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Coach Allen’s conference call transcript

By Steve Corkran
Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 5:40 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • oakfoshow

    Raiders for life says”I know amy personaly,she calls me on the phone.And i have big respect for woman because i am one.

  • Chris in NY

    You know who I really feel bad for is the guys who make it through these cuts. Briefly celebrate making the final 53. And then get bumped in favor of some waiver wire pickup. Teams have to do what they have to do, but that’s tough for those guys.

  • chuck

    The more things change the more they remain the same we are still the last to go public.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Is this one of the things Mark ask to Reggie to keep from his daddy?.

  • Twocents

    It looks like it’s going to be a long night. Break out the good stuff.
    God help me but I love Raider football.

  • PlunkforHOF

    If Teblow is headed to the Raiders, I will slice my wrists.

  • panzor

    10:50 pm est and still no word on the final roster…whats the damm hold up

  • Plunk-It

    The league should punish the Raiders for not releasing the cuts by 9pm. Take away a bushel of 2013 draft picks that we have left.

    The Raiders are oh so kind to their fan base.

  • Raiders for life

    201.oakfoshow Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    Raiders for life says”I know amy personaly,she calls me on the phone.And i have big respect for woman because i am one.

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

    Heck, for season tix in the vip room I’d wear a wig.

  • Plunk-It

    Maybe the Raiders will be allowed to have a 75 player roster this year. This would help end their playoff drought.

  • Chris in NY

    QB Josh Johnson cut by SF. I don’t see us cutting Leinart or Pryor, but you do have to wonder because at this point he’s got way more upside than Leinart and is more prepared to play than Pryor.

  • ghostraiders

    206.. just hand over the blade when your done.. im next

  • oakfoshow

    ME too.lol

  • rob_raider

    Maybe we all care about this just a bit too much.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Donks cut two players i want RT Harris and CB da…. f@#k i forgot his name. Played nickel last year. Go get em Allen!

  • oakfoshow

    I would hesitate to introduce tebow to my kids,tell ya that.

  • morilla

    I watched that 30 on 30 documentary on Marinovich today. That was really good and shed light on the situation. Seems like a cool guy, good artist too.

  • PlunkforHOF

    oakfoshow Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:56 pm
    I would hesitate to introduce tebow to my kids,tell ya that.

    ************************************

    The dude is as big a repressed queen as Michelle Bachmann’s husband.

  • Plunk-It

    I guess the Raiders submitted a list, but are picking through the other team’s garbage and scraps. They will dump 5 to 8 players who thought they would be 2012 Raiders, but instead pick up players who have been cut. I smell a Super Bowl season.

  • rob_raider

    Yeah cuz u don’t want ur kids knowing a hard working winner with a great attitude and faith in God. Rather have them look up to Johnny dirt bag who gets good weed.

  • Twocents

    Oakfoshow, you are an admitted rapist. You have no moral leg to stand on.

  • RNOraiderFan

    I feel sick over this roster.

  • Plunk-It

    Its almost 11 pm on the East Coast. Time to go to bed. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow morning the Raiders will announce who they released.

  • oakfoshow

    I live in Florida,and one of my favorite things to do is remind these people that tebow is gay gay gay.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Palmer trade to Cardinals or Chicago???

  • RNOraiderFan

    Where is Danny at? He can start above Palmer.

  • irjonny

    now i’ve seen it all. Tim Tebow just got defended on a raiders blog.

  • oakfoshow

    Twocents.shut up idiot.

  • Marks hair

    Hurry te fuçk up aasholes!

  • irjonny

    i think the anxiety is making us crazy

  • rob_raider

    Usually the guy that keeps calling everyone gay……is in fact gay.

  • panzor

    perhaps they traded tom flores and greg papa for a bottle of whiskey to be named later

  • oakfoshow

    Rob raider.Dont want my kids to be near a boy lover.

  • rob_raider

    I have nothing against tebow. Kinda like the kid in fact.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Isnt there a “Tim Tebow’s Nutsack” blog for those who adore him?

  • Chris in NY

    Wow. Boise QB just pulled a Jason Campbell.

  • oakfoshow

    Rob-raider.you want to touch tebows ballsack.sick fk.

  • Twocents

    Brilliant response Oakfoshow.

  • Plunk-It

    I am hearing that Carson was traded back to Cincinnati for a 2013 7th round pick.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Chris,

    he forgot how to slide??

  • RNOraiderFan

    Breaking News**** Raider’s owner Al Davis comes to team head quarters as a zombie, cuts palmer so Pryor can start and frees up a roster space for the fastest CB cut today stating, “no one drafted a cb in this years draft!” Then proceds to eat Reggie’s brain.

  • 303Raider

    WTF Is taking so long? Doesn’t matter, if we have to play too many of the bottom half of the roster, we’re screwed.

    MM34 has played better, he stays. They will keep Goodson too. Taiwan is not completely ready to be the No 2 plus he should be returning kicks anyways.

    Bilikudi makes it. I don’t like DVDor Chekwa. DVD is too skinny and Chekwa looks awkward when he plays.

  • rob_raider

    I guess anyone who doesn’t talk about taking women by force must be gay. The dude isn’t gay. He’s just not a dirt ball.

  • irjonny

    WTF!? Are we trading for Aaron Rodgers for christ’s sake!! hurry up my eyes hurt!

  • PlunkforHOF

    #241… lol

  • Chris in NY

    AKA sliding at the 1st down marker when a head first dive would’ve picked up a key first down.

  • oakfoshow

    About as brilliant as smackin the taste out ur mouth.Tebow lovers make me sick.yea you.

  • RNOraiderFan

    HA!

  • rob_raider

    I’m sure ur more into motley Crüe type role models for ur kids. Good dirt ball trash types. Rick on brother.

  • RNOraiderFan

    I’m telling ya all Allen is getting those two donk players I mentioned above.