Head coach Dennis Allen’s thoughts following the Raiders 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Transcript from the Oakland Raiders official website
On the game
Injuries in the game – [Darren] McFadden’s got a hamstring and Marcel Reece injured his knee in the game. The extent of what those injuries are I don’t really know right now, but we’ll find that out later. Then obviously I’m sure there’s the normal bumps and bruises, but those were the guys that weren’t able to finish the game. That game, I told the players in the locker room, that one hurt. That one stung. I thought the way we were able to start out the game, block a punt, get to 14-0 when we had all the momentum, and then we let them back in the game. You have to give them credit; they continued to fight and compete, but we didn’t do enough to win the football game. I thought our defense and special teams, I thought they held their own. I thought they did some good things. Like I mentioned, the blocked punt for a touchdown, the fake punt that got us another first down, I thought our special teams went out and executed. I thought our defense applied pressure to their offense for the whole game. We just, after completing the long pass down there and being able to get a touchdown there in the first quarter on offense, we just couldn’t get anything else going. Obviously, losing McFadden and Marcel, that hurt, but we have to find a way to get some more offense going. With that, I’ll open it up to questions.
On the Terrelle Pryor decision
It was last night. We actually were at a point where we were ready to go with Terrelle. We visited with him one more time with the doctors and we just didn’t feel good about letting him play. It just wasn’t the right thing to do and we wanted to make sure we did right by him. I think, obviously, with all the emphasis on head injuries or brain injuries, we wanted to exercise extreme caution in that situation and that’s what we did. I think we did the right thing by Terrelle Pryor in not playing him in this game.
On if Pryor will play next week
I’m very hopeful. We were at the point where we were just about ready to say, ‘he’s got it,’ but we just didn’t feel comfortable going ahead and letting him play.
On if decision to have Pryor inactive was made last night too
Yeah. Listen, he was either going to be the starter or he wasn’t going to be active. Either you can play or you can’t play, so that was never really even an issue or a question. It was whether or not this kid could play and we just didn’t feel right playing him.
On Matt Flynn’s performance
Obviously, I don’t think he saw the field very good today. I think he was obviously part of some of the sacks that we gave up in the game. It was a tough situation for him to go in to and obviously, with the loss of McFadden and Reece that didn’t help him out any. Offensively, we didn’t get it done and that’s really the bottom line.
On if he considered Matt McGloin during the game
Not really. I just didn’t feel like that was a better option. I think Matt Flynn was our best option to give us a chance and we didn’t play well enough.
On Flynn’s pocket presence
Really it’s being about seeing the field and what I talk about is seeing coverage and being able to deliver the ball, so some of those sacks are partly on him and partly on protection. Everybody is involved in that, but that’s what I’m talking about.
On if Pryor regressed last night
I just didn’t want to have any doubt in my mind at all that this kid was 100 percent. After visiting with the doctors, there was doubt in my mind and I wasn’t going to put him in harms way.
On going for a first down on 4th-and-1 instead of kicking field goal
It was 4th-and inches. It was 4th-and-inches and we have to be able to make inches. We hadn’t been moving the ball up and down the field and to get a chance to be down there when you’re in scoring position, you can possibly get a touchdown, we have to make inches.
On if Redskins offense did something to surprise Raiders that caused them to call a timeout
No, they didn’t do anything at all that surprised us. They were a different personnel grouping than what we anticipated, but I wanted to make sure we had the right defensive personnel on the field so that we could go and put ourselves in the best defensive call. They stayed with a 12 personnel; I wanted to get nickel out there and I didn’t want to get caught in a sub situation. That is one of the things that happens when teams go hurry-up. They try not to allow you to sub.
On DJ Hayden’s coverage on Pierre Garcon’s touchdown
He needs to get tighter, yes, he needs to get tighter. That’s another one of those learning experiences for him.
On Rashad Jennings
I thought he went in there and ran the ball hard. I thought he did an admirable job of filling in for McFadden. Again, I’ll go back and look at the tape and see exactly how well he did, but I thought he ran the ball hard.
On the Redskins pick-6
There’s no question, that’s what I was saying earlier – we had the momentum in the game and they were able to snatch it from us a little bit, so yeah, that was a huge play in the game.
On blocked punt and ability to get pressure on punter
We felt like we could get some pressure on him and potentially block a punt and if we were weren’t able to get there and block it, we felt like we could force a bad punt. We felt like with the get-off time that we had a chance to get there.
On how losing McFadden changes offense
Obviously, from a run-game standpoint he’s kind of got the ability to hit the homerun ball. So, I think our other runners are little bit more physical type of runners whereas Darren’s got a little bit more burst to break off the long run. But, if we have to be without Darren for any time, I’ll feel confident that both Jeremy Stewart and Rashad Jennings can handle the load.
On if not having McFadden changes offense and ability to run wildcat
No, I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s going to…we only ran two or three plays out of the wildcat, so I mean, it’s not a major part of what we do.
On the differences in the offense with Flynn versus Pryor
They’re two totally different types of quarterbacks. Obviously, the zone read runs that we’re able to run with Pryor I think opens up some seams inside for the running backs. [The defense] has to account for both the runner and the quarterback. I think Pryor’s ability to move around and create some things with his feet, I think even though the plays are not always too much different; the dynamic of how the offense works is different.
On if McFadden got worse after returning to the game for a few plays
I don’t know exactly what it was. I know they said he had a hamstring and that was pretty much it.
On if he’ll consider McGloin over Flynn in the future
I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s 15 minutes after the game. Listen, Matt didn’t play well and we have to move on. We have to get better from that, so hopefully we’ll be ready to go for San Diego.
On Flynn’s arm strength
I don’t think that was an issue at all in the game today.
On Lamarr Houston and Sio Moore’s offsides penalties
Huge plays. The one offsides was a takeaway where we’re going to have the ball in scoring position and we can’t do that. It’s unacceptable; we have to get it fixed. Too many pre-snap penalties and we have to get that fixed.
On Redskins CB David Amerson’s pick-6
I’d have to look at the tape and see. I looked up and saw the guy slide in front and make the play, but I’m not sure exactly what happened on the play.
On staying on course without Pryor, McFadden or Reece
Listen, we’ve faced adversity and we’re going to continue to battle. We’re going to continue to fight because that’s what we do. That’s what you do in the NFL and that’s what a pro football team is supposed to do and we have to be able to overcome adversity. We have to be able to deal with injuries and we need guys that get an opportunity to come in and step up.
On if any of offensive struggles have to do with play-calling
No. Listen, I think now we’re trying to nitpick and trying to find some things. Listen, we didn’t play well. We didn’t move the ball well enough. But no, I have no challenge with the play-calling.
On Sebastian Janikowski’s missed field goal
Listen, we have to get more comfortable still with that duo. And again, it’s a 52-yarder off the dirt, but yeah, any time he misses it’s a concern. So we have to continue to look at that and see what we can do to fix that.