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Coach Allen transcript after Tuesday’s practice

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 12:46 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Here is what Raiders coach Dennis Allen had to say after he put his players through a two-hour practice in Alameda today:

Q: What did you like today?
A: Well I thought the guys were flying around again. I thought the execution was pretty good and so I think overall I’ve been pleased. I think when you’re the head coach and you come off a practice you want the defense to look good at times and the offense to look good at times and I think we did that today.

Q: Does it get any better than ending practice with an interception?
A: (Laughs). Yeah I’ve got to take a more well-rounded approach to it now, but yeah I thought both sides of the ball made plays today and I was pleased with that.

Q: How are you going to approach Rolando’s situation?
A: Well I think really right now as we look at it, Rolando’s part of our family, he’s part of our team. We’re going to let the whole process play out before we do anything and once the whole legal proceedings are finished then we’ll determine what if any action we need to take.

Q: Would you be more inclined to wait for the NFL to take action or could the Raiders decide to … ?
A: I think we’re going to let the legal proceedings play out and then we’ll see where it’s at.

Q: I know to start the year both you and Reggie McKenzie talked about how you’re morals guys, too. You want your players to represent the brand. Have you had private talks with Rolando about what you expect from him?
A: We’ve talked to all the players about that. And I think all the players understand what we expect out of them. And I think the think we’ve also got to understand is that we’re starting anew. We’re not going to take into account past sins necessarily for everybody’s actions. But I think everybody knows what the standard is around here and we’re going to expect people to uphold that standard.

Q: With the uncertainty though of a potential suspension, lengthy trial, potential incarceration, do you have to have a Plan B at middle linebacker? Even if you do let this thing play out?
A: Well you have to have a plan no matter what in the National Football League. Injuries always occur and you have to have a plan and we have plans in place to take into account all that stuff.

Q: Goethel’s a guy who’s flashed on two different defensive coordinators in two years and then gotten hurt and not been able to play. What have you seen so far?
A: Well I think if he can stay healthy I think he’s got a chance to be a pretty good player for us. I’ve been pleased with the way he’s been out here working and we’ll continue to have him get better one day at a time and if he does that he’ll have a chance.

Q: On the field, what are the things Rolando needs to do to get better?
Allen: I think really just in general, I think some of the coverage aspect, are places he needs to work. I think he’s done a real good job from a leadership standpoint. I think he’s very instinctive. He’s smart out there. He’s taken command of the huddle. Those things I’ve been pleased with. Physically, I think as you look at him, I think what he needs to improve on, and he knows this, is a little bit of the pass coverage aspect.

Q: Is he behind after not being here at practice?
Allen: No. he’s not behind at all. He’s actually ahead. He’s really smart. He understands the defense and he’s done a real good job in that regard.

Q: Had stem cell treatments, see him moving better than he did on film last year?
Allen: I think he’s moving around good. Obviously he had some injuries last year. I’ve been pleased with everything I’ve seen out of Rolando this whole offseason.

Q: Anything want to see out of each OTA session?
Allen: It’s nothing specific. I said this from Day 1 and I’ll say this until the season’s over with. We want to get better one day at a time, one step at a time, and if we do that, at the end of the day we’ll like the results.

Q: Is your progress meeting your expectations?
Allen: I think it’s been good so far.

Q: D-Moore, Aaron Curry . . .
Allen: Most of the guys you saw over there have little soft tissue injuries, hamstrings, groins, that type of stuff. It’s more of a precautionary measure than it is anything else, especially during this time of year.

Q: Mike Mitchell injury significant enough that he can’t come out?
Allen: He’s got a knee injury that he’s been rehabbing and I don’t look for him to participate for a little while now.

Q: Tommy Kelly?
Allen: Tommy Kelly had some personal things to take care of back home and so he missed today.

Q: Manase Tonga hasn’t been out last week or this week?
Allen: Same thing, kind of a little scope on his knee, he’ll be fine. We expect him back, if not for the next OTA, then for sure by the minicamp.

Q: Any progress getting Marcel Reece in?
Allen: I haven’t heard anything. Again, it’s kind of the same situation. It’s obviously a voluntary situation and we’re hoping we’ll see him pretty soon.

Q: Strange to have a situation for a younger guy to be away . . .
Allen: I certainly would hope that he would get in here pretty soon. He needs to get caught up to what we’re doing.

Q: Comment on Matt Shaughnessy’s timetable?
A: He brings some physicalness, aggressiveness, some experience. I would expect he’ll be full go for training camp but you probably won’t see much of him before then.

Q: Any reason no emblems on helmet?
A: We just started off that way. If anything, we’ll all earn the right to wear that symbol.

Q: Miles Burris?
A: Miles Burris has done a nice job. Like any rookie his head is swimming a little bit. He has a lot to learn but I’ve been pleased with the way he’s been progressing.

Q: Early impressions of Goodson?
A: Good athlete. Has some speed, some running skill, been really impressed with him. From the mental standpoint he’s done a nice job. Obviously I think there’s something to work with with him.

Q: Matt Giordano brings a smile to your face?
A: Matt’s a great guy and he’s great for the team, great for the locker room. He’s one of those guys he’s a true team player. He wants to do anything he can to help the team win. He’s smart, instinctive, knows how to play the game. He’s a welcome addition.

Q: What do you see from Tyvon that you like?
A: I think the way that he plays the game with the speed, the effort, the tenacity. He enjoys playing the game of football and he’s as good an athlete as you could hope for. With our safeties we have pretty good athletes that we can do a lot with.

Q: See him taking on leadership role?
A: I think it’s still new for Tyvon. He hasn’t been here a long time. He’s developing every day. Again just like everything else I want to see him take one step at a time in that leadership role and see if he can get better in that every day.

Q: Can Ausberry be every down tight end this season?
A: I don’t want to put a timetable on it as to when he will develop until a full-time player. I think he definitely has that ability to. If he keeps getting better we’ll play that out as we get through training camp and kind of see where we’re at.

Q: Where is he in terms of blocking or do you need to wait until camp?
A: When we’ll put on the pads we’ll find out where he’s at as far as that is concerned.

Q: How does it help having two safeties with experience coverage/slot etc
A: Tremendously. I mean the safeties are the guys in the secondary–they make all your calls back there, they make all your checks back there and having guys with experience that have done it before really helps

Q: And the flexibility in that they’ve both covered guys does that give you flexibility
A: Absolutely, every time you can keep your regular guys out there on the field and have safeties you feel good about covering or TW, RB, WR – it gives you more flexibility

Q Is Ron Bartell 100% with neck injury, etc
A: He’s shown he’s completely back. You know, I think it took him a little time to get his legs back under him, but he’s seems to be back. And we’ll find out more about him, again, when we start putting the pads on and get a chance to hit a bit

Q: What have you seen from him so far?
A: The type of athlete that he is. He’s a big athletic corner that can run, and that’s what we were looking for and that’s what we got in him.

Q: What about the new QB (Newhall-Caballero)?
A: I don’t think we bring in anyone that’s just for charity. We bring in guys that we think have a chance to compete and have a chance to be decent football players. And that’s what I think about him. That was the plan all along, to bring in a 4th quarterback. We wanted to bring 4 to camp, to make sure we did have 4 arms and I think Kyle will do a nice job there

Q: What does he do well, what do you like about Kyle Newhall-Caballero?
A: I think he’s smart, he’s athletic and he’s got a strong arm.

Q: As first time head coach, what have you learned so far?
A: Well, I’ve learned everyday is something different. I wake up every morning, get excited about coming to work, and find our what everybody has in store for me. It’s been good. You know, I’m learning more as we go, and how to deal with both sides of the ball. I’ve been used to dealing with defense so much, but learning offense and special teams as we go, has been a lot of fun.

Q: Any guys in these OTAs that surprise you with their progress?
A: I think there’s been a lot of guys that have made some progress. I don’t know if I want to – for fear– I don’t want to leave anyone out – but in general I have been really pleased with the progress from all of our guys

Q: Is Burris strictly on the outside?
I think right now with the learning curve we’re going to keep him outside LB and let him get his feet wet and then we’ll figure where he’s at probably closer to training camp, and even closer to the beginning of the season

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  • lefty12

    Go Raiders

  • SaintKaufman

    No comment

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  • guest123

    Q: Mike Mitchell injury significant enough that he can’t come out?

    Allen: He’s got a knee injury that he’s been rehabbing and I don’t look for him to participate for a little while now.

    *********
    Naga..nagawho? na-gonna-work-here-anymore….

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 11:01 am

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 am
    If we got the money, I would still trade a 5th for Mike Jenkins.. a CB, Rob Ryan doesnt want, is automatically a CB I like..

    None of the CBs drafted for Ryans D’ is here anymore, I see that as a plus

    —-

    Intruiging.

    What’s his contract look like?
    ________________________________________________________

    Base salary 1.052.000
    Signing Bonus 620.000
    Cap Hit 1,672,000

    I believe we would get him fro 1.052.000, because Dallas hangs on the signing bonus..

    I know Reggie dont want to trade draft picks, but Mike Jenkins WANTS to get out of Dallas, so we might even be able to sign him to a new deal, with a cheap 2012 salary and incentives for future bonuses

  • RAIDER NATION STATION http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    Things realy are going to be up in the air. I hope who ever can play best gets the nod.

    Have to say, that was one of my least favorite things about Al’s way.

  • guest123

    Allen referring to Rolando as “family”?

    SMH

  • RAIDER NATION STATION http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    Shaughenessy was suppoosed to be 100%v LAST year before the season ended. Under this years rules he’d have been allowed back on the field for th final push.

    Wonder if him on the sideline is a set back or if hes not quite in shape after so much down time?

    Big question mark there. Hes a complete 3 down DE.

  • Raidernationdave

    “…I think everybody knows what the standard is around here and we’re going to expect people to uphold that standard.” – DA

    Times. They are a changin’

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    304.exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    NO comes to town
    ————————
    Oops! Never mind. lol

  • Dan78

    Going to San Diego for our ninth home game….
    Have to represent the Silver & Black

  • Raidernationdave

    guest123 Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Q: Mike Mitchell injury significant enough that he can’t come out?

    Allen: He’s got a knee injury that he’s been rehabbing and I don’t look for him to participate for a little while now.

    *********
    Naga..nagawho? na-gonna-work-here-anymore….

    +++++++++

    Bingo. Shame. I has hopes he’d turn into something.

  • Raidernationdave

    *had

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: Goethel’s a guy who’s flashed on two different defensive coordinators in two years and then gotten hurt and not been able to play. What have you seen so far?

    A: Well I think if he can stay healthy I think he’s got a chance to be a pretty good player for us. I’ve been pleased with the way he’s been out here working – DA

    ***

    TG = starter

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Q: Strange to have a situation for a younger guy [Reece] to be away . . .
    Allen: I certainly would hope that he would get in here pretty soon. He needs to get caught up to what we’re doing.

    ==========================================

    Translation: Reece needs to get his entitled self in here NOW and sign the tender.

  • guest123

    TG = starter

    !!!!!!!

    if he can stay healthy
    if he can stay healthy
    if he can stay healthy
    if he can stay healthy

    repeat after me…

  • RaiderRockstar

    re: Marcel Reece

    “He needs to get caught up to what we’re doing.” – DA

    ***

    drop the axe on him!

  • DKnight007

    Do some of these questions asked to Allen seem repetitive?

    Oy vey…the media….Ugh

  • guest123

    Later gents & germs. the workday is done.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: Matt Giordano brings a smile to your face?

    A: Matt’s a great guy and he’s great for the team, great for the locker room. He’s one of those guys he’s a true team player. He wants to do anything he can to help the team win. He’s smart, instinctive, knows how to play the game. He’s a welcome addition.

    ***

    thoughts, DAV aka DeuceDeuce ???

  • Raidernationdave

    guest123 Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    TG = starter

    !!!!!!!

    if he can stay healthy
    if he can stay healthy
    if he can stay healthy
    if he can stay healthy

    repeat after me…
    ++++++++++++++

    It sucks to see TG’s potential eaten up by injury. If he gets hurt again he is all but done in the NFL.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: On the field, what are the things Rolando needs to do to get better?

    Allen: he sucks in coverage. no comment regarding run stuffing ability

  • Dakota

    Q: Mike Mitchell injury significant enough that he can’t come out?
    Allen: He’s got a knee injury that he’s been rehabbing and I don’t look for him to participate for a little while now.
    +++++++++++++++

    The end is near for the youtube sensation!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think the thing we’ve also got to understand is that we’re starting anew. We’re not going to take into account past sins necessarily for everybody’s actions. – DA

    ***

    this is what Reggie & Dennis are thinking. It didn’t happen under our watches. same thing with Underwood

    everybody gets a clean slate since 01/05/2012 (the day Reggie was hired as Raiders GM)

    so, really?

    DHB is the only guy on thier crap list with that DUI arrest last month – yikes!!

  • J Hill

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL @ all the McClain propagandists.

    No matter what the coach says, you’re just not going to give the kid a chance.

    SMH

  • Dakota

    Speaking of propaganda…..you still think Mike Brown is good for the Lakers? Jhill?

  • J Hill

    I still think we are going to see some type of 4 LB set. Even ifnonenof those LBs puts his hand on the ground, it’s still 4 LBs.

    Would love to see Goethel stay healthy and play ILB with 55.

  • Raidernationdave

    It’s true. SlowMac hasn’t fk’d up under the new regime yet. Of course here’s hoping there isn’t a yet and that the surgery to remove all the extra jelly in his legs was successful.

  • J Hill

    I don’t think Mike Brown was the problem.

    But I would take Sloan or Larry Brown if they were avaiable.

    No to stan Van Gundy or Brian Shaw. I’d keep Mike Brown over those guys.

    Are you ready to trade Gasoft yet?

  • lefty12

    It gets pretty hilarious in here when the coach speaks and many don’t hear what they want to hear.

  • J Hill

    Didn’t ShoNasty drop in the draft because of injury concerns?

    These guys didn’t draft him so I hope he gets healthy so he doesn’t fall behind and slide down the depth chart.

  • RaiderRockstar

    No matter what the coach says, you’re just not going to give the kid a chance

    ***

    @Jhill

    Dennis Allen basically stated he sucks in coverage, twice.

    didn’t mention his ability or lack thereof versus the run

    smart, leadership, bla bla bla. who cares? is he going to help us win games?

  • MikieG

    Q: On the field, what are the things Rolando needs to do to get better?
    Allen: I think he’s done a real good job from a leadership standpoint.

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

    This bugged the living hell out of me..are you freakin kidding Allen? “a real good job from a leadership standpoint.” How, by getting arrested for being a total moron??? How is that being a ‘Good Leader???’

    Jesus H…not more of this crap.

  • Dakota

    29.J Hill Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    I don’t think Mike Brown was the problem.

    But I would take Sloan or Larry Brown if they were avaiable.

    No to stan Van Gundy or Brian Shaw. I’d keep Mike Brown over those guys.

    Are you ready to trade Gasoft yet?
    ++++++++++++++

    Don’t worry, the last thing your cheap new favorite owner will do is fire Mike Brown with about $13.5 million left on his deal. Who the fk would pay Mike Brown that kind of money in the first place? Fkin idiot Jimmy Buss!

    Trade Gasoft? Well depends….if we are getting Dwight Howard, then no, I want him along side Dwight…..if we are keeping Bynum and the nets are willing to do some sort of sign and trade for D. Williams…..sure, why not? He helped bring us 2 titles, and he is older now, so I think we can part ways.

  • Raidernationdave

    Alligator arms are to a receiver as “jelly legs” are to SlowMac.

  • Dakota

    30.lefty12 Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    It gets pretty hilarious in here when the coach speaks and many don’t hear what they want to hear.
    ++++++++

    Because coaches are apt to tell the truth about players through the media?

    When did that start?

  • J Hill

    So the question was what does 55 need to work on and your interpreting the coach not mentioning defending the run as he needs to work on it so much that it’s not even worth mentioning?

    That’s just ridiculous.

    Of course it’s just not as simple as they don’t think he needs to work on his run defense, can it? Couldn’t possibly be that they don’t see him as part of the problem, eh?

    That wouldn’t jive with the he’s part of the run defense propaganda, now would it?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    Q: Matt Giordano brings a smile to your face?

    A: Matt’s a great guy and he’s great for the team, great for the locker room. He’s one of those guys he’s a true team player. He wants to do anything he can to help the team win. He’s smart, instinctive, knows how to play the game. He’s a welcome addition.

    ***

    thoughts, DAV aka DeuceDeuce ???

    —-

    Vomit.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    He wont make the team.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    J Hill Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    I don’t think Mike Brown was the problem.

    But I would take Sloan or Larry Brown if they were avaiable.

    No to stan Van Gundy or Brian Shaw. I’d keep Mike Brown over those guys.

    Are you ready to trade Gasoft yet?

    —-

    Still on the crackpipe if you think Brown is better than SVG.

    Mike Brown isnt a head coach. Period.

    SVG had 5 straight years of +50 wins.. NBA Finals & 2 ECFs..

  • J Hill

    Just think what we could have got for Gasoft 2 years ago when I told you we should have traded him. Instead, we watched him stink it up in 2 2nd rd playoff exits and now we’ll be lucky to get a player like Louis Scola, lol.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    If the Nets wind up with the #1 pick, its going to us with Marshon Brooks for Dwight.

    If not, I see Bynum & Gasol in our future.

    Even in a shortened season, the Lakers managed to totally diminish Pau Gasol’s trade value. His contract is HUGE.

  • DEATHROW 55

    Gasol gots to go he’s damaged goods, Bynum needs an azz beatin I mean attitude adjustment. It looks like Kobe doesn’t like Bynum and ignores him a lot, bynum sences it too and gives no effort instead of bustin his azz and playing hard. If he didn’t mope around and just crashed the boards and blocked shots there would be less tension. Bynum isn’t hungry anymore and gasol is gone.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Q: Any reason no emblems on helmet?

    A: We just started off that way. If anything, we’ll all earn the right to wear that symbol.
    ——————————————————

    Yes! Earn it!

  • Hot Shot

    Told you Rod Streater is a good WR.I Think he will make the team.That kid is good.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Hot Shot Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    Told you Rod Streater is a good WR.I Think he will make the team.That kid is good.

    —-

    yea, he’s practicing his way into my 53.

  • lefty12

    36-you guys hate it when the coach doesn’t back up your biases.Allen has done nothing but praise McClain since he became HC.Now he talks about his leadership on the field and you guys can’t handle it.”The truth,you want the truth.You can’t handle the truth”.LMFAO

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    He won’t make the team.

    =======================================

    Who?

  • J Hill

    Deuce,

    Mike Brown and SVG are the same guy.

    Someone who doesn’t have a ring so the players get all diva on them.

    Lakers could have been up 3-1 but Kobe wants to be “the guy” in the last 2 minutes, and there goes the game. SVG was going to stop Kobe from trying to be the man the last 2 minutes against Durant and his 7 foot wingspan? You’re on crack if you think that’s the case.

    Lakers need a Deron Williams type if Kobe is going to stay more than they need a coaching change. Someone who is not scared to look off Kobe and throw the ball inside to the Bigs. Someone who can make guys like Westbrook and Tony Parker play defense instead of outscoring and outplaying our PG so bad.

    You’re clueless about the Lakers If you’re trying to tell me Mike Brown was the problem.

  • R8ER MIKE

    DonManoukiansNeighbor Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm
    Q: Any reason no emblems on helmet?

    A: We just started off that way. If anything, we’ll all earn the right to wear that symbol.
    ——————————————————

    Yes! Earn it!

    ********************
    LOVE IT !!! make them work for it !!!!