… but we just don’t have the overall talent of a 22-player roster.

Before the Raiders hired McKenzie in 2012, former Packers manager Ron Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “Reggie is a terrific evaluator. It can tell you who can play and who can’t. That’s the whole story. Some can write reports but cannot tell you who can play. Whatever it is, he has it. He has a feeling.

The Chicago Bears interviewed Reggie McKenzie for their GM job. Here’s what to know about the top Miami Dolphins staff.

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