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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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  • 504 Raider

    After week 5 in college season, damn near everyone in here said there was no way we would get Geno Smith because we wouldn’t have a top 5 pick.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    thats a great point DAN

  • 504 Raider

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I see great minds think alike.

  • dr_robert

    no. i discovered geno. my little italian qb. no one knew him until i said his name. not geno smith, the big, scary black kid. a-geno a-smith-a. from brooklyn tech. 5’6″. carries a bat around. hates “moolies”.

  • dr_robert

    it’s…..a……..joke……!

  • Dan78

    moolies…lol…

  • Dan78

    you’ve been watching The Sopranos too long…

  • Just Fire Baby

    JFB,
    couple days ago you mentioned Cecil Collins while I was out. What was the reference to?

    ******************************

    Michael Dyer from Auburn.

    Cecil Collins 2.0

  • dr_robert

    actually, the first time i ever heard the word “moolie”, it was in “eddie murphy: raw”.

    “i’m gonna have some popcorn, and a soda, and some junior mints. and the moolie’s gonna pay for it.”

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Dr, you certainly have the obsessive traits of a loser who becomes a troll. I’ve been dealing with trolls for a long time on this blog. Over the years, I’ve noticed certain characteristics in common.

    1. They can’t tolerate anybody disagreeing with them. They meltdown. Get personal etc.
    2. They become extremely obsessive with an individual or individuals. Stalking etc.

  • dr_robert

    but i love the sopranos.

    recently watched “breaking bad” in its entirety. great show.

    now i need to watch “the wire”.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Seymour Bush Says:
    As I have said 9,000,000 times on this blog. We can listen to solid successful NFL guys like Peyton Manning and John Fox. Or we can listen to you guys. Which should we choose?
    =======================================================

    Probably not even 9,000 times. But close.

  • dr_robert

    KoolKell Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:26 pm
    Dr, you certainly have the obsessive traits of a loser who becomes a troll. I’ve been dealing with trolls for a long time on this blog. Over the years, I’ve noticed certain characteristics in common.

    1. They can’t tolerate anybody disagreeing with them. They meltdown. Get personal etc.
    2. They become extremely obsessive with an individual or individuals. Stalking etc.
    **********

    yes, kell. i know. ur “experienced”.

    1) i like to talk raiders

    2) i like to be a comedian

    3) i like making fun of racists, anti-raiders, etc. it’s sport. but i eventually get bored with them. i don’t even read beeech’s posts anymore. and missdick is boring me now too.

    u may disagree with me all u want. i don’t care. ur wrong if u do, but u can. it’s a free message board.

    i still don’t know what a meltdown is. did i just have one?

    oh wait, am i cross posting?

    u seem to read my posts a lot. i like u. ur fun.

  • dr_robert

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    Seymour Bush Says:
    As I have said 9,000,000 times on this blog. We can listen to solid successful NFL guys like Peyton Manning and John Fox. Or we can listen to you guys. Which should we choose?
    =======================================================

    Probably not even 9,000 times. But close.
    *********

    as i have said at least 9 times, u should listen to me.

    1) i’m smart

    2) i’m a coach

    3) i’m smart

  • rediaR

    CDERaider Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 9:38 pm
    Raider O Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    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.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Are you drunk Chico?
    You want an OG, a big and slow MLB who has issues shedding blocks, or you want us to reach for an overrated QB with the 3rd pick?

    ——————————————–

    And pass up an elite game changing DT (Star), a franchise LT (Joekel) or the best pass rusher in the draft (Werner)?

    ————————–
    I’ve never wanted anything to do with Geno or Te’o, but Warmack is arguably the best player in the draft. #3 is not usually where guards are picked, but it would hardly be a terrible pick. Trade down and get him, we have a recipe for the best draft of the year.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Turning point (NBC Sports ) pretty cool right now.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Yeah u ur an idiot u, I kick idiots like u in ur azz. u want to be relevant u but u ain’t and u can’t Change that, because u r and idiot, and the posters here won’t buy u, ok?

    Get a life u. Ur self-esteem needs it.

  • dr_robert

    do u guys think missdick wears african clothing? like one of those multi-color round hats or a flowing multi-colored robe. does he carry around one of those bug-swatters?

    or do u think he has a faux-military outfit, with tassles on the shoulders, and medals and stuff?

    or does he wear a black leather jacket with a black turtleneck, and shades?

  • dr_robert

    KoolKell Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:37 pm
    Yeah u ur an idiot u, I kick idiots like u in ur azz. u want to be relevant u but u ain’t and u can’t Change that, because u r and idiot, and the posters here won’t buy u, ok?

    Get a life u. Ur self-esteem needs it.
    *************

    that was interesting. u tell a great story.

  • dr_robert

    when did kell change his t-shirt last?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Greg Olso is the Raiders new OC..

  • dr_robert

    is missdick a time traveler from 1965?

    is kell actually fred g. sanford come to life? or grady?

  • rediaR

    Bill Williamson ‏@espn_afcwest
    #Raiders Greg Olson is new Oakland offensive coordinator. He was Jaguars’ QB coach last year,

  • dr_robert

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    Greg Olso is the Raiders new OC..
    *********

    link?

  • rediaR

    Well he did wonders with Gabbert so he must be… Oh… right.

  • dr_robert

    RediaR Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:44 pm
    Bill Williamson ‏@espn_afcwest
    #Raiders Greg Olson is new Oakland offensive coordinator. He was Jaguars’ QB coach last year,
    ********

    well, he did such a great job with gabbert.

    fu@k.

    can i get on board with the fire DA and reggie thing now?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Donte Whitner also was quoted saying Jim Harbaugh says players can come to talk to him about anything and almost everything is forgiveable… expect… putting your hands on a woman.
    ==============================================
    How do we know it was a woman ?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Patriots 49ers is the game the networks want, but I’m liking all combinations and I’m not seeing any blowouts this weekend or SB. May have seen the best games last weekend though.

  • rediaR

    Dr_robert Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    RediaR Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:44 pm
    Bill Williamson ‏@espn_afcwest
    #Raiders Greg Olson is new Oakland offensive coordinator. He was Jaguars’ QB coach last year,
    ********

    well, he did such a great job with gabbert.

    fu@k.

    can i get on board with the fire DA and reggie thing now?
    ——————-
    It’s possible he is the opposite of Knapp and is a terrible QB coach but a good OC.

    Positive outlook part 2: We are talking about Blaine Gabbert.

  • Dan78

    I guess thats all they can find in the gutter… We might be drafting Clowney next year after all…

  • dr_robert

    “Olson previously served as the quarterbacks coach of the Detroit Lions, where he worked with Joey Harrington.”

  • rediaR

    Dr_robert Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:48 pm
    “Olson previously served as the quarterbacks coach of the Detroit Lions, where he worked with Joey Harrington.”
    —————-
    Sweet non-existent Christ

  • dr_robert

    “He was fired on January 2, 2012, after his team posted a 4–12 record.”

    birds of a feather.

  • dr_robert

    RediaR Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:49 pm
    Dr_robert Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 10:48 pm
    “Olson previously served as the quarterbacks coach of the Detroit Lions, where he worked with Joey Harrington.”
    —————-
    Sweet non-existent Christ
    *********

    he exists. pray to Him. u will need to after this.

  • rediaR

    Next you are going to say he was Jamarcus Russel’s High School drug counselor.

  • MikieG

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    Breaking news: Raiders hire Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator, according to person familiar with the situation.
    +++++++++

    Goddamnit!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dr_robert

    “He was the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. During his first season in St. Louis, he did not call the offensive plays for the team until near the end of the year. He developed game plans with head coach Scott Linehan, and worked to develop the offense in general. Linehan decided to hand over play-calling duties to Olson so that he could manage games better, without having to focus on one side of the ball. Olson was fired after the 2007 season.”

  • MikieG

    Im done with this fuggin team.. What a fukkin joke…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    are you serious? olson?smh…giving away limited time no questions asked boarding passes for the fire DA bandwagon…(free shirts…)

  • dr_robert

    “He served as Lions offensive coordinator following the firing of Steve Mariucci and the demotion of Ted Tollner during the 2005 season.”

    it’s……awesome.

  • rediaR

    Would TE/rapper Greg Olsen be a better hire?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    SOB!!!!!!!!

  • Dan78

    We are fudged… we might be wishing we still had knapp next season…

  • MikieG

    Pathetic…Oh, Look out league..the offensive Mastermind Greg Olson is gonna scheme the sh!t out of you all!

    Pathetic Losers…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Fvck DA and his gregg lovers

  • MikieG

    I fukkin knew it!
    Just wait till we hire a nobody special teams coordinator, a nobody LB coach, and a Nobody Oline coach…gonna be real awesome up in here…hope you guys got your resume’s in..

  • MikieG

    Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection..!

  • jackasspuria

    And it is Olson.

    Someone in here called it! Who was it!

    Corky broke the news on Twitter.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    how you likin the reggie era?

  • DJ Johnny

    This is a joke right?