Join columnist Marcus Thompson at the final gun to discuss the outcome of the Oakland Raiders-New England Patriots showdown.
A transcription of Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s final briefing with the media before the team heads to New England:
Allen: “Here’s the injury report: Chimdi Chekwa was limited, questionable; Maurice Jones-Drew limited, questionable; Matt McCants limited, questionable; Sio Moore did not practice today, he’s out; Nick Roach was limited, questionable; Carlos Rogers limited, questionable; Rod Streater limited, questionable; and Justin Tuck was full, he’s probable for the game.
Q: When you look at the issues you have had defensively, how much can you trace to Nick Roach not being
Allen: “Yeah, he’s an important piece to our defense as far as our ability to get everybody lined up. He played every snap defensively for us last year, so his familiarity with what we’re trying to get done defensively is a big piece to our ability to play good defense. But, Miles [Burris] has gone in there and done a nice job. He’ll continue to go in there and work. We’ve got to do a better job from a run-fit standpoint of getting off of blocks up front, being in the right gaps, and it’s more of a mentality than anything else.
Q: Does he need to get through the protocol or is it just how he feels?
Allen: “He’s still going through the protocol.
Q: Was there one particular hit that you can pinpoint?
Allen: “Anytime you have those situations like there, it’s kind of hard to necessarily just totally pinpoint exactly where it happened, when it happened. He’s going through the protocol, he’s getting better every day and hopefully he’ll continue to improve.
Q: Does Miles Burris move outside and Kaluka Maiava at the MIKE?
Allen: I mean, both those guys will play in the game and we’ll have a plan for how we’re going to run that
Q: When you look at Gabe Jackson and what he’s been able to do from the moment he got here, has he surprised you?
Allen: Well, we thought really highly of him when he came out in the draft and again, that’s another guy that we were excited when he was sitting there when we had an opportunity to pick in the third round. I don’t know if I’d use that term ‘surprised,’ I mean, he’s performed at a high level and done a really good job for us. We felt like at some point that he was a starting type of NFL lineman and that he was going to have a bright future in there. The thing that has been encouraging about him is that from an intelligence standpoint, from an understanding standpoint, he’s done a nice job of understanding the scheme. He’s done a good job of making sure he’s good on his assignments and then obviously when he gets matched up in one-on-one situations, he’s done a pretty good job of blocking them.
Q: With the unusual travel schedule following this game and families of players possibly heading to London, are you concerned it will be a distraction for the Patriots game?
Allen: Well that’s always something that you have that concern. Like I said before, I did this trip back in 2008, and so we’ve tried to handle everything that we could handle ahead of schedule so that this week we could really focus in on New England. I think our guys have done a nice job of focusing in on the task at hand, the game at hand, and that’s been our real focus this week.
Q: Has Maurice Jones-Drew passed the test you needed to see of no limitations?
Allen: I think he did a good job in practice today. There were a lot of things he did that were impressive. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.
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Marcel Reece came in to the 2014 season with the security of a four-year contract extension and 15 pounds lighter, the better to exploit match-up issues which keep defensive coordinators up at night.
Defensive end Shelby Harris, a seventh-round draft pick who made the 53-man roster, was waived by the Raiders Thursday.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was on the practice field Thursday for the first time since undergoing a procedure on his right hand.
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If there is a bull’s eye on Raiders coach Dennis Allen, he’s not interested in talking about it.
The Raiders began work Wednesday to face the New England Patriots without some key players.
Press release by the Raiders . . .
The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Vincent Brown, Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Tuesday.
Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck media talked with local media Monday about the 30-14 loss to Houston and where the club is headed: