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Dennis Allen transcript from NFL scouting combine

Jerry McDonald is covering the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week. He just attended the news conference of new Raiders coach Dennis Allen. Here is the transcript, as provided by Jerry:

Q: Raiders talking to a lot of linebackers and and D-ends at senior bowl, wimbley has contract issues, where are you with that?

Allen: I think obviously, defensively that is going to be a priority for us. I think I was really pleased with what the Raiders were able to do last year offensively. I know from having to defend against them, they were a real challenge to defend. Defensively, if you look at the defensive rankings, not too different than what the situation I came into last year with Denver. So it’s obviously a high priority for us and we’ve got to get better in that area.

Q: Where do things stand with Wimbley, Huff, players that may or may not have contract issues . . .

Allen: Right now, with all those guys, we’re looking at all our options and what we have to do from a financial standpoint to make sure we put ourselves in the best position to get the best players out there and be on our final 53-man roster. So between Reggie and myself, we’re working through all those scenarios right now.

Q: Expect more changes besides Stanford Routt?

Allen: Well, there will obviously be changes, I don’t know what those changes will be yet. Those are all the scenarios that we’re going through right now.

Q: Where are things with Bush, franchise tag candidate?

Allen: Again, we’re going to look at all those options. I won’t get into the specifics of exactly what we’re going to do and exactly what our plan is going to be, but I will tell you this, but we will look at all of our existing free agents, we’re going to look at all of our existing players that are under contract that have high numbers and we’re going to evaluate what we need to do to give the organization a chance to be successful.

Q: Excited about going up against Broncos twice a year?

Allen: I think I’m excited about going up against everybody next year. I wouldn’t single them out any differently. I obviously have a lot of respect for what they’ve done over there. I think John Elway, Brian Zanders, John Fox do a tremendous job and I know they’ll have the team ready to play whenever we go up against them and we’ll do our best to have our team ready to play going up against them.

Q: Mentioned at press conference think too much is made of 4-3, 3-4 system, have you identified a primary base defense or something working through?

Allen: Those are really all the things we’re still working through. We’ll see, after we go through free agency, after we go through the draft, which grouping gives us the best chance to be successful. I would expect that we’ll be very multiple in that regard.

Q: What can you tell us about Jason Tarver, your choice for D-coordinator?

Allen: I think Jason Tarver is an extremely bright young coach. He was a part of the San Francisco 49ers defenses, and I thought they were extremely well coached, extremely talented, when I interviewed Jason, there was no doubt in my mind that this is a guy who had answers for everything. I’m extremely excited about working with him, and I think, with him and the defensive staff as well as myself being involved in the defense, I’m excited about our opportunities.

Q: How hands on will you be with the defense?

Allen: I’ll be involved. I’ll be involved in both aspects of the team. Offense, defense, special teams, all of it. But I would say, especially this first year, I’ll probably spend a little bit more time with the defense.

Q: Thoughts on development of Rolando McClain?

Allen: He was a guy that was picked real high in the draft, and I still see a lot of talent in Rolando McClain. I got a chance to speak with him the other day. I think he’s excited about coming in, and being involved with the new regime. We’re going to give him every opportunity to prove that he’s the type of player that he’s capable of being. I think if he’s willing to come in and work and do the things we ask him to do, he’ll reach that potential.

Q: Greg Knapp’s offenses featured a lot of bootlegs, zone blocking, can Carson Palmer fit with Knapp’s scheme?

Allen: I think absolutely he can fit. And I also think that part of what we do as coaches is we have a system that we’re going to run, but we’re going to try and put our players in the best position for them to be successful. We’re not going to force-feed something if it doesn’t fit what a guy does really well, we’re not going to force-feed that. But I do think when you look at Carson Palmer, that he does have the same type of athleticism. He’s as athletic as Matt Schaub, who they had in Houston, to really be really be able to run that same package.

Q: Did you want to speak about Ed Donatell about a spot on your staff?

Allen: There are a lot of people that I considered, that I had on my list, and Ed would have been one of those guys that I had on my list, but I think once I had an opportunity to really sit down and talk to Jason, there was no question in my mind that he was the guy.

Q: When did you start getting into the draft?

Allen: Well, I spent the first couple of weeks trying to put together a coaching staff, so it was just really recently that we’ve really kind of gotten involved in the draft. We had the free agents that we had to evaluate as a coaching staff, and we’re kind of in the introductory process of getting ready for the draft.

Q: Is it less of a priority because you have so few picks?

Allen: No, I don’t think so. I told the coaching staff the other day, the most important thing that we can be doing right now is picking players, and making sure we got the right guys on our team, and so the offensive scheme, the defensive scheme, that’s going to take care of itself, but we’ve got to make sure we’ve got the right guys to be a part of this football team, so there’s nothing more important to us right now than making sure we get the right guys.

Q: How is McFadden’s foot, any chance he wouldn’t be back next year?

Allen: Not as far as I’m concerned. I think he’s an extremely dynamic player. Again, from playing the Oakland Raiders twice last year, they were much more challenging to defend when Darren McFadden was in the backfield, and having that kind of two-headed monster between him and Bush, that was a real challenge. Darren is a vital part of what we’re going to try and get done next year.

Q: Is his foot better?

Allen: Yes, his foot is better. He was back in town, working out last week, and we got a good evaluation on him. Darren will be ready to go whenever we get ready to kick off the season, that’s for sure.

Q: McFadden chronic foot problems, anything organization has looked at, practice fields, etc.?

Allen: We’re looking at everything within the organization, how we can improve in every aspect of the organization, and obviously practice fields is one of the things that we’re looking at. Is there something we can do to improve that, and is their a correlation between the foot injuries and the practice fields. If we can deduce there is a correlation between the two we’ll do everything we can to get them right.

Q: Matt Shaughnessy, Jacoby Ford, they’re good to go?

Allen: Absolutely, they’ll be ready to roll.

Q: Routt gone, any chance Huff is a corner?

Allen: Again, that question is to be determined after we find out exactly who we have on the team to find out what are options are. The one thing do I do know about Michael Huff is he’s an extremely good athlete and he has skills athletically of a corner, and so that obviously would be an option for us, but again, we won’t make any decisions along those lines until we know exactly what we got.

Q: How would you describe first couple of months on the job? Anything unexpected, surprises?

Allen: Fast. Fast. Well, I think one of the things that you find out as a head football coach is that it’s difficult to put together a good staff, because there’s a lot of guys that you might want to try to get that you can’t get out of other contracts and different roadblocks and hurdles that you got to jump over, but I think we weathered that storm and the one thing that I wanted to make sure that we did, was I didn’t want to rush into anything or hurry into anything, and I think having that patience allowed us to put together a good staff.

Q: Performance of offensive line last year part of the reason Steve Wisniewski was retained, for continiuity?

Allen: Yeah, I think keeping some of that continuity within the offensive line. I think there was an element there that we wanted some people that did have some knowledge of the Raiders organization and the way that things have been done in the past, and I think he’s obviously, I wouldn’t say he’s a bright young coach, but I’d say he’s a bright and up and coming coach and I was really impressed with him when I met him for the very first time.

Q: Raiders of past reputation for putting emphasis on speed. What’s your feeling on where 40 time fits into player evaluation?

Allen: It only fits after we find out whether this guy on tape when we look at him, if we feel like he’s a good football player. That’s where 40 times come into effect. If you got two guys that when you look at the tape, these guys are about the same football playing wise, well let’s take the faster guy. But we’re not going to take guys just because they run real fast. Because that doesn’t co-relate to being a good football player.

Q: How much of the team do you think you’ve actually spoken to, guys under contract?

Allen: I’ve probably spoken to about 75 percent of the team, and I think everybody is really excited about getting in and getting started and being a part of the offseason program and being a part of what we’re going to try and do and how we’re going to be a little bit different.

Q: Seymour part of long-term plan?

Allen: We’ve spoken with Richard, and he’s excited about the opportunity, and Richard is obviously part of our plans and we feel real good about Richard.

Q: Penalties such a big issue, how clear that up?

Allen: I think the first and foremost thing is guys have to be held accountable for their actions. That’s always what I believed in, and I think now with the organizational structure I feel about our ability to hold our guys accountable to do the right things, for the right reasons and doing it that way all the time. And we’ll preach that message and preach that message, and we’ll hold guys accountable to doing it the right way.

Q: How have you and Reggie worked together putting things together?

Allen: First and foremost, I think our relationship has been outstanding. We’ve discussed every situation that comes up, we’ve always discussed it. I’ve come to him with questions about coaching staff, he’s come to me with questions about personnel issues, and I think that’s the way you run a top quality organization, when your head coach and your general manager can see eye to eye, and can have conversations, and we might not always agree, but at the end of the day we’ve got to make sure we can come to the best decision for the Raiders and that’s what I’m excited about working with Reggie, because he’s a top quality human being and I think he’s an excellent talent evaluator.

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  • CanuckRaider

    Further to #499: I’ll never forget when some nattily attired guy asked Bobby if he need a pen and Bobby replied, “Do I look like I need a fu#&ing pen? Get me a beer!”.

  • DEATHROW 55

    Never thought id see the day when Oakland’s front office would be better than the Lakers front office . Wow rasheed Wallace.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:19 pm
    #498: Yeah, they played for the love of the game back then. Now it’s just “show me the money”. Speaking of characters, Bobby Hull was doing a book-signing here today. Didn’t go but I got to talk to him for a while when he, Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg were inducted into the WHA Hall Of Fame a couple of years back. Hilarious guy…Sure loves his drink.
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    Being a California guy I’m ignorant when it comes to Hockey.

    But…had I grown up in a cold weather State, I’d have been all over that.

    It has all of the elements I like.

    I can wear pads, swing a stick, and knock the hell out of someone.

    I’ve also gathered through radio heads that Hockey players as a group are the most genuine Pro Athletes you’ll ever come across.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:23 pm
    Further to #499: I’ll never forget when some nattily attired guy asked Bobby if he need a pen and Bobby replied, “Do I look like I need a fu#&ing pen? Get me a beer!”.
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    LOL!

    Priorities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/MUSTNOTKILL/108837005801452?v=app_2405167945&ref=ts thetragicblackmajick

    we will look at all of our existing free agents, we’re going to look at all of our existing players that are under contract that have high numbers and we’re going to evaluate what we need to do to give the organization a chance to be successful.
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    Condo will be back next season!!!!

  • RaiderLen

    DEATHROW 55 Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:26 pm
    Never thought id see the day when Oakland’s front office would be better than the Lakers front office . Wow rasheed Wallace.
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    So now you can die peacefully?

  • DEATHROW 55

    Die peacefully when la wins two more championships and Oakland at least one with this now era.

  • CanuckRaider

    #503: Hear ya on that Len. And yeah, I drank with a lot of pro football and hockey players over the years and generally found the hockey players to be cooler. Maybe it’s the ice…Lol.

  • RaiderLen

    Condo will be back next season!!!!
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    Thank your Religious, Cultural, Environmentally specific Deity.

  • CanuckRaider

    The importance of a reliable long-snapper can’t be disputed.

  • RaiderLen

    DEATHROW 55 Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    Die peacefully when la wins two more championships and Oakland at least one with this now era.
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    From my own selfish point of view, I hope the Raiders win 2 before LA wins one.

  • CanuckRaider

    3 in a row sounds good.

  • DEATHROW 55

    Fug the snaper its all about the leg we got the best 2 in the league, don’t know I’d that’s even worth bragging about .

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    #503: Hear ya on that Len. And yeah, I drank with a lot of pro football and hockey players over the years and generally found the hockey players to be cooler. Maybe it’s the ice…Lol.
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    Nice!

    It’s always good to get some insight from the fellas that actually wear a jockstrap for a living.

  • CanuckRaider

    Jano and Lechler are the best!

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    3 in a row sounds good.
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    I’ll see your 3 and raise to 4…lol

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:40 pm
    Jano and Lechler are the best!
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    They are.

    Close 2nd this Past Season…SF

  • DEATHROW 55

    Three peats are only when you have a stone cold killer like a black mama on your team.

  • CanuckRaider

    #514: And that insight is precisely why you and I know that you can’t always judge events without understanding the complexities of the game.

  • RaiderLen

    DEATHROW 55 Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:43 pm
    Three peats are only when you have a stone cold killer like a black mama on your team.
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    So we should sign Donovan McNabb’s Mom?

    We could pay Her more than Campbells soup…for sure..lol

  • CanuckRaider

    #520: LMFAO!!!

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:45 pm
    #514: And that insight is precisely why you and I know that you can’t always judge events without understanding the complexities of the game.
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    100%….

    When I was 20 I’d have thought different.

    At 50+…with perspective, I know better.

  • CanuckRaider

    #522: Exactly. Back then we thought we knew everything even though we hadn’t been anywhere. Now, after having been many places both physically and mentally, we realize that we know nothing.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:53 pm
    #522: Exactly. Back then we thought we knew everything even though we hadn’t been anywhere. Now, after having been many places both physically and mentally, we realize that we know nothing.
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    Personally, I’ve learned a lot. I’m much wiser, and with that wisdom, I understand that I don’t really know much.

    So I agree. Strange trip it is.

  • CanuckRaider

    Jerry Garcia is smiling down at you right now.

  • CanuckRaider

    What’s a six-pack of beer cost you down there?

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:59 pm
    Jerry Garcia is smiling down at you right now.
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    Shiiit…I’m not a Dead Head, but you’re right!

    Apparently He made an impression!

  • CanuckRaider

    Subliminal influence.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:01 pm
    What’s a six-pack of beer cost you down there?
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    Well, I couldn’t say as I buy in “bulk” lol

    An 18 pack of Bud costs about 14 to 15 dollars.

    Better beers in 6 pack can cost anywhere from 5 to 7.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:02 pm
    Subliminal influence.
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    Seriously.

    It happens.

  • CanuckRaider

    17 bucks for a 12 up here…and that’s for the cheaper brands.

  • CanuckRaider

    #530: Yes…much more than meets the eye to our existence.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:06 pm
    17 bucks for a 12 up here…and that’s for the cheaper brands.
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    I’d build a still if I lived in Canada. lol

  • CanuckRaider

    I’d do so if I wasn’t so darned lazy…Picture Pa Kettle on a bad day.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:08 pm
    #530: Yes…much more than meets the eye to our existence.
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    I can confirm on a personal level.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:10 pm
    I’d do so if I wasn’t so darned lazy…Picture Pa Kettle on a bad day.
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    LOL!

    Pa Kettle….

    A lot of the youngsters wouldn’t even know what we’re talking about.

    Ma was a hard ass!

  • CanuckRaider

    Hear ya. I’ve experienced some wild stuff myself.

  • CanuckRaider

    #536: They can’t stand the sight of a man at ease…unless they have the credit card…Lol.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:12 pm
    Hear ya. I’ve experienced some wild stuff myself.
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    It’s always been around us…

    20th century science shut it down, and it’s now coming to light again.

    It’s now on TeeVee.

  • CanuckRaider

    Our “science” is still in its infancy. A useful but limited tool.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    #536: They can’t stand the sight of a man at ease…unless they have the credit card…Lol.
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    LOL!

    Back in the Day when I worked 6 days a week ALL the time, and for a couple of years 7 days, my wife would wonder with disgust why I’d just sit on the couch all day.

    As George Thorogood said “because I was tired”

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:21 pm
    Our “science” is still in its infancy. A useful but limited tool.
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    True

    “science” is nothing more than “our best guess” at how things work.

    Not to diminish it’s role, but It’s limited to the constraints of convention, and our ability to measure and observe.

  • CanuckRaider

    #541: Lol. How do you think it is for me now that I’m retired? I have no excuse for bone-idleness. When she retires it will be even footing. Got to go now. Mama’s working a double shift and won’t be home til morning but I’ve got to get some munchies and hit the hay. 1:30 AM here. Good rappin’ with ya Len.

  • RaiderLen

    CanuckRaider Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:29 pm
    #541: Lol. How do you think it is for me now that I’m retired? I have no excuse for bone-idleness. When she retires it will be even footing. Got to go now. Mama’s working a double shift and won’t be home til morning but I’ve got to get some munchies and hit the hay. 1:30 AM here. Good rappin’ with ya Len.
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    Feeling is mutual, have a good night.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:27 pm
    M Lonetree Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    and the belief is here that Reggie, off-the-record, encouraged insidebayarea to clean up the garbage on this best raiderfootballblogsite
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    And the belief here is you are a full scale moron.
    blog has zero to do with the organization, you old decrepit hack.
    This site is owned by a newspaper group.
    Now go take some Metamucil, and ponder what might have been.

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    THATS NOT ME. HACKED AGAIN….BS

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Beat this pass word az-zhole

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Who’s Dennis Allen?

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    If you’ve been hacked, it’s because you stood for something.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Work is for suckers. Those with balls steal for a living. Be it gangsters or wall street.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    My stance?
    My stance is some of you haven’t a clue, and just so desperately want to buy into anything.
    Even Al knew his son was clueless. Yet some of you are all of a sudden stating he’s doing great, and is following in his fathers footsteps? Even Al didn’t want Marc in charge.
    Reggie ran around with his head cut off, clueless. Some of the same posters here who called him clueless and dancing around like little kids, stating how great he’s doing, even though all he did was wait while all the experienced coaches were taken. Now we have an inexperienced owner, with an inexperienced gm, with an inexperienced head coach.

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    This is RMRs revenge for calling him out on his multiple names.

    Leaves his finger prints all over everything he writes.

    God speed to you pal. Whoa…