Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has his work cut out for him, but he has an idea on which direction he wants to go.
He feels like there are a lot of similarities between the two west coast organizations, the 49ers once were a team in need of a much needed injection of brain power, but the talent was already there.
Finishing at or around the bottom of the conference every year does give a team the chance to draft quality talent. McKenzie feels they have enough talent to turn the Raiders into a contender.
"When you ask me what makes me feel better about the team, I have to say everything," McKenzie said, via the Monte Poole of the San Jose Mercury News. "Everything I needed to do last year already is in better shape this year.
"We're going to build this thing. We're going to build it the right way."
On how the San Francisco 49ers being a model for the Raiders:
"They (inherited) a lot of talent," McKenzie said of coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff, hired in 2011. "And the coaches came in knowing know what they are supposed to do. That's how you build it. People can (criticize) the prior staffs and, yes, those staffs had some direction issues. But they still put together a talented team."
"It really doesn't affect what I do," McKenzie said of San Francisco's revival. "But it does provide some motivation, because you want to be good. You want to own your home.
"But everybody loves a winner. So I understand. It's my job to bring a winner. And that's what I expect to do. I'll get my motivation anywhere I can get it."