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Reggie McKenzie: We’re always going to be attacking this offseason

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15:  Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie stands on the field before  their preseason game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum on August 15, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Raiders made some positive strides on the field last season and General Manager Reggie McKenzie says that helped them land guard Kelechi Osemele, linebacker Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith early in free agency.

Having the cap space to offer them all lucrative contracts certainly didn’t hurt, but McKenzie believes that “people can see what we’re doing” and want to be a part of the Raiders. He said it’s “good to see people call us and not always have to beg” and said that the team isn’t done making moves to bolster the roster before what they hope is the first winning season in Oakland since 2002.

“This thing will probably go through the draft,” McKenzie said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “You never know when guys are ready to sign. There are still guys getting released. We’re always going to be attacking. If we see someone that can help, we’re going after him.”

Repeating the four-win jump that the Raiders made last season won’t be easy, but being better than they were in 2015 shouldn’t be out of reach for a Raider team that’s steadily improved the talent base since McKenzie came on board in 2012.

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46 Responses to “Reggie McKenzie: We’re always going to be attacking this offseason”
  1. gromit45 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:24 AM

    As a Chargers fan, I see how well the Raiders have done in free agency and it definitely looks like a Raiders Rising season.

  2. cross300 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:25 AM

    Don’t get too full of yourself. When you wave a bunch of money at people they tend to listen. He’s acting like people are taking discounts to sign there.

  3. iamthorny says: Mar 13, 2016 10:28 AM

    I laugh at Reggie being a Ted Thompson disciple. Thankfully, for Raiders fans, Reggie is more Ron Wolf than Ted Thompson.

    Kudos for being your own man, Reggie, and not following the ridiculous path taught to you by Ted Thompson.

  4. lscottman3 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:29 AM

    They better not get too good too fast or Godell will find an excuse to take away their draft picks to protect the Broncos

    Your team is next

  5. joetoronto says: Mar 13, 2016 10:29 AM

    It’s been a long time since the Raiders were great but being patient has paid off.

    The Raiders are going to be good for a long time to come and you haters will have to deal with it.🙂

  6. craiggeerts says: Mar 13, 2016 10:55 AM

    While we all loved Al Davis, he passed away with a huge mess to clean up, and Reggie did just that. The other thing is you have to love the NFL, you can be in the basement one year and competing for a Championship the next. Go Raiders!

  7. guadalahonky says: Mar 13, 2016 10:55 AM

    I’m a Charger fan and The Raiders are putting a team together that’s going to battle Pittsburgh or N.E. in the AFC Championship Game.

    I’m glad the Raiders and Chargers are developing a real rivalry again, steel sharpens steel and Ken Whisenhunt and Philip Rivers are going to make it interesting.

  8. ncphinsfan says: Mar 13, 2016 10:57 AM

    Success is not a guarantee… The Dolphins and the Eagles are perfect examples. Both Clubs had slightly better records than previous years and then made big splashes in FA and then actually went backwards. Many factors are involved like personnel fitting a scheme, Coaches leadership, etc. I like what the Raiders did, but if they don’t have instant success matching the new expectations, the wheels fall off the cart real fast and 2 years later you are unloading big names and the entire Staff.

  9. TheDPR says: Mar 13, 2016 11:10 AM

    Improve the OL. Get some WRs with hands and not just speed. Improve the D. Carr is going to be really good for a long time.

  10. racerx1225 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:13 AM

    Carr looks like a HOF QB in the making. Remember, no one threw more TD’s in a single season than Marino and its just his 2nd season in the league.

    Mack and Cooper look like they can be HOF material too.

    Osemele makes their OL signifcantly better and Irvin and Smith upgrade the defense too. They arent done yet in FA and still have the draft and then a 2nd round of FA. Next we will hear of them signing Eric Weddle in all likelihood.

    Also Aldon Smith is back in November and if he returns to his old form, Oakland will have a top 5 defense and dominate thoroughly’

  11. charger383 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:16 AM

    has taken him way too long

  12. chaunce922 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:31 AM

    Go resign Penn and sign Weddle and itll be the best FA period the Raiders will have ever had imo.

    That way we can draft Sheldon Day or Apple in the first round and keep filling needs.

    Its march and we still havent heard anything and Mario Edwards Jr and his neck, we need to bolster the interior Dline and Day’s versatility and motor makes him the best option if available at 14.

  13. TomsulasMustache says: Mar 13, 2016 11:34 AM

    Look, I’m the biggest Raider fan there is but let’s stop putting guy in the HOF before they’ve even made the playoffs.

  14. 1captain1 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:39 AM

    Since Mr. Davis stepped in and hand-picked the coach and dumped a free agent that Reggie tried to sign last year things have been looking up. Reggie and Mr. Davis working together is a great thing.

    Keep up the great work Mark Davis of being the man in black and the man in charge!

  15. atodaso says: Mar 13, 2016 12:04 PM

    Love Raider fans. Every year at this time…”championship” this and “HOF” that. Haven’t hit 500 in years but still, every year…

    Then by about half way into October the tune is “next year” this and “if we sign this guy” that. Every year like clockwork. Priceless

  16. sharrerwwonka22 says: Mar 13, 2016 12:09 PM

    He had to spend a minimum of what, 50-60 million of his cap just to avoid major penalties/fines from the league. Same with the Jaguars. These teams skimp for years on salaries, so of course quality free agents want to go there, not because of team talent, but pretty much whoever pays the most gets the player. There isn’t a person alive who can honestly say that if any 2015 playoff caliber team would have thrown equal money at any of those guys who signed with these types of teams last week, that they still would have rolled the dice on sub .500 teams.Ifyou believe otherwise, I have some land to sell you. LOL!

  17. Jerry Kays says: Mar 13, 2016 12:16 PM

    Being a Raider fan since the sixties I know the Raiders are best when attacking at every level. Keep it up Reggie your on your way to being in the great categorie when it comes to GM’s. You learned a lot in the front office at Green Bay, as well as your playing time in Oakland cemented your raider nation status. This team has grown dramatically under your management. With you and Del Rio I expect the raiders of old to emerge again ( AFC champs, consistant playoff team and Super Bowl Champs) all Raider Nation is waiting! The Time is Now!

  18. laxcoach37 says: Mar 13, 2016 12:20 PM

    atodaso says:
    Mar 13, 2016 12:04 PM
    Love Raider fans. Every year at this time…”championship” this and “HOF” that. Haven’t hit 500 in years but still, every year…

    Then by about half way into October the tune is “next year” this and “if we sign this guy” that. Every year like clockwork. Priceless
    _______________________________

    Could not agree more, says this frustrated Dolphins Fan who had the same excitement for the past 2 years of FA. The only difference is the Raiders don’t have the Patriots to deal with twice every year. I honestly wish Oakland well though. I don’t necessarily love the Raiders, but it is good for the League when the same teams don’t keep losing for decades. Free Agency and Cap has not proven parity in the NFL. We shall see…

  19. socalcharger says: Mar 13, 2016 12:20 PM

    Raiders were 7-9 last year. Better than terrible, but definitely not “great”. The last time they had a winning record was 2002. How about they get 9 wins before we crown them division champs and “arrived”.

  20. spencermax31 says: Mar 13, 2016 12:55 PM

    Raiders don’t have to deal with Patriots every year, but you forgot who the defending world champs are,yea that right,Denver…The one who played Oakland 8 quarters this year and never got into the endzone against that Raider Defense in either contest…I wish we could play NE every year, We wouldn’t be like the Dolphins who hasn’t made it to the super Bowl 33 years. And I don’t see them going again for another 33 years. If Miami was in AFC west, they would get really good draft picks every year…If you remember back,Raiders had 17th pick in 2011 and 2012 drafts,but werer traded off.

  21. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 13, 2016 12:58 PM

    If Reggie gets one or two blue chippers out of this 2016 draft, Raiders will be in the driver’s seat in the AFC West for years. They’re that close

  22. spencermax31 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:00 PM

    We get to play the Chargers twice again this year, that means 7 wins out of our other 14 games and there is a winning season auto. with 9. Do you know which room the Chargers put their Super Bowl Trophies in??? I heard that the cement truck hasn’t gotten ther yet to pour the foundation for the room….And I don’t think Chargers are looking in yellow pages for contractors for that any time soon…

  23. raiderapologist says: Mar 13, 2016 1:28 PM

    atodaso says:
    Mar 13, 2016 12:04 PM

    Love Raider fans. Every year at this time…”championship” this and “HOF” that. Haven’t hit 500 in years but still, every year…

    Then by about half way into October the tune is “next year” this and “if we sign this guy” that. Every year like clockwork. Priceless
    ——————–
    That’s what being a fan is all about. Only the weakest among us are pessimistic. There’s nothing wrong with a little hope and faith.

  24. boknowsall says: Mar 13, 2016 1:28 PM

    They signed 3 solid starters. Not comparable to other free agency spending sprees (Dolphins,Eagles, Bucs). The emerging stars on the team were drafted. Big difference. Free agency is a chance to add to your team, not build your team.

  25. araidersfan says: Mar 13, 2016 1:41 PM

    I’m cautiously optimistic. Last year’s Raiders team reminded me a lot of the 1998 version. I’m hoping that the Raiders make the jump to being among the good playoff teams in 2016, although a winning record would be sufficient at this point. In the Gruden years the Raiders didn’t make the jump until his 3rd year. It would be nice to see the Raiders do it in Del Rio’s 2nd year although nothing is for certain. But to be able to do that, the secondary needs a major overhaul. Sean Smith was a pretty good start in that direction.

  26. nflfolly says: Mar 13, 2016 1:52 PM

    Kudos Reggie the only Gm in the history of the NFL to keep your job by producing the worst football in the history of the NFL. Year after year you produce a losing team and some the worst in Raider history yet your back every year LOL.

  27. raideralex99 says: Mar 13, 2016 2:08 PM

    Seriously Reggie gets too much credit … he had players fall in his lap and getting high picks year after year means you had a crappy season.
    Also it was Mark who wanted Carr.

    4 years and Reggie has yet to hit the .500 mark after taking over a 8-8 team which had a top 10 offence and the worst defence. All good GM would have fixed the defense. Year four and the defense still needs fixing.

    Let’s see what Reggie can do drafting from the middle rounds instead of the top of the board.

  28. JSpicoli says: Mar 13, 2016 2:41 PM

    The Raiders were 8-8 the last two years of The Al. Jason Campbell stays healthy and we never see Carson Palmer or what followed. Raiders were in first place mid-season when Campbell went down.

    I approve of what Reggie is doing, but to say he has upgraded talent says that he does not know how to use it, or Al got more from less.

    This fact poor narrative from the media has to stop.

  29. sizzlemissle says: Mar 13, 2016 2:44 PM

    All you Raider haters are lames. You speak out of ignorance and revisionist history, picking out the parts supporting your lame ass hater view and ignoring the contrary. Live it up these next few months, your time is coming to an end in a few months.

  30. shaggytoodle says: Mar 13, 2016 2:53 PM

    iamthorny says:
    Mar 13, 2016 10:28 AM
    I laugh at Reggie being a Ted Thompson disciple. Thankfully, for Raiders fans, Reggie is more Ron Wolf than Ted Thompson.

    Kudos for being your own man, Reggie, and not following the ridiculous path taught to you by Ted Thompson.
    __________________

    Sure he gets FA’s but what has his FA’s done? James Jones had less than 700 yards Receiving and cut after one year. Curtis Lofton (cut after one year). Other than a few seasons of leadership from players like Woodson or Tuck.

    We need to see what Irvin can do, because he doesn’t have the luxury of the Legion of Boom playing behind him anymore. It can make a big difference.

    The draft is still Reggie’s bread and butter, and he will continue to build a solid team, and with Denver’s QB situation being uncertain, it is up for grabs. Within the next 2 seasons look for the Raiders to battling for the division title.

  31. tedhersh says: Mar 13, 2016 3:24 PM

    I love reading comments stating that Reggie has taken too long or had great players fall into his lap in the draft. How did Derek Carr fall into his lap? 31 other teams passed on him, so how about giving Reggie the credit for making the right call? Same with Mack, 4 teams passed and Reggie didn’t. It’s too easy to say top ten picks are no brainers and anyone could do it. Look at the failure rate of early draft picks. To have added players of Carr, Cooper and Mack’s caliber over 2 years is a great achievement, regardless of where you drafted.

  32. shaggytoodle says: Mar 13, 2016 3:56 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Mar 13, 2016 2:41 PM
    The Raiders were 8-8 the last two years of The Al. Jason Campbell stays healthy and we never see Carson Palmer or what followed. Raiders were in first place mid-season when Campbell went down.

    I approve of what Reggie is doing, but to say he has upgraded talent says that he does not know how to use it, or Al got more from less.
    _______________________

    He HAS upgraded talent, he has drafted a what appears to be a franchise QB, While the Raiders used Collins, Campbell, Gannon, and Palmer. He has a franchise WR in Cooper, before the idea of a franchise WR was DHB,

    The coaches are the one that need to use the talent effectively and put them in a position to succeed. Reggie’s job is to acquire great talent, or players that fit that system and play effectively, and build a roster that can make it to the post-season.

  33. slick50ks says: Mar 13, 2016 4:36 PM

    Finish over .500, then yap about it.

    Always offseason champs!

    Still bound for 3rd place, at best.

    Thank SD for keeping you out of the basement.

  34. slick50ks says: Mar 13, 2016 4:42 PM

    sizzlemissle says:
    Mar 13, 2016 2:44 PM
    All you Raider haters are lames. You speak out of ignorance and revisionist history, picking out the parts supporting your lame ass hater view and ignoring the contrary. Live it up these next few months, your time is coming to an end in a few months.

    ———————————-

    I think well over a decade of complete suck is enough evidence, and not revisionist history. That’s recent and current history.

    I heard all about how you were making the playoffs LAST year too.

  35. mr1drful says: Mar 13, 2016 5:57 PM

    I want Zeke Elliot at 14.

  36. raiderapologist says: Mar 13, 2016 6:05 PM

    slick50ks says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:36 PM

    Finish over .500, then yap about it.

    Always offseason champs!

    Still bound for 3rd place, at best.

    Thank SD for keeping you out of the basement.
    ———————–
    When the Chiefs were 1-5 last season, nobody heard a word from ‘ol slickster. It’s easy to lead from the front.

  37. xxbarklikeadogxx says: Mar 13, 2016 6:32 PM

    Reg may only be 16-48 despite always drafting with a top pick in each round, but I knew when we got him he would be the best GM in the world and now he is!! Eat it
    Haters! We are going 8-8 this year! Reg is GOD!!

  38. radrntn says: Mar 13, 2016 6:58 PM

    Go Reggie!!! Go Raiders!!!!

  39. tedhersh says: Mar 13, 2016 7:12 PM

    Offseason champs? No, 3 time Super Bowl champs…Or about 3 times as many as KC.

  40. howielong says: Mar 13, 2016 7:41 PM

    “Don’t get too full of yourself”

    “Success is not a guarantee…”

    “stop putting guy in the HOF before they’ve even made the playoffs.”

    “Every year at this time…”championship” this and “HOF””

    Haters are so ignorant. None of that was said in the article, nor in the comments. But the haters HAVE to overdramatize.

    Reggie has done an admirable job in cleaning up the salary cap hell the team was in, and has done well in placing the Raiders in position to win more and more games.

    The Raiders are much better than they were before Reggie’s regime started.

    Fact.

  41. spencermax31 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:07 PM

    It shows on here by reading alot of peoples stupid comments(Raider Haters) that don’t want to give Reggie the credit…I loved Al, I’ve been a True Raider Fan for 42 years, Some of you need to go to spotrac salaries or over the cap, and do some study on the Salary Cap…I can tell alot of people on here don’t even know what that is. When you take over a team like Reggie did, that was 8-8, had a good offense, not so good defense…You must not know about the rest, Just got through with the Seymour payment, so had no 1st round pick,didn’t have no 1 or 2 or 3 round pick in his 1st draft,got a comp pick awarded to them like #94 overall…And you are about 42 million over the cap…I know alot about how the cap works, Last year it was the Saints who was having to get rid of players they wanted to keep…I don’t know why about every 3 months I take the time to scroll down and read Charger,Dolphin,Patriot,Bengals,etc dumbasses don’t know anything comments.

  42. canadapackers says: Mar 13, 2016 10:59 PM

    You tell them Reggie – I think that with Denver without a QB and KC bound to have a slight down turn, Oakland has a good chance of competing for that division.

  43. blackbeard43 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:02 PM

    I’m still waiting to see how the safeties are gonna pan out. Build that defense!

  44. ringheadcrusher says: Mar 13, 2016 11:06 PM

    They don’t give Reggie credit because he doesn’t deserve any. Not even a little. Yes, players ABSOLUTELY fell in his lap. Let’s not forget his first 2 drafts – garbage. Then he started listening to Kiper and McShay instead of trying to make his own decisions and voila!! Landing Carr was nothing but a lightning bolt of luck, period. But guess what? When your team is the laughingstock of the league, you get 3 straight top-5 draft picks and you’d BETTER come away with some talent. Reggie had a series of plain OL’ no-brainless.

    Now he has Del Rio telling him what to do and we’re getting some quality guys. But guess what? It’s still not enough because Reggie’s been mishandling this team for way too long. Case in point: we have 3 solid-to-great WRs, but that’s all! We need to find THREE more WRs somewhere! Also, Reggie bungled the Hayden pick so our d-backfield is in a shambles! And our depth at almost every position is just plain bad or nonexistent. Our defense still doesn’t have an identity because we don’t have personnel good enough at their positions to run either the 3-4 or the 4-3.

    So basically, Reggie wrecked the franchise and it’s going to take Jack at least another season to straighten it out. We may go 8-8, possibly 9-7 this season but one or two injuries in the wrong place and we’re done for.

    I’m glad to see some people here understand who Reggie really is. Those people know the game of football. We should be challenging for the SB in 2016. Instead we’ll be scraping for 9-7 at best. A guy with Reggie’s track record not only should be out of a job, he should never get another job in the NFL. That’s the reality. It’s a difficult one, but there it is.

  45. platinumraider32 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:36 PM

    I remember like most when Reggie took the job. Salary cap was in shambles, bloated contracts with players that took advantage of previous years and cashed in, and no draft picks, that by the way, got mortgaged for a “quick fix”. He was the laughing stock of GM’s at the time because of the free agency dealings and having to wait out the hand he was dealt. The Raiders have their full compliment of draft picks for “only” the 2nd year. The salary cap is clean and their are no players with contracts where the money is outperforming the player.

    Lucky for Reggie he has an owner that grew up in an NFL family but know’s nothing of it’s inner workings from a personnel standpoint.

    The Raiders may not have a “permanent” home and have been the butt end of many jokes for the last 15 years give or take a few, but make no mistake, their is a “plan” going on here that’s coming to fruition.

    The “Platinum” one shy’s away from predictions, but this team has a “blueprint” now.

    Peep game folks.

  46. xilikemenx says: Mar 14, 2016 1:46 PM

    Wow, the Raider Homers sure love me some 18-46 Reggie. Wow, just wow! Not even an ounce of respect for the truth and the past 14 years.

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