Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen on the sideline against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Allen postgame press conference transcript: Week 17

The official transcript from the Oakland Raiders website following Oakland’s final loss of the season against the Denver Broncos. Check back later today for Allen’s season ending presser and Just Blog Baby’s analysis of Coach Allen’s final comments of the season.

On the game: “Kevin Burnett had a concussion. Taiwan Jones had a sprained ankle.Rashad Jennings had a stinger. Obviously, not our best effort in the first half of the football game. We got beat by a better team today. It was disappointing that we weren’t able to play better in the first half of the football game. Really offensively we weren’t able to really get anything going. Defensively, obviously, that quarterback is really good. I thought there was a couple times where we had some opportunities to potentially get off the field. I thought they put the throw in there when they needed to and they were able to convert and that’s the difference between getting off the field and saving points and giving up points. There was some positives in the game. Our third blocked punt of the year I thought was a positive. It was good to see Nick Kasa get the touchdown there at the end of the game, another young player that’s gotten an opportunity to do some things for us. Disappointing, but we have to move on from it.”

On Terrelle Pryor: “I’m going to hold off on that until I get a chance to really watch the tape. Obviously, we weren’t really able to move the ball very well there in the first half of the football game. We moved the ball better later in the game, but we obviously, offensively, weren’t able to get a whole lot going early in the game.”

On if team progressed this season: “I believe it did. I believe it did in a lot of areas. Obviously, it didn’t in the win-loss column, but I believe there’s a lot of areas where we improved. I’m sure that’ll be something that I’ll sit down with Reggie [McKenzie] and sit down with Mark Davis, I’m sure, and we’ll discuss the areas where we haven’t improved.”

On when meeting with McKenzie and Davis will be held: “I’m not sure exactly when that will take place. I would expect it here pretty soon that we’ll sit down and have a conversation and figure out where we go from here.”

On still making mistakes in Week 17 (center-QB exchange, off-sides, etc): “We don’t need to be snapping the ball on the ground. We don’t need to be making those kind of mistakes. Those are the types of mistakes that kill a football team, especially when you go out and play a good team like that, to turn the ball over on the, whatever it was, 21-yard line. That’s hard to overcome. I think we had two penalties in the game if I’m not mistaken. I didn’t see the final count. I thought we were better in that area than we had been the previous few weeks.”

On his job status next season: “Yeah, I do. I expect to be back and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come back. But those are decisions that somebody else is going to make, but yeah, I expect to be back.”

On if he’s spoken to McKenzie about the future: “Listen, we’ve discussed the future as we’ve gone on throughout the season. We’ll sit down when this is all said and done and we get a chance to sit down and visit, we’ll discuss in further depth where we go from here, what the direction of the program is, what we need to do to get to where everybody wants us to be and that’s a playoff contending team. I believe that’s a possibility. I don’t think we’re there yet, but we’re going to continue to work to get there.”

On if he sees this offseason as the beginning of something: “Absolutely, and like I’ve said before, listen, it’s just the cards that we have to play with. This will be the first off-season where we’ve got some money that we can go out and try to acquire some free agents, be able to sign some free agent players on our football team that we’d like to keep here and we’ll have a complement of draft choices to go out and begin to build this football team. It’s been a tough couple of years. It’s been a tough couple of years on everybody. It’s been a tough couple of years on you guys [the media]. It’s been a tough couple of years on the fans. It’s been a tough couple of years with everybody within the organization. It was something that needed to be done and we’re excited about the future and moving forward.”

On positions that need to be strengthened: “Listen, we’ve got a lot of areas we have to try to improve. I think as we go through the next couple of months, we’ll have the plan formulated exactly where we want to try to improve our football team through free agency, where we want to try to improve our football team through the draft.”

On if effort was there: “No question it was there. There’s no question. Listen; when you look at the tape, guys are flying around. We didn’t make enough plays, but there’s no lack of effort; there’s no lack of trying. Watch the tape because that’s what the tape says.”

On Peyton Manning: “I thought it was pretty good. Listen, he’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s maybe the best in our business. I thought he played well. I thought there was a couple opportunities that we had to make plays and we weren’t able to come up with those plays. They made them when they had the opportunity. There’s a couple of throws in there that we’re in great coverage, but he makes a great throw, a great catch and they convert a first down. You have to line up again.”

On game-plan to attack Manning: “We mixed it up a pretty good bit – we played some zone, we played some man, we played some zone pressures. Again, I thought we mixed it up. I just thought at the critical situations we weren’t able to make the plays we needed to make. Really, we had the one play that we just had a breakdown in coverage and they hit us over the top and that’s the thing you can’t allow to happen. Other than that, we made them throw the ball underneath. We just have to get them on the ground when we do.”

On thought of putting QB Matt McGloin in: “Yeah we thought about it, but we thought the way the game was playing out that we needed to go ahead and let Terrelle play and let him finish the game out and see if he could respond. I thought he responded later in the game and made a few plays.”

On lack of offense in the 1st half: “Yeah I was disappointed. I think we knew going into the game, to have a chance against this team, we were going to have to control the time of possession, so we were going to have to be able to run the ball effectively. We were going to have to be able to control the clock. We were going to need to be able to convert some third downs. And we weren’t able to do that. Obviously, you can’t compound that with the turnover down there on the 21-yard line. So yeah, I was disappointed that we weren’t’ able to move the ball a little bit better. Defensively we’ve got to find a way to make them have to kick a couple of field goals there instead of scoring touchdowns.”

On if quality free agents will want to come to Oakland: “Yeah, I do. I do and I think it’s our job to go out and identify those guys of who we want to try to bring in to this program. And we will. We’ll go out and find good, quality players that want to come here and want to play and want to be a part of this and want to be a part of building this up the right way and turning this thing around.”

On if there’s concern he won’t be able to see this through: “Not really. Again, like I said, that’s a decision that’s made over my head. I fully expect to be back. I fully believe that I deserve the opportunity to come back here and get a chance to, as we’ve said, go through the deconstruction phase; I want to be part of the rebuilding phase.”

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