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McKenzie commits to McFadden in 2013

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 2:34 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Running back Darren McFadden is a big part of the Raiders plans moving forward in 2013, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday.

McKenzie, meeting with beat writers for the first time since Nov. 30, brushed aside the notion that McFadden could be moved entering the final season of his contract following a disappointing season.

“I’m confident Darren’s going to play his last season, regardless of what’s out there,’’ McKenzie said. “We have no decision to do anything with Darren.’’

McFadden gained 707 yards on 216 carries, averaging 3.3 yards per attempt, as the Raiders dropped to 28th in rushing after gaining more yards on the ground than any team in the NFL from 2010-2011.

The Raiders switched to a zone blocking systems under recently-fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp after playing more gap and power power schemes under Hue Jackson.

While McKenzie said execution was more of an issue than scheme, he also said, “It’s obvious Darren is much better on certain types of plays. That goes without saying. That’s how you’ve got to do it.’’

McKenzie said coach Dennis Allen was closing in on hiring a new offensive coordinator, although he declined to give a time line. The Raiders have talked with former Rams head coach Mike Martz and McKenzie confirmed speaking with Norv Turner and Marc Trestman, both of whom now have other jobs.

Former Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Greg Olson has also been reported as a candidate.

The Raiders also will hire a special teams coordinator, a linebackers coach and an offensive line coach.

The staff leaves for the Senior Bowl Saturday, where they’ll coach the North team, with practices starting Monday.

McKenzie touched on several subjects in a 42-minute meeting with local writers. Some quick hits:

– Right guard Mike Brisiel had ankle surgery following the season. McKenzie said he played with the injury all season and that it hampered his performance. Khalif Barnes (triceps) also had surgery.

– McKenzie was pleased with the job coach Dennis Allen did during the season in terms of changing the culture of the locker room and practice sessions and setting expectations. He liked team morale and the way the team competed _ especially on defense _ during December following an awful November.

– The latest medical reports on Carson Palmer is good. McKenzie expects him to be ready for the offseason.

– McKenzie did not get into specific transactions, but hinted it would have been difficult to cut Rolando McClain during the season because of the salary cap. McClain is expected to be released when it’s more beneificial to the Raiders financial bottom line.

– All moves will be made with the long-term in line.

“We’re not trying to hurry up to win one or two games and mortgage the possibility of winning 10 more,” McKenzie said. “We’re just going to build it the right way and make good, sound decisions.”

– McKenzie said he considered Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o a first-round talent but is going to wait and see how his current story unfolds before forming any judgement regarding how will affect him in the draft.

– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour and punter Shane Lechler, both scheduled for unrestricted free agency, have not necessarily been written off, but McKenzie said, “Everything’s predicated on money. You get guys that are used to making a set amount and they’re premiere players and you don’t know what other teams are going to throw out from a contract standpoint.”

– Regarding the change at offensive coordiantor, McKenzie said of Allen: “I was proud the way he identified the issues and attacked them. He didn’t just continue to run this offense and make it work, keep this guy, keep this guy- he evaluated it, said okay, he stood up, and said okay, we’re going to make a change.”

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  • KoolKell

    The Raiders will probably bring in some camp arms to find a number 3 .

  • Just Fire Baby

    Ummm….James Trapp, the point of the post was what Hue was BEFORE HE GOT HERE.

    He was a 3rd rate coach, who got two years as an OC with two different organizations and was a massive flo both times.

    Yet, he succeeded wildly here, thus giving hope that this current OC search isn’t doomed by any means.

    Think and breathe buddy, think and breathe.

  • Raider O

    Geno Smith?
    We have a solid vet QB, we have a young backup with potential, and You Monkeys want to ignore our needs hoping to upgrade the QB position?!?!

    You Monkeys are on drugs?

  • CDERaider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Who is our hungry 22 year old QB?


    Sorry, 23. Geno is 22.

  • jackasspuria

    Lot of talk earlier on this post about the Raiders getting the No. 1 pick next year and potentially using it to select South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney.

    There’s something else to consider…

    If Clowney is sitting there deciding whether to declare for the NFL draft and sees Oakland sitting there with the No. 1 pick, young Jadeveon may be better served staying at South Carolina another year.

    No. 1 pick money is good, but not as good as it once was.

    He may stay, play one more year of college and hope to land with another team.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Great insight Kell!!!!

    I personally thought we were going to only have 2 arms in camp.

    Blew the doors off that one!!!

  • eastoaklandraider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    I believe Geno’s skill set is much more tailored for the NFL than Manziel.

    you can have your black matty ice ill take a white rglll

  • Priesttj12

    IMHO, There is no “IF” where TP6 is concerned. That kid will be a franchise QB in this league the only question is where that will be. If the raides are smart they wil ensure that is here. He will be the biggest fastest playmaking QB in this league by the next year and a half.

    It’s a matter of how soon this coaching staff comes to grips with that as to how soon it will be. If they start him from day1 he will be very good by midseason if they wait until midseason to start him it’ll be by years end. If they wait too late next year it’ll be midseason 2014.

    It’s up to the retards running the show…………period

  • Just Fire Baby

    Zero chance we get the #1 pick next year.

    That pick usually goes to teams who had playoff aspirations, faced a few big injuries, usually at QB, and let the disappointmen of a failed season crush them at the end of the year (like the Chiefs) into a tailspin.

    We will be improving as the season goes along, winning division games and not tailspinning.

  • Just Fire Baby

    you can have your black matty ice ill take a white rglll


    I’ll take 10 years from my guy, you can have 6 years plus 3 knee surgeries and 2 broken bones from your guy.

  • inonewordraider

    who’s the best coordinator that would even take the job?

    i know alotta ppl don’t like the guy, but is hue the best guy we could get? schit would he even do it?

  • DJ Johnny

    You guys talking about drafting Geno Smith with our # 3 pick?

    You thought we were the butt of jokes with Jamarcus? Just wait tillwe draft Geno at # 3.

    This is the kind of stretch pick that makes Al Davis look like a sound, pragmatic conservative.

    I can hear it now on the headline on Sports Center: “It appears that Al Davis is alive and well in Oakland”. Followed immediately by derisive laughter.

  • jackasspuria


    Mark Davis is probably the one that will never allow Hubris to set foot in anything Raider.

    Hubris and McKenzie share the same agent and from what many have stated, it was Mark Davis that gave the supreme command to amputate Hubris from Raider Land.

    If we’re going to name recognition, Cam Cameron is still out there as a potential OC.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if DA plucked someone from the collegiate ranks (aLa Jason Tarver for DC) or gets another young NFL assistant to take over the O.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hue most certainly would do it, and feed everyone the biggest bunch of BS at the presser you ever heard.

    Reason #1,273 why he has not been offered any OC job.

  • CDERaider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I believe Geno’s skill set is much more tailored for the NFL than Manziel.


    What do you mean size wise? If you’re talking production, decision making, leadership, arm strength, accuracy, winning, showing up in big games there’s no comparison. Johnny M is the real deal. They don’t give Heisman trophies to freshman for nothing. Texas A&M finishes in the top 3 next year and 22 year old Johnny Nitro declares.

    Think a faster Russel Wilson.

    Manziel 2012 stats

    3706 yd passing, 68% completion, 26/9 td int, 155.3 rating. Rushed for 1410 yards 21 tds 7 yds per carry. In the SEC – where the big boys play.

  • Raider O

    DE D Moore
    OLB J Jones
    CB D Milliner

    Don’t eff it up Reggie.

  • Dakota

    Knapp as qb coach for the donks? Lmfao!

    I’ll bet manning doesn’t even talk to him all year but once, when he says to knapp, “hey, leave me alone and go bug the backups!”

  • Just Fire Baby

    I mean his style of QB play.

    Contrary to the new “Shiny” thing, big stiffs like Flacco, Brady and Matt Ryan, who stay in the pocket and are all-world at scoring with precious seconds on the clock, still rule the NFL.

    Geno is much more like them than Manziel.

    And we will see about this “leadership” with Manziel. His offseason isn’t off to the best of starts for that, and I would not at all be suprised if he starts next year off with a 2 game suspension for eligibility issues.

  • Semi Blogger II

    KoolKell Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    The Raiders will probably bring in some camp arms to find a number 3 .


    Green Bay hid their dumpsters. Don’t know if we’ll find a #3.

  • jackasspuria
  • jackasspuria

    Okay, this is getting really, really bizzare…

    Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend claimed she faked her death to avoid drug dealers

  • CDERaider

    DHB is only fast when he’s clocked in the 40 – but he just seems so slow on the field. He takes too long to get to top speed, is easily jammed on the line, doesn’t fight for balls at the apex, is terrible at tracking deep passes, can’t catch with his hands, and drops *way* too many passes and only has one route he can run consistently – the comeback. He has to go.

    Guarantee he is playing for league minimum next year and sitting the pine (if he’s lucky and gets picked up at all). I’ll take Hagan at a vet minimum contract any day.

  • RaiderDebo

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    We will be improving as the season goes along, winning division games and not tailspinning.


    Didn’t you say something like that back in August?

  • Just Fire Baby

    You watch the Falcons-Sea game, Russell Wilson ends up costing them the game by taking a sack at the end of the half. Matt Ryan wins it by getting in FG range in 30 seconds.

    Flacco goes like 80 yards in 30 seconds at the end of the game.

    TP loses by 3 points in his start, when he gave up those 3 points at the end of the half not getting OOB.

    These running-around, sandlot, chinese fire drill offenses are not cerebial enough to handle end of game/half situations that are the crux of winning in today’s NFL.

    When you score matters.

  • DJ Johnny

    If I can be convinced that Geno Smith is a franchise type QB like Luck or rg3 THAN BY ALL MEANS GET HIM at 3.

    I’m just sayin’…this is a huge stretch but if there’s a 50/50 chance he can be the elite qb we want…and by elite I mean he starts DAY ONE not some project qb who sits and learns his craft and all that other b.s…then let the pundits laugh and we can laugh our way to the playoffs.

  • jackasspuria


    It seems his fellow Maryland Terp and current Baltimore Raven Torrey Smith is everything DHB is not.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    LOL @ jfb!!!!

    First you say ” rgiii” will never play in the nfl. Then you say russel Wilson won’t be drafted & he will be backing up mat flynn by week 4.

    Now you want to say we had 3 exciting rookies!?!?! YOU HATED ALL AF THEM!!!


    Remember when I told you about him 3 years agO?????

    Now your trying I pretend you like them or know about them or you were up on it the whole time?!?!!?



  • CDERaider

    jackasspuria Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Crabtree not seen with 49ers at hotel in Atlanta


    Awwww baby – likes me me some distractions – D-I-S-T-R-A-C – T I O N S!! With Crab in the pokey, Kaps goto guy won’t be there. Even if he plays and knows he’s facing some jail time when he gets back, maybe his heads not in the game..

    Please God let the Falcons show up.

    Pease? Anything but the Pink and Pewter!

  • redshirt

    Christ you fools are the lowest of the low neckbeard having basement trolls… good christ!

    SMH and leaving this place with a fury…

  • Just Fire Baby


    Your such a f’n liar.

    I told you, from day one, that I like Geno Smith the most of all your wirey haired heroes. I posted a link a few weeks ago, from last April TALKING UP GENO SMITH. Remember? You commented on it.

    He is a pocket passer, with a quick release.

    Reminds me of Matt Ryan.

    And yes, I still don’t like that much of the 3 rookies from last year, they are all overhyped IMO.

    In 2020, Wilson will be a backup, Luck will be Carson Palmer 2.0, and IR’GIII will be running for Congress.

  • CDERaider

    Per PFT

    If Crabtree did what he could end up being formally accused of doing, Crabtree will be facing a problem with Harbaugh. “He said that we can do anything in the world and we can come and talk to him and he’ll forgive us except put our hands on women,” safety Donte Whitner said last year. “If you put your hand on a woman then you’re done in his book. So other than putting your hands on women, you can do anything and come talk to him, and it’s true.”


    Awwww shheeeet, tell me Harbaugh going to sit this fool!! Tell me its so!!

  • Dakota

    Watch his bowl game and you will never associate the raiders with geno smith again.

  • Semi Blogger II

    Knapp is going to Denver to get schooled by manning and then return to Oakland a new and improved OC. Allen is pure genius. Had dinner with Reggie and mark at IHOP and they both agreed we don’t need a OC since knapp is coming back next year. Mark said he was gonna put an end to the musical chairs coaching game once knapps back. Firmly planted in the garden of Raider mystery of how and why this organization ticks.

  • jackasspuria

    Chiefs will do the Raiders a favor and take on the Geno Smith conundrum with the No. 1 overall pick.

  • Semi Blogger II

    Lawn furniture sale lasts till the end of the month.

  • CDERaider

    jackasspuria Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:52 pm


    It seems his fellow Maryland Terp and current Baltimore Raven Torrey Smith is everything DHB is not.


    Torrey’s a stud and there’s this other little ‘thing’.

    Torrey Smith 2012 salary : $529,000. His *total* contract is 4yrs/3.3 million. DHB’s *2012* salary cap number : $5,279,000



  • Just Fire Baby

    I watched every bit of the bowl game and was not that impressed.

    But it was 10 degrees and snowing, not something he will have to deal with but maybe 4-5 times in his career.

    We need a QB, badly. Drating the best QB in the draft is a good place to start.

    If it keep trying. You never “Settle” at QB just like in marriage.

    Carson is the typical settle at QB.

  • Semi Blogger II

    Jackasspuria Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    Chiefs will do the Raiders a favor and take on the Geno Smith conundrum with the No. 1 overall pick.


    I hope the fck you are right. We need Allen to get the biggest baddest meanest pass rusher available. And hope we don’t wreck him.

  • jackasspuria


    It gets much worse next season!

    DHB – 2013 Cap Hit: $10.6 million

  • papertiger418
  • KoolKell

    Priesttj12 Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    People want to call others liars when I’m voicing my opinion just like anyone else. If you feel that strongly about my opinions that you want to characterize them as LIES………dammit don’t read them.
    You STATED that DA didn’t want Norv around. LIE. you made that up. Now you’ll say it was just your opinion. Which would make you an idiot for stating an opinion on something that you have no idea even happened. Either way you stated it as fact.

    You STATED Norv “sensed DA’s concerns”. Another lie. Another made up opinion on something you conjured up in that hallow cranium.

    So stop with the “just my opinion” especially after you state it as FACT.

  • CDERaider

    jackasspuria Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Chiefs will do the Raiders a favor and take on the Geno Smith conundrum with the No. 1 overall pick.


    Should be interesting – not sure if Andy Reid wants to pull the trigger considering he’s not a ‘home run’ #1 pick and they do have a need at LT. Kiper doesn’t think Geno is 1st round material, CBS ranks him #11 overall player, NFP has him in the 30′s.

    If he does get picked #1, that’s actually great for us as the Chiefs have to take the risk, invest alot in him, deal with growing pains or a rookie QB *plus* all the top players in the draft will still be available including Joeckel, Werner, Mingo, Lotulelei, etc.

    If he comes to the Raiders, its just another bust QB pick for us as we don’t have the offensive line, coaching stability or organization to foster success. We’re better off trading down or taking a solid lineman that has a much lower bust potential.

  • Just Fire Baby

    When going off the bowl games, I wasn’t very impressed with either D Moore or Jarvis Jones. Werner was all right, but playing a mid-major. Geno didn’t look special. Te’O was a bust.

    Can’t base it off that, got to project out.

    Warmack, Te’O and Geno Smith are the UNQUESTIONED best prospects at their position, we need to draft one of these 3.

    I’ll take the QB, but be pleased with the other two.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Gil Brandt know more football then anyone.. he doest think Raiders have a solid qb yet.

    Btw the day Veldheere was drafted he Gil said in a chat that he would first be tried out as a CENTER.

    Gil has great sources around the league.. he isnt gonna mock GENO to the raiders at 3 if he doesnt think something is up. IMO

  • papertiger418

    Manti te’o denies involvement in hoax during off-camera interview with ESPN:

  • DJ Johnny

    DHB drops potential game changing passes. At Denver. We were still in it early in the 3rd and on a critical 3rd down play he comes up short on a 3rd down he could’ve easily made if he had just made some effort.

    Cincinnati. Critical 3rd down play that would’ve extended a potential get back in the game drive and the ball is right on the numbers, but for some unknown, inexplicable reason he jumps in the air and it doinks off his chest. We punted and cincy took the ball and scored on the next drive.

    If he hasn’t learned how to make a simple over the middle catch by now..he never will.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    as far as JAVDEON CLOWNEY coming out next year is concerned.

    NO WAY WILL HE RETURN for his senior season. HE WANTED TO COME OUT THIS YEAR.. Steve Spurrior even said he is ready to come out and its dayum shame he cant.

    Clowney wants to come out cuz he feels he is ready .. and wants to help his family out

  • jackasspuria

    Knock on wood Clowney doesn’t get hurt next year.

    Clowney can ask his teammate Lattimore all about staying and ending up getting hurt and killing his draft stock.

  • KoolKell

    jackasspuria Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Crabtree not seen with 49ers at hotel in Atlanta
    49ers stated Crabtree is, of course, with the team. Obviously not hanging out in the lobby. All questions referred to Crabs lawyer, and team is not dealing with hearsay, and will wait the legal course. Considering that 9 out of 10 of these claims turn out to be bogus and dismissed, this one probably will be as well.

    Harbaugh no way lets this, or anything, be a distraction.
    He’s been around far too long.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Gil Brandt, the vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys from 1960-89, helped Dallas grow into one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in America. His innovative management and personnel systems are standard operating procedure today for many teams at the professional and collegiate levels nationwide. As’s personnel guru, Brandt offers insight and commentary on all aspects of players and teams.

    Not to mention his inside sources around the league