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Coach Allen’s conference call transcript

Here’s what Raiders coach Dennis Allen had to say in a 10-minute conference call a little while ago. Note that he refused to speak about the pending roster cuts or injuries to several of his key players. Those are sure signs that Allen and the Raiders are in regular-season mode. Enjoy the reading, while I go track down the roster moves:

Q: What can you tell us?
Allen: Not much. Right now I’m not going to talk about who we’ve released or who’s going to be on the team. We’re at that point in time where I’m really not going to talk about injuries, because this time of year we’re beginning to game plan, so I’ll talk about the game. I’ll talk about San Diego if you want to, but I really won’t talk much about the roster or injuries. Now we’ll talk more about the roster on Monday because we’ll have a better idea of where we’re at.

Q: Curry, can you address him, PUP, anything?
Allen: No, I’m not going to talk about anybody right now as far as what we’re going to do. We did talk to Curry today, he was in here, but we’re not going to say anything. That will actually get released, all that information will be released this evening.

Q: How different might the roster look from time you make moves to time you walk on the field for the opener, four or five guys? None?
Allen: We’re definitely looking, and whatever moves we feel like, I’ve told you guys before, really, honestly, whatever moves we feel like give us a chance to be better, we’re going to make those moves and we’re evaluating any and all positions to see if there’s someone out there that can help us.

Q: Did last night’s game play a role for a lot of guys or had you already decided?
Allen: Well, usually, when you get into those games you’re talking about the bottom part of your roster. Maybe it’s players 46 through 53, somewhere in there maybe, I don’t know what that number is. But there’s a handful of guys that it makes a difference whether they’re on your team or not.’

Q: Considering that it didn’t go very well for non-first teamers, not bode well for reserves?
Allen: yeah, well obviously, we didn’t play well last night. We didn’t execute very well. We beat up front on both sides of the ball. We had mental mistakes, and so, yeah, I would say, no it doesn’t bode well for some of those backup players. This is the National Football League and when we go in and play a game, these players, that played the other night, they’re going to be the guys, if we have an injury or somebody misses a game, those are going to be the guys that are going to have to step in and play and we’re going to expect them to play at the same level as what a starter does because that’s what we do. So, yeah, I was disappointed in what we got out of some of those guys.

Q: Are you more concerned now about the depth?
A: I don’t know if more concerned. That’s been a concern, the depth on our roster. I think it just reconfirmed that we have to upgrade the bottom half of the roster because depth is a concern.

Q: Do you see a team that is smarter, tougher and more disciplined and don’t have enough talent or missing those qualities?
A: There’s been progress in that regard. Obviously we haven’t been perfect and we’re not going to be perfect but we’ve made a lot of progress in that regard. I think we are a tough football team and we do have tough-minded people. I think we’ve played smart in situations and executed some situational football really well. I do think some of that discipline is showing up on the field. It’s still not the final product that we’re looking for. We’re always going to strive for improvement and we’re looking for perfection but I have seen improvement in that regard.

Q: Why no cuts announced yet?
A: It’s really an in-house thing. I don’t know how all the other teams do it. Roster cuts have to be turned into the league by 6 o’clock this evening our time. At 6 o’clock this evening our time we’ll turn the roster moves into the league and I’m sure it becomes public after that.

Q: Who stood out from the game?
A: Well there wasn’t a whole lot that stood out from a positive standpoint. I told you guys last night that defensively one of the guys that I thought played pretty well and also showed up on special teams was Bryan McCann. I thought Coye Francies made a few plays special teams wise. He obviously had the one ball he put on the ground on the kickoff but some of the coverage stuff was pretty good. Jack Crawford early in the game did a nice job, did some good things. Same things with Christo Bilukidi. Both those guys played 60, 70 snaps in the game. Offensively Taiwan again had a couple of really explosive runs and Mike Goodson had some runs in there that kind of showed a little bit more of what we saw early in training camp. We had a few plays here and there but overall performance wasn’t nearly what our standard is.

Q: What did you see from Stupar?
A: “He did some good things, he really did. I saw some instinctive football plays. He, obviously, was involved in several tackles. It was good to see Nate make a few plays there in that game.”

Q: Did it shock you that Stupar played well?
A: “No, there was some progress being made. With every rookie, a lot of times they’ll take two steps forward and one step back. So, it’s been a little bit of an up-and-down deal with Nate. But he came out last night and played and acted like he wanted to try to get a spot on this roster.”

Q: Was it good to see Shane punt that much last night?
A: “He came through it fine. It was actually good work for Shane. I believe this with my heart, and I’ll never change this; I don’t care whether you’re a punter, kicker, offensive lineman, defensive back, wide receiver, it’s a tough game. You don’t just not do anything and all of a sudden you come back and you’re perfectly ready to go. So, it was good for him to get out there and get some work. Obviously, it was more punts than what we would have wanted or anticipated, but it was good for him to get a few kicks in a real last game.”

Q: Do you expect back any of the injured players? Updates?
A: “No, nothing really. Hopefully, those guys, they were all in here working today, and I’m hoping that they’ll be back out and ready to roll.”

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  • DJ Johnny

    Hang loose…Maybe something big is cooking.

  • ghostraiders

    I wonder if streater made the cut..or inhenachos..or whatwver his name is

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    While we’re waiting, let’s talk politics!

    Gary Johnson 2012!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Gotta think Steater was a lock.. Icen fell back a bit last night, IMO

  • oakfoshow

    NAAA,to the politics.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Maybe Raiders wi-fi is down.

  • DJ Johnny

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    Hang loose…Maybe something big is cooking.

    What I mean by that is maybe Reggie jumped into a giant deep fryer.

  • Just Win Baby

    The Patriots cut DB Derrick Martin. He’s a 6th yr guy and better than DVD and Chimdi put together. I think he’d be a good add for depth at DB.

  • oakfoshow

    Maybe reggie tripped over his bottm lip?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Amy Trask currently mimeographing copies for the press… That takes time.

  • Twocents

    There has to be a trade going down. I can’t think of any other reason.

  • Plunk-It

    The whole league is waiting to see who the Raiders are going to cut so they can sign our castoffs. Not!!!!

  • ghostraiders

    Report: Raiders to release roster cuts ar 5am eastern time..lol

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    “Over/under on games healthy for DMAC coach?”

    “We have a lot of confidence in Taiwegian Jones…”

  • Plunk-It

    The Raiders don’t have wi-fi. They still have dial-up.

  • oakfoshow

    This is why you cant put a woman in charge.Dumb skirt…

  • ghostraiders

    Plunkitt.. the only team looking to see who we cut are the patsies..

  • Plunk-It

    ghostraiders Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:27 pm
    Report: Raiders to release roster cuts ar 5am eastern time..lol
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    They might as well. All of the news organizations are closed and the workers have gone home for the night.

  • Twocents

    Oakfoshow, Amy would kick your little butt across the room without breaking a sweat.

  • oakfoshow

    Amy would get a giant horse peker in her.

  • ghostraiders

    Was Amy trask hott when she was in her twenties.. i actually fantasized about her last week..

  • Marks hair

    The nfl office is a bag of dlcks..

  • Just Win Baby

    Just Win Baby Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:26 pm
    The Patriots cut DB Derrick Martin. He’s a 6th yr guy and better than DVD and Chimdi put together. I think he’d be a good add for depth at DB.

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    And he played for GB for 2 years. I hope he gets a look.

  • irjonny

    i’m waiting to see: “Report- Oakland Raiders fail to submit roster cuts to the NFL by 6 p.m.”

  • PlunkforHOF

    I would do Suzy Kolber.

  • ghostraiders

    They eventually leak out the info to one local news reporter.. im thinking around 9 pm.. tonite..

  • oakfoshow

    Whether she liked or not may I add.

  • Marks hair

    Hurry the fuçk up! I gots shlt to do!!

  • ghostraiders

    Suzy Kolber is still cute.. remember when drunk joe namath wanted to kiss her..lol.. too funny..

  • Marks hair

    We need to cut down to like 48 guys.. then restock from the cut list.

  • irjonny

    If there is a trade pending I would assume it is us trading away someone. Not us adding a player

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    “A leaked medical report says Darren has the bone density of a post-menopausal hummingbird…any comment?”

    “Taiwegian continues to impress. And we expect all 53 to be more Otto than Schilens.”

  • Just Fire Baby

    If they are making us wait this long, they better have something somewhat exciting come of it.

    Maybe Jack Crawford is waived, MM34, DVD or Chekwa, maybe they keep 4 RB’s.

    Something worth talking about!!!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Ghostraiders Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:33 pm
    Suzy Kolber is still cute.. remember when drunk joe namath wanted to kiss her..lol.. too funny..

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

    I think he was counting on the booze in his breath to knock her out cold.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I met Joe Namath many years ago when I was working as a bellman here in Reno. He was a cool guy. Didnt try to kiss me however.

  • YoungAmerican

    My guess? They’re talking to the agents of recently-released vested veterans before making a final decision.

  • Raiders for life

    oakfoshow Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    Whether she liked or not may I add

    ###############

    Really? A Raider fan talkin sht about Amy? Nice, you are the man. Good job. My fkn hero.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    massive trade in the works is preventing the release of final cuts, per NFL rules…

    Either that or someone forgot to press “send”…

  • PlunkforHOF

    YoungAmerican Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:36 pm
    My guess? They’re talking to the agents of recently-released vested veterans before making a final decision.

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    I thought they HAD to announce by 6pm

  • ghostraiders

    Youngamerican.. naa.. they always do this.. still the secret raiders.. like i said.. the more things change.. the more they remain the same.. no other team does this yr in n yr out.. only our raiders

  • irjonny

    Yeah. The fact that it isn’t posted on NFL dot com leads me to believe there is a trade. Can’t think of any other reason because I’m sure the league knows who they cut

  • oakfoshow

    #187,and i’ll continue.Chicks in charge=failure.

  • realtruraider

    gg rosenthal‏@greggrosenthal

    5 teams remain in battle to see who hates their local media the most: Browns, Jags, Raiders, Bucs, Panthers. Who will win?

  • realtruraider

    DeMarcus Van Dyke ‏@D_VanDyke8

    Made it through another training camp! God is Good!

  • Chris in NY

    On a side note, Chris Peterson might be the best football coach in America.

    Anyone know if Boise’s new QB is any relation to former Raiders great Danny Southwick?

  • ghostraiders

    I hope we traded streater and dhb for andre johnson..lol.. i can dream.. cant i??

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Sounds like DVD made it…

  • irjonny

    gg rosenthal‏@greggrosenthal

    5 teams remain in battle to see who hates their local media the most: Browns, Jags, Raiders, Bucs, Panthers. Who will win?
    ————————-

    so if there is a trade one would think it involves one of the above teams right?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    “A leaked medical report says Darren has the bone density of a post-menopausal hummingbird…any comment?”
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    LOL
    That’s exactly why you shouldn’t do crack!

  • Raiders for life

    195.Chris in NY Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    On a side note, Chris Peterson might be the best football coach in America.

    Anyone know if Boise’s new QB is any relation to former Raiders great Danny Southwick?

    ##########################

    Don’t know about the relationship, but I defenitely agree agree with you on Peterson.