Things gleaned in Orlando on the eve of the owners' meetings
March 24, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
ORLANDO -- Dispatches from the NFL's annual meeting in the land of Mickey Mouse.....
• In the wake of Oakland's trade for Matt Schaub on Friday, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he wouldn't rule out taking a quarterback with the team's No. 5 overall pick in the draft. But I'm here to tell you, the Raiders aren't taking a quarterback in that slot. Not when Allen and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie both realize the stakes this year: It's time for the Raiders to show significant improvement, or else.
Do the following comments sound like a head coach ready to invest his future employment in the development of a rookie starter at quarterback?
"I think the first piece of the puzzle, the first thing we wanted to try was to get the quarterback situation [settled],'' Allen said Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Orlando Great Lakes, where the league is holding its three-plus day owners meeting this week. "We feel like we've been able to do that. Any time you're settled at that position, it gives everybody a sense of confidence, coaches, players, fans, everybody has a sense of direction of where we're going.''