It seems everyday there is another member of the Raiders organization doing the media circuit in an ongoing mission to silence the large amount of doubters and critics towards the team going into training camp. The biggest victims in this ongoing saga of Raiders doomsday prophecies are the quarterbacks.
The quarterbacks Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olsen have at their disposal have been ripped to part by the media so far this offseason. To be fair the Raiders four quarterbacks have a combined three NFL starts Matt Flynn (2 starts), Terrelle Pryor (1 start), and two rookies, Tyler Wilson and undrafted free agent Matt McGloin (who was actually the subject of positive reviews from camp). You can see where the media sees an easy target and not many are giving faith, even in Matt Flynn who is just one year off of being a coveted free agent in the media’s minds.
That terrible first day of Minicamp turned what was already an easy target into a full blown disaster. People at the camp said it was the worst day of practice by NFL quarterbacks ever (Well, besides for Jets practice everyday) and although things improved in the following two days, there is no impressing at minicamp with no pass rush, there is only making things look bad.
Reggie McKenzie says those people who are calling for an abysmal year for the Raiders passing attack are wrong, questioning their credentials as evaluators of talent.
“I don’t know about those great evaluators that were out there in the media but in my eyes they had a pretty good off-season, pretty good OTA’s, and they had some really good days,” McKenzie told Bay Area radio station, 95.7 The Game. “Everyone has a bad day, but as far as the development of Flynn, the development of Pryor, the development of Wilson, all these guys, they have gotten a ton better from day one to when they left last week.
McKenzie said the Raiders are working individually with each quarterback, trying to key in on their weaknesses to make them complete passers while focusing on highlighting their talents. “I like what the offensive coaches are doing with Pryor and they try to implement his plan. The way they’re throwing everything at Flynn and the rookie to try to see if he can pick it up… they all can throw the football and Pryor’s definitely working on his mechanics. So, it’s encouraging to see what this staff is doing with these guys and I’m kind of anxious to see them in training camp and how preseason rolls along.
“As far as the beat writers’ evaluations, I really don’t pay a whole lot of attention to that. Sorry about that, beat writers. If you were really good I’d probably get you in one of these scouting jobs.”
It could all be trying to sell snake oil to Raider Nation to keep people coming out to the Coliseum, but for now Reggie McKenzie is sticking to his guns and calling out the media. Can you even blame him?