December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs for a short gain during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Notes: McFadden Will Not Be Moved, New OC Hiring Shortly, etc.

Oakland Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie had a meeting with a few local reporters on Thursday, and released some information on a few topics:

McFadden Will Remain a Raider

“We have no decision to do anything with Darren,” McKenzie said. 

McFadden rushed for just 707 total yards in 12 games, averaging 3.3 yards per carry under offensive coordinator Greg Knapp’s zone-blocking scheme system.

Knapp was fired last month, but McFadden will stay a Raider for the final year of his rookie contract in 2013.

McKenzie admitted that the new scheme did not suit McFadden well:

When you talk about a scheme, he’s not a lateral mover. He’s not one of those guys. As soon as he can go north and south, that’s when he’s at his best.

New Offensive Coordinator?

This may not be a question mark for long. McKenzie said that head coach Dennis Allen is closing in on hiring an offensive coordinator to replace Knapp.

He revealed that the Raiders had spoken to Norv Turner and Marc Trestman about the position, but both of them have signed with other teams.

Other Notes

  • McKenzie hinted that it would be difficult to release Rolando McClain due to the salary cap.
  • He was encouraged by Terelle Pryor’s performance during the last game of the season.
  • Carson Palmer is recovering fine from his cracked ribs and bruised lung.
  • Right guard Mike Brisiel, right tackle Khalif Barnes, and Miles Burris all had surgeries on their respective injuries.
  • For all you 49er fans: McKenzie picked Tom Brady and the Patriots to win the Superbowl.


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