Dennis Allen isn’t listening to all the hype out there about the Oakland Raiders. He doesn’t buy into the hubbub about this teams’ lack of veteran players, a first string quarterback, or a #1 receiver. Per his own statement, “I know there’s a lot of experts out there that might think differently, but I like this football team.”
When asked about mandatory mini-camp and how it went this past week, Allen said, “I thought this was a good camp. I thought we improved. I thought we got better. I like this football team. I like their mentality. I like where we’re at. I like the way they’re working.”
Allen should know how the team is doing, because he is on the front lines each and every day. It was Allen who opened the door to what new Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson is preaching, “Adaptability.” The Oakland Raiders offensive scheme is adapting to the players that are going to be on the field. The players don’t have to conform to an idea, because the idea is being built around them.
The football world doesn’t view the Raiders as contenders this year, but Coach Allen disagrees with that assessment. Much focus has been on the Raiders 2012 record of 4-12. A lot of experts believe that the Raiders don’t stand a chance in the AFC West, because Denver and Kansas City are making moves to be the power house. Coach Allen is just fine with the underdog role.
It’s too early to make any logical assessments of this team. No games have been played. Training Camp and Pre-Season are just around the corner, but no one can predict the future of any football club. We all like to speculate as to who will be in the playoffs and Super Bowl, but we won’t know the answer to that question until January of 2014.
Ask Raider Nation how the Oakland Raiders will fare in 2013, and most of us will tell you that the team is going to the Super Bowl. All fans want their team to be in the next Super Bowl. Why wouldn’t Raider Nation want ours to be there as well, don’t we deserve it? Ask Coach Allen what he thinks of his team and he simply says, “I like this team.”