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Allen on Raiders’ first week

Got some time on the phone today with Raiders coach Dennis Allen, asking him about getting his program off the ground in the restricted era of the new CBA, his impressions of how the first week is going in the strength and conditioning phase, as well as his reaction to what’s going on with the Saints, where he was the defensive backs coach for a Super Bowl champion:

Q: With new CBA, offseason is uncharted territory, how did you go implementing your program?

Allen: coming into this thing, I’ve kind of accumulated some knowledge over the year, being in Atlanta, seeing how Dan Reeves did it and how Jim Mora did it, going to New Orleans, seeing how Sean Payton did it, last year, getting a chance to see how John Fox did it. I’ve kind of taken some ideas from everything that we’ve done in the past and tried to incorporate that into what we’re going to do this year. Now obviously with the new offseason rules, it makes that even more of a challenge. As I’ve gone through this I’ve had an opportunity, not anybody in particular,necessarily, but reach out to a few coaches both new coaches, head coaches in the NFL, and also coaches that have been in the league and kind of ask their opinion on how they’ve done things. And obviously we’ve spent a lot of time with our people here, with Dan Ventrelle, with Tom Delaney, as well as myself and the coordinators trying to sort through everything and make sure we’re following all the rules of the new CBA.

Q: The new regime of the Raiders, players and coaches, met for the first time this week, how would you characterize the first meeting? Was there a mission statement, or more of a simple laying out of what your plan is for this camp?

Allen: It was a little bit of a combination of all that, and I think what we tried to do is make sure we declared the expectations of the players, and really what type of players that we’re looking for to build the team that we want to become. It was more of an information session for them, to let them know, from a coaching standpoint, what we’re looking for.

Q: During this first phase, only strength and conditioning coach can be on field with players?

Allen: That’s correct.

Q: Plus two hours of meetings allowed per day?

Allen: That’s correct.

Q: Where those meetings scheme-oriented?

Allen: We’re installing offensive and defensive schemes during those meetings. We’re setting the foundation for what are beliefs are, what are core values are, from a defensive standpoint. We’re setting our core values and beliefs from an offensive standpoint as well as getting into the scheme and what we’re going to run.

Q: As far as players being on the film with strength and conditioning coaches, is that stuff filmed and can that film be analyzed?

Allen: It cannot be analyzed. By league rules we have to video, anything that goes on on the field has to be videoed and we have to keep that video into the regular season so in case there’s ever any type of dispute there’s video evidence.

Q: What kind of turnount have you had for this phase?

Allen: I’ve been real pleased with the turnout. It hasn’t been 100 percent but it’s in the 90 something percent range. I’ve been real pleased with it, the guys are really working hard, the strength coaches come up here every day and give me an update on how everybody is doing and I’ve been real pleased with the work we’ve got done so far.

Q: You’re still in the very early stages of getting to know this team, but can you form any impressions at all of what you’ve seen the first few days?

Allen: Well, I think the thing that I would look at with these guys, I would say these guys are eager, they’re eager for change, they’re eager for getting an opportunity to get started, they’re looking forward to a clean slate, and I’ve been pleased with their eagnerness to work.

Q: Are guys like McFadden, Shaughnessy, Ford, that had injury issues last year, are they on site and can they let it rip in terms of conditioning or are they still restricted in some way?

Allen: I can’t necessarily answer that question because I haven’t seen that with my own eyes, but based on the reports that I’m getting, these guys are, if they’re not fully 100 percent they’re pretty close and they’re ready to go.

Q: Now that you’re in the conditioning phase, curious whether the run on hamstring and foot injuries last year was addressed and studied, and have things been implemented to prevent that? Or was it just written off as a fluke during the lockout year with no off-season?

Allen: We don’t look at anything as a fluke around here. We’re always trying to evaluate anything within the program and see if there’s anything we can do to make that better. We’re looking at, OK, if we have a lot of hamstring injuries, what can we do from a strength and conditioning standpoint to correct that? What we do from a chiropractic standpoint to correct that? From a training room standpoint, what can we do? Is there something a field maintenance standpoint we can do? We’re going to look at everything within the organization that we can to try and help our players stay healthy to give us the best chance to win.

Q: Has the bounty issue been addressed already, or do you wait until there’s contact at practice?

Allen: It’s been addressed, it’s going to be something that when we have the whole team together is a better time to address that.

Q: With the ongoing bounty story, does that at all taint the championship you won there and did you have any direct knowledge of the bounty system in place?

Allen: What I’m going to say about it is, No. 1, I’m proud of the success that we were able to have there, and No.2 , I’ve moved on, and I’m really a lot more interested in what’s happening with the Oakland Raiders and trying to prepare ourselves for the upcoming season. What’s happened in the past, I’ve really moved on.

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  • guest123

    Q: With the ongoing bounty story, does that at all taint the championship you won there and did you have any direct knowledge of the bounty system in place?

    Allen: What I’m going to say about it is, No. 1, I’m proud of the success that we were able to have there, and No.2 , I’ve moved on, and I’m really a lot more interested in what’s happening with the Oakland Raiders and trying to prepare ourselves for the upcoming season. What’s happened in the past, I’ve really moved on.

    ********

    Great question Jer, coach Allen has to realize this isn’t the last he’s going to hear about this. No moving on, even if he thinks he can.

  • DEATHROW 55

    Who did Terry porter go to?

  • hwnrdr

    True, Guest, but what do you want him to say?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis used to say about the Raiders’ opponent’s quarterback: “The quarterback must go down, and he must go down hard.”

    ***

    they will, Al

    2012 Raiders = #1 in sacks

    we will honor Al Davis in the greatest way imaginable. by winning.

  • Marks hair

    I like allens answeres about the injurys.

  • raidertbone

    Turn the page … it’s the dawn of a new era for the Raiders: Return to Excellence! All day, baby!

  • lefty12

    No moving on, even if he thinks he can.
    ================================
    Wrong.He can and has moved on.Just because others can’t or won’t doesn’t mean DA can’t and hasn’t.

  • R8ER MIKE

    hey tbone, whats happin neighbor ??

  • hwnrdr

    Hey tbone…you got my email?

  • RaiderRockstar

    still awaiting votes for #95 pick

    Attn:

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Who do you want the Raiders to draft at #95 ???

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  • boa2012

    Are the niners planning on cancelling their future games vs. Dallas and N.O.? They couldn’t control the crowd in those games either. Plus those big mean Saints wanted to K.O. all those delicate flowers in gbe playoffs. Unimaginable violence!

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Thanks Jer.! Keep on asking tough questions.

    Q: With the ongoing bounty story, does that at all taint the championship you won there and did you have any direct knowledge of the bounty system in place?

    Allen: What I’m going to say about it is, No. 1, I’m proud of the success that we were able to have there, and No.2 , I’ve moved on, and I’m really a lot more interested in what’s happening with the Oakland Raiders and trying to prepare ourselves for the upcoming season. What’s happened in the past, I’ve really moved on.
    ***************************************************
    Dennis will not be in trouble will he? We are really screwed if they take our Coach away. If Dennis gets in trouble(which I doubt)….then I’ll take a coach no less than Bill Cowher. Just saying.

  • raidertbone

    I wish Inside The Bay Area would get rid of that picture of JaWalrus guiding the Silver and Black. I know it’s because it’s against the Whiners, but PLEASE – can we ever get past that dark chapter in our history (or should I say, “Purple chapter”)?!!

  • R8ER MIKE

    Hot Damn…. its 4:20..
    dont ya know i gotta go….puff puff pass !!
    brb.

  • raidertbone

    Hwnrdr:
    Nope; never got it. Maybe we can communicate some other way, if this doesn’t work:
    thomjones72@yahoo.com

  • HairyBush

    yo

  • Thec

    Are guys like McFadden, Shaughnessy, Ford

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

    Ford played last game….

  • R8ER MIKE

    HairyPalmer.. good day sir !!

  • HairyBush

    Allen: It cannot be analyzed. By league rules we have to video, anything that goes on on the field has to be videoed and we have to keep that video into the regular season so in case there’s ever any type of dispute there’s video evidence.
    ———————————
    Dispute? is this a reference to possible future injuries?

  • HairyBush

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    HairyPalmer.. good day sir !!
    —————–
    I just watched the latest episode of Tosh.o and one of the guys had to drink something with horse semen in it.
    The drink was called a HairyPalmer! Good thing I didn’t change my name to that, I was so close! lol

  • HairyBush

    Coach Allen said 90% of the team was there.
    Just curious who din’t show.
    Let me guess…Seymour and the kickers?

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol lol yeah i guess that rules uot that nickname !!

  • Thec

    Unless you had a death in the family, or an addition, you should be with the team.

  • Dakota

    34.J Hill Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    I guess Bynum has learned how to play hurt, eh Dakota?

    +++++++++

    Let’s just see if he makes it through the playoffs before we start celebrating.

  • Dakota

    Q: With the ongoing bounty story, does that at all taint the championship you won there and did you have any direct knowledge of the bounty system in place?

    Allen: What I’m going to say about it is, No. 1, I’m proud of the success that we were able to have there, and No.2 , I’ve moved on, and I’m really a lot more interested in what’s happening with the Oakland Raiders and trying to prepare ourselves for the upcoming season. What’s happened in the past, I’ve really moved on.
    ++++++++++

    Wow, that was an evasive answer….must have something to hide.

  • RaiderRockstar

    did you have any direct knowledge of the bounty system in place?

    ***

    whoa, nice work Jerry Mac!

  • NavyRaider

    You never know, but it is possible that Allen could have been the snitch on the bounty case.

  • No Lo

    Re 10, 11
    1st choice with 95 Alameda Ta’amu. 2nd Choice with 95 Kendricks from Cal. Thanks for asking. I appreciate it.

  • lefty12

    Wow, that was an evasive answer….must have something to hide.
    ————————————————
    Or he just doesn’t want to talk about it.

  • edward teach

    I would imagine that DA has talked to everyone he needs to talk to about the situation in New Orleans. He’s the head coach of the Raiders now, and that’s what he’s focused on. Fine with me.

  • raiderpete

    Great question at the end Jerry! He sounded like a politician.

  • JLofty

    Or it’s still the America we knew and loved and you do not have to incriminate yourself just because some reporter asks you a question. Proving DA’s not stupid.

  • JLofty

    No if he was a politician, he would’a lied. In your face. Like Anthony Weiner or heck any of them…
    Nope DA is a smart fella. There’s NOTHING to gain by opening your mouth on that topic whatsoever. Plenty to lose, nothing to gain…

  • wolferaider

    Pick #95 the Raiders choose : DT Chapman

  • RaiderRockstar

    still awaiting votes for #95 pick (alpha)

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  • DT42

    Ok Coach Allen, I want to like you. I really do. I am willing to overlook the fact that your an Aggie (I work a couple of blocks away from UT). But when you remind me that you are a Dan Reeves protege you mess it up. Now I know as an Aggie I have to talk slow to you but understand your the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders now. And I get that Reeves is a major influence on your coaching career but I don’t want to hear about it.

    Since you are now with the Raiders there are a couple of names you should never mention unless your are insulting them. Horse whisperer Dan Reeves is one here are a couple of others:

    Mr. Ed (John Elway)
    Anyone associated with the Broncos not named Lyle Alzado
    Anyone associated with the Chiefs not named Matuzak
    Anyone with the last name Schottenheimer
    Anyone who has had the chance to punch a Shottenheimer in the face and didn’t
    Any ESPN Analyst not named Jon Richie
    Anyone associated with the Chargers
    Anyone associated with the Seahawks (yeah we still hate them).
    Mike Shanahan, and anyone named Shanahan (see Shottenheimer rule)
    Lance Kiffin (again see the Shottenheimer rule)

    I’m glad your informed about this now. I just don’t want you to be another Lance Kiffin.

  • Thec

    Anyone who has had the chance to punch a Shottenheimer in the face and didn’t

    +++++++++=

    hahahahahahahaha….

  • Master Beeecham

    Brahs, any of you ever blow dry your pubes so long that your nads got sunburned?

    Trying to get my manscape tight for the 2 Kewl 4 Skool photo shoot this afternoon. Mistakenly singed my twins, now got them soaking in a cooling mixture of Palmolive & top shelf margaritas.

    Hopefully they’ll able to “perform” later when a couple shorties cruise over for the Dodger home opener.

    Gonna watch the Padre beat down on the plasma then double team these two nitwits on the balcony.

    Probably rock a few jams off the Michael Buble Christmas album to set the mood, you know how we do

    KICKIN’ DEM BEATS IN STEREO

  • edward teach

    37. Rules to live by. I think they’re part of the Nation Charter; if not they should be.

    Here I am, a Sooner fan, agreeing with a freakin’ Longhorn. Just goes to show you that the Nation trumps all.

  • Dakota

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7778991/orlando-magic-stan-van-gundy-dwight-howard-wants-fired

    Lol, Van Gundy in a crowd of reporters talking about his knowledge that Howard wants him fired…then comes Howard….not knowing what they were talking about, and he puts his arm around Van Gundy!

    LMAO….awkward….

  • RaiderRockstar

    Here I am, a Sooner fan, agreeing with a freakin’ Longhorn. Just goes to show you that the Nation trumps all.

    ***

    at least you didn’t tell him to go eff himself, blackbeard

    :)

    <— hurt feelings!

  • DT42

    edward teach Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    37. Rules to live by. I think they’re part of the Nation Charter; if not they should be.

    Here I am, a Sooner fan, agreeing with a freakin’ Longhorn. Just goes to show you that the Nation trumps all.

    —————————-
    Raider Nation above all!

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Rockstar….

    RE: #95 pick..

    Since I don’t pour over scouting reports, or mock drafts. I will go with Alameda Ta’amu. Anyone with that first name was born to be a Raider!…

    If he’s gone by #95, I like that linebacker What’s His Name. From, NorthWest BumphuqPodunk Tech. Central Eastern..Kid is a baller!……

  • edward teach

    Haha. Was having a bad day that day. I still love you, man. Lol

  • SR Raider

    DT #37 – good stuff. Disgusts me every time he mentions that donkey f’ers name

    Btw – does anybody know what offense Slocum ran at A&M when DA was there? I wonder how much of that, if any, we’ll see

  • DT42

    SR Raider Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    DT #37 – good stuff. Disgusts me every time he mentions that donkey f’ers name

    Btw – does anybody know what offense Slocum ran at A&M when DA was there? I wonder how much of that, if any, we’ll see

    ———————
    Pro sets if i remember right. I try to avoid A&M games whenever possible (good luck in the SEC!!).

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Allen: We don’t look at anything as a fluke around here. We’re always trying to evaluate anything within the program and see if there’s anything we can do to make that better. We’re looking at, OK, if we have a lot of hamstring injuries, what can we do from a strength and conditioning standpoint to correct that? What we do from a chiropractic standpoint to correct that?
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    No ufcking wonder we have had issues with hamstrings. They have freaking Chiropractor’s treating them!…..

  • JLofty

    Dang no wonder it’s grumpy in here so often…
    You guys are still hatin on Dan Reeves?!?
    I mean Horseface, I get that, and Ratface, understood.
    But Dan Reeves is like a 105 years old. He got fired by the Dip$#it Donkey owner when I was in high school, maybe college.
    You guys are too funny.
    I still have to remind myself not to hate the Seaducks though…guilty as charged!

  • Twocents

    I like good chiropractors. I limped into the mans office, I walked out a new man. Cost, $25.