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Allen careful regarding CBA restrictions

Raiders coach Dennis Allen says he’s done extensive research, with help from administrators Dan Ventrelle and Tom Delaney, on the new collective bargaining agreement to make sure his club doesn’t run afoul of the law.

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer noted that Allen has been strident in making sure rules are enforced while at the same time accounting for every split-second available during the strength and conditioning phase.

“It’s kind of weird. We’ve really had only one meeting with coach Allen where he kind of introduced himself and introduced the team,” Palmer said Thursday afternoon. “There are so many rules and he’s doing a good job of making sure he doesn’t even come close to breaking a rule.

“But you can tell his hand print, his footprints, are all over everything. Everything is so organized. You can tell the plan is in place. He didn’t spend a bunch of time on it, but he let it be known his job is to come in and win a world championship.

“There’s a map to it. They’ve been very anal about the time in meetings, the amount of time we can spend in the weight room, making sure there are no infractions whatsoever. There’s a real tight focus on where he’s headed with this team and this organization. It gets you excited for the next stage, the minicamp, the OTAs, the mandatory minicamp, training camp and then of course the season.”

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  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Raiders are one of 5 teams who have decided not to use the new uniforms. That includes the new fabric construct of the jerseys and pants and socks with all the built-in padding and fancy mesh pieces etc.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J Jackson is a good FS prospect, but he had drug issues and got kicked out of Tenn. he was projected a lot higher before he had his off the field issues.

  • Tjbwall

    I think by Mckenzie letting Cartwright walk he let us know he’s not signing anybody to be “just a special teams guy”

  • DJ Johnny

    One thing I like about our QB Palmer is his excitement level. The guy is really happy to be a Raider.

    He’s probably just so excited to be looking cool in a uniform and not having to wear that ridiculous clown outfit they have in Cincy.

    But seriously, can u picture Jamarcus saying the stuff Palmer does? Or even JC? I don’t ever recall a Raider QB sounding this optimistic and excited to be part of this team.

  • Master Beeecham

    Blog Goobs, the draft is going to be sweet, can’t wait to get some gnarly freaks.

    Speaking of my new boy band 2 Kewl 4 Skool (2K4S), we finished our photo session today and our hairdos looked hella tight

    I blow dried, fluffed, gelled then styled my pubes but we were only doing headshots. But trust me, they would’ve looked amazing on film in the right lighting.

    Still need Krappy to sign that contract to perform with us on tour.

    He’ll play the crazy old fool who wanders up on stage in the middle of the show and we blast him into the 30th row with green smelly goo

    I know, the role is a real stretch for the old dog, huh

    FEEDIN THE BEAST FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    I love how some of you talk about Giordano as if he’s a liability. He only picked off everything thrown in his direction last year.

  • DJ Johnny

    Beecham, Can’t wait to see “2 Kewl 4 Skool” in action.

    I hope you’re prepared for some backlash from the education community.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Beecham’s intro:

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, no more rap groups that are a bad influence on our children. Put your hands together for 2Cool4School!”

  • DJ Johnny

    Beecham, You might have to record a song to appease the uptight people who will protest the message that the anme of your band suggests.

    You might wanna try a remake of the Coasters classic “Yakety Yak”.

    “Yakety Yak..don’t smoke crack”.

    Just a thought.

  • Chris in NY

    DJ,
    That’s because Carson Palmer is a bona fide big time QB. JaMarcus was an uber talented slug. Campbell was a game manager.

    As much as everyone was moaning about the trade last season, would any of you seriously prefer the No. 17 pick in the draft to Carson Palmer right now?

    Honestly, honestly, and keep in mind I’m all about having a great QB, I would say the number 1 pick, the Andrew Luck pick is the only one in this draft that I’d take over Palmer.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Al Davis ruined JaMarcus Russell.

  • Master Beeecham

    DJ Johnny, you’ve gotta play some of our upcoming tracks on your radio show

    We’re going to have plenty of subliminal messages about smoking hella weed and bareback love making, so your audience will surely love us

    Need to find a way to properly fluff and style our pubes for our photo shoots without frying our nads

    This afternoon I had to soak my boys in a cooling mixture of top shelf margaritas and Palmolive

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Look at JaMarcus Russell pre Raiders.

    Look at JaMarcus Russell post Raiders.

    Enough said. Another casualty of what Rich Gannon called the “chaos”. It would have eaten any rookie QB alive. Gannon was a seasoned veteran and it made him want to explode.

  • arkraider

    Al Davis ruined Jamarcus? Come on. I know your just a hate baiter but come on. Did Al make him gain all that weight, nod out in meetings on his cheap ass pain meds?

    Yeah right! I’ll buy that the organization in its state of disorganization didn’t do the boy any favors but he had zero ambition and drive otherwise don’t u think another team would’ve taken a chance on him?

  • DJ Johnny

    Chris,
    Yeah. I just don’t remember any Raider QB sound like he’s this much into the team since…Gannon I guess, right?

    For some reason I’ve always liked Palmer…even when he was with the Bengals.

    I remember the rush I got when I was driving around lsitening to Jim Rome on the radio when he announced the deal and my first thought was “YES”!!! “We actually have an elite, big name QB”. Now, I know he may not be considered to be “elite” anymore but that was just MY first thought when I heard the trade. I think he has that “eliteness” in him in the right situation.

    Sure he disappointed me a bit…especially the GB game, but he had his moments where you saw it…flashes of “elite”.

    I love the fact he embraces the pressure and he doesn;t seem to be afraid to make a mistake.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Russell was going nowhere but up. Sky was the limit. He was a happy kid. Full of hopes. Living his dream. Then, he stepped foot in Oakland. Live in denial all you want to. Rich Gannon was 30 when he came here and the place made him want to explode. He’s said so.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    The Russell debate is really easy to close out.

    Simple.

    Look at him pre Raiders, look at him post Raiders.

    Enough said.

  • Chris in NY

    Sullivan,
    Gannon was also a journeyman nobody before he got to the Raiders in his 30s and became a multi-time Championship game QB and NFL MVP. If JaMarcus had the heart and drive of a Peyton Manning or Drew Brees he could have been one of the best of all time. He just didn’t have it in him.

    And I don’t blame the Raiders for drafting him, because I’m in line with Al’s philosophy of swinging big and going for upside.

  • arkraider

    You’d be happy to if you just got 30 million dollars and all you cared about was chillin an gettin high! Wouldn’t you be happy too. But it takes a desire, dedication and a lot of hard work to be a successful QB in the NFL, regardless of the chaos here the boy clearly didn’t care from day one.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    You miss the point, Chris. Gannon was 30 years old when he got here, and the place made him want to erupt. Have you heard of any of Gannon’s interviews in the past few years about his days with the Raiders? He was 30. The chaos made concentrating “impossible”. That was the word he used. So imagine what this place does to a 22 year old kid. JaMarcus had no freakin’ chance. The Raiders’ dysfunctional culture absolutely destroyed the kid.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    It’s not about the money. What 22 year old is good at managing money anyway? I’d like to see you at 22 with millions of dollars. You’d blow it in a matter of months.

  • DJ Johnny

    Beecham, If you get me a CD of “2kewl 4 skool” or even a good quality MP3 I PROMISE you I will find a place for it on my shift someway somehow. I mean that.

    It’s not a major market audience like LA but it’d be fun.

  • Chris in NY

    I know what Gannon has said, but that culture didn’t prevent him from ascending to NFL MVP. I believe he believes what he’s saying, but I think the results he achieved disprove his own claims.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Chris, Gannon was 30. 32, I think, actually. That’s why Gannon was able to thrive. He also had a damn good coach and somewhat of an offensive system. Are incapable of grasping the difference between a 32 year old being thrown into a chaotic work environment and a 22 year old?

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Chris, your responses are DENIAL, DENIAL, DENIAL. Each one of them.

  • prideNDpoise

    Darius Flemming would be a quality mid-late round pick to add depth at LB. Jones out of Syracuse as well…

  • DJ Johnny

    So what is stopping Jamarcus from losing weight and making a comeback?

    Regardless of what Al supposedly did to him there’s no excuse for sleeping through meetings and not being at all committed to being a good QB.

    He was last one in and first one out at practice all the time.

    How is that Al’s fault?

  • filobedo

    I saw JR in college…..not just the bowl game.
    He didn’t have it.
    Crazy talent but average otherwise

  • DJ Johnny

    Look at him pre Raiders, look at him post Raiders.

    Enough said.

    “Post” Raiders? He’s sitting on a porch in Alabama eating marshmallows and staring at his “Chosen One” tattoo; telling stories to kids about how he used to be somebody.

    No doubt he’s telling those same kids to not believe the 99 % of sports writers and analysts who call him the biggest bust in the history of sports.

    He’s a great example to those kids too. If a boss gives you 3 million dollars to do a job, but the work situation is not perfect and you meet some adversity, the thing to do is not try anymore and seek out drugs. Then, when they fire you, you give up right away and stop trying, cuz after all if the world doesn’t coddle you and treat you like a little helpless baby, even after giving you 36 million and sticking up for you publicly then you should just give up and never try again. But always remember kids, it was my mean bosses fault. You know, the guy that gave me 36 million to a job that I didn’t feel was important enough to even stay awake for.

  • Corporate_Raider

    People … Al did not ruin JR. JR was flawed from the get go. The thing Al did wrong was draft JR #1. The skinny on JR was that he was talented but raw and undisciplined. He was going to need time to mature and have the kind of coaches and situation where he could be brought along slowly. If you want to blame Al for “ruining” JR it has to be in the context of, JR was a bad choice for the Raiders.

    JR himself says that he was losing family members to death and that hurt him immensely. Football was not a priority when family members are dying.

    I believe for all his size and strength JR was emotionally fragile … he was/is a Baby Huey, a man-child.

    He was not ready to play QB in the NFL, he was handed all this money and responsibility and he could not handle it. He was depressed because of deaths in the family and really didn’t care if he played or not.

    You can say Al ruined JR but Al is renowned for his fierce loyalty to his players which he expected in return. Once a Raider, always a Raider. I think Al did not quite understand the modern player and their loyalty to money and not team. I think he tried to instill that in players by handing them more money to show his loyalty to them but in most cases, it back-fired and the players took advantage of an aging gentleman who expected things to be as they once were.

    JR did not want to play. At LSU he was surrounded by great talent which was not the case in Oakland. If JR truly wanted to play, he would have put in the effort. If he still wants to play he would put in the effort. He has done neither.

    To my knowledge no other team in the NFL has contacted JR to see if he wants to come in and work on his game. If I were the Raiders, I’d bring him in and let him and put him on the practice squad, if he wants to.

  • Corporate_Raider

    People … Al did not ruin JR. JR was flawed from the get go. The thing Al did wrong was draft JR #1. The skinny on JR was that he was talented but raw and undisciplined. He was going to need time to mature and have the kind of coaches and situation where he could be brought along slowly. If you want to blame Al for “ruining” JR it has to be in the context of, JR was a bad choice for the Raiders.

    JR himself says that he was losing family members to death and that hurt him immensely. Football was not a priority when family members are dying.

    I believe for all his size and strength JR was emotionally fragile … he was/is a Baby Huey, a man-child.

    He was not ready to play QB in the NFL, he was handed all this money and responsibility and he could not handle it. He was depressed because of deaths in the family and really didn’t care if he played or not.

    You can say Al ruined JR but Al is renowned for his fierce loyalty to his players which he expected in return. Once a Raider, always a Raider. I think Al did not quite understand the modern player and their loyalty to money and not team. I think he tried to instill that in players by handing them more money to show his loyalty to them but in most cases, it back-fired and the players took advantage of an aging gentleman who expected things to be as they once were.

    JR did not want to play. At LSU he was surrounded by great talent which was not the case in Oakland. If JR truly wanted to play, he would have put in the effort. If he still wants to play he would put in the effort. He has done neither.

    To my knowledge no other team in the NFL has contacted JR to see if he wants to come in and work on his game. If I were the Raiders, I’d bring him in and put him on the practice squad, if he wants to.