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Reggie McKenzie: Losing a one and a two doesn’t bother me one bit

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The Raiders’ draft got a bit better looking when the NFL awarded them compensatory picks in the third, fourth and fifth rounds, but Reggie McKenzie is still working with a thin deck in his first year as the team’s general manager.

In an interview with Peter King for King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, McKenzie said that he isn’t bothered by the fact that the Raiders lost their first four picks via trades and the decision to take Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft last season. He said his experience in Green Bay taught him that you can find productive players in the late rounds or as undrafted free agents so it never entered his mind to pass on the Raiders job because of their lack of draft picks.

McKenzie also used the interview to restate his belief in Carson Palmer as the team’s quarterback. The Raiders traded this year’s first-round pick and next year’s second-round pick for Palmer before McKenzie was on the job, but he wouldn’t take the bait when King asked if he missed having those selections.

“You can beat that doggone story ’til it’s worn out,” said McKenzie. “But I know this: We’ve got a quarterback we think can win the division and take us to the playoffs. Losing a one and a two doesn’t bother me one bit.”

If Palmer does lead the Raiders to a division title, McKenzie will probably have a lot of company in that belief.

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51 Responses to “Reggie McKenzie: Losing a one and a two doesn’t bother me one bit”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 9, 2012 11:44 AM

    I always have to appreciate when people get stuck in a bad situation and they proceed as if there is no excuse for failure.

    Not a raiders fan, but the NFL is a better place when they are good.

  2. joetoronto says: Apr 9, 2012 11:50 AM

    Some people make such a big deal out of that deal but draft picks are the unknown.

    Better the known than the unknown.

  3. spellingcopfather says: Apr 9, 2012 11:51 AM

    Hope he found a Stud with that 95 pick…..Lets Go Reggie!!!

  4. raiderinva says: Apr 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    Look on the bright side….

    Those picks did not get wasted in a trade for JaMarcus Russell.

  5. raiduhdude says: Apr 9, 2012 12:01 PM

    If reggie ain’t trippin’, I ain’t trippin’.

  6. philvil41 says: Apr 9, 2012 12:02 PM

    Within 3 years Reggie McKenzie will be regarded as one of, if not the best GM in the NFL.Mark my words.

  7. jjbadd says: Apr 9, 2012 12:09 PM

    The Raiders are in a lot better shape than people realize. Had McFadden stayed healthy last year, they probably win the division. Take it from a Bronco fan, the Raiders will make some noise this year… Palmer is a great QB, and I think people should squash that “quitter” bs, sometimes you gotta do things you don’t want to do, to better your situation. He knew Cincy’s best years passed him by, and they were bout to hit a rebuilding stage again…who can blame him for wanting out.

  8. Ted says: Apr 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    I love that kind of “no excuses” attitude. It’s almost enough to make me emigrate to Raider Nation.

  9. dmackdaddy says: Apr 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    As long as the fastest guy isnt gone yet, they will be OK! Wait, that was the OLD Raiders!

  10. JSpicoli says: Apr 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    This year’s draft is not so lean, especially if you consider that we got Pryor with this year’s 3rd rounder.

    5 picks plus Pryor is what we got. Pryor got a head start on his class, and got to be the last draft pick of Al Davis.

  11. tatatoothy says: Apr 9, 2012 12:16 PM

    Not a Raiders fan, either, but I’m always intrigued when an organization essentially turns its entire operating system over to someone new, with new vision and new ideas. It captures me everytime. Even if Reggie fails, and I don’t believe he will, what a great breath of fresh air it is to see this type of infusion of energy. Especially into this organization.

  12. nattination says: Apr 9, 2012 12:20 PM

    If Palmer does lead the Raiders to a division title, McKenzie will….
    Risk losing another first round pick. You forget the second round pick in 2013 was a conditional pick that could become a first if Palmer and the raiders reach the AFC title game.
    But since that’s not going to happen. Thanks for the first and second pick. Enjoy ‘pick 6 Palmer’

  13. iplaybad says: Apr 9, 2012 12:21 PM

    He is no public speaker; but, RM is one of the more savvy personnel guys in the NFL. As a Broncos fan, I was bummed when the Raiders hired RM because I was so happy with and accustomed to incompetence coming from Oakland in the talent evaluation department. Raider fan was initially very down on him, which I laughed at heartily.

    Now, they’re changing their tune now that they’ve seen his hire in DA and made important moves to get the Raiders out of cap hell. RM’s totally changing their culture and will make them competitive yet again without overspending.

  14. villa41 says: Apr 9, 2012 12:21 PM

    Fact of the matter is those two picks got the Raiders the best QB the team has had since Gannon. Considering He came off the couch, had no time to get on the same page as his receivers, and had to learn the offense on the fly, Palmer had a pretty good year last season. He wasn’t the reason the Raiders didn’t get to the play-offs. That squarely fell on a defense that played as bad as I can ever remeber a Raider team playing.

    The defense should be better (it almost has to be), and the offense should be even better than last year’s #9 ranking. Barring injuries, this team will be in the hunt for the division crown and the play-offs.

  15. nflhof says: Apr 9, 2012 12:34 PM

    What can he do about the fact that the teams pretend GM/head coach got swindled by the Bengals last year. Everyone knows Mc will be feeling the pain when Palmer fails and Pryor make Jamacus Russell look good. Prepare for another failure of a season Raiders.

  16. suite34 says: Apr 9, 2012 12:34 PM

    This article reinforces the notion that the lack of restricted free agent signings is collusion among teams not to poach each other’s players. Can you honestly say that a beat up Carson Palmer is worth a one and a two, and Mike Wallace isn’t worth a late round first? And don’t give me the “he wants Fitz money” nonsense, of course he wants big money, that doesn’t mean you need to offer him big money. Wallace will make $2.7m this year. If you offer five years $40m with a large signing bonus, would he sign? Maybe. Would Pitt be able to match? Doubtful with their salary cap issues. Would Denver be better with Mike Wallace and at the same time cripple an AFC opponent who beat them in the playoffs last year? Definitely. The only reason they don’t is the gentlemen’s agreement to not sign each others restricted free agents, and the NFLPA should call them out.

  17. pantherpro says: Apr 9, 2012 12:45 PM

    Hey Pineapple head,

    You need your first and second more than any team in the NFL! You were 8-8 and a place nobody wants to come to as a free agent. You have no running backs and your qb is a head case. In addition, you play in the backyard of the Niners so you will always be on the back page of the sports where you belong!

  18. morgan420 says: Apr 9, 2012 12:47 PM

    i would just like to thank the raiders again for the 1st and 2nd round draft pick they will be more valuable then carson palmer. carson i used to say back in the day that roethlisberger was a bust, more precisely we in who-dey nation used to chant “BENS A BUST”, whos the bust now? you want to say that you dont want to play for the bengals anymore because you`ve become bengalized its the other way around man we`ve been palmerized. i have a little song i was never able to sing to you it goes a little something like this: nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah o hell ya goodbye. DEUCES MOFO!!!!

  19. ch8878 says: Apr 9, 2012 12:52 PM

    nattination says: Apr 9, 2012 12:20 PM

    If Palmer does lead the Raiders to a division title, McKenzie will….
    Risk losing another first round pick. You forget the second round pick in 2013 was a conditional pick that could become a first if Palmer and the raiders reach the AFC title game.
    But since that’s not going to happen. Thanks for the first and second pick. Enjoy ‘pick 6 Palmer’

    —————————————————-

    This guy doesn’t know what planet hes on, if the Raiders made the AFC Championship game last year then the Bengals would get 2 1st round picks that didn’t happen so the Bengals get a 1st this year and a 2nd next year that’s it.

  20. morgan420 says: Apr 9, 2012 1:00 PM

    JJBADD, have you seen palmers stats in his last years in cincy? more so after his injury? he flaked out. he is nothing but a has been used to be hes no more then coulda shoulda woulda. he at one time was a great QB but now, well we`ve got a little taste of what were gonna see from palmer while hes in oakland. raiders please give pryor a chance hes a young talented QB who came out of a big school ”OSU” and has a lot of potential.

  21. sharksman says: Apr 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    I like reggie but anyone surprised by his comment..what did you expect him to say ?
    I am a Raider fan (since birth lol) and after watching the last 10 years how can things not get better. A new way of doing things is a great feeling. My expectations for the coming season are low. 9-7 maybe a wildcard. It is all going to come down to defense. Offense will be ok, middle of the pack. Its the defense that has to step up. It reminds of when Gruden started getting rid of players and that went pretty well. Go Raiders ! nuff said !

  22. sharksman says: Apr 9, 2012 1:12 PM

    1 more thing…does anyone really believe having a 1st or 2nd pick would really help ? Just look at Curry for a high pick that doesnt work out (think its going to work out for the Raiders) All that money and no longer with the team that drafted him. The Raiders have always done well with their top picks lol

  23. shlort says: Apr 9, 2012 1:17 PM

    Reggie worked with Ted Thompson in GB. Thompson always found value no matter the round. There are dozens of starters around the league that were drafted by the Packers. Reggie will do just fine.

  24. stull60060 says: Apr 9, 2012 1:20 PM

    The Raider’s will not have to give the Bungels a 1st round pick in 2013 even if they win the division and any playoff games. The deal was only for the 2011 season. The Raiders didn’t win the division and a playoff game therefore the Bungel’s only get a 2nd round pick in 2013.

  25. nicosanchez02 says: Apr 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    The fact that we have Reggie as our G.M is a win within itself, now if the guys can just play discipline football, I think will be the key to the playoffs!

  26. raider23mike says: Apr 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    But the Broncos have Peyton Manning..

    Oh wait.. It’s the NFL !!! You don’t win Division Titles with just talent in April. Just ask the Eagles or better yet the every yr Superbowl bound Chargers/Cowboys. Which by the way all missed the playoffs.

    Plus, how many super bowl appearances did old guys Unitas, Montana, Favre, Stabler, McNabb, etc have for their second teams?

  27. raidermick says: Apr 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    From reading some of the posts here, it seems the Donkey fans realize that the Raiders are in good shape and poised to take the division.

    Of course we are!! You were lucky DMAC went down last year and it’s nice to see you coming to your senses. However, we already know we are great and are going to take it all this year!!

    I understand the fear we put into your heads. It’s evident by the responses from your own fellow Donkey fans!

    Don’t worry, the RAIDERS are clearly in everyones head.

    Late…

  28. Nevis says: Apr 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    Reggie has a free pass this year to clean up Al’s mess. I still have faith he’ll be a good GM.

  29. tinbender2000 says: Apr 9, 2012 1:54 PM

    nflhof says:
    Apr 9, 2012 12:34 PM
    Everyone knows Mc will be feeling the pain when Palmer fails and Pryor make Jamacus Russell look good. Prepare for another failure of a season Raiders.

    JaMarcus was a fat, out of shape slob. Pryor is a stud. Take the hof off your name till you watch a little football.

  30. bozosforall says: Apr 9, 2012 1:58 PM

    Smart man to not worry about the things that he cannot change, but to only focus on that which he can. Not a Raiders fan, but best of luck to you, Mr. McKenzie.

  31. militantgod says: Apr 9, 2012 1:58 PM

    stull60060 and ch8878, you are both wrong. If the Raiders make it to the AFC Championship in 2012 (they didn’t) or 2013 (a possibility), the 2013 2nd round pick becomes a 2013 1st round pick.

  32. coseybedaman says: Apr 9, 2012 2:27 PM

    Not a Raiders fan myself, but I do appreciate their bold approach to getting the guys they want. No matter how steep a price you seem to pay a star QB is worth it. No one remembers the 10 QBs taken before Brady in the draft, or the 2007 draft where teams wasted early draft picks on Russell, Quinn, Beck, Edwards, Stanton, Kolb, etc. All of which barely have jobs in the NFL anymore. How is that any different than trading your picks away for an established starter. Draft picks are overvalued in the NFL, because everyone thinks they “could” get that superstar. Well more often than not you WONT.

  33. dasmol says: Apr 9, 2012 2:42 PM

    Great attitude about the loss of picks, but really, what’s he supposed to say with Palmer still on the roster?

    The more important question is, how does he feel about losing 8 games?

  34. patspatspatspats says: Apr 9, 2012 3:03 PM

    A 1 doesn’t have as much value for the raiders.

    They would just reach for a 3rd round talent with speed.

  35. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 9, 2012 3:07 PM

    Even with Manning in Denver- the division is still wide open. The Raiders have a lot of talent- so even without those top picks they still are a viable threat .

  36. Raider-in-PA says: Apr 9, 2012 3:12 PM

    I’m pumped about every move Reggie has made so far… No big splashes, just quality high value-low cost acquisitions that are making this already competitive team even more solid… Keep it up Reg, the Nation is loving it!!

    Gotta love the Bung-holes fans STILL flapping their gums about ‘the trade’…. lol
    Try winning a championship, then maybe your opinions will be relevant…

  37. copdoc says: Apr 9, 2012 3:14 PM

    “No one remembers the 10 QBs taken before Brady in the draft, or the 2007 draft where teams wasted early draft picks on Russell, Quinn, Beck, Edwards, Stanton, Kolb, etc. All of which barely have jobs in the NFL anymore. How is that any different than trading your picks away for an established starter. Draft picks are overvalued in the NFL, because everyone thinks they “could” get that superstar. Well more often than not you WONT.”

    Well said. That’s why picks get structured contracts now. No more holding out, like that big bus, and I do mean BUS, Jarmarcus.

    Truth is, the draft is a crap shoot. In the Raiders case this year, they’re better off with a former Pro Bowler, than crap shooting draft picks and waiting to develop a QB. We already have 1 project on the roster at that position.

    Let’s let the new regime settle in, and see how they do this year. Then we’ll know. Running around half-crazy, (only half) is what Big AL used to do, over paying and making bad choices. Let’s see what patience, and a good GM and judge of talent gets us. One thing for sure, it couldn’t get any worse, and if it gets better, we’ll know we’re on the right track.

  38. piratesofthecoliseum says: Apr 9, 2012 3:17 PM

    @pantherpro- seriously!!!! A place that no one wants to go to play… we’ve signed all 5 of the FA’s we brought in for a visit!! And no running backs…. i think we have this guy RUN DMC!! Try to not ridiculously overpay an average RB that had 2 good seasons!!! Or try winning these games at the end of each season called SUPER BOWLS!!!

  39. copdoc says: Apr 9, 2012 3:18 PM

    “Reggie has a free pass this year to clean up Al’s mess. I still have faith he’ll be a good GM.”

    Like the man said, “If Reggie ain’t trippin, I ain’t trippin.

    So far he’s worked some magic, and taken the “doom” out of the “gloom.” AT the very least we seem to be headed in the right direction. That’s something that hasn’t happend since 2002.

  40. nflhof says: Apr 9, 2012 4:14 PM

    Hey tinbender I’ve been watching Pryor since he signed with OSU and I’m still waiting for him to do ANYTHING at the pro level. Oh I get it he’s from that NFL QB producing behemoth Ohio State. Those buckeye QB’s have how many division, conference and SB championships? The answer is ZERO and that’s how many Pryor will bring tothe Raiders.

  41. autumnwind999 says: Apr 9, 2012 5:14 PM

    Raiders 2012 Draft:

    1. Carson Palmer, QB, USC
    2. Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU
    2. Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington
    3. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State
    3. ?
    4. ?
    5. ?
    5. ?
    6. ?
    7. Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

    If you’re keeping score at home, that’s: a franchise QB; probable starting RT; No. 2 RB with incredible explosiveness; backup QB with tremendous upside; a former Butkus Award winning, top-5 pick starting OLB.

    The Raiders could draft zero productive players with their 5 remaining picks and I’d be happy with what we got out of our picks this year. Right now, I’m ecstatic.

  42. autumnwind999 says: Apr 9, 2012 5:22 PM

    suite34 says:
    Apr 9, 2012 12:34 PM
    This article reinforces the notion that the lack of restricted free agent signings is collusion among teams not to poach each other’s players. Can you honestly say that a beat up Carson Palmer is worth a one and a two, and Mike Wallace isn’t worth a late round first? And don’t give me the “he wants Fitz money” nonsense, of course he wants big money, that doesn’t mean you need to offer him big money. Wallace will make $2.7m this year. If you offer five years $40m with a large signing bonus, would he sign? Maybe. Would Pitt be able to match? Doubtful with their salary cap issues. Would Denver be better with Mike Wallace and at the same time cripple an AFC opponent who beat them in the playoffs last year? Definitely. The only reason they don’t is the gentlemen’s agreement to not sign each others restricted free agents, and the NFLPA should call them out.

    ————————–

    One is a quarterback, the other is a wide receiver.

    Not to mention Raiders were 4-2 at the time of the trade and the alternative was handing the reins to Kyle Boller and flame out much like the Bears did with Caleb Hanie. In the end, the defense and McFadden’s injury kept the Raiders out of the playoffs, but at least we were still alive with a few minutes to go in Week 17 and now have a legitimate franchise QB to move forward with.

  43. torturedraiderfan says: Apr 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    I’ve been a Raider fan all my life and I appreciate what Al Davis meant to the team, but over the last several years Al became a huge liability. I’m glad to see Mark Davis take over the team and put the football decisions in Reggies McKenzie’s hands. I think things are finally looking up for us Raider fans.

  44. thetwilightsown says: Apr 9, 2012 6:30 PM

    Gotta love the haters but my new favorites? The idiots who still think Al Davis is running this team: we won’t be drafting anymore track stars, patspatspatscheat. 2nd place for new favorite: the laugher about Raiders fans “finally coming around” on RMcK. Actual Raider fans have been on board with RMcK since Al passed (and thanked heaven that it was followed by Hubris Jackson getting canned!) and are well aware that this team is finally on the right track. (Or at least in the right decade) Like I’ve said a hundred times, AFCW, hope you won something when you had the chance.

    Oh wait… Never mind. Denver signed Manning, no one has to play the games this season. Damn!

  45. raiderapologist says: Apr 9, 2012 8:22 PM

    nattination says: Apr 9, 2012 12:20 PM

    If Palmer does lead the Raiders to a division title, McKenzie will….
    Risk losing another first round pick. You forget the second round pick in 2013 was a conditional pick that could become a first if Palmer and the raiders reach the AFC title game.
    But since that’s not going to happen. Thanks for the first and second pick. Enjoy ‘pick 6 Palmer’

    If the league gave out trophies for collecting extra draft picks, the Bengals would…lose to the Browns. Enjoy your offseason, where you still have a chance at success.

  46. mullman7675 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:35 AM

    @pantherpro- We’ve gone over this, you impotent hillbilly. You know not what you speak of, please concern yourself with Newton and the
    rest of that “team” you follow.

    As for this chowder loving honk:
    patspatspatspats says:
    Apr 9, 2012 3:03 PM
    A 1 doesn’t have as much value for the raiders.

    They would just reach for a 3rd round talent with speed.
    ———————————————————————————-
    Al Davis passed away in 2011, please be current with your useless rants. Also, your cheating coach and organization has poached plenty of exRaiders over the past few years. All drafted by Al Davis. Shake yourself chowder head. You SHOULD be concerned about the horrible start to your drama riddled baseball team led by a “past his prime” blowhard.

  47. mullman7675 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:40 AM

    @nattination:
    The bengals, really? The falcons, seahawks, bengals, and chargers COMBINED can not touch the history, tradition and SB wins of the Oakland RAIDERS. These are the facts, and they can not be disputed.

  48. thetwilightsown says: Apr 10, 2012 3:12 AM

    Oh, and natnation (“natnation”? Really? There have been many wannabe “nations” aspiring to Raider Nation status but… I don’t recall any of them originating outta that weak fanbase’s general vicinity. You guys are hilarious!) if “Pick 6″ Palmer takes us to a division title, you go ahead and enjoy that extra 1st – last I checked your owner is nowhere near the grave, so you should have plenty of years of his inspiring, championship-minded team management to look forward to!

  49. bplatvoet says: Apr 10, 2012 5:23 AM

    militantgod says:Apr 9, 2012 1:58 PM

    stull60060 and ch8878, you are both wrong. If the Raiders make it to the AFC Championship in 2012 (they didn’t) or 2013 (a possibility), the 2013 2nd round pick becomes a 2013 1st round pick.

    If thats the case please show us where you are getting your information from….

    The Deal is done already, it was if the Raiders make it to the AFC Championship game in the 2011 season, then the the second round pick would be a first.

    Do us a favor, before you start stabbing your fat fingers on the key board with your misinformation, do a little research first. Thanks……

  50. bplatvoet says: Apr 10, 2012 5:27 AM

    And please…. All you morons blasting the Raiders for the Plamer trade look at the statistics of QB’s or for that matter any position coming out of college and see how many of those 1st rounders pan out to starters in the league, forget about Pro Bowlers, which CP is.

  51. militantgod says: Apr 12, 2012 2:19 AM

    bplatvoet says: Apr 10, 2012 5:23 AM

    If thats the case please show us where you are getting your information from….

    The Deal is done already, it was if the Raiders make it to the AFC Championship game in the 2011 season, then the the second round pick would be a first.

    Do us a favor, before you start stabbing your fat fingers on the key board with your misinformation, do a little research first. Thanks……
    ——————————————-

    Wow you really are a clown. Raider fan, by the way, “moron”. As for my “fat fingers”…..

    Per ESPN, via Associated Press

    The Raiders are hoping he can do a lot, having traded a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2013 that can become another first if Oakland makes it to the AFC title game in either of the next two years.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7118158/oakland-raiders-acquire-carson-palmer-cincinnati-bengals

    Per NFL.com

    NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reported that the 2013 second-round pick will become a first-rounder if the Raiders play in the AFC Championship Game in either of the next two years

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8233c392/article/raiders-acquire-veteran-qb-palmer-from-bengals

    Now go crawl under the rock you came out of.

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