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Allen on `Bountygate,’ Raider defense

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 8:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.

An excerpt from Raiders coach Dennis Allen at the NFL meetings on Sirius XM NFL radio discussing his former employer, the Saints, and their penalties for bounties, and the potential of his Oakland defense:

Q: With your former team in the news, and former boss (Sean Payton) and defensive coordinator (Gregg Williams), what light if any can you shed on this and what have been people talking about in terms of bounties and what’s going on with the Saints and the severe penalties they face?

Allen: I think first and foremost, I think we gotta undersand that our job as employees of the NFL is to protect the integrity of the game. I think commissioner Goodell made that clearly obvious when he addressed the whole group this morning. I think that’s been something that’s been critical. Player safety, obviously, is at the forefront of the NFL. In general, I feel badly for everybody that’s been involved with the whole situation. It’s kind of an unfortunate situation, but the commissioner has made it clear that those type of practices are not acceptable and I support his decisions and what he decided to do from a punishment standpoint.

Q: Physical play prevalent in all game plans, who do you address that with your team without crossing the line?

Allen: I think you have to always be forthright with your team and be kind of one step ahead of everything. I think you can play this game in a physical manner without the intent to injure and I think that’s really at the end of the day what the NFL is trying to accomplish.

Q: Talk about personnel that you’re inheriting and how much talent is there, if guys can fit in and can you take advantage of their skills?

Allen: I think we’ve got some key players in place. Obviously, up front, we’ve got a pretty good group of guys up front where we can get after the passer and are still pretty stout against the run up front, from a linebacker standpoint. Rolando McClain was a first round draft choice and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of getting to work with him and he’s been real receptive to what we’re planning on doing. Obviously, Aaron Curry, it was good to get him back, we’ve got to find a way to replace Kamerion Wimbley. I think from a secondary standpoint, with Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch, I feel real good about that position. Corner was a position we had to make sure we had to upgrade. I think we did a nice job of that, Shawntae Spencer and obviously Ron Bartell. We’re excited about who we have back there and we’re looking forward to continuing throughout the free agency process and throughout the draft and seeing if we can acaquire some more players.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    guys like David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill remain unsigned and the LB corps needs a boost

    ***

    @PA

    Reggie said that he’s open to getting a starting linebacker to replace Kam in free agency “but the contract will have to work out” – in other words, if a good player wants to come to Oakland and get a chance to start, he’ll be welcomed with open arms, but he’ll have to accept something close to the vet minimum salary (this season anyway)

  • guest123

    DIRT-LOT

    I don’t remember the section, row, seat I was at that game. I just remember Lester Hayes running back the INT for a TD in the opposite corner of the end zone. I was in the middle section, at the GL level, maybe a few seats back.

    It was crazy! The Houston Oiler fans with their baby blue jerseys just shook their heads. It was all Raiders that day.

  • HairyBush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 6:52 am
    Wouldn’t surprise me to see a couple mid/late round picks go next year to get another 3rd/4th/5th this year.

    ***

    I hope Reggie doesn’t trade future picks.

    I hope he makes due with what he’s got this year – 5 draft selections
    ——————–
    The impression I get from Reggie is he’s a guy who does not mortgage the future, therefore I highly doubt that any deal that gets done will have anything to do with future draft picks. That being said I could definetley see players on our current roster being offered as trade bait for the right price.

  • DJ Johnny

    269.SilverNBlackPA Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 6:26 am
    fingers Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 6:25 am
    265…I still have my ” I was there” button from the 77 superbowl…( 76 ) team…

    ++++++++++++++

    The ‘76 Raiders have made the Final Four of the NFL’s fan voting tournament of the all time greatest team

    Seeing as this “tournament” is nothing more than a fans popularity contest, it shows there is indeed a fairly significant Raider “nation” still out there.

  • hwnrdr

    Oh ok, so Casper mouthed off…! Got it now, thanks! But why Tatum?

  • guest123

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 6:55 am
    I WILL TRY AND MAKE THIS BRIEF..
    AFTER GAME 5 IN 1980 VS KC.THE GAME WERE PASTORINI GOES DOWN,DAVE CASPER,WHO HAD A VERY BAD GAE BY THE WAY,GOES OFF TO THE PRESS AFTER THE GAME.BASICALLY SAYING THE TEAM WASNT THAT GOOD,WERE GOING NOWHERE AND SO ON.THEY HAD A 2-3 RECORD AT THE TIME.AL WASTED NO TIME IN TRADING CASPER TO THE OILERS (HOUSTON WAS AL’S FAVORITE TRADING PARTNER AT THE TIME,TATUM ALSO WENT TO HOUSTON)

    ***********

    Yes, yes….

    I remember it that way too.

    2-3 to a contender was unheard of back then in the 14 game schedule.

    Plunkett was a retread, never was, wildcard QB.

    Never in the history of the Superbowl had a wildcard QB won or even gone to a SuperBowl. They were longshots the entire way, only favorites against Houston, but no one picked the Raiders to win from then on in.

    And Plunkett made history destroying the favored Eagles with Rod Martin’s 3 INT’s and Kenny King ripping off that long TD run.

  • hwnrdr

    JFB, I’m still shaking my head…
    So, if I get my a** beat down, like Zimmerman did…because of the law “Stand your ground”…I can come back and kill that guy because it is ok? By law standards, whatevers…but to me, it is never ok to kill someone because of a beat down, that you challenged! Ok, sorry…no more…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    JACK TATUM WAS TRADED THE YEAR B4 IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY.JACK WAS BEAT TO DEATH.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Seeing as this “tournament” is nothing more than a fans popularity contest, it shows there is indeed a fairly significant Raider “nation” still out there.
    ———-
    Hard to believe that there are no Steeler or Cowboy teams left. How the hell did the Ravens make it so far?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I still think Reggie could be doing more to bring in quality vets to keep this team competitive. If it’s true of the ’salary cap myth’, he should be restructuring and signing Branch long term. It’s a two year window to get out of cap hell.

    Reggie Mac can do more if he wanted to. I hope he succeeds, but I am critical of him being too conservative. We still have to field a competitive team and we have some holes that aren’t solvable through only the draft.

    ***

    @G123

    I agree to a certain extent. It baffles me that Seabass, Shane, DHB & Tommy Kelly haven’t been asked to restructure.

    Perhaps this is something we’re working on, but Reggie didn’t say anything to suggest that and he seems like an honest guy. Reporters flat out asked him the question

    However – I think that making Branch play the entire year on the tag could be a wise move. Tyvon Branch is an average player that has a lot of potential. potential that could be realized with a defense not created by Al Davis and coached by Chuck Bresnahan. there was a thin crop of safeties in FA, so Reggie would have found it difficult to replace TB unless he just decided to roll with Mitchell at SS for 16 games. If Branch has a breakout season, he will be rewarded. If he plays like he did under John Marshall (not in a “contract year”) he will be told to kick rocks

    BigMac doesn’t want to give Branch a monster contract and see him fail. that could have easily happened. At this point in his career, Tyvon Branch = Gibril Wilson

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Also, the 49ers team that destroyed Denver was probably much better than the 84 team.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can’t wait to see Manning thrown around like a Ragdoll…. I also don’t believe at 36 and having had 4 neck surgerys that he’s gonna be the same manning we remember …

    Peyton relies on timing of his skill position and communications during the snap count. He’s working with young unproven guys who never had to work to be so precise as Peyton is going to demand.

    And what do we know of Peyton’s live arm strength anymore? He’s going to be so overhyped and anything less than Peyton vinatage ‘95/96 will be a huge failure.

    ***

    co-signed with fingers & G123 !!!

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    I hope we get Manning early.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rolando is going to own to Rockstar in about 200 days.

    Print that!!!

  • hwnrdr

    JFB, thanks for that article…you know by all means that the last post was not a strike at you…I just shake my head sometimes!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I could definetley see players on our current roster being offered as trade bait for the right price

    ***

    @HB

    any players you have in mind with tradeable contracts?

    JFB mentioned Jacoby Ford and I can see that..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Rolando is going to own to Rockstar in about 200 days.

    ***

    He’s gonna own me from the bench ??

  • DJ Johnny

    Well, I guess we have a draft after all.

    Weird to hear the Raiders getting anything resembling a “break” from the league.

    If I didn’t know better, i’d think the league might want the Raiders to improve their team a bit.

    This decision on the comp picks even surprised Reggie, so it could’ve gone the other way and no one would’ve squawked.

    I guess there’s no hard and fast formula for determining this, so for some reason the scales tipped the Raiders way it appears.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hwnrdr,

    Of course man, you could call me all kinds of names and I will just chalk it up to a bad day, lol.

    Just wanted you to know, as one of the level-headed ones here, that there is precedance to literally kill someone in Florida who is running away, and get away with it.

  • guest123

    @RRS,

    I happen to be a Branch fan. I think he’s one of the few guys on last year’s defense that played all out, all the time, and gave 110% effort regardless of the score. He may not even be as gifted as the top 5 safeties, but the effort and professionalism is something the team sorely needs.

    In the past Al Davis would have paid Branch for his work going forward, mafioso style. Taking care of the guys who took care of him. But those days are over, and Reggie-ball is here.

    Now, not to criticise Reggie too much, since we have had our share of Gibril Wilson’s, and AD’s scholarships have ruined the team’s cap. But in the rare case of Branch, I think Reggie should pull the trigger and get him signed long term. It would open up the money we need to sign a pass rushing SLB we need.

  • hwnrdr

    Thanks, JFB!

  • DJ Johnny

    Remember, Manning was 10-6 his last yr. playing with the Colts. Good, but not world beaters, and that was a pretty good Colt team.

    The guy is not superman. He’s very good, but he can be had.

    If he was unbeatable he’d more SB’s than his little brother.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He’s gonna own me from the bench ??

    *********************************

    Yup, on the bench at the end of a game, basking in the glow of another blowout victory he led.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Weird to hear the Raiders getting anything resembling a “break” from the league.
    ———–
    No Al = No Vendetta

  • guest123

    DJ Johnny Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 7:13 am
    Well, I guess we have a draft after all.

    Weird to hear the Raiders getting anything resembling a “break” from the league.

    If I didn’t know better, i’d think the league might want the Raiders to improve their team a bit.

    This decision on the comp picks even surprised Reggie, so it could’ve gone the other way and no one would’ve squawked.

    I guess there’s no hard and fast formula for determining this, so for some reason the scales tipped the Raiders way it appears.

    ******

    Was thinking the same thing. Maybe the NFL just wants to give the post AD management a shot in the arm. Maybe now they can allow his son a chance to field a winner.

    I only hope that Mark Davis one day hoists the SB trophy high in the air, and say’s “this one’s for your dad!”.

  • bcz24

    I think we bled off all the ‘talent’ we are going to get rid of. I don’t see any trades occurring, unless someone makes an offer that is considered WAY overpaying for a player (like giving us a 2nd rounder for Kelly or Ford)

  • Just Fire Baby

    Peyton is 9-10 in the playoffs.

    I believe he has 6 first round playoff losses.

    Elway will be canned soon enough, as this is going to just blow up in his face.

    People mock Tebow, but he set a fairly high bar for Peyton to get over.

    He won the division and than threw for 300 yards in a playoff win to get to the 2nd round. Anything less will be a massive failure for Peyton and Smellway.

  • RaiderRockstar

    But in the rare case of Branch, I think Reggie should pull the trigger and get him signed long term. It would open up the money we need to sign a pass rushing SLB we need

    ***

    @G123

    I’m confident Reggie will find Wimbley’s replacement via cheap free agent or mid-round draft pick

    he’s an excellent talent evaluator. thats his reputation anyways.

    Let’s not forget that next year we’ll have money to spend in free agency and draft picks to use. So if Branch doesn’t cut it, it won’t be hard to replace him. TB being tagged gives us a year to see if he’s gonna dominate in this new defensive scheme. You can’t say with 100% certainty that he will. nobody can – which is why nobody on defense got a big money deal

  • guest123

    I’d love to trade Ford and/or Kelly. Their value will never be higher than it is right now. Either draft picks or players. We have more important needs right now and Kelly’s cap number is too high.

  • DJ Johnny

    Guest,

    When they hoist the Lombardi they should all be wearing Al Davis masks just to tick everybody off.

  • J Hill

    Q: Talk about personnel that you’re inheriting and how much talent is there, if guys can fit in and can you take advantage of their skills?

    Allen: I think we’ve got some key players in place. Obviously, up front, we’ve got a pretty good group of guys up front where we can get after the passer and are still pretty stout against the run up front, from a linebacker standpoint. Rolando McClain was a first round draft choice and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of getting to work with him and he’s been real receptive to what we’re planning on doing.

    ———————————————————-

    RRS,

    Why don’t you read the question first!

    After reading the question, the first NAME he mentions when talking about “talent he is inheriting” is Rolando McClain.

    He thinks McClain can “fit in” to what he wants to do, and he can “take advantage” of his skills.

    Where’s my man Banana????

    How’s that for reading between the lines, lol!

  • RaiderRockstar

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/oakland-raiders/tommy-kelly/

    @bcz

    I think Kelly’s contract makes him untradeable, don’t you?

  • HairyBush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 7:11 am
    I could definetley see players on our current roster being offered as trade bait for the right price

    ***

    @HB

    any players you have in mind with tradeable contracts?

    JFB mentioned Jacoby Ford and I can see that..

    ——————-
    I tried giving this a lot of thought and as you said the key here is tradeable contracts. I think that the players I see as possible trade bait get ruled out for the reason of another team not wanting to pick up there contract unless there is some kind of agreement made with said trade partner. Big Reg may trade someone that really surprises most of the nation and not neccasarily making them happy. Even with no top draft picks the draft weekend may be interesting. Oh I do see L. Murphy gone for a 7th rounder or late 6th round. Like to see Jacoby stay, Wouldn’t be shocked if he was gone either.

  • guest123

    @ RRS,

    That’s a good point about no big defensive signings. What does that say about Reggie’s confidence in Tarver? I think he’s under a microscope. A one year trial period to see if he can turn the defense around with just coaching.

  • RaiderRockstar

    How’s that for reading between the lines

    ***

    thanks, Jhill

    knew I could count on you!

    :)

  • bcz24

    I was just using Kelly and Ford as examples, not implying that that is going to happen. I was trying to demonstrate what I meant by saying I don’t think anyone will be traded unless someone makes an offer that is far more valuable than the player we are getting.

  • John David Booty

    Picks are out. We have #95, #129, #148, #168, #189.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t even think Lou Murphy could net us a 6th or 7th rounder.

    He will probably get the same treatment that lame Kirk Morrison did, package him to move up maybe 15-20 spots in a later round.

  • John David Booty

    3rd round #95
    4th round #129
    5 round #148 and #168
    6th round #189

  • RaiderRockstar

    L. Murphy gone for a 7th rounder or late 6th round

    ***

    @HB

    Murph definately needs to step up his game. I could see him getting shipped out for next to nothing, but I have hope he’ll turn it around. he gets hurt a lot and often has a case of alligator arms while crossing the middle

  • Dakota

    You don’t get compensatroy picks for losing players you cut do you? It would be awesome to get some pick next year for Routt, Boss and Wimbley!

    Maybe we will get something for Bush and Campbell though….and Gio of course.

  • RaiderRockstar

    lame Kirk Morrison

    ***

    @JFB

    calling Capt Kirk “lame” would be like calling Manute Bol “fat”

    doesn’t make any sense.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post ladies

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