ALAMEDA -- Running back Darren McFadden is a big part of the Raiders plans moving forward in 2013, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday.
McKenzie, meeting with beat writers for the first time since Nov. 30, brushed aside the notion that McFadden could be moved entering the final season of his contract following a disappointing year.
"I'm confident Darren's going to play his last season, regardless of what's out there," McKenzie said. "We have no decision to do anything with Darren."
McFadden gained 707 yards on 216 carries, averaging 3.3 yards per attempt, as the Raiders dropped to 28th in rushing after gaining more yards on the ground than any team in the NFL in 2010 and 2011.
Oakland Raiders' Darren McFadden (20) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff)
switched to a zone blocking system under recently-fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp after playing more gap and power power schemes under Hue Jackson.
While McKenzie said execution was more of an issue than scheme, he also said, "It's obvious Darren is much better on certain types of plays. That goes without saying. That's how you've got to do it."
McKenzie said coach Dennis Allen was closing in on hiring a new offensive coordinator, although he declined to give a time line. The Raiders have talked with former Rams head coach Mike Martz and McKenzie confirmed speaking with Norv Turner and Marc Trestman, both of whom now have other jobs.
Former Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Greg Olson has been a reported candidate.
Raiders also will hire a special teams coordinator, a linebackers coach and an offensive line coach.
The staff leaves for the Senior Bowl Saturday, where they'll coach the North team, with practices starting Monday.
Looks like mcfadden wont be moved. He's in a contract year so thats probably why as well. Well I hope mcfadden stays healthy and makes me take crow in my mouth, ears, nose, ***, and urethra. I hope it does happen, but the raiders and hope haven't been nice to each other for a long *** time.