McKen­zie gives his 411 on team’s 4-5 record

GM ad­dresses range of is­sues on Raiders’ start, rest of sea­son

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - RAIDERS By Jer­ryMcDon­ald jm­c­don­ald@ ba­yare­anews­group.com

ALAMEDA » Raiders gen­eral man­ager Reg­gie McKen­zie is look­ing ahead to the next seven games, but the NFL’s 2016 ex­ec­u­tive of the year agreed to an­swer ques­tions from lo­cal me­dia Thurs­day about a 4-5 start that has his club on the verge of play­off ex­tinc­tion.

” We’d like to be more in the win col­umn for sure,” McKen­zie said. “But our record is what it is, and our play is what it is. So we’ll focus on get­ting bet­ter and win­ning and win­ning the next game. That’s where we are right now.”

Here are some is­sues McKen­zie touched on: TRAIN­ING- CAMP DIS­TRAC­TIONS PLAYEDROLEINEARLYSTRUGGLES » “As far as the hoopla of what was said and done dur­ing train­ing camp, that’s what train­ing camp is about. You fight through all that stuff. By the end of train­ing camp, we were fine. Don­ald (Penn) came in and got right in, and we didn’t miss any games with him. That’s no ex­cuse on the record if that’s what your al­lud­ing to.” GAREON CON­LEY’S PLAY­ING STA

TUS » “We’ll see what’s hap­pen­ing af­ter when we come back from the week­end and see if we can do any­thing early in the­week, andwe’ll­make our de­ter­mi­na­tion from there. It’s just peo­ple’s bod­ies are dif­fer­ent, when you have those type in­juries (Con­ley has a shin in­jury), you wait and see if it can heal and feel bet­ter and good enough to play. He was feeling bet­ter, then he had a set­back. If he can’t go, then he can’t go, and we’re go­ing to have to move on. But we’re go­ing to give him ev-

ery op­por­tu­nity to see if he can do it.”

MAR­SHAWN LYNCH’S SUS­PEN­SION »

“Mar­shawn knows what he can and can’t do. And his mind­set was to get out there and felt like he had to do some­thing. That’s the way he took it. Did I talk to him? Yeah, I talked to him, and he un­der­stands the whole is­sue. It’s a non-is­sue mov­ing for­ward.”

NAVORRO BOW­MAN’S FU­TURE WITH TEAM »

“He could. Any time you come two years off an in­jury you’re al­ways go­ing to be bet­ter the next year. So that’s not go­ing to be a de­ter­rent. He can still play.”

OF­FEN­SIVE- AND DE­FEN­SIVE- LINE PLAY »

“We’re work­ing on that. If I could put a fin­ger on it, I’m sure those guys would have al­ready done it, coaches and play­ers, that’s some­thing we’re try­ing to im­prove, and that’s just the way it is. You’re work­ing your pass­ing game and your run­ning game and mak­ing it flow, and we just got to get it all to­gether. And we will.”

SE­BAS­TIAN JANIKOWSKI’S HEALTH »

“You don’t have to rush him back, that’s for sure. (Janikowski is on IR with a back in­jury.) Gior­gio’s ( Tavec­chio) done a great job. He’s re­ally stepped up to the plate and has been kick­ing well. The need to bring an­other guy in here is not there, but Se­abass is mov­ing for­ward with his progress, and I think he will be ready to roll here shortly if needed. Now, right now, there’s no need to rush any­thing.”

HAS DEREK CARR BEEN AF­FECTED BY CON­TRACT? »

“That’s some­thing you’d have to ask Derek, but I don’t think so. I don’t think Derek is let­ting his con­tract fac­tor into the way he plays.”

HIS AS­SESS­MENT OF OF­FEN­SIVE CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR TODD DOWN­ING »

“I’m not go­ing to sit here and eval­u­ate co­or­di­na­tors. But it’s obvi- ous we need to get bet­ter of­fen­sively and score some points and move the foot­ball and help the de­fense out. We have to con­tinue to work to­gether in ev­ery facet of our game, start­ing ver­sus New Eng­land.”

THE LACK OF OF­FEN­SIVE PRO­DUC­TION »

“It’s ob­vi­ous that some of the games that we lost we were not able to put up some points. We def­i­nitely need to get bet­ter there and find a way. We have some guys we feel like can get that thing done and that’s what they’re work­ing on. We’ll get it done. We just have to be con­sis­tent in the way our ap­proach is.”

LAST OFF­SEA­SON’S AP­PROACH TO DE­FENSE »

“I think the bot­tom line is try­ing to get the best play­ers to help your team at that point. You have enough money to sign cer­tain guys. By the time we got the op­por­tu­nity to sign some of those guys on of­fense, we went af­ter it. We felt like those guys were bet­ter than the play­ers we were go­ing af­ter on de­fense. More im­pact­ful. We just could not do it on de­fense. We tried to ad­dress that in the draft.”

GET­TING KHALIL MACK SIGNEDTOLONG-TERMDEAL

» “Yes, I do. Hope­fully his agent feels the same way.”

LAURA A. ODA — STAFF AR­CHIVES

Raiders gen­eral man­ager Reg­gie McKen­zie, shown in an April news con­fer­ence, touched on a va­ri­ety of is­sues Thurs­day dur­ing a chat with re­porters about his 4-5team.

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