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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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  • edward teach

    909,

    Chiropractors can really help if you get a good one. I did Ironmans for years and had chronic hip and lower back issues. Found a good chiropractor and never had a problem after that. You’d be surprised at how many elite athletes see one on a regular basis.

  • jesusraiderjim

    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!…
    ————————————————
    I also think that is part of the reason I like him. I know that is a stupid reason, I am just partial to huge Tongans as NT’s. Alameda. Gotta love it.

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

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

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Not hatin on Chropractors per se.. I went to one 30 years ago, he fixed me up. I just don’t see where one could help on a hammy. That’s all…

  • Master Beeecham

    I found this great Korean chiropractor in Garden Grove who would massage my nads and weiner for 3 hours for only $200.

    Plus there was a Burger King next door, so after happy endings I’d head over there and refuel with a BK Triple Stacker and a Garden Fresh salad (for my waistline, duh).

  • DT42

    JLofty Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    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!
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    Too funny. I’m like 100 years old. Always remember the Reeves not only coached the Broncos but allowed his players to infest football with the “Dirty Bird”. ….yep still hate ‘em!!

  • edward teach

    909,

    It’s the collisions that throw off your body’s optimum alignment. My problems came from a couple of bike crashes. Once your body is out of alignment the muscles don’t fire in the proper order and injury can result. Your average Weekend Warrior might not notice, but if you’re doing four-to six hour repetetive movements (as in ultra endurance training) or top speed and power-type movements you are especially vulnerable.

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

    edward teach Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    909,

    It’s the collisions that throw off your body’s optimum alignment. My problems came from a couple of bike crashes. Once your body is out of alignment the muscles don’t fire in the proper order and injury can result. Your average Weekend Warrior might not notice, but if you’re doing four-to six hour repetetive movements (as in ultra endurance training) or top speed and power-type movements you are especially vulnerable.

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Blackbeard…

    I’ll buy that, makes sense..Guess I’m still from the put some ice on it, and get back out there school….lol.

  • Raiderjambo

    #4 RaiderRockStar, I’m with you on that,as much as AL (RIP) had his faults, it was his TEAM, and he lived for our beloved “OAKLAND RAIDERS”.

  • RaiderLen

    Edward Teach Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    909,

    It’s the collisions that throw off your body’s optimum alignment. My problems came from a couple of bike crashes. Once your body is out of alignment the muscles don’t fire in the proper order and injury can result. Your average Weekend Warrior might not notice, but if you’re doing four-to six hour repetetive movements (as in ultra endurance training) or top speed and power-type movements you are especially vulnerable.
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    Help me out here Teach.

    I’ve been to a chiro that straitened my lower back out. I was limping around the gym with back pain, but the back pain had no effect on my bench press performance.

    I don’t understand “muscles firing in the proper order”

    Also, ultra endurance is slow twitch fiber, explosive movement fast twitch.

    I’m confused.

  • edward teach

    909,

    And the greatest home remedy of all … BEER!!!

  • Raiderjambo

    Wonder what the GREAT 00 Jim Otto thinks, when he hears guys calling off for hammys, turf toes, and nicks?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Jim Otto had his leg amputated last year, no?

  • Raiderjambo

    Unfortunately that was the case Kell, but I think it was due to diabetes issues. Still, a tough SOB though.

  • RaiderLen

    Raiderjambo Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    Wonder what the GREAT 00 Jim Otto thinks, when he hears guys calling off for hammys, turf toes, and nicks?
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    Otto was a tough as they come.

    I’m sure he never had turf toe, or even a hammy.

    If He did, he’d have been able to play through it more effectively, because of his position.

    And we know he took the needle. :)

  • Master Beeecham

    Hey Krappy, so are you looking to have your head patted again today for:

    1) Registering the blog
    2) Ratting on bloggers who offend on you
    3) Driving a shiny red corvette
    4) Marrying a white woman with a bowl cut

  • edward teach

    Len,

    I’m no doctor, but it sounds like (if you’re doing it correctly) your lower back would have been more or less stabilized and relatively neutral when on the bench. I’d be willing to bet that you weren’t doing any squats pain-free.

    As far as the endurance vs. power movements; the power ones I think kinda speak for themselves if you think in terms of, say, building something. If it’s constructed proprerly and everything’s square, a powerful shift will naturally be absorbed by the entire structure. If something’s off, it’s the

  • RaiderLen

    Edward Teach Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:34 pm
    Len,

    I’m no doctor, but it sounds like (if you’re doing it correctly) your lower back would have been more or less stabilized and relatively neutral when on the bench. I’d be willing to bet that you weren’t doing any squats pain-free.

    As far as the endurance vs. power movements; the power ones I think kinda speak for themselves if you think in terms of, say, building something. If it’s constructed proprerly and everything’s square, a powerful shift will naturally be absorbed by the entire structure. If something’s off, it’s the
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    Thanks Teach.

    True, no squats…lol

    I’m still confused about muscles firing out of sequence.

    I’ve not come across that before?

    Dehydration can mess with muscle contractions and cause injury for sure. Particularly in explosive movements.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Teach, what do you think about Kettlebells?

  • RaiderLen

    Teach,

    When you say firing out of sequence, is it related to compensatory movement to “adjust” to an existing problem, thus causing the muscles to fire out of sequence relative to the most natural form of the movement?

  • RaiderLen

    KoolKell Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:44 pm
    Teach, what do you think about Kettlebells?
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    Old school. Never used them.

    You can by a kettlebell fitness dvd program on TV. :)

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

    And the greatest home remedy of all … BEER!!!

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Yessir!..ice COLD beer…Does wonders for every day aches and pains!…..

  • edward teach

    Sorry. Freakin’ Androids.

    Anyway, it’s the misaligned section and surrounding area that’s going to be affected most. With a sudden and powerful shift, you will get immediate damage (muscle pulls in athletes) . If the movement is less forceful and more repetetive, you can also get the muscle pulls, but those problems are more likely to involve injuries related to muscle imbalances and so forth, with the symptoms more likely to involve chronic pain and stiffness and reduced range of motion.

    Like I said, I’m not a doctor, and that’s the best way I can explain it.

  • JLofty

    Ooo DT I forgot about the Dirty Bird. Okay you win, I’m back to hatin on Dan Reeves, I don’t care how old that motherfather is….

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Yeah, I have one. The basic swing pretty much hits your entire body.

  • edward teach

    69. Yep, exactly.

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

    Jim Otto had his leg amputated last year, no?

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    Been a couple, three years now…

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy, for a good old fashioned workout just get someone to shoot a cannonball at your stomach

    Or chase a chicken around your living room

    Isn’t that how you old timers did it back in the black & white days?

  • RaiderLen

    KoolKell Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    Yeah, I have one. The basic swing pretty much hits your entire body.
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    Way to go Kell!

    Any exercise is good exercise in my book.

    Mixing it up (routines) from time to time is good as well.

  • edward teach

    Kell,

    I’ve never used kettle bells. I do know a couple of people that swear by ‘em, though.

    Have you had good luck with them?

  • RaiderLen

    Edward Teach Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    69. Yep, exactly.
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    Ahh! got it.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Kettlebells are a pretty intense workout, but, I should be swinging them more. I’ll just leave it at that. ;-)

  • RaiderLen

    KoolKell Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    The Kettlebells are a pretty intense workout, but, I should be swinging them more. I’ll just leave it at that.
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    LOL

    You misspelled kettlebells…lol

  • JLofty

    I have some Kettleballs, I like to soak them in a mixture of Pamolive and blended margarita when they swell up…

  • RaiderLen

    Master Beeecham Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    Krappy, for a good old fashioned workout just get someone to shoot a cannonball at your stomach

    Or chase a chicken around your living room

    Isn’t that how you old timers did it back in the black & white days?
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    Ok this is funny.

    I’m old, it could apply to me as well. LOL

  • RaiderLen

    JLofty Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:58 pm
    I have some Kettleballs, I like to soak them in a mixture of Pamolive and blended margarita when they swell up…
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    Palmolive? Madge? lol

  • edward teach

    81. Haha. They say you can always find the time, but I’m not so sure that “they” live in the same world as the rest of us :)

  • Master Beeecham

    Len you seem like a pretty cool older Bro who knows how to party serious

    But Krappy could easily throw out his back for a month doing kettleballs.

    Heck, he almost shatters his hip every time he wakes up from a nap

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just got out of the Sauna & Steam, nap time. ;-)

    Later Gents.

  • Raiderjambo

    77.Being an “old timer” LMAO.

  • RaiderLen

    Raiderjambo Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
    77.Being an “old timer” LMAO.
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    I actually belly laughed at the “shoot a cannon ball at your stomach” line.

    I’ve seen that shiiit.

    Hilarious.

  • Master Beeecham

    KoolKell Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Just got out of the Sauna & Steam, nap time. ;-)

    Later Gents.

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    Later Krappy. Try not to dislocate your hip settling down on that Lay-Z Boy

  • PercEpTivE

    @RaiderRockstar,
    I think the Raiders should draft Nigel Bradham, ILB, from Florida State.
    He is fast and tough. Size of McClain eating blocks, Curry’s speed, Wheelers instincts and Bradham’s aggression = depth.
    If he last till 95th pick, unless there is an awesome O-lineman still around I say he is a good pick.

  • Twocents

    I think the Raiders are going to be the surprise team of the AFC West.
    Everybody in the division has improved so the pimps in the media have us slated for last.
    I don’t know if we will win it, but we have a good chance.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    preseason optimism…blah.

    Either you know you’re a fan of a top tier team, or you don’t. I say we’ve got a couple of years. But of course anything can happen.

  • MartiniRaider

    #95 – Mychal Kendricks OLB Cal

  • Seymour Bush

    Twocents Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I think the Raiders are going to be the surprise team of the AFC West.
    ===========================

    Sullivan44 Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    preseason optimism…blah.

    Either you know you’re a fan of a top tier team, or you don’t. I say we’ve got a couple of years. But of course anything can happen.
    =========================================

    I think we are going to be the surprise team of the AFC West as well. The second Palmer came here we became the team to beat in the division. The issue with the Raiders the last 10 years has been the coaching staff’s have been less than stellar. And even if they have had somethings on the ball they have been hamstrung by the org. All of that is now in the past.

  • 38Cs

    #95 maurice clarrett

  • chuck

    The 95th pick will be malik jackson de from tennesse.

  • anallpro24

    Yeah, keep the preseason hype and unwarranted optimism on late round draft picks quiet.

    Nothing matters unless Reggie and Dennis get this group acting as one.

    Hue and his useless attempt at ending penalties was humerous at best.

    Dennis will be next if this isn’t fixed, but bootlickers will run to his aid.

    Somethings never change, like bad teeth and rednecks.

  • qodrn1

    This may be old, but here is more on the new unis from profootballtalk.com

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 4, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Getty ImagesWith Nike now on the NFL scene, only one team has made a major change to its standard uniform design.

    So far.

    For some of the other teams, the changes came from the way the jerseys are made. But five teams have chosen to make no changes will be made to the appearance of the jerseys or the manner in which they are made.

    “The Green Bay Packers have chosen to stay with their traditional design aesthetic as well as their former uniform fabrication for the coming season,” Nike explains at its website.

    A similar message appears for the Panthers (who nevertheless have added the “KEEP POUNDING” message to the inside of the jersey), the Falcons, the Eagles, and the Raiders,

    Four other teams have incorporated the Nike technology without the “Flywire” in the neckline, including the Patriots, the Chiefs (who also have moved their numbers from the sleeves of the jerseys to the shoulders), the Steelers, the Texans.

    So nine of the 32 teams have yet to fully embrace the supposedly revolutionary design of the new Nike jerseys.