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McClain suspended by Raiders

The Raiders on Friday suspended middle linebacker Rolando McClain two games for conduct detrimental to the team.
McClain is eligible to return to the team Dec. 10. He was excused from practice Wednesday after a talk with coach Dennis Allen. On Thursday, the Raiders asked McClain not to show up for practice, and he complied.
McClain will not be paid for the two games he is suspended. That amounts to a little more than $100,000.
This means that Omar Gaither will start at middle linebacker Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, a little more than two weeks after being signed by the Raiders.
Gaither has experience as a starter at all three linebacker spots, so he should be able to step in and hold his own. He also is versatile enough to play on passing situations, something McClain wasn’t permitted to do the past seven games.

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  • RaidingTexas

    Backstageatapuppetshow Says:

    Does Reggie realize that this is football….and that people get injured?

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    And the teams without depth suffer when those injuries hit. That’s what he was saying.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    FYI….the only reason he is even doing an interview is because MARK spoke to the media last week….he feels obligated in outside circles….as NFL eyes are watching!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    how many passes do the coaches get? 1 blowout? 2? 3? 4? all back to back? maybe blackouts? 1? working on more….

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie explained cutting CB Pat Lee 3 games ago — He was just a guy “to get you by games,” wasn’t dominant, didn’t help on special teams

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    WOW finally some juice

  • Raiderbuck

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie explained cutting CB Pat Lee 3 games ago — He was just a guy “to get you by games,” wasn’t dominant, didn’t help on special teams

  • The_Judge37

    Hanson is a good slot corner, but he’s horrible on the outside.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    he hasnt been playin the outside

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Raiderbuck Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie explained cutting CB Pat Lee 3 games ago — He was just a guy “to get you by games,” wasn’t dominant, didn’t help on special teams
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    Pay attention “PLAYERS” looking to sign with OAKLAND…..Reggie has your back!

    NOT!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie explained cutting CB Pat Lee 3 games ago — He was just a guy “to get you by games,” wasn’t dominant, didn’t help on special teams

    yeah thats gonna get players to play here…..

  • Raiderbuck

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien

    Mike Mitchell spoke glowingly about #Raiders new MLB Omar Gaither “He communicates great, he’s lively at practice… a breath of fresh air.”

  • Al_is_theraiders

    adams helps on special teams….the opposing ones…

  • John David Booty

    Reggie, just stop. You say you knew coming in that you were thin, however, thats not what you said when you first came here, in fact quite the opposite. You said that you had a team that could win the division. So, which is it? Were you lying then, or now? Also, if you knew coming in that we didnt have much depth, what did you do about it? You got rid of Wimbley, Routt, Bush, etc., but what did you do with the extra cap space? Jack sh!t. If you knew the depth was so bad, why not do anything about it? Just stop it. The truth is, you wanted your guy, him and his staff have stunk up the place, and the players you signed have been above average (Wheeler) to down right garbage (Briesel). And your draft, sorry, but it wasnt much better than our last 3 drafts from rounds 3 and down. Bergstrom has done squat, Burris has been OK, Criner, has hands, but this staff doesnt know what to even do with a big body WR, theyve proven as much. Jack Crawford? Please. Bilukidi? Please? Nathan Stupar, GTFOH! Reggie, youre making excuses now.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    TRANSCRIPT OF PRESSER

    ALAMEDA — Raiders first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie sat down with seven writers in a closed, round-table, state-of-the-team question-and-answer session at team headquarters Friday, and addressed issues from the team’s poor play and 3-8 record to his expectations for the season to the two-game suspension handed to middle linebacker Rolando McClain earlier in the day.

    The Q&A lasted 42 minutes. Following then, a transcript of the sit down with McKenzie…

    Question: How frustrating has this been for you to see this team that has not met your hopes or expectations?
    Answer: I mean, you know, going into this thing from the offseason, I knew what road was in front of me and how we had to attack this thing. And as we all know, it’s been well-documented, mostly by you guys, about what I had in front of me, including the players and coaches, what we all had in store. Now, with that being said, when Mark Davis and I began this quest, and talked about the future of the Raiders, and that’s my ultimate goal, is to build this thing, into a consistent playoff contender and a Super Bowl winner. And we both agreed that we’re going to build this thing the right way. Now, going into this training camp, I liked the prospects of the way it was going. I knew where the talent level was, and I knew we didn’t have depth to lose players, not one, because I knew it was going to be a drop off. That’s without a doubt. But to be where we are now, at 3-8, disappointing. And that’s, you know, don’t want to be here. I know the fans are not happy, I’m not happy, the coaches, I know the players are not happy. Nobody wants to be, you know, this was a terrible November. This November was just, I mean, it’s a bad November. Now, you kind of knew, in September, beginning of the season, going to struggle a little bit. But the November part of the season has not been good at all. And that cannot continue to happen. And it’s our job to fix it, starting with me. Player-wise, and the coaches trying to get the situations fixed. You guys see it. Big plays kill us on defense. It’s hard to win when you’re giving up big plays on defense. It’s hard to win on defense that way. So, to answer your question, I was not looking at this as being a, at this point, 3-8. At this point. No.

    Q: Played great game at Atlanta but since then, been a cliff dive. How does that happen?
    A: If I could put my finger on it, I would fix it myself. But, when you look at tape, how we attacked Atlanta, how we stopped the run, how we did not give up big runs. When you count the number of big plays in that game, you can start with that, and how we played on defense. That’s why we were in that game. But since then, if you look at game by game, and see the big plays, now, our D-line is not getting knocked around the ball. We’re stout up front. But when you talk about run game, run defense, the one thing that you worry about is getting knocked around up front. And our guys are not. But the bottom line is, the gaps. I mean, yeah, that’s fixable, but you can’t let it happen. So, that’s part of it right there. That and a big pass play, especially on third down, when you think you can get off the field. Too many of those since then. Especially in November.

    Q: Gaps a coaching issue, disconnect with the scheme and the players? What have you seen as being the problem?
    A: Well, seeing that I’ve played, I know some of my responsibilities and you watch practice, a lot of that is on the players — just do your job. Just do your job. You can’t, if you’re going to attack, shed off the block, be responsible for this gap. And it’s been preached — this is your job, this is your gap. Most of it is that…Now sometimes I’m sure certain plays call for whether it’s a slant, whether it’s this. Now that’s a call. A guy, you call a play, are you slanting, are you blitzing? Maybe that takes them out because whether we weren’t good enough to beat a guy across his face or whether it wasn’t the right call at that time. But for the most part it’s just being able to do our job. So you can live with that because you can fix it. You can coach it up and say, hey, you know what you did. The ‘My Bads’ get kind of old after a while, you know.

    Q: They’ve been talking about gap discipline here for years, so is it something that’s innate with the players? Warren Sapp complained about it when he was here.
    A: Everybody wants to make a play so you try to beat a guy around the opposite way. I understand that. But from a consistent basis, the guy nexta to you or the guy behind you, everybody has to be on the same page. You spoke of Warren Sapp but I’m pretty sure his teammates knew what he may do so you have to compensate for that. But is it innate? I couldn’t tell you that. Now you know some players get used to what they do, yeah. But that’s what this whole my quest to change the culture of this thing … that part of it you can’t just change overnight because you can’t just change a guy. Some guys you just can’t change.

    Q: What kind of job has Dennis done?
    A: I’m still pleased with Dennis. It’s like, I’m a rookie in this thing, Dennis is a rookie in this thing. So I’m sure he has some rookie mistakes but overall I’m happy with Dennis.

    Q: So no matter what he’s safe for next year?
    A: You know what guys? Players, coaches, my scouts, I don’t care, the equipment guy, I’m not going to get after … from a standpoint of who’s safe, who’s in or out. I don’t like to discuss anything during the season. It’s my job to evaluate this team, and that’s done on a weekly basis, so at the end of this thing I have my evaluation of not only coach Allen but every player and my thoughts of every coach. But that’s a season evaluation. That’s what I feel about that.

    Q: You talked about it being a long road to building a competitive team. In what areas are you further along on that road?
    A: You’re talking about from a players standpoint or organization? Well it was my number one job really to get what I feel is the backbone of the football team, my scouting department. I think I’m further along in that area than anything else.

    Q: Have you moved further along in terms of the roster? Do you feel you’re closer to having a competitive roster than you were when you got here?
    A: When I got here? When I got here it was millions and millions of dollars over the cap. I’m trying to figure out how to make these decisions from a cap standpoint. When that plays such a role into your decision-making … some players you would like to keep if you have the money. But in the beginning of my statement when I talked about here’s what you dealt with, Mark told me, ‘Here’s what we got. Here’s what we’re going to have to deal with for this first year. Here’s your draft picks, here’s the money.’ Totally understand that. Now it’s my job to figure out how you’re going to manipulate it. Am I further along? Yes. We’re under the cap, we trimmed the guys that we had to. But guys, this thing is going forward. We’re going to get better from here on out, especially in the player personnel department. That’s my quest and we get on that, really, on a weekly basis.

    Q: When do you step in on a player like Rolando?
    A: I step in from point one. Dennis and I talk on a daily basis numerous times and I talk to Mark on a every other day basis all the time. We’re all communicated and all on the same page. Everything that came out of his mouth I could have repeated it also. Coach Allen is the guy who will have to be in front of that team. I want him to be in charge of those players.

    Q: Will Dennis evaluate assistant coaches after season?
    A: He is going to have an evaluation, absolutely. Am I going to have an evaluation also, absolutely. Absolutely.

    Q: The call for the staff will be his?
    A: With my input. You’re talking about scheme and all that. I want to know everybody who is on the short list, long list. That’s just the way it goes guys. This is my football team. It’s not a dictatorship by any means but it’s my football team and I’m responsible. We have a great line of communication so that’s not going to be an issue guys, at all. It really isn’t. It’s my job to evaluate the situation and I’m going to get that done. We’re going to do it the right way. I can’t build a team without effectively evaluating what’s going on. You have to do it the right way, week to week. That’s why the month of November … we have five weeks to correct that. I’ll be doing some evaluations in those five weeks.

    Q: Any regrets not leaving offense alone since zone blocking didn’t work so well?
    A: When you’re talk about leaving the offense be you’re talking leaving all the coaches be and you’re saying that’s going to guarantee the same results. You don’t know that. Whether it’s power scheme, zone scheme, tome it’s all about knocking people off the ball, winning battles up front. I don’t care what kind of scheme it is. Either it’s a good run call or a bad run call. It comes down to those type of things instead of just scheme. You have to mix it up, which we have been doing, especially as of late. Players got to win some battles too, physically.

    Q: How would you characterize Mark Davis’ level of frustration?
    A: Like I said at the beginning, Mark and I talk all the time. The bottom line is we want to see progress. That November month nobody was pleased with. Nobody. He and I discussed that quite a bit trying to put the finger on it. But we want to see better play. We have five games to do it.

    Q: Do you now have cap flexibility to make moves you need to in offseason?
    A: Some yeah. We should be in good enough situation to do some things. To do a lot of great things? We don’t have great room but we’ve got … Guys I mean what happened this offseason I don’t’ wish that on anybody, maybe the other teams in our division. That was a struggle, especially coming in here as a rookie GM. I remember talking to Ted Thompson. His rookie year he was able to get Charles Woodson. I would have liked to have done that. I talked to guys all around the league. I didn’t realize what the situation, how difficult and what other people thought about it. When you get the job people call and say, ‘What are you going to do with that cap? You’re all what over the cap. How are you going to do that?’ We can get it done because you got to. But they didn’t want to wish that on me. But guys, that part right there I’m not crying over spilled milk. That’s no excuse to have a November because of some of the things we put forth and the way we played in Atlanta. It shows what the players can do, without a doubt. From a consistency thing, finishing drives. Defensively it was probably more disappointing because of the number of big plays time and time. After you stop them and have a great play, good play, then all of a sudden wham. Seven points. Easy. Kind of knocked the wind out of you, especially a team like this. We’re not at that level where we can continue to overcome time and time again.

    Q: How much does it hurt that you don’t have an elite pass rusher and how much of a priority will that be?
    A: Two things — I want to win up front, and that’s on both sides of the ball, with the big boys, but also I want to somehow affect the quarterback position and that’s by with good coverage, and corners and a free safety that’s going to pick ‘em off, or with somebody hitting them upside the head. Pass rush. A good push up the middle and somebody he’s going to be scared of. We’re going try and get, guys, we’re going to try and upgrade at a lot of positions, depth-wise, and get some impact players. That’s going to be on me.

    Q: Such a big emphasis in getting guys that you looked inside of and knew they loved football, that it was important to them. Do you think you have close to 53 guys like that? In that area are you pleased?
    A: I hope that the guys come to that. I can’t say that everybody’s just totally like that, no. I really don’t think there’s an NFL team that has 53 guys like that. But the bottom line is that you have the majority of them like that and you’ve go the leadership that is strong that way, so when you’ve got some that deviate, then you’ve got a leader that can get ‘em in check and show ‘em this is the right way to do it. This is how we do it here. So when you look at a Ray Lewis, you can pretty much bet whether it’s a defensive player who’s not totally into it the way he is, I doubt if he’d show it much. You know what I’m saying? Your surroundings. That’s what we’ve got to build. That’s part of the whole culture thing as far as, do you have a coach saying, `don’t do this.’ You don’t want that. You want the players to doggone take it upon themselves and run it. We’re not at that level.

    Q: Did you think coming in you had more of those kinds of guys, surprised at the lack of that this year?
    A: You scout guys from other times and you hear about stuff. So I knew some of the players who were in those leadership positions, but I’ve been around the LeRoy Butlers and the Reggie Whites and the Brett Favres, you’re talking about natural leaders that the team is going to do it that way. I can’t say that I had that. Knowing that coming in, no one came to me and told me, hey, you got a great leader in that, no, so to answer that question, no, I didn’t know going in that I had a bunch of great leaders, no, I didn’t.

    Q: How about now? Have any emerged that you’ve noticed?
    A: I’ve seen some guys show with some leadership qualities now. Sometimes when you’ve got a guy, who we suspended, being in that position, and calling plays at the beginning and during the offseason, and it’s hard for other to emerge that way. But then you’ve got new players, and you’ve got a guy you trade for in Carson Palmer, coming in at midseason last year trying to be an offensive leader, the dynamics, you’ve got to build the thing right.When you look at the whole package with Rolando, what you’ve seen on tape this year, what happened just recently, are you comfortable with what he’s done? What’s your overall take on the big picture with Rolando and can he come back to this team and be on this team in the future and fill one of those leadership roles?”No. 1, from a leadership standpoint, you cannot do what he did and call yourself a leader. Period. Now, what to do with him afterwards, you’re talking about post-suspension, we’ll let that play out. I don’t want to make a decision or announcement at this time. But, you know, it’s not good to act and do what he did.

    Q: What about what he’s done in the games? What’s your evaluation of him in the games?
    A: That’s another thing. From the evaluation standpoint, be it players and coaches, I really want to talk about that at the season’s end because we still pretty much got a third of the season to play. I’m looking forward to seeing Omar Gaither in there and I want to see how he runs this team and plays in the middle. But I’ve had 11 games to evaluate Rolando up close. We’ll finish that up at the end.

    Q: Can you look at a guy like Wheeler, who you got at a pretty decent price for a one-year contract — will you look to target guys to bring back, maybe before the end of the season, not necessarily him. Or will you wait until after the season?
    A: Without getting into which players and all that, yes, we are targeting. That’s part of my deal, that’s what I want to try to do, is to target and see how we can work it. But, yes, we are kind of targeting certain guys. We have quite a few free agents. We’re going to try to target and see who we can get done before the league year (ends) or even before the season. But yes, we are targeting guys.

    Q: Do you guys view Michael Huff as a cornerback long-term?
    A: No, he’s a safety. I didn’t have a lot of corners to begin with. We had at the start of the season one guy, two guys that were here last year. Michael Huff just gave us the ability because of his skill level, athleticism, he was our best option to do that with.

    Q: Is it important to you to see Terrelle Pryor play before the end of the year? Do you care?
    A: I care because that’s the only way I can evaluate him, is to play him. Now, when he plays, how much he plays, that will be a charge to the coaching staff, but yes. We’ve got a third of the season left, and this is a good time to try to figure out what works best for him.

    Q: What would be a successful season for you with a third of the season left?
    A: I want us to not only play well in the last five games. You can go down — defense, I don’t want to give up big runs. That means our gap control has gotten to a minimum as far as making mistakes. Now if a guy breaks a tackle, you know, that’s just there guy’s better than our guy. And I’m fine with that. But to give them stuff. We’re not good enough to just give guys, let alone points, but just to give them big plays like that. I’m looking for the offense to not just move the ball but score some points, get better in red zone, get better on third down, keep the chains moving, score points. More consistent special teams play, especially in coverage. I’m looking for a lot of things, but I’m looking for some wins.

    Q: Is this where you find out when it’s 3-8 and five games to go when you’re evaluating who really wants to play?
    A: Who really wants to play, who really wants to be a Raider, who’s going to play Raider football. I’m talking each and every one of us, coaches and players.

    Q: Is that a tall order to ask them to play well based upon how the last four games went?
    A: No. It really isn’t. It really isn’t. Some of the guys physically are beat up. It might be pushing it, pushing those guys when you’re talking about playing well. They’re fighting through some injuries and some hurts. But no, it’s not a tall order.

    Q: How do players play well against Atlanta and then not take same approach and play poorly week after week?
    A: I don’t know. When a guy sees, I played this defense this way and this is what happened … can I guarantee that player will say that every game? It’s hard to say yes because I don’t think … I know I don’t have a handle on how or what Miles Burris is going to play this action or how Rolando is going to fit this run. It’s hard to say who’s going to do it the right way all the time. It’s the coaches’ job to point it out and make him do it the right way. So, now … I wish I had a whole lot of depth to rotate and figure out who can do it better, but we’re limited. From a standpoint of injuries make the rotation thinner. Guys, it’s the coaches job to coach them and the players’ job to do what they coach. It really is.

    Q: Have you been resistant to pick up free agents? Is that a philosophy or is that a cap thing?
    A: No, the philosophy is to upgrade your roster. Did I think some of those guys would upgrade us on the field … Guys, I research everything. Before Babin’s name hit the fan, I researched it. I looked at the tape. I researched everything and made the call. That’s my call.

    Q: Is it possible Rolando has played his last game?
    A: It’s going to be a possibility because we suspended him. Now, it’s always what’s going to happen afterward. What’s his approach afterward? I know what he texted, Facebooked or all that stuff … What he said, that he’s gone. I think I am the one that is going to make that call, not him.

    Q: Have you talked with him since this all went down?
    A: No.

    Q: Do you feel the need to?
    A: Absolutely not.

    Q: Does he have to say anything or demonstrate anything to the coaches?
    A: Yeah, yeah. It’s going to be on him. I don’t feel the need to approach him. So far, he is not apologetic.

    Q: Was there one action or a series of actions?
    A: His suspension .. doesn’t mean this is the first time … ‘ooh’ We wouldn’t suspend him unless it was something major, including all that stuff off the field and on the field and all that. I think a two-game suspension pretty much says it’s an issue.

    Q: Was Pat Lee cut based on play or was that a warning/message to other players?
    A: Pat Lee understands the defense and the one thing he could do is come in there and get you by games. From a need, I felt, what we really needed from a totality standpoint – special teams play – we needed productive play in all areas. So with Ron coming back, I felt like we had our season-opening starter coming back and those two kind of cancelled out to me. Now, I wish Pat Lee was more dominant and helped us out a little more on special teams. To his credit, he was kind of beat up physically too.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/football-oakland-raiders/raiders-talk/QA-with-Raiders-General-Manager-Reggie-M?blockID=808295&feedID=7638

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Too many closet Niners fans in here on a regular basis. Apparent reading all the Alex Smith love, and the general use of “you guys” when discussing the Raiders.

    As others have pointed out, Alex Smith isn’t a QB to bank on. Harbaugh knows it too that Kaepernick speeded up to overtake him.

    Some have said, it would be stupid to acquire Alex Smith. And they are right, but this regime has precedence of making stupid decisions. Hopefully, that isn’t one of them.

    Reggie still trying to deflect blame/error from himself and Allen/coaching staff. Which is also kinda weird given that Reggie has brought in about half the roster, so he doesn’t realize he’s pointing out he sucks too.

    If McClain and Kelly are unhappy with Allen, it can snowball. Or it shows there’s probably far more players who are unhappy and not willing to play for Allen. Reggie might compound this problem by trying to gut the entire roster of anti-Allen players, instead of fixing the problem of replacing coaches. You don’t gut an entire roster to protect your hand-picked HC from blame.

    Under Reggie and Allen the regression is a bad indication so far of their respective abilities. The situation remains in flux tho…things can change and improve. 2013 at most. But if sweeping changes are not made in the coaching staff below Allen, I don’t hold out much hope that 2013 is any better, and it’s possible Reg and Allen could be driven out of Oakland end of 2013.

  • Raiderbuck
  • Marks hair

    Next time don’t just hire friends and family idiots

  • Al_is_theraiders

    exactly 762….exactly

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    John David Booty Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Reggie, just stop. You say you knew coming in that you were thin, however, thats not what you said when you first came here, in fact quite the opposite. You said that you had a team that could win the division. So, which is it? Were you lying then, or now? Also, if you knew coming in that we didnt have much depth, what did you do about it? You got rid of Wimbley, Routt, Bush, etc., but what did you do with the extra cap space? Jack sh!t. If you knew the depth was so bad, why not do anything about it? Just stop it. The truth is, you wanted your guy, him and his staff have stunk up the place, and the players you signed have been above average (Wheeler) to down right garbage (Briesel). And your draft, sorry, but it wasnt much better than our last 3 drafts from rounds 3 and down. Bergstrom has done squat, Burris has been OK, Criner, has hands, but this staff doesnt know what to even do with a big body WR, theyve proven as much. Jack Crawford? Please. Bilukidi? Please? Nathan Stupar, GTFOH! Reggie, youre making excuses now.
    _____________________________________________________

    Deny deny deny….

    Qualities of a Great LEADER!

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie is a bust.

  • http://singleness-of-purpose 909RaiderLifer

    Reggie is dropping some Napalm. Bet he’s already bought a pressure washer, and a pallet of Lysol from Costco, to cleanse the locker room. Starting Dec, 31st…

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  • tonedeezy

    it’s interesting how every real raider fan knows all too well that a roster full of coddled players is not a recipe for success, yet there are tons of posters in here siding with the coddled players against the regime that is trying to change the dysfunctional culture.

    feel free to jump on the 9er bandwagon anytime.

  • RaidingTexas

    Papovich hit with $250K fine. WOW

  • John David Booty

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    Reggie is a bust.
    ————————————————-
    Huge bust. Already making excuses and changing up his story about what he said about the roster coming into this. I was initially excited to see where this guy might take things, but Im extremely disappointed by the product, and even more so by these excuses. Just a shame, really.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Also bottom line is REGGIE is not gonna talk about players or coaches till the end of the season.

    There is still 5 games to play. MAJOR CHANGES COMING

  • jackasspuria

    If Reggie McKenzie is a bust, that makes Mark Davis a colossal bust for hiring the guy.

    Sure, you can point to Davis getting info from various Raider legends like Madden and Wolf, however, it was Mark that green-lighted the McKenzie hire.

    The venom being spewed no Reggie should be also poured on Davis.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Not happy with Reggie’s press conference. He continues to deflect blame, and not own up to mistakes. And throwing players under the bus himself (eg, Pat Lee) is not going to win over FAs. For him to try to defend Allen/coaches dismal performances and say he’s happy, doesn’t inspire confidence in his abilities as a GM.

  • tonedeezy

    From BSPN:
    “McClain went on his Facebook page Wednesday and said he was no longer a Raider, and wrote that he wanted to play for a “real team.” That did not please teammates, and if McClain ever does get back into the Oakland locker room, it may be a cold place for him.”

    Please stop fantasizing about the Kelly/McClain nuptials guys, both are douchebag scholarship recipients who will not have any future impact in this league.

  • Reggiehater

    I told everybody this idiot was full of sht the day they announced Krapp and the zoneblocking scheme.9th ranked offense,8-8 to 3-8 and getting blown out every fkn game.What a piece of sht!!!! Playoffs? Nice call bottom lip.Get the fk out!!!

  • Marks hair

    Time to cut the crust off this shìt sandwitch…

  • OneRaiderNation

    “I definitely think we have the makeup of being a playoff team” – Reggie McKenzie July 26, 2012

  • tonedeezy

    for the record, i’m not defending reggie, just pointing out that McClain will not be missed, and I don’t think his dismissal is an indictment against the current regime.

    there is plenty of other evidence with which to question their competence though.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    I dont view things that way i take the wholistic (afrikan) view
    you have a fragmented (eurocentric) view
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    Wow.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Wow.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    “Now it’s my job to figure out how you’re going to manipulate it” like i said incompetant…he has to massage the numbers just doesnt know how to do it…

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Hey Reggie:

    “you’re gonna need a bigger boat”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gciFoEbOA8

  • Marks hair

    785. Exactly the cap is only a problem for those who don’t understand how to bend it to their will..

    Yr 1.. reggies players, coaches and cap management….fail

  • qodrn1

    Catching Up

    Raider Prediction Board

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R
    Week 7: raidermarty/VaRaiderNation Raiders 27 –
    Chiefs 17 (26/16) R
    Week 8: No Winner.
    Week 9: JONGRUDEN2012: Baltimore 47 Oakland 13

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says: Raiders 41 Saints 35
    GG Says: Saints 45 Raiders 17
    Just Fire Baby Says: Raiders 34 Saints 31
    MiamiRaider78 Says: Saints 61 Raiders 2
    Plunketthead Says: Raiders 31 swamp zombies 24
    qodrn: Raiders 35 Saints 32
    r8eray Says: 42-28 Aints
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says: Aints 45 Raiders 24
    RaiderCrunch Says: Raiders 51 Saints 48
    RaiderRetribution Says: Raiders 63 New Orleans 60

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    If the free fall ends at 3-13 Mark will have no choice but to admit his mistake and can Reggie’s A$$.

  • Tezooo

    I was at a sports bar last weekend watching the Raiders game. I over heard this guy taking so much smack on the Raiders. He said “Raiders suck I have more respect for the chargers then that shi organization and the no playoff streak continues. Raiders are such a joke” I found out that guy was a Denver fan LMAO!!! What nerve man! how can you talk smack when your own team has 0 rings WOW!!
    Peace Nation :)

  • John David Booty

    Reggie has shown a lot of his character. I can easily see him throwing DA under the bus after we lose the next 5 games, just to make himself look better. DA has sucked immensely and should be fired, yes, but Reggie is full of excuses and we havent even hit the end of the season. I heard no hope or anything to be excited about from that presser. Reggie is looking like a huge fraud right about now. At the end of the day, Im a Raiders fan and want them to win. But at this point, I dont think we have the right guys running the ship to make that happen. So disappointing.

  • qodrn1

    Raider Prediction Board

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R
    Week 7: raidermarty/VaRaiderNation Raiders 27 –
    Chiefs 17 (26/16) R
    Week 8: No Winner.
    Week 9: JONGRUDEN2012: Baltimore 47 Oakland 13
    Week 10: GG: Saints 45 Raiders 17
    Week 11: To be reconstructed when I feel better

    qodrn: Raiders 24 Other team 21

  • qodrn1

    I love the Raider Nation. The 49er fans just whine when the team looses. Raider Nation folks rebuild the team and make sure the Raiders know what to fix just in case they missed it.

  • John David Booty

    OneRaiderNation Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    “I definitely think we have the makeup of being a playoff team” – Reggie McKenzie July 26, 2012
    —————————————————–
    Great journalism by the reporters who failed to call him on this, after his claim that he knew we were so thin before he got started. If he would have got up there and took responsibility for things, laid a clear plan for improvement, I would have respected Reggie more. I have lost a lot what little respect I had for him as a GM after this excuse-fest.

  • Reggiehater

    771.J-Raider Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm
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    rut ro.Now you did it.DAAAAAAAAAAD DAAAAAAAAAAD

  • Marks hair

    Um teezoo.. denver has rings..

  • http://singleness-of-purpose 909RaiderLifer

    OneRaiderNation Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    “I definitely think we have the makeup of being a playoff team” – Reggie McKenzie July 26, 2012

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Reggie was just trying to sell tickets, like every team tries to do in July..

    “I see an 3-8 team, getting it’s ass kicked up and down the field, by the end of November”. Won’t have people lining up at the box office….

  • Reggiehater

    Bottom lip says”this is my football team” I think somebody should explain to this tard that this is Mark Davis’s football team.See SHEEEEEEEET

  • Marks hair

    Colts cheerleaders shaving their heads… gross

  • John David Booty

    So Reggie calls a press conference just to lay out a bunch of excuses and to renege on his initial proclamations? This was lame on so many levels. This is how our organization is being run now? And some of you believe these guys are going to get us to a SB in 3 years? Man, I hope youre right and Im wrong. As a Raiders fan, Id rather be wrong and have them win than they lose and me be right. But if Im just being honest, I dont see winners in these guys. I dont see a winner in Reggies excuses, I dont see a winner with DAs style of coaching. I see this getting worse, right before it finally peaks at 8-8 in 3 years. Right back where we started.