Dennis Allen knows how to get the most out of a veteran defender in the final years of his NFL career. Allen was able to get what was left in Darren Sharper’s tank during his time in New Orleans. That effort resulted in season that concluded with a Super Bowl victory with Sharper playing the role of opportunistic defender. Now Allen’s experience with Sharper has prepared him for dealing with Richard Seymour.
“I’ve been through that process before with Darren Sharper in New Orleans, a guy that was a little bit long in the tooth, so we had to take care of him. We had to manage him. It’s not unlike any other situation I’ve dealt with.”
Trusting his veteran defensive lineman to be prepared for the season Allen has all but shutdown Seymour for the rest of the preseason. It seems unlikely Seymour will play in Seattle on Thursday. In fact at this point it doesn’t make much sense to risk Seymour’s ailing knee before the Monday Night opener.
Well…we should first backup and clarify the situation with Seymour’s knee.
According to reports the soon-to-be 33-year-old defender has a touch of arthritis. According to Seymour he’s just a vet that needs some time to rest and recover. Allen has said differently himself but either way he’s not concerned with the situation affecting Seymour’s performance once the curtain goes up.
“I don’t think this is a situation where we have to carry somebody extra because of his situation. It’s just something we’ll have to manage as we go throughout the season.”
By now we all know that if Seymour’s right then he’ll be good to go once the games count. We also know that he’s been slowed by general wear and tear that comes with a decade plus of service in the NFL trenches. But hey, if Allen can do for Seymour and the Raiders what he did for Sharper and the Saints then we won’t have to worry about Seymour doing much on those knees come February. He can just ride through the Bay as part of the Super Bowl parade. Maybe I’m getting a little too carried away though. Let’s just focus on getting through Thursday healthy for now.