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Oakland Raiders: Dennis Allen Tuesday press conference

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen (right) and line judge Tom Stephan (68) during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Allen took a seat in front of the media on Tuesday in the aftermath of Oakland’s Monday Night Football loss to the Denver Broncos. Allen took the time to address the injury statuses of Terrelle Pryor and Tracy Porter as well as the status of David Ausberry who recently was placed on the IR.

Here is the transcript of Tuesday’s press conference from the Raiders official website

Opening Statement: Okay, really not much to update as far as the injuries are concerned; Terrelle Pryor has a concussion; Tracy Porter with a concussion also, and Jamize Olawale is getting an MRI on his ankle. That’s really all the injury updates I have for you, other than your normal bumps and bruises after a game. Just going back and looking at the tape, talking about last night’s game, obviously we played a good football team on Monday night in their place. They played extremely well; we didn’t play as well as we think we are capable of playing. There are a lot of things that we’ve got to get cleaned up and get corrected to get ready for this week against Washington. It’s one game; we can’t dwell on it; we’ve got to move on and get ready for Washington. I think when you look at the game, I think they controlled the line of scrimmage. We weren’t able to run the ball like we wanted to run the ball. We didn’t stop the run like we need to be able to stop the run; we’ve got to get better in that area. I thought a critical stretch in the game was with a little under six minutes to go in the second quarter, we hit Dmoe [Denarius Moore] on a 73-yard touchdown pass; they came right back and were able to respond. After that we went three and out and then they got another field goal and really kind of put the game out of reach. The disappointing thing in the game was that every time I felt like we got some momentum going, we made a few plays, every time we scored, we allowed them to answer right back, and that’s something that we’ve got to get better at. When we have the momentum we’ve got to find ways to continue that. So, I don’t think we played as well as we’re capable of playing. We’ve got a lot of improvement that we’ve got to get done on a short week getting ready for Washington.

Q: What is the cutoff for Pryor if he can’t practice tomorrow, if he isn’t cleared? Can he miss that day and still be the guy?

Coach Allen: Yeah, I think we’ll look at it. He’s got to go through the protocol. So, we’ll look at how he’s doing tomorrow; we’ll see whether or not he’s able to go or not, and then we’ll see as the week goes on and make a determination on what we can do.

Q: Because of all the protocol do you have to go through the week as if [Matt] Flynn’s your guy?

Coach Allen: I think we’ve got to be prepared for any option. Obviously if Terrelle’s not able to go, Matt Flynn will be the guy. So I think we’ve got to be prepared for either scenario.

Q: Does that complicate things in terms of prep because you have two different styles of quarterbacks and Greg [Olson] may use different sections of his playbook for different guys?

Coach Allen: Yeah, obviously it’s a little bit of a challenge, but that’s where we’re at and that’s what we’ve got to get ready to do. So we’ve got to have a game plan that if Terrelle’s able to go, that he can go in and execute and give us a chance to win, and if not we’ve got to have something in there that gives Matt Flynn a chance to win and have success. So, that’ll be something that we’ll have to work extremely hard on this week to get a good game plan for either scenario.

Q: There’s a lot of overlap between the two of them [Pryor and Flynn] what they can do within your base offense, right?

Coach Allen: Oh yeah, there’s a ton of overlap. I mean, listen, we haven’t just thrown out the offensive system and changed it. We’ve added some plays that we feel like lends itself to Terrelle’s skill set, but we still have a lot of the same concepts and a lot of the same things that we can do with either quarterback.

Q: He [Pryor] stayed in for two plays after the hit; what went on? Was it just something where it was lingering or was it something else?

Coach Allen: Obviously he took a good shot. They were reviewing the play. Terrelle came over. We were talking about the next play; he didn’t show any signs of any concussion or anything like that. We put him back in the game, and then when he came back over to the sideline that’s when our medical people took a look at him and decided that we needed to send him into the locker room for further evaluation. Football is a tough sport and there’s going to be collisions and you try and make sure you do everything you can to take into account players safety. I think our medical people followed the protocol that’s set forth by the NFL. They followed it exactly how it’s supposed to be followed, and when we determined that he [Pryor] had a concussion we got him out of the game.

Q: What did you think of the hit, legal?

Coach Allen: Yeah, I didn’t see anything wrong with the hit. I mean it was in the tackle box, so we’ll see whether or not that’s the lining up of the player within the tackle box it’s really legal.

Q: With the score the way it was, did you hesitate at all to run him or did you just have to play the game the way you want to play it?

Coach Allen: You know we’re playing the game. You know, if you’re going to put him in there you’ve got to play the game, you’ve got to call the game that gives him the best chance to have success. So, I don’t have any problem with what we did. It’s unfortunate that he took the hit, but we’ve got to move on from it.

Q: Coach, what are some of the positives you took away from last night, and what can you build on going into this week against Washington?

Coach Allen: Obviously, when you lose a game in that manner there’s not a ton of positives that you take out of it. I think our guys continued to battle and continued to fight. We scratched back in a couple times in the game and a couple times during the game we made plays that brought us back in and gave us a chance. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to respond defensively and come up with the types of stops we needed to make. There’s a lot of improvement we need to make. I thought overall the pass protection was fairly solid. Overall, we have to do a better job in the run game and being able to get the run game going. I just don’t think we had enough flow offensively in what we needed to do. I think time of possession-wise, that’s an area we have to continue to work to improve. I thought Dmoe [Denarius Moore] played well. I thought he made some good plays in the game and made some great catches and gave us a chance. It was nice to see him get a real explosive game and explosive touchdown. When you lose a game in that manner there’s not a whole lot of positives that you take out of it. You have to just work to get better.

Q: They bottled up [Darren] McFadden pretty good, mostly on the inside. Do you look to get him more out wide going forward or was that just a tribute to what Denver was doing?

Coach Allen: I think it was a tribute to what they were doing and I think we have to continue to look at ways we can get Darren the football and get him some space he can run the ball in. Like I said, we got ourselves in a situation there where we had a lot of three and outs, it was hard to get much of a flow and then we got behind and threw the ball a little bit more. We have to be able to maintain possession of the ball. We have to be able to convert some third downs. The second drive of the game, we get a third down conversion to Mychal Rivera that gets called back by a pass interference penalty. The very next play, Terrelle makes a great throw and Brice Butler has an opportunity to make a play and wasn’t able to come up with it. Those are the types of plays that we have to be able to make, especially when you play a team of that caliber like we did in the Broncos.

Q: Is that as well as you’ve seen Terrelle throw from the pocket?

Coach Allen:  Yeah, I thought there were some plays that I thought he threw the ball really well at times in the pocket. I still think they’re some plays out there that both myself and he wishes that we could have back. I think every day he’s continuing to be a work in progress and he’ll continue to improve the more opportunities he gets.

Q: How did [DJ] Hayden hold up? I think he was out there more than he was the first two games. Did he hold up well with that?

Coach Allen: He’s still learning. He still has a long way to go. I like the talent; I like the ability. I’d like to see him be more aggressive. I think as the plays begin to come his way and he begins to make a few more plays, I think you’ll see that confidence and aggressiveness come out a little bit more. You see it at times, but that’s really the challenge I have for him is to have that confidence in himself and be a little bit more aggressive as a football player.

Q: Given that Tracy Porter plays a couple different roles for you on defense, does losing him complicate things? I know that you had to kind of reshuffle midgame and move Mike [Jenkins] inside, I think. How does losing him, given the fact that he does so much, affect your preparation moving forward?

Coach Allen: We’ll see whether we’ve lost him or not. I haven’t seen him this morning yet so I’m not sure exactly how he’s doing. We’ll go through the protocol with him and we’ll evaluate him as he goes along this week. Obviously, if he’s unable to play, yeah it complicates some things a little bit and we’ll have to move some guys around and put some guys in different positions. This is the National Football League, guys are going to be called on to play multiple positions and fill multiple roles for the football team and they have to be able to perform that duty when they’re called on.

Q: With [David] Ausberry on the IR, did he have some kind of setback?

Coach Allen: No, he just didn’t really progress like we were wanting to. We were hopeful that he was going to be able to be back, but I don’t know if mentally he felt like it was responding the way that he wanted it and we needed it to. We just felt like we were kind of at a standstill with him, and we needed the spot, so we decided to go ahead and make the move.

Topics: AFC West, Dennis Allen, Dennis Allen Press Conference, NFL, Oakland Raiders

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  • Raider Grant

    Still not a fan of Dennis Allen! He doesn’t stick up for his player/team. You don’t see too many lethargic coaches getting calls in their favor, and firing their team up. Football is a game of emotions & as the Raiders constantly have too play against a 12th man(NFL referees) the head coach needs to constantly be overly vocal to try an advocate penalties being called in their favor. Allen should of exploded once the helmets collided on the play that concussed TP. If any other coach did, an immediate flag most likely would of been throw! Even though they controlled the game Peyton & Fox continually advocated for calls/penalties throughout the game. The squeaky wheel gets greased right? I still feel Manning should face federal charges for skirting US laws on steam cell surgery! Pryor received first of its kind suspension from college to NFL, but P.Manning can get surgery not allowed in US & come back too prosper?!? Part of being a great athlete is ones body able to hold up over time to be great, but once one skirts their country’s laws to have illegal surgery are they still great or a cheater??? Get well Pryor & Go Raiders!

  • Nick doucher

    That’s not cheating! You sound like a baby, who crystal about everything. Take your 12th place ribbon and go home.

  • Raider Grant

    Alter Ego, Nick doucher, lol whats next??? If the medical science was available during Bo Jackson’s time & he was too of had the surgery & came back to dominate the sport every Donkey, Charge-less, and Condiment fan would be screaming he was a cheater, not to mention the NFL would of immediately suspended him indefinitely from the game.Skirting Federal Laws to have an illegal surgery that’s NOT Legal in United States to prolong a career that would of ended isn’t cheating??? I think its right up there with PED’s, falsifying urine samples, and drunk driving…ILLEGAL! The Raiders having been playing against the 12th man every since Al Davis filed his first lawsuit against the league, especially after he moved the team back to Oakland. Jerry Jones is now the “black sheep” owner of the league & you don’t see that stuff happening too the Cowboys… oh that’s right he has more money & built his own stadium; No Politics(bullying) involved there. The Raiders will continue to play the NFL’s minions just as Al Davis would of wanted it, and eventually be dominate once again. Go Raiders !!!! Forget The Rest

  • Sebastian Morales

    Raider Grant i strongly disagree on that neck surgery that manning recieved being considered cheating. For one it was a surgery to better his health. If you received a neck injury and regular surgeries werent working, would you go the rest of your life in constant pain and the possibility of never having your strength return and limited mobility if there was an alternate surgery you could have to be completely healed (even though if you watched the interviews manning hasnt even gained his full strength back yet so he’s still limited)? you have to be a little crazy to think that it’s as wrong as PED’s, falsifying urine samples, and drunk driving. And im saying this as a True Raider fan. You just can’t compare that surgery to actually doing something morally wrong. I’m saying all this because my father pretty much went through the same thing except with his eyes instead of his neck.

  • Raider Grant

    Does your father get paid Hundreds of Millions of dollars to play in the NFL??? There is really no rules to life if one can afford a surgery in the private sector, but when one does it to have an edge in a sport(I.E. prolong a career that would have ended) I then would consider it cheating & illegal. I was, and still am a big fan of P. Manning, but too me seems like cheating. Whats next an early age Michael Jordan clone so we can see who is truly better MJ, or LJ??? There will be an issue in the future in regards to the matter, but not until Manning retires. Kinda like once Al Davis died the tuck rule was abolished. Go Raiders !