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Gruden on McKenzie

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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  • Follow the B@uceman

    Hwnrdr Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    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!
    *******************

    Dirt Infield= 2000-2002….how were those years?

    Dont worry Hwnrdr…..plan to celebrate and I will get A’s playoff tix this time

  • SnBG

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    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.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    I don’t mind trading down if you stay high in the 1rst. No later than 10. Az – Jets works OK for me

  • hwnrdr

    1051.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    Hwnrdr Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    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!
    *******************

    Dirt Infield= 2000-2002….how were those years?

    Dont worry Hwnrdr…..plan to celebrate and I will get A’s playoff tix this time

    That will be good!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    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
    **************************

    At Golden Corral maybe he can put up those numbers

    MVP= Coco Crisp or La Potencia!….remember yalll got away without seeing them last summer

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Raiders worked out Arkansas State saftey DON JONES.. this prospect getting alot of buzz.. working out for packers, Ravens , Patriots etc

  • lefty12

    Hwnrdr Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    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!
    ================================
    The 70 Raiders didn’t care either.In fact they used to use it to their advantage.In those days it was just win,not just whine.

  • hwnrdr

    1056.lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    Hwnrdr Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    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!
    ================================
    The 70 Raiders didn’t care either.In fact they used to use it to their advantage.In those days it was just win,not just whine.

    Yup, I always seen it as home field advantage!

  • SnBG

    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    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
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    Si, Coronas y limon mi amigo

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    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
    =======

    I wouldn’t mind slapping around our lil step brother AGAIN

  • rediaR

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    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.
    ————————–
    It is rare to find elite talent in later rounds. It’s rare to even find solid starters in the later rounds. Almost every year there are elite players taken in the top 5. I’d rather roll the dice on an elite player while we have the opportunity. You can get depth in FA and later rounds. You still need starters that can make an impact.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I like Cespedes, great ballplayer (not digging the big 52 chain though).

    Coco Crisp? Pfftt……Noodle-armed, bejeweled weenie

  • SnBG

    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    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.
    ————————–
    It is rare to find elite talent in later rounds. It’s rare to even find solid starters in the later rounds. Almost every year there are elite players taken in the top 5. I’d rather roll the dice on an elite player while we have the opportunity. You can get depth in FA and later rounds. You still need starters that can make an impact.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Okie Dokie, Star at 3 for me

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I like Cespedes, great ballplayer (not digging the big 52 chain though).

    Coco Crisp? Pfftt……Noodle-armed, bejeweled weenie
    =======

    Don’t need a great arm for Center
    Range is what matter most and he’s def. got that

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Brahs, hope you’re all set for Laker Superstar Victory Adventure tonight, the Purple & Gold takin’ center stage

    Again, holla

    Tonight we grab that 7th seed and coast all the way to the Finals

    By then, Dwight will be bringin’ his sick Superman Flow and Pau will be cookin’ up some defensive paella

    Mack Daddy Nash will be back dishin’ dimes, all the way to our next ring, even with that silly haircut

    Awwwww yeah, you KNOW the ring DO mean a thing

    WICKED FRESH FUNKIFIED LAKER FLAVA

  • Just Fire Baby

    There was only one guy who made the Pro Bowl after we picked Bergstrom, and that was a kicker.

    I couldn’t even tell you who was the best player from the 5th round last year, because I never heard of most of them.

    Marvin Jones I guess?

  • DMAC

    Keenan Allen would be dope in the Silver & Black, but I’m done w/ young receivers on this team.
    Dudes need to step their schit up!

  • DMAC

    Later peoples!

    Go A’s!
    Go Dubs!
    Go Cal Bears!
    Go Raiders!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Don’t need a great arm for Center

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

    LOL….OK

    When you start playing real baseball teams from the NL, not your AL beer-league teams, and guys are tagging up on can of corn flys, get back to me.

  • Raider_D

    rediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    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.
    ————————–
    It is rare to find elite talent in later rounds. It’s rare to even find solid starters in the later rounds. Almost every year there are elite players taken in the top 5. I’d rather roll the dice on an elite player while we have the opportunity. You can get depth in FA and later rounds. You still need starters that can make an impact.

    ————————–

    One trade back would really be as far as I’d like to see them go and hopefully we stay in the top 10 and someone like star slides.

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Don’t need a great arm for Center

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

    LOL….OK

    When you start playing real baseball teams from the NL, not your AL beer-league teams, and guys are tagging up on can of corn flys, get back to me.
    ========

    We cannons at our corners

  • DMAC

    have

  • Just Fire Baby

    We cannons at our corners

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

    Reddick is one of my fav defensive outfielders to watch.

    Him, Adam Jones, Bryce Harper on my short list.

  • hwnrdr

    I like your enthusiasm but … without Kobe…if they make it to the WCF, I’ll be very impressed and very much liking our future!

  • hwnrdr

    With that note…peace out Nation!!!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    The King of Keyboard..

    The Titan of Type..

    The Greatest blogger in this blog’s history..

    Fellow Nation members, and even you trolls, it’s a great day to be alive..

    Im thankful.

  • Raidernationdave

    Recently (the last 10 years) the draft has been a huge gamble for the Raiders…wasted picks on useless talent. RM needs to step back, trade down (15th or later) get a few extra picks and draft for need, not the best athlete. Will be fine in a few years

    +++++++++++++++

    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    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.
    ————————–
    It is rare to find elite talent in later rounds. It’s rare to even find solid starters in the later rounds. Almost every year there are elite players taken in the top 5. I’d rather roll the dice on an elite player while we have the opportunity. You can get depth in FA and later rounds. You still need starters that can make an impact.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Glad to hear Reggie is working on trading back. nothing will be final till draft day though.. But great possibility he gets what he is looking for

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Yo, the Certified Platinum Posse (my all star production team) just notified the Dawg that the Lakers are making special preparations for Playoff Victory

    That includes exciting passing, shooting, defensive, offense and fast break styles of professional basketball

    Please pour yourself a Cup O Noodles and take massive large dump in diaper before tip off

    Shao Shun Moa Fung Goo

  • raiderdavenv

    Randy Hansen Trial-LOL jury things we are thugs, gang members and convicts..
    At that point, Mitchell told jurors, Hanson abruptly hit Kelsey in the nose with a bottle.“The defendant got drunk, the defendant got mad” and attacked, Mitchell said.Funke-Bilu opted to delay his opening statement. But earlier, during a break in the jury selection, he suggested that the fight was related to Raiders fans who were upset with Hanson.Not wanting to reveal his defense strategy, Funke-Bilu did not elaborate.During jury selection, he wanted to ask jurors whether they were Raiders fans. But Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Duffy said he could only ask jurors whether they had strong feelings about the Raiders as the feelings related to Hanson.Previously, some prospective jurors said during jury selection that they felt Raiders fans were thugs, gang members and convicts. In 2009, Hanson was involved in a scuffle with Raiders head coach Tom Cable. Hanson said Cable threw him from a chair and into a piece of furniture, breaking his jaw.

    Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/04/16/2472983/raiders-at-center-of-defense-in.html#storylink=cpy

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hanson said Cable threw him from a chair and into a piece of furniture, breaking his jaw

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

    Awesome-ness

  • Raidernationdave

    Another thing to consider is cap space…the Raiders have some room, but not #3 room. Trade that pick away to suckers and load up on picks…give RM enough chances and he’s bound to find something breathing and ready to play.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Robert Gallery was a safe pick

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I think cap space plays %0.00000000001 in any decision to trade back.

  • SnBG

    SnBG Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    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
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    I don’t see any problem with this

  • lefty12

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    I think cap space plays %0.00000000001 in any decision to trade back.
    =====================
    Not even that much.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Brahs, just got a call from my girlfriend Chantal who’s bringing a few friends over tonight for the Lake Show penthouse party

    Guess they’re super horny and ready to make a serious move on my weiner and testiculars

    Hopefully none of these ho’s block my view when they’re bobbing up and down

    I’d invite one of your blog dorks, but you’d probably ruin it for the Lawg. All 14.5 inches of his majesty’s endowment

    WHUT WHUT N THE BUTT

  • Raidernationdave

    Of course it does. It plays huge in considering another first round bust getting top 10 money though.

    +++++++++++

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    I think cap space plays %0.00000000001 in any decision to trade back.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    Of course it does. It plays huge in considering another first round bust getting top 10 money though.

    +++++++++++

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    I think cap space plays %0.00000000001 in any decision to trade back.

    —-

    Not in the new CBA.

  • SnBG

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    I think cap space plays %0.00000000001 in any decision to trade back.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Yes it does

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    My girlfriend Chantal just sent me link to her friend’s Facebook pages and … like, HELLA DANG

    These babes/hizzies are OFF THE CHIZZY

    Might have to unzip the Lawg for a pre-party beat down

    Often time like to get the ‘ol boy warmed up for an evening perfomance, shout out to Drake

    MO FRESH FLAVA

  • Just Fire Baby

    Not saying it factors much, but if Reggie really wants a guy he is pretty sure will be there at #7 as opposed to #3, you trade back, save cap space, and get whatever the hell you can in a trade down.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    Not saying it factors much, but if Reggie really wants a guy he is pretty sure will be there at #7 as opposed to #3, you trade back, save cap space, and get whatever the hell you can in a trade down.

    —-

    Cap space has nothing to do with that decision in my opinion.

    If you want a guy and you’re pretty sure he will be there @7, the tradeback is done to acquire more picks.

    Cap space means nothing.

    If it did, then it would factor in trading up for someone later in the draft. It doesnt.

  • rediaR

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    Recently (the last 10 years) the draft has been a huge gamble for the Raiders…wasted picks on useless talent. RM needs to step back, trade down (15th or later) get a few extra picks and draft for need, not the best athlete. Will be fine in a few years
    —————————-
    Al made some terrible picks. He’s not picking anymore though. Move on and trust the new guy to find elite talent. Settling for later picks (who have a higher bust rate) is not better than trying to get good players.

  • lefty12

    I’d say you trade back to get more picks,not necessarily to save cap space.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Cap space means nothing.

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

    It does mean something, just not a lot.

    We are lifting up cushions and pinching pennies man, going down 4-5 spots saves millions of dollars.

    Don’t poo-poo that.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Sweet, just finished beating down the Lawg (all 14.5 inches) and now enjoying a refreshing Daiquiri

    Great news is that the Lawg is limber, loosened up and ready to perform tantric-style intercourse on 3 or more hizzies tonight

    Probably do a little yoga in the living room then watch some HGTV

  • Relentless

    Yea screw the cap space, Reggie wants more picks. And at this moment we need all the picks we can get. We can get a star in the 10-15 picks in the first rd.

  • lefty12

    Trading back and picking up 2nd or 3rd round picks is much different than picking up 5th and 6th rd picks.2nd and 3rd rounders can be projected as starters.

  • Raidernationdave

    Opinions are like buttholes…RM knows the Raiders don’t have room for gambles and that is what this team can not afford the luxury of another failed 1st rounder.

    +++++++++++++

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    Not saying it factors much, but if Reggie really wants a guy he is pretty sure will be there at #7 as opposed to #3, you trade back, save cap space, and get whatever the hell you can in a trade down.

    —-

    Cap space has nothing to do with that decision in my opinion.

    If you want a guy and you’re pretty sure he will be there @7, the tradeback is done to acquire more picks.

    Cap space means nothing.

    If it did, then it would factor in trading up for someone later in the draft. It doesnt.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Trading back and picking up 2nd or 3rd round picks is much different than picking up 5th and 6th rd picks.

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

    Exactly.

    So when you see teams trade down a spot or two and get a 5th rounder, what do you think they value more, that 5th round pick, or the couple million bucks they saved?