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Gruden on McKenzie

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 2:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Asked Jon Gruden on a conference call about Reggie McKenzie’s philosophy of identifying high-character players and the whether any of the athletes he had on his ESPN shows fit that criteria, and here was his response:

“I think Reggie’s going to do fine. He’s got an unbelievable pedigree. He’s been around the best football people in the business, guys like Ron Wolf and others. No question about that. He has a background with the Raiders being a former player with Oakland. And I know football character and character is highly touted when it comes to finding and developing players, and Reggie McKenzie is going to find guys that I think fit that criteria. I think all of the kids that we have in here this year have high football character.

“I also feel like every once in a while you need some characters. You need a couple guys that are a little off the beaten path, maybe guys that live in the left lane to a degree. But the Raiders are rebuilding. Obviously, they’ve made dramatic changes on their roster. They’ve let go of some veterans that are well‑recognized and I’m sure leaders on that football team. So not only do you have to find character, you better find some playmakers, because everybody else in the league has them. ”

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  • DMAC

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    J Hill Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:45
    ======

    Stop it J Heezy
    Put the bammer weed down!!!
    *************************
    WTF ?? the Prez telling somebody to put it down??
    flunk that sh1t.. fire it up and pass it around brother !!
    =======

    You don’t want to smoke what J Heezy been puffing on
    I’m trying to save lives mayne
    lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    @JFB

    Giordano didn’t have “Raider speed”.

    Al Davis probably would have been like Jhill and thrown Taiwan Jones back there at FS instead!

    #skillandinstinctsbedamned

  • RaiderRockstar

    Go Jazzercise!!
    Go Rockettes!!!

  • DMAC

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Lefty….this A’s team we have is so awesome right now…yes its April but it seems they have a swagger about them like they expect to win and expect to winning it all….you can see it
    =========

    = Playoffs

  • DMAC

    again

  • Just Fire Baby

    BO and Prince Harry couldn’t even get his Senate to pass the background check bill.

    What a couple of dolts.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Tyrann Mathieu had a private workout with the Raiders in Alameda about 2 1/2 weeks ago

    also

    Cornerback Jorday Poyer had 7 ints this past year. Part of the Reason why Reggie needs more picks. These kinda picks will go in the 2nd round.. Mathieu possibly 3rd. But you want to make sure you get your guys.

    Hope reggie could trade back. He needs to refill this roster with YOUNG HUNGRY TALENT.. he already signed DEPTH these past few weeks

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Bergs started that week 17 game that we didn’t allow any sacks in, and we were 3 for 3 in the red zone.

    Maybe Bergstrom was the hidden ingriedent in all that.
    ======
    Maybe TP was the actual ingredient.
    —————————-
    The line didn’t give up a sack the week before either, if I remember correctly.
    ********************

    LOL but carson got cracked
    ——————
    That was two weeks before.
    ******************************

    Please stop….just really…..stop and then go see December 23rd and then see Dec 30th

  • rediaR

    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Bergs started that week 17 game that we didn’t allow any sacks in, and we were 3 for 3 in the red zone.

    Maybe Bergstrom was the hidden ingriedent in all that.
    ======
    Maybe TP was the actual ingredient.
    —————————-
    The line didn’t give up a sack the week before either, if I remember correctly.
    ********************

    LOL but carson got cracked
    ——————
    That was two weeks before.
    —————–
    Hahah, no it wasn’t. I’m all mixed up.

  • R8ER MIKE

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    You don’t want to smoke what J Heezy been puffing on
    I’m trying to save lives mayne
    lol

    **************
    lol .. if it burns… SMOKE IT !!

  • rediaR

    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Bergs started that week 17 game that we didn’t allow any sacks in, and we were 3 for 3 in the red zone.

    Maybe Bergstrom was the hidden ingriedent in all that.
    ======
    Maybe TP was the actual ingredient.
    —————————-
    The line didn’t give up a sack the week before either, if I remember correctly.
    ********************

    LOL but carson got cracked
    ——————
    That was two weeks before.
    ******************************

    Please stop….just really…..stop and then go see December 23rd and then see Dec 30th
    ————————-
    Yeah, I was wrong. I thought about it. For some reason I was thinking Leinart started that Carolina game.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Well Jlofty…as I said he appears to be weakest link….if he is healthy for sure then I suppose he wouldnt be

  • J Hill

    Eff y’all non believers!!!!

    I’m rolling with the home grown youngins!

    Jones, Ross, and Chekwa are my guys!!!

    MUP

  • lefty12

    B,read about him the other night and agree he’d be perfect.He’s a ball hawk and he will lay people out.Hopes he lasts until rd 3 because I could see that.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Bergs started that week 17 game that we didn’t allow any sacks in, and we were 3 for 3 in the red zone.

    Maybe Bergstrom was the hidden ingriedent in all that.
    ======
    Maybe TP was the actual ingredient.
    —————————-
    The line didn’t give up a sack the week before either, if I remember correctly.
    ********************

    LOL but carson got cracked
    ——————
    That was two weeks before.
    ******************************

    Please stop….just really…..stop and then go see December 23rd and then see Dec 30th
    ————————-
    Yeah, I was wrong. I thought about it. For some reason I was thinking Leinart started that Carolina game.
    *************************

    LOL Leinart starts a game you will see more pissed off people than ever

    WE all been wrong so dont trip….we all cant be RobertaMR…ya know he is always right

  • hwnrdr

    995.JLofty Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    “but Stopping Guards like Westbrook takes team Defense.”

    Too bad the Fakers don’t play ANY defense, team or otherwise….

    Hmmm….they played good D down the stretch. Best of teh year was against San Antonio!

  • inonewordraider

    way rather have a de or nt in the 2nd than tyrann, plenty of good one’s

    what position to you play tyrann, fs?

  • DMAC

    Phillip Thomas looks pretty good, but he did have a bad game against the Ducks.

    But what the hell do I know, thats the only film I saw of him today.

  • hwnrdr

    Sorry, I should say good enough!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    J Hill Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    Eff y’all non believers!!!!

    I’m rolling with the home grown youngins!

    Jones, Ross, and Chekwa are my guys!!!

    MUP
    **********************

    So a drafted FS isnt homegrown?

  • hwnrdr

    1018.DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    Phillip Thomas looks pretty good, but he did have a bad game against the Ducks.

    But what the hell do I know, thats the only film I saw of him today.

    Many players had a bad game against the Ducks though…I guess except Stanford

  • Follow the B@uceman

    If Lakers win tonight…I totally expect to be playing them in conf semis

  • lefty12

    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.

  • DMAC

    lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.
    ======

    W/ the sour cream and arroz con frijoles

  • hwnrdr

    1022.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    If Lakers win tonight…I totally expect to be playing them in conf semis

    Could happen! I can actually see seeds 5-8 moving on! Stranger things have happened!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    B,read about him the other night and agree he’d be perfect.He’s a ball hawk and he will lay people out.Hopes he lasts until rd 3 because I could see that.
    ****************

    Ya know Leftster what I’ve learned about the draft is when people drop it makes others drop….so Thomas at 66 would be ideal

    You know me….getting Star,Moore and Thomas is what the doctored ordered for this defense

  • hwnrdr

    If the A’s can play like how they play the Astros and the Angels all year, and it can happen…Watch out in October!

  • Just Fire Baby

    what position to you play tyrann, fs?

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

    Eric Metcalfe 2.0

  • lefty12

    As long as they don’t have to play Detroit.Just can’t beat ole man Leyland.

  • Gdog

    Dakota Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Okay Gdog, if Bryant has 16 sacks next year we will all say you were right lol.

    >>>>

    I bet you beers he gets more than 8!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.
    ======

    W/ the sour cream and arroz con frijoles
    **********************************

    We want everything from video games to pretty hoes mayne

    everything from fly fishing to badminton

    everything from surfin to skiing

    stay shhtting out and peeing in something european

  • DMAC

    lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    As long as they don’t have to play Detroit.Just can’t beat ole man Leyland.
    ======

    We weren’t full squad
    We’ll get em’ in D town

  • hwnrdr

    1029.lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    As long as they don’t have to play Detroit.Just can’t beat ole man Leyland.

    Detroit does have our number! I had a feeling that 12 inning game on Friday will do more bad than good!

  • lefty12

    Tyrann=kr,pr, able to play BU DB.I could see us grabbing him if he is still there in the 4th or later-not before.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tigers have no closer, and that will kill them in the end.

    Toughest 3 outs in baseball are the last 3.

  • SnBG

    I more concerned with who the Raiders take in the first 3 rounds than the rest. The players drafted in the later rounds usually don’t stay with the team or even make it onto the team.
    1st rnd Defense
    2nd rd OL Maybe a C and move Wiz back to LT
    3rd rnd Defense CB maybe
    4th rnd,,,,,,who cares

  • JLofty

    Eric Metcalfe 2.0

    LOL!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Lefty….detroit has had our number since 2006…but thats fine….you have to get over that hump somehow and in a 7 game series with us having homefield…I think we get them punks

  • DMAC

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.
    ======

    W/ the sour cream and arroz con frijoles
    **********************************

    We want everything from video games to pretty hoes mayne

    everything from fly fishing to badminton

    everything from surfin to skiing

    stay shhtting out and peeing in something european
    =======

    But can you sell an Eskimo ice at a high price and get him twice?

  • hwnrdr

    1035.Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    Tigers have no closer, and that will kill them in the end.

    Toughest 3 outs in baseball are the last 3.

    Agreed!

  • JLofty

    “I more concerned with who the Raiders take in the first 3 rounds than the rest. The players drafted in the later rounds usually don’t stay with the team or even make it onto the team.”

    Not in Reggie’s world…

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    Tigers have no closer, and that will kill them in the end.

    Toughest 3 outs in baseball are the last 3.
    **************************

    Once we beat them….if you get past the Braves or Cards…you can come get your behinds beat again like 89

  • Follow the B@uceman

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.
    ======

    W/ the sour cream and arroz con frijoles
    **********************************

    We want everything from video games to pretty hoes mayne

    everything from fly fishing to badminton

    everything from surfin to skiing

    stay shhtting out and peeing in something european
    =======

    But can you sell an Eskimo ice at a high price and get him twice?
    ****************************

    Doper than a bobby brown piss test

  • SnBG

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.

    DMAC Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    DMAC-phuck the playoffs,we want the whole enchilada.
    ======

    W/ the sour cream and arroz con frijoles
    **********************************

    We want everything from video games to pretty hoes mayne

    everything from fly fishing to badminton

    everything from surfin to skiing

    stay shhtting out and peeing in something european
    =======

    But can you sell an Eskimo ice at a high price and get him twice?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Just give me a fkg winning season

  • lefty12

    Hwnrdr-every damn year Detroit wins the season series no matter how good we are or bad they are.

  • Raidernationdave

    Because everyone knows you can’t find talent in the later rounds

    ++++++++++

    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    Gradually trading out of the first round sounds like a terrible idea to me. This team needs first round talent. Depth will come and go. You need to get elite players when you are in position to do so.

  • hwnrdr

    If A’s make it to the series, we all realized that the dirt of the infield will be there til November…
    Never cared, as long as the A’s are relevant again!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    SnBG Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    I more concerned with who the Raiders take in the first 3 rounds than the rest. The players drafted in the later rounds usually don’t stay with the team or even make it onto the team.
    1st rnd Defense
    2nd rd OL Maybe a C and move Wiz back to LT
    3rd rnd Defense CB maybe
    4th rnd,,,,,,who cares
    ******************************

    Been drinking today I see

  • hwnrdr

    1045.lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Hwnrdr-every damn year Detroit wins the season series no matter how good we are or bad they are.

    Leyland is a dam good coach!

  • Just Fire Baby

    you can come get your behinds beat again like 89

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

    HA!!!!

    We ain’t given up the belt man.

    Panda is going to log a .330/20/120 season and win MVP