Dennis Allen’s thoughts after a frustrating 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
From the Raiders official website.
On the game
“Andre Gurode went out in the first half with a knee injury. Tony Pashos came out after halftime with a groin, so obviously we had some injuries up front in the offensive line; some guys mixed and matched, playing different positions, which I thought led to some of the ineffectiveness we had on offense. When you look at this game, we knew what type of game it was going to be. We knew that this was an extremely good defense and they play very good on special teams and they didn’t make a lot of mistakes on offense. We knew that in order to win this game we were going to have to get some pretty decent field position with our defense, decent field position with our special teams and we knew that we were going to have to try to take the ball away and protect the ball on offense. You can’t make the type of mistakes that we did against a good football team like this and expect to win the game. We have to do a good job of learning from this, maturing from this. The environment was a tough environment to play in. I think it was a great experience for some of our young guys to get that feel. Hopefully we’ll learn from that experience and be able to handle this type of environment and play better the next time we’re in it. The bye is coming at a good week, a good time for us. We will get a chance to get some rest, get back healthy and get ready for Pittsburgh.”
On bad timing for injuries
“As good as they are on defense, you want to have all of your weapons, all your guys up front to protect. But that’s the National Football League and we have to be able to adjust and we have to be able to go out and function and play. We weren’t able to do that [today].”
On Terrelle Pryor’s health
“I haven’t talked to him yet, but I think health-wise he came out of it okay. Terrelle (Pryor) is a young, maturing quarterback and as hard as it was for us to play the way that we typically do offensively, I think it’s a great learning experience for him. I think he’ll be better for it when he gets put back in this type of environment again, and I think he’ll do a better job.”
On if the crowd limited what they could do on offense
“It didn’t limit what we could or couldn’t do but it was a factor in the game. Obviously, we had some trouble getting in and out of the huddle with some communication and we had some trouble with the snap count, so obviously it was a factor. I don’t know if it limited what we could do, but it was a factor in our communication.”
On Mike Brisiel playing center
“We had been working (Mike) Brisiel mostly at center [throughout the week]. He worked [the silent count]; we had gone through it with him. Obviously, he hadn’t played a lot at center; it was an adjustment for him. We’ll go back and look at the tape and see exactly where the breakdown occurred. Usually, when those things happen, with sacks like that, there is usually a breakdown [in communication]. The quarterback doesn’t get a lot of time to see [what’s coming].”
On if he considered pulling Pryor at end of the game
“No. I thought getting him into more of a two-minute situation, getting him some more plays. Let’s not forget he’s a young kid and he’s learning how to play the position. He needs all the experience he can get. Obviously, you don’t want to take any unnecessary hits or get anybody hurt, but we’re still battling, kicking, scratching, crawling, trying to get back into this game because you never know what can happen.”
On Pryor’s job of avoiding big mistakes in the past but not necessarily today
“It’s part of the learning experience. He’s under a lot of pressure for the majority of the day and he still has to learn when to take those risks, when to give up on the play, get rid of the ball, don’t take a hit, and don’t take the sack. But those are all things that, when we get a chance to go in and watch film tomorrow, are all teachable moments and learning experiences for him.”
On the offensive line injuries
“The bye week is coming at a good time to get some guys healthy, get some guys rested. Hopefully the injuries that did occur on the offensive line today are not serious and we’ll be able to get Wis [Stefen Wisniewski] and Menelik Watson back out there, if not the bye week, then hopefully the Pittsburgh game. The big thing for us is to get rested up and healthy.”
On offensive line injury problem
“It’s pro football. I’ve been in this a long time and you never know what is going to happen. I’ve been in situations where you lose your corners; I’ve been in situations where you lose your offensive line. Really, what we have to do is evaluate where the injuries are and make adjustments. But we have a team of 53 guys, that’s what the NFL allows us to have, and we have to go out and do a job with those players, and injuries are a part of the deal.”
On things going your way in the first half then going into halftime tied instead of leading
“I thought that was a critical point in the game. You have a young player [DJ Hayden] with the pass interference in the red area, which gives them a chance to get down there tight. We were really in control of the game. I thought our defense was doing a great job against their offense the whole game. That’s what happens. They just keep putting the pressure on you and force you to make mistakes. Unfortunately, we made mistakes.”
On the Chiefs defense
“They’re good, really good. You look at every level of their defense and they’re an exceptional defense. I would put them at the top in the league. Where they fit in the top, I’m not sure, but they are a good defense.