Raiders coach Allen talks about schedule, McFadden, Pryor, etc.


Raiders coach Dennis Allen took a break from preparing for the 2012 season to weigh in on the NFL’s release of the schedules for its 32 teams.
Allen also addressed the status of running back Darren McFadden, backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the progress of his team’s first mini camp, among other things.
Here is the complete transcript from the conference call with Allen:

Q: Thoughts on opening at home on Monday night?
A: I’m excited about it. You grow up watching Monday Night Football and the theme song. We’re excited about getting to open up the new era of Raider football both in the preseason on Monday night and in the regular season.

Q: Does getting the schedule make it all seem more real?
A: I don’t know if makes it seem more real that it’s coming up. Obviously it’s exciting when you get a chance to look at it. Obviously you know who you’re playing. You go through the process of looking at those teams. All right, we have this team early in the year, late in the year. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. We have to line up and go play those games whenever they call for us to go play them.

Q: Does anything stand out on the schedule?
A: I don’t think anything really jumps out at me. Usually when I get these things I kind of look at them. I don’t give it a ton of thought other than where we’re traveling to and when we have to get there.

Q: How much do you like having three straight home games late in the season?
A: First of all I like the fact that as I look at the schedule we don’t have any back-to-back road games until we get to the end of the year. I like the fact that we get three back-to-back-to-back home games right there in the stretch run until we have to go on the road to finish out the year. Obviously getting the chance to play at home late in the year is an advantage.

Q: What were you able to do on the first day of the mini camp today?
A: We’re using this as an opportunity to really install a core base offense, defense and special teams. Really just get a chance to let the guys go through the motions of breaking a huddle lining up in a formation, lining up in a defense, lining up in a punt team formation and allow them to get a feel for what we’re going to do and how they’re going to be asked to do it.

Q: Is this a big week for Pryor?
A: At the end of the day, what I’m looking to see from him, not necessarily this week. It’s the process as we go along. What I want to see is that every day he gets a little bit better. That’s what we’re looking for with all of our players. None of us are where we need to be right now. Our job is to as the process goes on our job is to put our head down, put blinders on and put one step ahead of the other and take it day by day. I know those are cliches but it really is true. We’re going to take it day by day and keep getting better every day. At the end of the day if we can do that and get better every day we’re going to like the results at the end.

Q: What was McFadden able to do?
A: Darren was able to go through the drills today and did a nice job.

Q: Is that encouraging?
A: Absolutely. He’s one of our most explosive players on offense. He’s a dangerous weapon. We’re looking forward to finding different ways of using him and kind of exploiting his talents.

Q: What was the turnout like?
A: I thought we had a great turnout. We had two weeks of an offseason conditioning program and today was the first day of the voluntary minicamp. Overall I’ve been very pleased with the turnout. Guys are working very hard to try to get better.

Q: What are draft preparations like?
A: We’ve been in draft meetings for about a week now. Obviously we’re still in a process of draft meetings. I’m balancing the two right now with getting ready for the draft and also running this minicamp. As we get closer and closer to the draft, Reggie and I will sit down and really get a good feel for what we want to do and what our plan of attack will be.

Q: Are you pleased with the holes you have filled through free agency?
A: I really do. Obviously as we go through the offseason we’ll have a better feel as we go on exactly where we’re at. I feel pretty good about the guys we were able to pick up.


Steve Corkran

  • hwnrdr

    951.RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    The Ravens held a backup quarterback derby on Thursday and the winner was Curtis Painter.

    Painter, Kyle Boller and Dennis Dixon all worked out for the team and the Ravens announced Thursday afternoon that they have signed Painter to a one-year deal.


    Wasn’t Dixon the QB from Oregon who got hurt at the end of the season?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I guess the Ravens were not privy to the pending Jamarcus Russell bidding war that Debo told us of.

  • MiamiDolphins SCHEDULE CHANGE: The Week 2 home opener vs. OAK (9/16) has been moved from a 4:15 kickoff to 1:00 to accommodate the start of Rosh Hashana.
    about 1 hour ago retweeted by CorkOnTheNfl
    Got to keep things Kosher in South Florida……..

  • hwnrdr,

    Nonetheless, Tampa had a good D. Just pointing out that the 3 most recent times Al Davis got close to winning a Super Bowl, he lost to good defenses. Sure there were other factors. But they were good defenses nonetheless.

  • NBA GMs….

    Geoff Petrie gets all this credit for those good Kings teams a decade ago. Funny that Rick Aldeman wins everywhere he goes, however. Petrie? Can’t say that of him.

  • hwnrdr

    I never argued that they weren’t Sully…I just stated that even though their D was great, it was also of an advantage with Gruden on their side!

  • My point:

    I think NBA is a coach’s medium. Really a player’s medium, if there ever was one. I don’t buy that veteran player wait for a play to come in. They know what to call when they see the defense.

  • realtruraider

    Didn’t Chuck B have over half the season to do what he wanted. OK?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I guess the Ravens were not privy to the pending Jamarcus Russell bidding war that Debo told us of.


    @ JFB

    We should have our own QB derby in Oakland

    a competition between former employees Tui, Walter, Russell, Frye, Boller, Garcia, Booty, Otis, Brennan, Losman, Brooks & Culpepper

    [Gradkowski, McCown & Edwards are already on rosters]

  • Point taken, hwnrdr.

    That had a great defense, too. That was my point.

  • YoungAmerican

    Always thought Dixon could be a serviceable NFL starter if given the chance. Would be a perfect #2/#3 here. Solid veteran to push Pryor. Nice fit in a WCO.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Didn’t Chuck B have over half the season to do what he wanted. OK?


    @ Tru

    that has already been addressed. see previous 960+ comments

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tampa had a great year of QB’ing that year from Brad Johnson. Look up his stats, he had like 22 TD’s to 4 INT’s, #2 in QB rating, Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winner.

    It was one of the best years, realistically, that any QB can have.

    How many QB’s can say they had a year where they were #2 in QB rating, had a 5 to 1 TD:INT ratio, made the Pro Bowl and won the Super Bowl?

    Not many.

  • realtruraider

    @ Rock

    Yeah I know, but it needed to be said one more time. lol

  • Dakota
  • You guys are missing the pretty and quite manly Renee get a boob job on The Drs.

  • Renee from “Mob Wives”, that is. Cute little thing. She sounds like Mr. T.

  • Rockstar…..

    Don’t forget the mighty arm of Southwick!….

  • Just Fire Baby

    Renee’s ex-husband turns fink on her dad.

  • I saw that. I’m surprised everyone on that show hasn’t been whacked. I’m pretty sure the mob has a policy against going on t.v. and announcing you’re in the mob, that you know people in the mob, and that you know where crimes took place and where bodies are buried. I’m pretty sure it’s frowned upon.

  • Twocents

    Best thing Peyton Manning ever did was the United Way spoof on SNL. NFL.com has the replay.

  • I like Renee and that other manly cutie. They both look like Jose and Ozzie Canseco with wigs on, after being beaten repeatedly with baseball bats.

  • The Raiders should sign that other manly chick on Mob Wives. She could be an addition linebacker on running downs.

  • arkraider

    Just because its called reality tv doesn’t make it reality. It’s just Tv yall

  • Just Fire Baby

    Big Ang at LB???

    Ramona is the hot one (hint..hint…the wife is a big fan of the show)

  • Dakota

    WTF are you people talking about?

    If you are going to talk about stuff like that, at least keep it manly and talk about Grey’s Anatomy!

  • RaiderRockstar

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  • Big Ang in short yardage situations. 53 defense. She’d be back there foaming at the mouth like Jefferson at Ridgemont high.

  • RaiderRockstar

    still awaiting votes for #95 pick (alpha)


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  • realtruraider

    Those clips of SNL on NFL.com are pretty good.I liked The Bengals one with Madden from 82. lol, somethings will never change

  • r8eray

    Director of player personnel Nick Caserio confirms the Patriots will listen to offers for backup quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer.
    Caserio’s wording suggests those calls have yet to be fielded. Mallett would likely cost at least a second-round pick with Hoyer scheduled to hit free agency in 2013. Entering the offseason, Hoyer was still clearly ahead of Mallett on depth chart.

    What you guys think?

  • araiderso


    wow. i thought this kid had the talent, but i really respect mayock’s ability to review prospects. still would like him in the 6th, i mean how often do they make the team anyhow?

  • Nnamdi21

    Sullivan44 Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Nonetheless, Tampa had a good D. Just pointing out that the 3 most recent times Al Davis got close to winning a Super Bowl, he lost to good defenses. Sure there were other factors. But they were good defenses nonetheless.


    Good defenses…from a decade ago.

    The game has changed.

    A decade ago even Siragusa would’ve been flagged and fined for pancaking Gannon in the Championship.

    Now with everything slanted toward “the Vertical Game” (double digit teams have thrown for 4,000+ yds the last 2 seasons) Davis’ ariel attack is finally back in vouge and why?

    Because love him or hate him his business modle for how to field a watchable team was RIGHT.

    He wasn’t always able to get it executed and of course he tried many different schemes (ZBS, WCO and many other things other than the 7 step drop back bomb.) but his emphasis on the deep ball and vertical game are back in fashion.

  • Nnamdi21

    984. Mayock’s right.

    Respect him too. Said “No way Russell should be drafted in the first round.”

    Agree wityh everything Mayock has said about Burfict. Shows flashes. Hasn’t improved at all. Not instinctive, Red flags on learnign cure, dedication, discipline, penalties ect ect.

    Would still take a flyer for my 90 man pre season roster as a UDFA.

  • I hate the Pats!! They can keep their backups. We have CP and TP.

  • Nnamdi21

    983. Excellent post bro!

    Mallet was the most NFL ready QB coming out of that draft.

    His knock was he had character issues. That may be why they’re ditching him?

  • MoJamgo YoGumbo

    Chucky B Baby! Marshall Law couldn’t cut it so we got Chucky B Baby, who got done wrong by the Raidah Luv!

  • araiderso

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    984. Mayock’s right.

    Respect him too. Said “No way Russell should be drafted in the first round.”

    Agree wityh everything Mayock has said about Burfict. Shows flashes. Hasn’t improved at all. Not instinctive, Red flags on learnign cure, dedication, discipline, penalties ect ect.

    Would still take a flyer for my 90 man pre season roster as a UDFA.
    if we had a proven vet mlb on the roster i’d take him late. but with a knucklehead already manning that spot i agree i suppose. no thank you we should use one of the few picks on the guy, doesn’t deserve it. guess i haveta change my pick prediction. lol

  • Twocents

    And we have RB. Don’t forget, Stabler hammered down too.

  • anhdazman

    Raider Nation, regarding McFadden, his history of injuries and the Raiders being wise about monitoring his carries. I think Taiwan Jones and Goodson should definitely get some carries to keep defenses honest and to limit the amount of carries for McFadden. I think Reece should also get looks during short yardage and goal line situations. He’s the best play making FB in the NFL. We have to use Reece to our advantage.
    But, I truly have to say the new coaching staff needs to get Pryor onto the field, much like how the Jets plan to use Tim Tebow on short yardage and goal line situations. I think Pryor is just as big, but faster and more athletic than Tebow. Give this young QB some options, boot legs, roll outs and let him confuse the defense. How would defenses defend when they see Pryor, Reece, McFadden and Taiwan Jones all lined up in a wishbone. One wrong step on the defense and these guys will be 5-10 yards down field. Make defenses adjust to our weapons. Further more, if they want to bunch up, you don’t think Jacoby Ford or Denarius Moore would look pretty on a reverse to the open field?
    Big Al preached about “Speed Kills” and we have plenty of it. I don’t look at losing Bush as a negative. I want to look at the Raiders moving in a new direction with Pryor as a positive.