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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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  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    I’m hungry, going to the store to buy some S&Ms…

  • Twocents

    Oakfoshow, I am not talking about Tebow. I am talking about you. You have serious issues. You should seek help.

  • oakfoshow

    You cant be a raider fan.Sound like to much of a pssy.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Rick on brother? Is this new slang? Damn I’m too old to keep up wit you kids now ah days.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Palmer, Brisel & MM34, for draft beer

  • RNOraiderFan

    Dontarius come on down and be our 3rd CB.

  • irjonny

    RMOraiderfan

    if that was the case there’s no reason to not release the cut list then add more to said list once they are signed.

  • oakfoshow

    I do.One of which is people like you.

  • RNOraiderFan

    mGd

  • PlunkforHOF

    Attention: Raider Headquarters!:… WTF?…. over.

  • oakfoshow

    I bet some of these guys cheered for gaybow when he was in this division.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Tru but if they can’t sign the guys they have to keep the 6th cb. Cant announce his cut and then sign him back.

  • rob_raider

    Lol. Been a diehard raider fan my whole life. Just not a dirtbag. And believe me pal, it’s very likely I would kick ur azz if it came to it.

  • irjonny

    hmm. indeed sir

  • PlunkforHOF

    Sorry if I caused a Tebow spat.. fact is the guy is talentless and undeserving of 10% of the hype he’s gotten.

  • oakfoshow

    Yea,you got the wrong dude little bich.Born and raised in compton.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    This explains Palmer handing the ball off 6 times.

    If he threw a pass and was injured, then there goes the trade.

    DA knew he was trading Palmer before game 4.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Twocents Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 7:58 pm
    Oakfoshow, you are an admitted rapist. You have no moral leg to stand on.
    ——-
    WHAT!?

  • oakfoshow

    I will be here to remind you of tebow as soon as he fks up.

  • rob_raider

    Haha. Who cares. Heard there a lot of punks in Compton. They having a gun and being an idiot makes them tuff. Also, talking about being raised there like that means anything. Easy e and ice cube were never tuff. Just actors. Ur cute.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Oh lord…MR cross posting alert.

  • Just Win Baby

    If we’re going to talk about lousy NY Jets, forget about Tebow. How bout Vernon Gholston? Cut by the Rams today too? That guy sure didn’t pan out. Probably a purple drank casualty.

  • oakfoshow

    Yea,he was talking about morals or something.i dont know,wasnt really paying attention.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Oakfoshow Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    Yea,he was talking about morals or something.i dont know,wasnt really paying attention.
    —-
    So, you not really rapist?

  • RNOraiderFan

    Love net fights. I’m going to go get my popcorn and my good buddy TO since he got nothing else to do.

  • Twocents

    Klas, see 170 and 177.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    Curry goes on PUP list, out six weeks
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  • YoungAmerican

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Curry goes on PUP list, out six weeks

  • oakfoshow

    Tuff is you getting beat down because of your big mouth.Internet tuff guys?

  • realtruraider

    Curry goes on PUP list out 6 weeks, per twitter

  • realtruraider

    Too damn slow, lol

  • YoungAmerican
  • YoungAmerican

    Stupar cut, as was Kilgore.

    Underwood and King to IR.

  • oakfoshow

    A rapist? Shut up.This is america.Dont want to talk to you.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Harris would be an immediate upgrade at RT

  • YoungAmerican

    Parrish also gone. McCann and Francies lock up the return jobs until Ford returns.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Yeah for YoungAmerican! Breaking the news!

  • Just Win Baby

    funny how everyone else was waived, but Roscoe Parrish was “terminated”. LMAO

  • rob_raider

    Lol. Oak is a cutie pie. He thinks he a little gangsta. Isn’t that precious?

  • PlunkforHOF

    way to go YA.. no surprises.. kind of anticlimatic

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Klas knew Reggie would find way to keep King! Lechler is free agent after season. King is next punter.

  • Raiders for life

    Dang, Lonyae’s gone.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Stupar to practice squad, i bet.

  • elraidmanhattan

    And for all of you complaining about play calling stop! It is exhibition you don’t show your playbook! Someone complained about Reese being non existent stop it, Knapp knows what he can do. We are going to be very good on offense so stop crying!

  • PlunkforHOF

    over/under for Cork to post? 15 min?

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I like that Roscoe was terminated and not waived, LOL.

  • Fugazi

    Here you go, from the Raiders website:

    The Oakland Raiders Friday announced 22 transactions, reducing the team’s active roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players.

    The team waived 17 players, terminated one veteran, placed three on reserve/injured, and placed veteran linebacker Aaron Curry on reserve/physically unable to perform. Curry is eligible to return to practice as early as Oct. 16, the day after the conclusion of the NFL’s sixth weekend. Once he returns to practice, he will be allowed to practice for up to 21 days prior to returning to the active roster.

    The Raiders’ roster moves Friday:
    Transaction Pos. Player (exp)
    Waived LB Kaelin Burnett (R)
    Waived K Eddy Carmona (R)
    Waived WR Derek Carrier (R)
    Waived WR Brandon Carswell (R)
    Reserve/PUP (knees) LB Aaron Curry (4)
    Waived DE Hall Davis (1)
    Waived TE Kyle Efaw (R)
    Waived DL Dominique Hamilton (R)
    Waived OL Kevin Haslam (3)
    Reserve/Injured (hamstring) TE Tory Humphrey (5)
    Waived OL Nick Howell (1)
    Waived LB Chad Kilgore (R)
    Reserve/Injured (toe)P Marquette King (R)
    Waived OL Dan Knapp (R)
    Waived WR Eddie McGee (1)
    Waived C Colin Miller (1)
    Waived RB Lonyae Miller (1)
    Terminated WR Roscoe Parrish (8)
    Waived WR Travionte Session (R)
    Waived LB Nathan Stupar (R)
    Waived S Curtis Taylor (3)
    Reserve/Injured (hip/groin) S Brandon Underwood (3)

  • oakfoshow

    #294..But we have all seen what knapp can do.Lose alot.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    The 40oz™ ‏@Raider40oz
    King hurt his Toe..Lol… nice move Raiders
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    Remember this moment. King is next Lechler!

  • YoungAmerican

    Stupar, Efaw, Hamilton, Carrier, and Burnett are likely going to the practice squad.