Here is what Dennis Allen had to say about the Raiders 19-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday:
From the Raiders official website:
On the game:
Just to start off, updates on the injuries – Tyvon Branch injured his ankle. That looks to be a significant injury. We’ll find out more later. And then Lucas Nix injures his ankle also so that doesn’t seem to be as significant, but we’ll see how that goes. As far as the game is concerned, listen, I’m excited and happy we won the football game. I thought we did do some good things in the game. I thought we were able to run the ball very efficiently on offense and we were able to move the football. I thought defensively we were able to hold them from being able to run the football and I thought we did some good things in pass coverage. We were able to get after the quarterback a little bit, especially as the game went on. So there was obviously some things we did in the game. There’s a lot of things we have to get cleaned up. Overall, I thought it was sloppy. I don’t think it was up to the standard that we want and there’s a lot of things we have to continue to work on to continue to get better at and improve on. With that being said, I’m excited about the fact that we won the football game and we’ll go in and make the corrections tomorrow. I’ll open it up to questions.
On scoring on the first possession: I thought that was huge. I think our defense going out there and stepping up and forcing a three-and-out on the first series of the game and then we come back and get the punt return that set us up in good field position. And then for our offense to go right down the field and convert that into points, I think that was a big momentum builder, a big confidence builder, for our football team. That’s something that we talk a lot about is trying to start fast and we were able to do that today.
On RB Darren McFadden:
I think Darren had a good day with the exception of the fumble there at the end of the game; that’s something that can’t happen. He knows that. But I thought he was able to run the ball effectively. I believe he had three runs of over 20 yards and that’s the way the running game operates. You’re going to get a lot of two, three, four-yard runs and then you’re going to be able to pop one. That’s what we were able to do today and we had a couple opportunities to get him on the safety and we had some been gainers.
On QB Terrelle Pryor protecting the ball:
I think he did protect the ball, which was a positive. I think, I’ll have to go back and look at the tape as far as exactly how his decision making was, but listen, that’s always going to be a key for us is to make sure we protect the football and make sure we don’t turn the ball over. We only had one in the game and that came at the very end of the game, so our ability to protect the football as the game goes on is critical to our success.
On the defense: I think every week the game is going to play out differently every week. I think you go into a game and you kind of have an idea of what you think the game might go like and then you have to be able to adjust as the game goes on. I thought our coaches did a nice job of executing the game plan, putting the right game plan in, putting our players in position to have some success and I thought the players overall did a good job of executing the game plan.
On FS Charles Woodson touchdown-saving tackle:
Huge. When you get down in the red zone, it’s all about making them kick field goals and your ability to score touchdowns so I think we were 1-for-2 on defense making them have to kick field goals. And Charles made an exceptional play right there. I think any time you see a guy like Charles Woodson play as long as he has in the league and play with the level he’s played for him to make an effort play like that really gives the whole team, and the defense in particular, a lot of momentum. I thought it was a great play. We were able to hold them to a field goal. We were able to keep the game, for most of the game, we were able to keep it as a two-score game, which I thought was critical.
On importance of Pryor getting a win: I think it’s huge to get a win. But not just him. This football team needed to win a football game. So that does a lot for the confidence of this football team. Now we have to build on it. Each individual has to build on it. I think any time you win in this league, it’s all about building the confidence for your football team.
On concerns with the offense: We have to convert third downs. Again, I thought third downs wasn’t good enough. Offensively, we have to be able to convert third downs so we can keep drives alive and keep the chains moving. Obviously, red zone offense, we have to be able to score touchdowns when we get an opportunity to get down there. I believe we were down there five times in the game today and we were only able to get one touchdown out of that. So we have to be better there in the red zone. Then obviously defensively, with exception of third down, I thought we played well.
Listen, everything we do with Terrelle is a growing process. That’s what you deal with, with young players. He happens to play a position that there’s a lot of learning that’s involved. Every play that he plays, every snap he takes, is a learning experience for him. There were some good things he did in the game. There’s some things we need to work on, but that’s part of football. That’s what we have to do.
On when Nix hurt his ankle: I’m not sure exactly when he hurt the ankle, but obviously, with some of the struggles, we decided to get him out of the game, so we went that direction.
On kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns: Listen, when you’re playing good defense, taking the points, that’s what you need to do. You need to take the points, but it was frustrating that we weren’t able to get touchdowns. That’s what our goal is to be every week is to get down there and when we get there, we need to score touchdowns. So yeah, that was disappointing, but obviously, I thought our defense was playing well, so to take the three points in those situations and keep the game at least to a two-score game was, I thought, the key to winning that game.
On beating a team people will say ‘isn’t very good:’ Listen, we won a football game and that’s all we can go out and try to do on a week-in and week-out basis. So I was proud of our football team for winning the game.
On 9.0 sacks in two games: I think it’s just a combination of rush and coverage. I think there’s some times where we do a pretty nice job in coverage and give our guys an opportunity to get to the quarterback. We try to be multiple and send several different guys in different directions and then I think our rush has continued to improve. I think guys have continued to get better at rushing the quarterback.
On S Usama Young:
He brings some experience in the defense, some versatility. He’s a guy I have a lot of knowledge of and a lot of experience with. We said from the very beginning that we felt good about our safety position, that we had some depth there. We had some guys that could play safety in the National Football League. So, anytime you have a guy that goes down, you have to some other guys step up and I thought he did a nice job of stepping up today, as well as Brandian Ross today.