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Reggie McKenzie: We’re not throwing in the towel

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When linebacker Rolando McClain’s brief tenure with the Raiders officially came to an end last week, it served as the latest reminder of the messy situation that Reggie McKenzie inherited when he took over as the team’s general manager.

With McClain gone, the Raiders have just one of their first-round picks from the last nine years on the roster and they have a mountain of dead money on the cap that’s limiting their ability to build a better roster around it. McKenzie is clearly choosing to go through the hard times now in hopes of a brighter tomorrow, when the Raiders will have copious cap space and all their draft picks rather than watching other teams use premium picks that Oakland sent out of town.

McKenzie told Peter King of SI.com that he expects the team to compete this year — “This is not a throw-in-the-towel deal” — but he also knows that there’s a good possibility that the team will struggle as they move past the mistakes of the past administration. He told King that he doesn’t fear that such an outcome will reflect poorly on him with owner Mark Davis.

“You know what? I don’t think along those lines,” McKenzie said. “I just think of doing what’s needed to make this team the best it can be long-term. That’s my job. But fearful? No. Not at all. Mark knew the cap part of this was going to be a two-year deal. Mark is not his father. He is allowing me to do this, and we talk about the process all the time. He’s allowing me to do the job that needs to be done.”

Davis would be silly to do anything else. You don’t fire an architect after he oversees the demolition of the old house on your property because the demolition got ugly and you don’t fire a general manager because of the leftover problems from the previous regime. McKenzie deserves a chance to be judged on his own players and he’s only just starting to get them in place.

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  1. John A. says: Apr 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    The Raiders are going to carry over one-third (a staggering $45m) of their 2013 salary cap as dead money.

    Given that, it’s not McKenzie’s call to throw in the towel…. because it’s being done for him with those cap numbers.

    It’s going to be a long season for the Greatness That Is The Oakland Raiders.

  2. bombayjon says: Apr 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    Get’er done, big Reg… but you’ll have to forgive me if i decide to pass on the Sunday Ticket this year. none the less, get’er done. RRRRRAAAAAIIIIIDDDDDEEEEERRRRRSSSSS!!!!!!

  3. rundmc81 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:11 AM

    When Hue got fired he told the media that Reggie was “Going to gut this place.” This is pretty much the same thing that the Chicago Cubs are going through. Owners/GM’s dig these deep holes and leave the mess for the next regime to clean up. It is like grandpa dying and being in 50k debt with no life insurance. The NFL should keep a closer eye on these organizations and step in when need be. It is not only bad for the franchise but it is bad for the entire league.

  4. raider8er says: Apr 8, 2013 11:12 AM

    Suck it up Raider Nation. It’s time to face it and live in reality. The entire organization has to be rebuilt.

  5. ravenator says: Apr 8, 2013 11:12 AM

    Is this the worst franchise in the NFL? Only one first rd pick in the last nine years remains with the team? Unacceptable. It’s gotta be tough being a raiders fan.

  6. steviemo says: Apr 8, 2013 11:14 AM

    McKenzie and Allen gave it a try working with the personnel mess Al Davis left behind last year. When that resulted in a 4-12 season, they made the decision to clean house, deal with salary cap issues once and for all, get rid of the guys they didn’t want long-term, and start over.

    I applaud them for making that tough call and will be patient with them this season. I expect it to be tough sledding but next year we’ll have cap room, most of our draft picks and players McKenzie believes can provide a foundation moving forward.

    Stay with the program, Raiders. The team is being run with a true management structure now, and things will improve season by season. I appreciate what you’re doing.

  7. calibear831 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:14 AM

    I just hope his coaching staff can get something done, because I just can’t see Dennis Allen winning in Oakland even after the cap problems are fixed next year

  8. jjb0811 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    I think he’s a solid hire. It’s been an awful run franchise for over a decade and needed to hit the reset button.

    Buffalo, KC, AZ, ‘boys, even my Skins really need to do this but they all play into the mantra that they can compete every year, and its just not true. Without a QB, & draft picks yearly you can’t have sustain success in the league.

  9. raidahank says: Apr 8, 2013 11:18 AM

    Agreed he deserves more time to correct the past mistakes. These mistakes have consequences lasting beyond one year. Along with a complete organizational shift (scouting dept, practice regimine, front office organization), McKenzie faces an unprecedented challenge. However, moves made by the team last year including Greg Knapp, one year deal to Wheeler, and only one draft pick (Burris) starting multiple games are concerning. Hopefully Bergstron is a factor this year at guard or RT and we can start building the team for years to come. I was admittedly intoxicated when recommendations for McKenzie came from Raider greats like Madden and Wolfe but looking for some impactful moves in 2013.

  10. honkeyt says: Apr 8, 2013 11:23 AM

    I think Reggie is doing a hell of a job with the hand he has been delt. I think the Raiders will have 69 Mil in cap space next year. For years has been one of the best young minds in the game. I am excited to see what the future holds for the Raiders. The haters are going to get on here and make there snide comments but people who follow this team know they are moving in the right direction.

  11. mtdwest816 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:24 AM

    Reggie is doing the right thing, getting rid of unproductive, overpaid players is a must. Reported to have $79 million in cap space next year, only 21 players under contract though. Need to work on extensions with Veldheer, Wiz, and depending on McFadden’s production this year (and health) resign him for less money than he’s making now. This year will not be that good for the RAIDER NATION, but well on the way towards recovery. I honestly wouldn’t mind finishing in dead last and drafting Clowney! The Raiders will make a killing in the free agent market next year anyways. 2 more seasons of mediocrity and then we’ll be taking the AFC west back!

  12. pkrjones says: Apr 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    Reggie and the Raiders need to weather the storm and ’14 can start building with a solid base. Job 1 is to turn pick #3 into numerous lower 1st, 2nd & 3rd rounders, if possible.

  13. mullman76 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    2014 will be the year Big Reg is judged.

  14. autumnwind999 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    Firing Hue Jackson … biggest mistake the organization has made in many years.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    It’ll be some time before they bring in a new guy who will blame all the problems on Reggie. For now he remains the blamer and not the blamee.

  16. humb0lt says: Apr 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    It used to be fun to poke fan at the Raiders and their fans. But it’s become so bad in Oakland that I’m starting to feel sorry for the Raiders. I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog, so I’m actually kind of rooting for them a little bit. It would be nice if they snuck up on the Broncos and beat them this season at least once.

  17. steelerben says: Apr 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    This may be one of the first times in my life that I want to root for the Raiders. I’d really like to see them do something with a low budget roster full of blue collar, character type players. I’d also like to see Pryor do well because he’s from my home town.

    I don’t think they will, but it would be a great story if they did.

  18. conjecture101 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:33 AM

    All of a sudden the raiders have “cap issues” yet for the last 20 years that never once stopped the organization from keeping its players AND signing high priced free agents. DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!

  19. 69finfan says: Apr 8, 2013 11:40 AM

    Maybe not the towel, but the washcloth, soap, shampoo etc.

  20. tdubdizzle says: Apr 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    Reggie Mckenzie and Dennis Allen are the future.

  21. norcal031 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    He also knows the number one pick next year is worth 3 picks…

  22. keithdylan says: Apr 8, 2013 11:45 AM

    I see people refer to Hue’s 8-8 as some sign of pending greatness. That team collapsed down the end of the season and the roster was still in the same salary cap hell with big time money decisions needing to be made. As for tearing down a team? With that team? So what. I think there is a really good chance they can get better, probably not significantly, but better, and then to have that much cap space, for a franchise that usually goes into an off season wondering how they will get below the cap, it can only be positive. It’s not like Reggie pulled a Dallas Mavericks and is tearing apart a championship team, I don’t see that many ex-Raiders getting snapped up at a blistering pace.

  23. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Apr 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    I gave up my season tickets 3 seasons ago in protest of how horrible things were.

    Call me crazy, but I’m getting them this season. I feel things are actually different and in a positive way. Sure this season is probably going to be tough, but by doing things the right way, the Raiders have earned my money back.

    There is a long way to go, but I want to watch this thing be rebuilt first hand and enjoy watching this team grow and become competitive again.

    Keep doing it right Big Reg, this Raider fan is 100% behind you.

  24. Sideline Mob says: Apr 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    The Raiders CAN’T throw in the towel, because Reggie McKenzie has already traded that towel to Jacksonville for a 7th round pick in 2016.

  25. autumnwind999 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:55 AM

    I love how everyone just forgets the fact we were 8-8 for two consecutive seasons and entered 2012 with a MAJOR upgrade at QB.

    To be fair, Reggie probably deserves a D+ so far. We’ll see how his acquisitions and draft picks turn out though. Still a chance for him to turn things around.

    But as Mark Davis said, “I want to see progress, not regression.”

  26. hatesycophants says: Apr 8, 2013 12:10 PM

    Raiders fans are total idiots. This franchise won’t be decent for years to come. Their ridiculous fanbase deserves nothing more.

  27. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Apr 8, 2013 12:23 PM

    Hopefully, Mark Davis is not a chip off the old block. Maybe he learned something from Billy Beane and the Moneyball Athletics, who share the same stadium.

    The Raiders have had a long string of terrible draft picks, horrendous free agent signings, and bad trades. You have to knock everything down before you can build it back up.

    Kudos to Reggie for making the unpopular, but necessary, decisions.

  28. raiderinvader says: Apr 8, 2013 12:41 PM

    @ravenator your always posting comments on the raiders.we don’t want your pity or your opinion.I live in Baltimore and raven fans care some of the most ignorant and uneducated football fans in America.

  29. Reviews of the tube says: Apr 8, 2013 12:43 PM

    The media like this website like to pain the picture before Reggie Took over this team was
    2-14 but that’s not the case. Raiders were 1 play away from winning The AFC WEST then Mckenzie came in and made the team worst

  30. keylimelight says: Apr 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    What a mess. Stop and consider that some young and talented player will be drafted by this team. (How’d you like to be him?)

    Raider fans can only hope that the coaches and players can transcend this gray outlook and use this adversity to rise above it.

  31. echech88 says: Apr 8, 2013 12:56 PM

    The Raiders have been awful even with their first round picks on the roster. I can handle awful if I know it is on purpose and building towards a more competent tomorrow.

  32. rudedog36 says: Apr 8, 2013 12:57 PM

    hey raiders fans. Packers fan here. Just so you know Reggie is a chip off the old Ted Thompson’s block. It sucks for a couple of years, but when it starts rolling… you’ll be competing year in and year out. SO GIVE HIM SOME TIME! He know’s what he is doing.

  33. noringcircus says: Apr 8, 2013 12:58 PM

    humbolt, the Raider Nation doesn’t need your pity. Worry about your Chargers b/c they should have fired Norv and Smith last year, but instead kept them and wasted one year before fixing their problems. With Peyton in the division for maybe two more years, I don’t SD or another AFC West team making the playoffs for at least two years.

    Reggie is laying down a solid foundation for a team that will soon dominate the division beginning in 2014. Can you say the same thing for the Chargers?

  34. greysolon says: Apr 8, 2013 1:00 PM

    I’m rooting for Reggie. Because of Al and Hue, he inherited a pretty big mess.

    He seems to have a good idea of what to do, and I like his pickup of Matt Flynn over Carson Palmer.

    Questions remain though— There’s no evidence he is good at picking head coaches. There’s no evidence that he’s good at running drafts.

  35. karl422 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    I thought my Jets were in bad shape. Sounds like they will be fielding scrubs for half the team.

  36. joetoronto says: Apr 8, 2013 1:08 PM

    Hey, humbolt. Got rings?

  37. nygiantstones says: Apr 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    Really like what Oakland is doing with their team these days. Good on them and I really hope the Raiders come back into the forefront of the NFL. Oakland has always been a welcome edge to the typical vanilla NFL.

  38. skarkattack1234 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    Sorry, but this is a win now league.
    If Reggie doesn’t win and win quick, he will be out of work in 2 seasons tops.
    Seems like he is doing what needs to be done, but it’s not like he is a genius for it. I mean, anyone could look at that team, and know what needed to be done. Rip out the guts, and let the dead-money ride. The last GM knew that. Same as all these cap-strapped teams. They opt not to do that, because they need to win and win now. Their jobs are on the line from the day they are hired.
    Raiders have the leeway to be terrible this year, like 2-14 bad. But in 2014, this team will need to be 7-9, 8-8, for Reggie to get a third.

    Right or wrong, that’s today’s Nfl

  39. raiderinvader says: Apr 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    it’s not pretty but it is necessary.there seem’s to be such a negative opinion of Reggie because he us bringing order amongst the chaos.don’t judge his plan before he has sufficient time to see it through.no more trading premium picks for old players.its a new era.Go Raiders !

  40. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Apr 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 8, 2013 11:12 AM
    Is this the worst franchise in the NFL? Only one first rd pick in the last nine years remains with the team? Unacceptable. It’s gotta be tough being a raiders fan.

    —————————————————-

    Does anyone outside of baltimore city limits even care about the ravens?

  41. thetwilightsown says: Apr 8, 2013 1:14 PM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 8, 2013 11:12 AM
    Is this the worst franchise in the NFL? Only one first rd pick in the last nine years remains with the team? Unacceptable. It’s gotta be tough being a raiders fan.

    __________________________

    Oh, Raven fan. You have no idea.
    You love your guy Ozzie, right? Imagine if Ozzie also created major aspects of the fundamental game of football – style, strategy, marketing and so forth. Imagine if he was… well basically Ozzie to the 10th power. Then you’d be close to a good starting spot, but still a ways off.

    Anyway, now imagine your beloved Ozzie taking the same 10-12 year slide into senility that Al Davis did.
    Imagine that guys like Bernard Pollard and Anquan Boldin being given – instead of walking papers – backloaded $60m contracts. And imagine you’d signed… Mike Wallace to a $100m deal to make a big “splash.” Oh, and imagine that instead of taking the Ravens to the Super Bowl last year, that Ozzie had traded John Harbaugh to Cleveland “so he could be closer to his family.” (Not because Ozzie was paying him about 40% of what other teams pay their head coaches and he wanted a raise) Also, Ozzie let Ray Lewis walk to your division rival Steelers because of some sh*t that he “thought would come out during the OJ trial.” And you drafted Phillip Buchannon instead of Ed Reed, then Michael Huff instead of Haloti Ngata a few years later. Oh, and instead of admitting your mistake on Kyle Boller, you decided you’d keep starting him, because HE’S A GOOD PLAYER DEAL WITH IT and your coaches are just liars and where’s my overhead projector, LANCE but I don’t know much about Tom, HUE I HAVE DECIDED YOU MUST BE MY HEIR, DON’T TELL MAXIMUS-

    Wait, what were talking about? Oh, yeah: Reggie and DA are doing a thankless job. Not all of Raider Nation is allergic to patience. They’ll work it out. Make sure Ozzie takes his medicine and that John “Grima Wormtongue” Herrera doesn’t show up at your HQ one day. Jus’ sayin. You’ve been warned.

  42. radrntn says: Apr 8, 2013 1:26 PM

    really with the exception of Carson Palmer, all of the cuts have been replace with players just as good, and will add one more piece with the 3rd overall pick (DT) .

    Problem with Carson wasn’t really the 13 million this year, it was the 18 million next year that they would have been on the hook for. Really only thing they could do was bite the bullet this year and eat the 9 million. Simliar with what they had to do with Routt and Kam Wimbley last year……Raider will lay the foundation and build from there.

    They can find out if Pryor or Flynn are good enough to start in the NFL. If not with the first rd pick next year, there are alot of better QB’s in next year draft class. Actually I would love for the Raiders to trade out of #3 and get more picks in next year draft, as that draft class is so much better.

  43. raideralex99 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:32 PM

    Why is Reggie getting so much credit???
    What has he done?
    Gutted the whole team … WOW any low income wife could have done. “We have to save money so we are having pork and beans for the rest of the year.”
    Seriously … I am not calling down Reggie. I just can not figure out why everyone is saying he is doing a great job.
    He hired a coach and lets face it … the team took a step backwards with basically the same team … to me thats not doing a GREAT job.
    He is signing 1 year contracts … how does that help the team … it only helps the player.
    Yes he got rid of Palmer for Flynn … what will they say when Palmer has a better season than Flynn … great job Reggie?
    Yes … next year he will have lots of cap room and will be able to sign big FAs … right? What makes you think he will sign those big FAs?

  44. 420fan says: Apr 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Apr 8, 2013 11:28 AM
    Firing Hue Jackson … biggest mistake the organization has made in many years.

    REALLY?????

    What has Mr. Arogance Hue done since he left the raiders?

    He’s NOT even a OC, he’s a special teams helper! Hue was a joke.
    His trade for Carson was a Joke.
    Hues antics were not needed for a Franchise trying to rid itself of 10 years of mismanagement and horrible contracts.

    I’m down with seeing what Big Reg can do, with HIS contracts, Coaches and schemes.

    Am I impressed with everything Reg has done, NO. I was NOT a fan of Gregg Knapp, but Reg is a rookie, and rookies make mistakes.

    Let’s not forget the mess that was the Raiders for the last 10+ years.

    HUE JACKSON WAS NOT THE ANSWER!

  45. ill42 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:37 PM

    Not only do only have 1 of the last 9 first round picks on the roster…..but not one of those 9 players turned out to be anything. Horrible talent evaluation and horrible cap management. Peter King’s MMQB this morning broke it down pretty well. $48mil in dead money!!! That is absolutely insane. They only have $75 mil for actual players on the roster….$75mil was the cap in 2003! Once this year’s draft is over, just go ahead and put Oakland on the clock.

  46. jjackwagon says: Apr 8, 2013 1:41 PM

    Hey Trollonto,

    the Raiders have one of their first-round picks from the last nine years on the roster.

    Chiefs last nine 1st round picks –
    Derrick Johnson
    Tamba Hali
    Dwayne Bowe
    Glenn Dorsey
    Branden Albert
    Tyson Jackson
    Eric Berry
    Jon Baldwin
    Dontari Poe

    8 of 9 still on the roster. Get it? Talk all you want about last year, it’s like you to dwell in the past. Are you willing to put money on how they finish this year?

  47. efriedo says: Apr 8, 2013 1:45 PM

    autumnwind999 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    “Firing Hue Jackson … biggest mistake the organization has made in many years.”

    ____________________

    Two words: ART SHELL

    Although Hue was a good OC and a good HC, It will never be known if he was able to work with Reggie on building a new team from the ground up. Hue subscribed to the Al Davis method, which is to reload with high profile free agents and trade draft picks for overpriced, under performing names…

  48. onbucky96 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:50 PM

    Could we be witnesses to Pefection v.2.0? 0-16, Just Lose Baby.

  49. beedubyatoo says: Apr 8, 2013 1:55 PM

    The Raiders have only one draft pick in the last 9 years still on the roster and firing Hue Jackson is the “biggest mistake” they made?

    C’mon Man.

  50. demolition510 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:59 PM

    Give if time. We will right this ship.

    Also, correct me if I’m wrong but is it true you can’t renegotiate rookie deals due to the new CBA?

  51. raideralex99 says: Apr 8, 2013 2:23 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Apr 8, 2013 11:28 AM
    Firing Hue Jackson … biggest mistake the organization has made in many years.

    REALLY?????

    What has Mr. Arogance Hue done since he left the raiders?

    He’s NOT even a OC, he’s a special teams helper! Hue was a joke.

    ________________________________________________________
    He is the Bengal RB coach this year and if he gets them in the top 10 from #18 in rushing last year … it will prove Hue knows what he is doing.
    McFadden had his best year in Hue’s offence.

    It’s funny … Hue had ONLY 1 year to fix the Raiders and in his first year he made the Raiders offence a top 10 and exciting to watch. If he would have got a chance he would have improve the defence in his 2nd year.
    This is year 2 for Reggie … lets hope he can win 2 games.

  52. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 8, 2013 2:28 PM

    Everybody talks about the “mess left over by the last regime.” which was a promising young OFFENSIVE nucleus who was 16-16 in the past two years on the verge of a breakthrough.

    Never mind that personnel though. Let’s talk about the coaches McKenzie hired.

    Dennis Allen – What D Coordinator could not have done well with Von Miller and Dumervill rushing the Passer, DJ Williams on the 2nd level, Champ Bailey on the 3rd? Outside of that one year he’s done nothing.

    Gregg Knapp- A Offensive Coordinator who the Raiders had already fired less than 3 years ago because his system was a poor fit for the players.

    Steve Hoffman – his history is developing Kickers for the Cowboys yet somehow D Allen and Mckenzie thought he was qualified to coordinate a whole special teams unit.

    Frank Pollack – The O Line coach is the most important hire…and he hires Frank Pollack? Would have been better off talking Alex Gibbs Jr out of retirement and let him school Pollack and prepare him for the position.

    Greg Olsen – No history of success in the NFL…mostly failures. You had Norv Turner sitting out there who would have been perfect for Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden. 

    POWER RUNNING AND VERTICAL PASSING IS THE RAIDERS IDENTITY…ITS WHAT WE DRAFTED TO THE PAST 5 YEARS AND DONE A PRETTY GOOD JOB AT IT…THIS ROSTER HAS TO BE GUTTED AND REBUILT BECAUSE THEY INSIST ON RUNNING THIS WEST COAST OFFENSE….THAT’S WHAT’S SILLY. WE’RE TEARING EVERYTING DOWN AND BUILDING IT BACK UP JUST TO BE WHERE WE WERE IN 2011..JUST WITH A DIFFERENT SYSTEM OF OFFENSIVE FOOTBALL.

  53. mjhutmkr says: Apr 8, 2013 2:37 PM

    Raiders will have roughly $62 million in cap in 2014.

    There’s a good nucleus to build around and will be very competitive. The previous regime poorly managed the team and it’s now back on track.

    Patience, Raider nation.

  54. humb0lt says: Apr 8, 2013 2:39 PM

    The Raiders had their two best seasons in the past decade with Hue Jackson in control of the offense.

    The problem is that when the old man died and Mark Davis let Hue make some personnel moves, he made some win now, pay later decisions. He could see what was coming and may have perceived the Raiders had a brief window in 2011 before the franchise descended into the salary cap hell of Al’s making.

    The thing is though, Hue’s Raiders had the playoffs wrapped up in 2011. All they had to do was beat the lame duck Chargers in Oakland in the season finale. But they came out flat that day and let Norv Turner and Philip Rivers kill their post-season dreams.

    So what does that say about Hue in the final analysis?

  55. jason49er says: Apr 8, 2013 2:55 PM

    demolition510 says:
    Apr 8, 2013 1:59 PM
    Give if time. We will right this ship.

    Also, correct me if I’m wrong but is it true you can’t renegotiate rookie deals due to the new CBA?
    ————————————————————–

    You can’t renegotiate rookie deals until after their 3rd season is completed.

  56. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:02 PM

    mjhutmkr says:
    Apr 8, 2013 2:37 PM
    Raiders will have roughly $62 million in cap in 2014.

    There’s a good nucleus to build around and will be very competitive. The previous regime poorly managed the team and it’s now back on track.

    Patience, Raider nation.

    ———//————————————————-

    I’ll be patient if we had a good coaching staff.

    Look at Reggie’s mentors….they started with the Head Coaching hire.

    Ron Wolfe – Mike Holmgren
    Ted Thompson – Mike McCarthy
    Reggie Mac – Dennis fricken Allen..

    Let’s just say Greg Olsen finds lightening in a bottle..builds a powerful offense and the Raiders finish 8-8 or 10-6(giant stretch of the imagination)…….you know another team is going to snatch Olsen up because he would get all the credit for the resurgence. Dennis Allen is non-functional on the offensive side of the ball….so the O Coordinator spot will be a revolving door – if successful…no consistency and a terrible situation for any QB McKenzie chooses to develop.

    This coaching staff is just built wrong for a “rebuilding project”…. Simple and plain.

  57. radrntn says: Apr 8, 2013 3:02 PM

    raideralex99 says:
    Apr 8, 2013 1:32 PM
    Why is Reggie getting so much credit???
    What has he done?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    HE GOT OUT A MOP AND BUCKET, AND CLEANED UP THE MESS

  58. jason49er says: Apr 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    The Oakland Raiders are going to look like an expansion team this year, they are completely starting over from scratch.

  59. deedub1639 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    thegreatgabbert says: Apr 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    It’ll be some time before they bring in a new guy who will blame all the problems on Reggie. For now he remains the blamer and not the blamee.
    __________________________________

    We all hope that isn’t the case.

    The way to make this thing right is to spend money on a nucleus of players. QB must be at the center. CP was not worth the $$ so they cut him and have a player in Flynn that is serviceable until they draft or get their QB. So they did the right thing and gutted the team. They had overpriced players and wanted to accelerate the cap hit this year. I’m ok with that. Next year they should be smart in free agency. Find the answer at QB. In the meantime build the offensive and defensive lines.

    What has Reggie done? Exactly what has needed to be done. Culled all the fat. It is a simple solution but absolutely something the previous regime would not do. It is the right way to go.

  60. raiderapologist says: Apr 9, 2013 12:54 PM

    jjackwagon says: Apr 8, 2013 1:41 PM

    the Raiders have one of their first-round picks from the last nine years on the roster.

    Chiefs last nine 1st round picks –
    Derrick Johnson
    Tamba Hali
    Dwayne Bowe
    Glenn Dorsey
    Branden Albert
    Tyson Jackson
    Eric Berry
    Jon Baldwin
    Dontari Poe

    8 of 9 still on the roster. Get it?
    ————–
    They won 2 games last year with those draft picks. Get it? A few years ago the Raiders led the league in 1st round picks on their roster. Last year the Chiefs had all 9 of those picks on the roster, and still got swept by Oakland. Get that?

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