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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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  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Hardline – MR doesn’t want to respond to you right now. He’s busy twisting and reposting small bits of my words but with his own dellusional translation. Such is the case when one doesn’t have anything intelligent to say. How old are you, MR? You sound like a couple of broken records I remember from elementary school.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Ghost of Al Davis, you remind me of George Zimmerman.

    “Don’t worry lady, you’ll go through 13 white people with no fanfare before we hit another Trayvon.”

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Ghost of Al Davis

    I think American History, will teach you the law of averages in America, when it comes to race crimes.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    KoolKell Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 1:01 am
    Ghost of Al Davis

    I think American History, will teach you the law of averages in America, when it comes to race crimes.

    ##################################

    Let’s keep it to the present day, okay. Or is that how you rationalize? Is this payback for history? Fight ignorance with more ignorance? Your ancestors would be ashamed. With all that they went through only to have you rationalize present day ignorance using all the blood, sweat, and tears that they shed. So sad…

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Keep it to the present day? No problemo. This quote is from today:

    “Don’t worry lady, you’ll go through 13 white people with no fanfare before we hit another Trayvon.”

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I’ve never seen a crowd of black folk, lynching a white dude, have you?

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    MR – you’re embarrassing yourself. Post something intelligent. Save some dignity. Quit acting like a troll.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    “I have never harmed nor have any intention or desire to harm a black person. MLK is one of my personal heros. What I do hate are bigots, no matter their color. Keep trying. Poor MR…”

    “Your ancestors would be ashamed. With all that they went through only to have you rationalize present day ignorance using all the blood, sweat, and tears that they shed.”

    “Don’t worry lady, you’ll go through 13 white people with no fanfare before we hit another Trayvon.”

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    I’ve never seen a crowd of white folk lynching a black dude either. Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Is there a better word for deranged?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I’ve never seen a “whites at the back of the bus” sign, have you?

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Sullivan44 Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Is there a better word for deranged?

    ###############

    Yes, there is….Sullivan44. aka RMR

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Ghost of Al Davis, I really got under your skin. If I were black, I’d fear for my life.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Nor have I seen a “blacks at the back of the bus” sign. Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    More comedy, eh, MR? Right, you got under my skin. I reduced you to full-on troll mode and you’re the one to get under my skin. LOL. Poor guy.

    Oh, and you have nothing to fear, my little troll. No matter what your skin color.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Ghost, you’re worked up. I have to be honest, if I were black, I might contact the authorities. What you’ve said earlier combined with this anger? Not good.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    It’s “certain people” who get very uncomfortable with these conversations.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    LOL. Funny guy, you are. Authorities would laugh at you like they have many times over already, I’m sure.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    I’m not going to call the authorities, Ghost. I know you won’t harm me. I’m white. But if I were black, I’d be concerned. Heck, Im still concerned for black people who live near you.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Peace Gentlemen, goodnite

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Goodnite, Kell.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    MR, I’m touched you would try to bait me with the same fervor you do some of your regular rivals in here. Sorry it fell flat on its face.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    I’m out too. Goodnight, Kell.

    Ghost, move to a rural area.

  • Hardline

    Ghost,

    What were you two arguing about anyway ?

  • papertiger418

    This is NOT the blog to talk about race relations or hate crimes. The internet has more than enough forums for those of you who wish to do so.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Nah, rural areas not for me. I do have black neighbors, MR. As much as you hate to hear this, we have cordial conversations every time we see each other. Too bad you’re so full of hatred, MR. I’m glad we don’t have people like you in my neighborhood. Nope, no bigots that I know of in this area.

  • papertiger418

    And if we want to talk about media coverage, we can always make fun of Bill Williamson’s AFC West blog over on ESPN. Guy covered the Broncos for the Post. Enough said.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Hardline Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 1:30 am
    Ghost,

    What were you two arguing about anyway ?

    ###########################

    Just pointing out MR’s bigotry. The facts were too much for him to handle so he tried to twist my words and kept posting the same thing over and over. Poor guy.

  • Hardline

    Ghost,

    I think think Sullivan44 called it a night already.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Yes, that’s enough of that. I agree, tiger. Hey, any of you catch that talk from Reggie about wanting more “NFL money”. He mentioned the cap separately but hopefully that’s all he was referring to.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    It’s about time. Well past his bed time.

  • Hardline

    Ghost,

    Some posters here get very worked up, especially at night. I think they are drinking and have a bad reaction. There is a guy named HaysDaze, who gets very worked up at me using personal attacks, name calling etc.

    I wouldn’t worry about Sullivan44. He gets all worked up over nothing.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    I agree, Hardline. I think folks come in here expecting too much. These are the folks typically with no life outside of the online communities they attend. And that explains why they take things so personal and get all worked up. To them, this is everything. So when they get called out or folks don’t agree with everything they say, they act out in internet bravado or obnoxious troll-like behavior.

  • papertiger418

    I just don’t understand the mentality. I mean, I check in here to basically just talk about how awesome the Raiders are and to disparage our opponents in the AFC West and across the NFL in general. You think that would provide more than enough subject matter to satisfy people, but apparently that’s not the case. It’s just frustrating because I do care about those other topics; I just don’t care to think about them when visiting this blog.

  • fingers

    No Football talk ?… I’ll comeback for the Morning shift …

  • guest123

    Good Morning Nation

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Good morning. We are alive at ninety five!

  • guest123

    Yes indeed. I was thinking it would be 96, but I forgot that TP actually boosted us a pick, so 95 and still alive!

  • bcz24

    Make sure you all go to NFL.Com/Bracketology and vote for the ’76 Raiders as the greatest team of all time. They are in the final 4, up against the ’85 Bears in the semi-finals! Raider Nation lets pull our boys to victory!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!

  • fingers

    239..I had the honor of being there and watching the 76 team destroy the Vikings in Pasadena in 77……
    One of my fondest memory’s… You bet I’ll vote for them…

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Fingers, you should be inducted into this blog’s hall of fame. Anyone who was at a Raiders Super Bowl victory is an automatic inductee.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S.WAS IN NEW ORLEANS IN JAN-1981.SB-XV.AS A 20 YEAR OLD KID, THE 5 DAYS I SPENT THERE AROUND SUPER-SUNDAY WITH MY FATHER AND 3 UNCLES SHALL I SAY,WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

  • fingers

    242..I was living in Santa Monica at the time… … My whole family are diehard bayarea born Raider fans…anyway… My uncle brought down his family and they stayed with me and my girlfriend and had 2 tickets for us…never forget the electricity in the stands if the Rosebowl that day…total Raider day….Just dominated …

  • RaiderRockstar

    when you set the board, you try to set it to where you can have some possible starters through the fifth round. -RM

    ***

    how awesome would it be for BigMac to draft 4 starters in this year’s draft?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I need a lot more picks than what I have now and some more free agent moves. The only thing I wish I had more of was NFL money and NFL cap. That’s what I wish I had more of. -RM

    ***

    Are there gonna be some trades on draft day?

  • fingers

    I trust Reggie…. I believe he knows exactly what he’s going to do….. And I believe we’re gonna to be better off with him as GM

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: What do you do from here going forward in regards to clearing more space to add pieces to puzzle?

    McKenzie: Not a whole lot this year. I think the bulk of it has been done. Now it’s just, you try to wait it out and see who the best fit for these 53 guys in the long run to make this team and then try to figure out, at this point its going to be production and talent.

    ***

    hot dang!

    Cross everybody off the PFT Top 100 FA list. Oakland isn’t a potential destination

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 6:08 am
    I need a lot more picks than what I have now and some more free agent moves. The only thing I wish I had more of was NFL money and NFL cap. That’s what I wish I had more of. -RM

    ***

    Are there gonna be some trades on draft day?

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

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see a couple mid/late round picks go next year to get another 3rd/4th/5th this year.

    Wouldn’t look for anything more than that though. Reggie Mac can’t trade next year’s 1st, for instance, even if he wanted to because that pick belongs to the Bengals if we make the AFC Championship.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    hot dang!

    Cross everybody off the PFT Top 100 FA list. Oakland isn’t a potential destination

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

    Mostly I can’t disagree with Reggie, although guys like David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill remain unsigned and the LB corps needs a boost.