On Tuesday, the Raiders lost a player on their practice squad to the Tennessee Titans, who claimed and added him to their active roster. The player already had been cut twice by Oakland this season, so really, no big deal, right? Well, the player was rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson, the Raiders' fourth-round pick this season. And the move underscored what's been a disastrous year of quarterback evaluation, play and development for Oakland. After trading starter Carson Palmer, the Raiders have cut two of their four quarterbacks - at a cost of nearly $7 million - from training camp, benched eight-game starter Terrelle Pryor and turned to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. In a weird turn of a phrase, 4-10 head coach Dennis Allen gave general manager Reggie McKenzie a vote of confidence on Monday. "Hey, listen, sometimes things don't work out," Allen said. "Sometimes mistakes are made. But I don't think that's ... listen, I'm confident in Reggie McKenzie and the personnel staff in being able to evaluate football players, quarterbacks, offensive linemen, defensive linemen. I'm very confident in his ability to do that, I'm very confident in our ability as a coaching staff to ... do that." He said that before the Titans claimed Wilson, which he and McKenzie can only hope doesn't come back to bite them. They're fairly certain it won't, because the Raiders cut Wilson a second time Nov. 27 before re-signing him to the practice squad. Wilson, the highest-drafted player cut this year, didn't pick up the offense in training camp. But the fact that they brought him back and decided to cut him again three months later reflects poorly on the coaching staff as well as him. Allen said Monday the Raiders "are not in the blame game," which is good because there is a lot to go around: First, the Raiders traded Palmer to Arizona for a low draft pick after Palmer was open to restructuring his contract, but not with no guaranteed money. (Palmer has led the Cardinals to a 9-5 record.) Then McKenzie traded a pick for Matt Flynn, whom he was familiar with from their days together in Green Bay. Flynn had a rocky preseason, blaming his weak throws on a sore arm and then losing his confidence and the starting job in a sea of sacks and interceptions.
QB remains Raiders' unsolved mystery
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 18