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Raiders G.M. McKenzie outlines future plans

General manager Reggie McKenzie told the local media Thursday he saw the Raiders as “a different 4-12 team’’ in 2013, is looking forward to operating with a full draft and salary cap room and outlined some of his philosophies and ideas regarding the future.

Although an eight-game losing streak to close out the season gave the Raiders the won-loss record as 2012, McKenzie didn’t see it as the same product.

The running game was better, McKenzie said, and the team was more competitive, particularly early in the season. McKenzie conceded the defense was smaller, short on depth and wore down in November, having trouble on third down.

“But the overall play was better in 2013, if you’re comparing,’’ McKenzie said.

More items addressed by McKenzie in an approximately 45-minute press conference with media which covers the team regularly:

– An agreement was being finalized with special teams coordinator Bobby April, who joins defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and offensive line coach/assistant head coach Tony Sparano as returning assistants on the staff of coach Dennis Allen.

There was speculation the Raiders could lose key assistants because of owner Mark Davis’ reluctance to extend existing contracts.

– Areas which need improvement are everywhere.

“Biggest need? We have biggest needs, with an `s,’’ McKenzie said. “We’re going to attack it. I don’t care if it’s the waiver wire, an unrestricted guy, the trade, the draft, we’re going to upgrade this team in any way.’’

He included the position of quarterback, with Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, in that assessment. McKenzie cited Pryor’s inconsistency as an issue and while he liked McGloin’s ability to get the ball out quickly, said his decision-making down the stretch was a problem.

Asked specifically about the possibility of drafting Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, McKenzie said, “He’s a playmaker . . whether it’s him or any of these other guys, when you can add a playmaker to your team that’s what you’re shooting for.’’

However, McKenzie also said he wanted a veteran presence (currently that is Trent Edwards) at the position and ideally wouldn’t start a rookie at quarterback.

“You have to make sure you surround those young players with good football players, whether it’s weapons, protection from an offensive line standpoint, or the run game,’’ McKenzie said.

– McKenzie sounded as if key unrestricted free agents Lamarr Houston, Jared Veldheer, Charles Woodson and Rashad Jennings will all be pursued, and discussions are underway with the agents for all players.

Running back Darren McFadden looks destined to hit the open market.

“His agent has no idea what his market value will be and I couldn’t tell you what the other 31 teams think,’’ McKenzie said. “His agent is leaning toward trying to figure out what that is.’’

Although the franchise tag would be a possibility for Houston or Veldheer, McKenzie said, “I don’t really like to go there as an option. I’d like to negotiate a deal.’’

The Raiders have 17 unrestricted free agents in all.

– The Raiders’ approach to free agency with the possibility of being as much as $50 million under the salary cap.

“We’re going to do things that make sense,’’ McKenzie said. “Just because I have $5 in my pocket, that doesn’t mean I have to spend it all of it on junk. I don’t want to do that. We’re going to look at every player out there and decide whether he can help us,’’

– Thoughts relayed to him in postseason discussions with owner Mark Davis.

“He saw some progress in some areas, absolutely, but still, it’s the bottom-line, and like myself, Mark wants some better results.’’

– Why he stayed silent while the job status of Allen was an open debate as the season came to a close.

“I wasn’t going to add fuel to just to put out a fire that wasn’t there. I hate that stuff has to get thrown around,’’ McKenzie said.

McKenzie said he approached Allen late in the season to assuage his fears.

“I took it upon myself to just say, hey, man, all the stuff that’s out there, I don’t know where that’s coming from but just coach these guys, let’s get going,’’ McKenzie said.

– McKenzie’s first two drafts, which haven’t much immediate production, will be better assessed down the road.

“We’ll be better able to assess them in the next year to a year-and-a-half what they can do and who they truly are as players,’’ McKenzie said.

McKenzie cited injuries to cornerback DJ Hayden, tackle Menelik Watson and second-year player Miles Burris as impediments to instant progress.

– With so many late-round draft picks and undrafted players assuming starting roles, McKenzie conceded it illustrated the lack of overall talent on the 2013 roster.

“Definitely we lack some talent in some areas, no question,’’ McKenzie said. “We don’t have that go-to big hitter Calvin Johnson-type guy at receiver. Every position we’re going to try to upgrade. We’re fully aware of some of the places we’re lacking offensively and defensively.’’

– McKenzie echoed Allen’s goal to become a “top 12” or playoff team.

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  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    She had a stroke.
    Cancer too?

  • rifflicks

    you’re right….I knew it was really catastrophic and he sacrificed a lot to be with her any chance he could

  • Raider Rick

    Didnt mean it that way….meant we have no nasty deep soul evil men willing to do harm to another player for amusement……We have regular ol football players earnin a check ……LOVE GOD……

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Don’t condone hitting or slapping a woman even once. If it was once, I’m not going to hang the guy.

  • Twinkle

    And you put that hope on what? The meds he was on?Al did not tolerate disloyalty and chucky was the walking embodiment of the word waiting to happen…..well just behind Gannon that is.Watching Al watch either of em was a lesson in how to hold ones vomit imo.
    Al was a ho to winning for sure and I loved him for it.

  • Dakota

    It is never okay….especially punching a woman.

  • Raider Rick

    REAL Raider fans have no second team….Just sayin…..Bleed it or hit the road jack…..that is all…..carry on my friend

  • RaiderLen

    I didn’t know that. I don’t follow Cable and his behavior.

    If it’s true, then he’ll eventually have to deal with the fall out.

  • rudegruden

    Why do you have to keep sh*tting on Ad’s grave. We get it you hate him. STFU

  • Dakota

    Hopefully he gets help and never does it again….either way he is no good in my book.

  • RaiderLen

    It’s hard to find any footing of respect for men that hit women, unless it’s Roseanne Barr. lol

  • Dakota

    Maybe there are exceptions lol.

  • Twinkle

    Your choices being ‘Harbaugh I sucked as a bear just ask Mike’ or ‘Billiichuck it didn’t have any film in it really’ or bowlen with his hand down the back of donkey john’s trousers who’s hand is down the back of Fox’s trousers whose hand is down the back of Mannings trousers.I’d definitely go the bubbly pete route if some one was holding a gun to my head.

  • W.J

    I still haven’t quite gotten a bead on RM’s draftting MO. I say its between Manziel and Bortles. JM doesn’t seem to be RM’s style but MD might push to help fill seats. Bortles because he is semi out the box, the least likely pick between TB and JM. But I’m pretty sure we are going qb.

  • Dakota

    lol…even you can be funny sometimes…

  • Twinkle

    Sorry but previous to this post I merely suspected you were a yuppie. lol

  • Twinkle

    All of which are excellent to feed pigs with.Don’t do it with Jack though unless you need some more holes in you than you already have.

  • Twinkle

    And there was no excuse back then…they played indoors damnit.

  • Dakota
  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I do not want Denver to be able to say they have as many Super Bowl Championships as the Raiders and more Super Bowl appearances.

  • Dakota

    I want Denver to be destroyed by fire and plagues.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And then it got over you.

  • Twinkle

    The only hook AD would have anything to do with would be the one he hung on your ar*e if you or anyone else had the balls to ask that one to his face.Loyalty to him was everything I shouldn’t have to mention that extended not to his wife but from her outwards or more precisely from himself outwards.Cable crossed that line and is now johning up in Seattle.

  • Dakota

    Lakers v. Celtics…the battle for ping pong balls!

  • Twinkle

    He was devoted to her.You have some thing we don’t know about?

  • EDWARD TEACH

    Wow. Well, I certainly don’t disagree about the schedule. On paper it looks brutal. I guess I’m a little more optimistic, what with the opportunities regarding the draft and being able to participate at a higher level in free agency, but .500 would still surprise me. I hope we’re both wrong :)

  • Twinkle

    Wrong way to go about this young man
    I understand that a sh*t stirrer has to get his jollies by baiting folks but you might wanna avoid this one in future.I read your posts and like your quirky sense of humor but this is basically a no fly zone unless you bring the goods to light.Even then a lot will hate your guts just sayin.

  • Twinkle

    See how you are? lmfao.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Wiggins to LA with first pick in the draft. The fix is in.

  • HELLSBELLS

    What about the guy on Gilligans Island?

  • Twinkle

    Takes a lot of guts to out yourself on that one no?Especially with the unforgiving nature of many in here you know …like yourself for example.Gives the man a perspective of both sides of an ancient conundrum.One you’ll never have I guess.

  • Twinkle

    Persons using the services of professional ladies is in no way predatorial behavior.It is only in the mind of organized religious zealots that such judgement is passed on the worlds oldest profession.Said behavior is more often than not practiced on male pre teens by their male shamans in organized religion.

  • Twinkle

    And this is all god given fact right? I have a friend who has a perfectly (almost unused) good bridge for sale in the everglades …..quoting hearsay is redundant.Try again.

  • Twinkle

    You got that from where in the previous post.?

  • Twinkle

    No but they do learn from mistakes.The trick is to recognize a mistake when you make it thereby allowing the ability to correct to come into play.

  • PlunkforHOF

    lmao

  • Twinkle

    Dunno but they’re what 2 – 4 in Lombardi attempts.
    Look good on a road sign no?
    ‘Welcome to DenvLLLLer now go home’ sort of thing.

  • Dakota

    Hope so!

  • Chino

    Sorry bro, you got the wrong Jayhawk. Embiid to LA! Woot woot

  • PlunkforHOF

    Still waiting for the day when you respond positively to anyone about anything.

  • Twinkle

    He just bought up his love for Al …. that’ll do for me.

  • Dakota

    Who? I don’t watch college b-ball anymore.

  • r8ter4evr

    NFC and their defense will prevail against the HOFs

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    told you…teams dont just cut starting/franchise qbs, especially young ones.

    —–

    Bradford tore his left ACL on October 20 and underwent surgery eight weeks ago. He’s been throwing while sitting down on a stool recently. The Rams have said they remain committed to Bradford long-term, and there’s even been talk that they may want to sign him to an extension. St. Louis needs to find some offensive weapons for Bradford to throw to.

  • r8ter4evr

    Add Philly and Detroit reeeaaallll NICE NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Twinkle

    Don’t get a sore ar*e trying to ride both sides of that there fence too hard. You do realize that them there damsels are quite capable of lying out their wazoo in these matters of the heart do you not.?

  • Twinkle

    lmfao ….the one that’s about to shoot you in the head not withstanding I’ll bet.
    Waste my time elsewhere I do believe.

  • RaiderLen

    Oakland has every demographic. It is a violent City. Just what it is.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Vikings and in-limbo
    Browns OC Norv Turner “are close to a deal” that will make Turner the Vikings’ offensive coordinator.

    Multiple media outlets have seconded the report, while FOX
    Sports’ Alex Marvez adds that Norv’s son, Scott, will be named QBs coach. Scott worked with Norv in Cleveland as the Browns WRs coach. Norv’s hiring is a big one for the Vikings, but he’s thrust into another situation where there’s no quarterback in place. At least this time Norv has Adrian Peterson. Cordarrelle Patterson is also an interesting
    fit into Norv’s downfield, aggressive passing attack.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora mentions Jim Zorn and
    Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders as potential candidates for the Ravens’ offensive-coordinator vacancy.

    Both men have previous working experience with Joe Flacco. Zorn was the Ravens’ QBs coach in 2010 but was fired over philosophical differences with then-OC Cam Cameron. Flacco was legitimately angry about Zorn’s firing. Saunders served as an offensive consultant in Baltimore from 2009-2010. ESPN Ravens blogger Jamison Hensley calls Zorn the “intriguing candidate.”