396

Raiders generate intrigue if not buzz

Waiting for my flight out of Indianapolis, and after four days of working at the NFL scouting combine, it’s clear a lot of people are intrigued to see how the Raiders operate in the post-Al Davis era.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and and coach Dennis Allen kept a low profile, with McKenzie declining to talk at the podium (although we spoke on the record Thursday night) and Allen speaking at the same time there was a packed house for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III on the other side of the room.

There’s a lot of shop talk and informal conversation that goes on in Indianapolis in the restaurants and watering holes around town, both with fellow media members from other cities as well as scouts, coaches and front office people from other teams _ moreso than at any other NFL event I can think of.

Most everyone is interested to see how the Raiders fare. They’ve never operated before as a “normal” organization and that is what McKenzie and Allen are attempting to foster.

Regarding McKenzie, seldom is heard a discouraging word. By acclimation, McKenzie is considered a solid talent evaluator, a straight shooter and a person of integrity. It’s clear he has a plan, and he’s not going to be concerned about making difficult choices on the roster if it means getting the club’s financial house in order and changing the chemistry on the team.

Allen is harder to figure, because his track record is so limited with one year as a coordinator.

But there really were only two reactions gathered on the Raiders’ new coach during my time here.

Either people know very little about him, or they’re very impressed. Almost nothing in between. Some people wonder about the hire simply because of his experience level, but they concede they’re speaking from that frame of reference only and know little to nothing about the man.

Those people that have had some experience with Allen almost unanimously think he will be a terrific head coach. I didn’t talk to a single person who has dealt with Allen or has some knowledge of how he operates who gave it a thumbs down. Not overly surprising, I guess, considering how fast he climbed the NFL ladder.

In terms of draft buzz, it’s hard to generate any of that when barring a trade, the best they can do is No. 97 if they get the best available compensatory pick. Projecting who could be fifth and sixth round picks as a futile exercise, although it should be noted one of McKenzie’s strengths _ considering how Green Bay operated _ is finding qualities players in those rounds.

Gotta board now . . . counting on taking a week off next week . . .

  • Share/Bookmark

Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • R8ER MIKE

    DAMN.. i feel like krappy kell.. came in a half hour ago , said hello, and all i got was crickets !!!!
    lets try again… HELLO RAIDER NATION !!!! LOL LOL LOL

  • Marks hair

    I think the only reason the lakers havent taken a new pg is because howard and nelson is still very real. Wait till mar 1..

  • r8eray

    After speaking to NFL scouts and assistant coaches at the Combine, CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman suggests Arizona State ILB Vontaze Burfict is in for a draft-day plunge.
    “I’m not sure any player here sparked a worse reaction than Vontaze Burfict,” writes Feldman. “I wouldn’t touch him,” one scout said. “… The guy is completely out of control. There’s no way you could trust him. I can’t believe they (ASU coaching staff) didn’t cut him loose.” Added one NFL coach, “You just scratch your head at some of the knucklehead things he does on tape. It was the same thing over and over and over again with him.”
    Source: CBS Sports

  • Marks hair

    But long snapper is not a pos at all.. He’ll get to play out the deal, but the next one will be average..

  • hwnrdr

    Sorry Mike…Good Morning!

  • RaiderRockstar

    ray,

    Vontaze Burfict > Rolando McClain

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Mike

    at least you didn’t start cussing us out, like DMAC does!

  • Marks hair

    Who was all over burficts sac?

  • Marks hair

    Morning, but im out..

  • RaiderRockstar

    trading Howard for Bynum would be as dumb as the Giants trading Hakeem Nicks to us for Chaz Schilens last offseason..

    why would Orlando do that? their season isn’t over. they’ve won more games than the Lake Show and both teams are 5th seed right now!

    throw in Pau Gasol and you’ve got a deal

  • Dakota

    360.RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:09 am
    trading Howard for Bynum would be as dumb as the Giants trading Hakeem Nicks to us for Chaz Schilens last offseason..

    why would Orlando do that? their season isn’t over. they’ve won more games than the Lake Show and both teams are 5th seed right now!

    throw in Pau Gasol and you’ve got a deal
    +++++++++++++++

    Well, you can get some return now for Howard, or you can watch him leave this summer while you get nothing, and you are suddenly one of the worst teams in the NBA, and as you are an 85 year old owner, your chances for a title in your life just dissapeared as your team will be in the lottery for a few years.

    With Bynum and a couple of first rounders, then you have a chance to rebuild much sooner.

    Bynum is the 2nd best C in the NBA.

  • YoungAmerican

    Burfict is an amalgamation of the linebacking corps the Raiders already have. Undisciplined, questionable instincts, runs around blocks because he can’t shed them.

  • R8ER MIKE

    @Mike

    at least you didn’t start cussing us out, like DMAC does!

    LOL LOL .. DMAC cuss someone, i dont belive it !!! lol lol lol

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Mark,

    That was me for a short period.

    Then I publically recanted and changed my ways…

    What gives? New dirt/arrest?

  • r8eray

    According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, team sources have confirmed the Chargers are planning to release LE Luis Castillo.
    Source: Union-Tribune San Diego

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Dakota

    has Howard said he doesn’t want to stay in Orlando?

    Laker fans just assume he’s headed there to join Kobe Bryant next year. Didn’t Laker fans call LeBron & Bosh a couple of pvssies for joining Wade in Miami for a shot at a title?

    now you expect Dwight Howard to do the same and you’re fine with it? LOL!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chargers are planning to release LE Luis Castillo

    ***

    @ray

    We already have DE’s Houston, ShoNasty, Bryant & Moss if we’re sticking with a 4-3 Defense

    We have Kelly, Seymour, Bryant, Houston & ShoNasty at DE if we go to a 3-4 Defense.

    John Henderson & Trevor Scott are probably the D-Liners kicking rocks under the new regime, unless the staff wants Moss and/or Scott to replace Wimbley as 3-4 pass rushing OLB

  • Dakota

    366.RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:19 am
    @Dakota

    has Howard said he doesn’t want to stay in Orlando?

    Laker fans just assume he’s headed there to join Kobe Bryant next year. Didn’t Laker fans call LeBron & Bosh a couple of pvssies for joining Wade in Miami for a shot at a title?

    now you expect Dwight Howard to do the same and you’re fine with it? LOL!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    He gave them a list of teams he wants to go to…..need more clarification than that?

    And Lebron is a puzzy for hiding behind Wade and hoping for a title. Howard coming to LA would be about the same, but I don’t give a schyt if people are pizzed at him lol.

    The main difference is that Howard has tried to make his intentions clear so that the Magic can make a decent deal, whereas Lebron fked with Cleveland to the very end and then ditched them in spectacular fashion, leaving them high and dry. Howard is trying to do the right thing, but the Magic are in denial, and they are going to end up getting burned.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:05 am
    ray,

    Vontaze Burfict > Rolando McClain
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LMAO. No he is not, so get over it.
    Btw, I hope you and your family are doing better.

  • RaiderRockstar

    where is Raider O?

    I heard Ben & Jerry’s got busted for having a brand of Ice Cream called “Linsanity” with fortune cookies in it.

    true story!

    is this racist toward Jeremy Lin?

  • Ryan

    As long as Tebow and Routt are starters, the Raiders will have at least 4 wins. Now, if they can get the Chargers to trade for Huff, the Raiders are playoff bound. :)

  • YoungAmerican

    Poe just ran a 4.87…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lebron is a puzzy for hiding behind Wade and hoping for a title. Howard coming to LA would be about the same, but I don’t give a schyt if people are pizzed at him

    ***

    LOL @ Dakota!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Can someone put some weed in Don Poe’s bag. We need to draft that kid.
    Poe ran a 4.87 40, and had 40+ reps on the bench.

  • Ryan

    LE Houston fell off the face of the earth, last season. I think he is replace by the new regime. Not sure if Castillo is the right replacement.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    where is Raider O?

    I heard Ben & Jerry’s got busted for having a brand of Ice Cream called “Linsanity” with fortune cookies in it.

    true story!

    is this racist toward Jeremy Lin?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    LOL
    I don’t think so.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Can someone put some weed in Don Poe’s bag. We need to draft that kid.

    ***

    O,

    isn’t that what happened to Antajj Hawtorne?

  • RaiderRockstar

    LE Houston fell off the face of the earth, last season. I think he is replace by the new regime.

    ***

    Lamarr Houston is a beast.

    He is gonna tear it up under Jason Tarver imo

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RR,

    AH didn’t need someone to put weed in his bag. He had plenty.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Ben & Jerry Chunky Monkey is my favorite.

  • hwnrdr

    370.RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    where is Raider O?

    I heard Ben & Jerry’s got busted for having a brand of Ice Cream called “Linsanity” with fortune cookies in it.

    true story!

    is this racist toward Jeremy Lin?

    Wasn’t this because one of the two, Ben or Jerry went to Harvard and wanted to play tribute?

  • R8ER MIKE

    Can someone put some weed in Don Poe’s bag. We need to draft that kid.

    ******************************
    this kid better be worth it cause i dont like to just give up good weed for nothing !!!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    BTW, Ben & Jerry is no longer adding fortune cookies to their Lindanity ice cream, and they did apologize. I’m still waiting for ESPN to apologize too, or they can talk about Tebow’s ethnicity/ Race as part if his hype.
    No one is adding white Crackers to Campbell soup and calling Tebow time?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LMAO R8ER.

  • hwnrdr

    383.Raider O Says:
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:43 am
    BTW, Ben & Jerry is no longer adding fortune cookies to their Lindanity ice cream, and they did apologize. I’m still waiting for ESPN to apologize too, or they can talk about Tebow’s ethnicity/ Race as part if his hype.
    No one is adding white Crackers to Campbell soup and calling Tebow time?

    or Lumpia…

  • DEATHROW 55

    Wade broke kobes nose. Kobe broke mj’ s allstsr Most points record. All Laker haters can chug cocck.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I love lumpia. They are sooooooo good.

  • YoungAmerican

    People hate on Houston because he doesn’t put up numbers, but people have to realize a few things.

    First of all, he’s a 3-tech DT playing LDE. His game is using his leverage to penetrate gaps. He’s not an edge rusher. Linemen with longer arms can run him out of the play. If he’s going to play DE, it needs to be in the 3-4. Or he needs to be a 4-3 DT.

    Secondly, Houston is the most fundamentally sound Raider defensive lineman. He’s the most consistent player they have in terms of simply carrying out his assignment and not trying to do too much. If more Raider linemen did that, the run defense wouldn’t be so atrocious.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    If talking about a players’ ethnicity or race is taboo, then we should use the same standard for all players. ESPN love their Tebow.

  • Twocents

    Re Lamarr Houston, from ProFootball Focus:
    “Houston finished the season as our fifth-highest-graded run defender among 4-3 defensive ends while still grading positively as a pass rusher after picking up 27 pressures, putting him in the Top 25 in the league.”

  • YoungAmerican

    At 260lbs, Shea McClellin just ran a 4.65 and then a 4.62. Kid can play 3-4 OLB, ILB, 4-3 DE… kid MIGHT be there for the Raiders as their 3rd round compensatory pick.

  • YoungAmerican

    Twocents Says:
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Re Lamarr Houston, from ProFootball Focus:
    “Houston finished the season as our fifth-highest-graded run defender among 4-3 defensive ends while still grading positively as a pass rusher after picking up 27 pressures, putting him in the Top 25 in the league.”

    —————

    Houston is a key cog in the Raider defense going forward, for sure.

  • RaiderRockstar

    No one is adding white Crackers to Campbell soup and calling Tebow time?

    or Lumpia

    If talking about a players’ ethnicity or race is taboo, then we should use the same standard for all players. ESPN love their Tebow.

    ***

    LOL!

    O, even if Tebow was a black dude with gold teeth & a lisp, I’d still be impressed with him

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post up

  • Raidernationdave

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 26th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    Like I said, have to preface with how gr8 RNS is so others know who the real RWX is.

    Ford is under rated. Moore should only get better with a camp under him. Schilens needs another shot. Without a camp and with 2 yrs off his cardio must not ahve been great but hes cheap and provides depth and when healthy can make plays and get open in the red zone.

    Worth the risk
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Chaz healthy? When?

  • Pingback: cheap kobe bryant shoes 2012 for sale