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Coach Allen, staff poring over everything during bye week

Most NFL coaches prefer their bye week fall somewhere near the middle of the season. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said his team’s bye week comes at an ideal time, given there’s so much work to do.
Allen said he and his coaching staff will spend an inordinate amount of time breaking down videotape from the first four games in an attempt to find answers as to why the Raiders started this season 1-3.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Allen said Monday, one day after the Raiders lost to the Denver Broncos 37-6. “We’ve got a lot of areas that we’ve got to improve on. This bye week comes at a good time for us, gives us a chance as coaches to look at and evaluate what we’re doing, who we’re doing it with and come up with solutions that can help us get better and help us win some games.”
Specifically, Allen and his staff need to find out why the Raiders are getting outplayed in the second half, why the defense is allowing more than 31 points per game, why the run game is last in the league and how the Raiders can jump-start things for the final 12 games.
This isn’t what Allen hoped to be doing during the bye week. Yet, he said, he is confident that he and his staff can get things turned around before their next game, Oct. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons.
“We’re not going to stick our head in the sand,” Allen said. “We’re going to evaluate everything and see what things we need to improve on and where we can get better, and there’s a lot of things that go into that. We’re going to go from A to Z. We got a lot of getting better to do.”
Free safety Michael Huff was one of many that felt as if the Raiders possessed a top-five defense entering the season.
Watching video tape of the Raiders games, Huff said the most frustrating thing is, he and his defensive mates oftentimes are in position to make plays. Many times, the plays they aren’t making are the kind that has the potential to change the complexion of games.
“Plays are there to be made, but we just don’t make them when it’s time to make them … ,” Huff said. “We see what we can be. We’re still one play here, one play there. It’s there to be had. We just got to make the plays.”
Veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour sees a Raiders team that is on the verge. The key is, staying the course, paying attention to detail and being accountable.
“We got a week to think about it,” Seymour said, “but anytime you play a game like that, you definitely want to get back on the field and get it going again. We have some work that needs to be done. If you’re a competitor, you accept that challenge. I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”
Running back Darren McFadden said he isn’t worried about the Raiders ineffectiveness running the ball so far.
“It’s one of those things where you just got to keep running,” McFadden said. “With the zone scheme, it’s going to hit here and there, but you just have to keep running. Stick with it and keep pounding the ball.”

– Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes underwent a surgical “procedure” 10 days ago in an attempt to expedite the healing of his groin injury, Allen said.
Barnes suffered his injury against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 16. He missed the past two games. He is week-to-week for now, Allen said.

– Injured starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer still needs a protective boot on his right foot, Allen said.
Allen said he won’t be able to gauge Spencer’s status until Spencer sheds the boot. He has missed the past two games, as well.

– Allen said he is “hopeful” of getting back starting wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey from a concussion in time for the Falcons game.
Heyward-Bey got hurt against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 23 as a result of a helmet-to-helmet hit by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.
He was hospitalized overnight and has not practiced since the injury. He also suffered a strained neck.

– The official stat book from Sunday’s game against the Broncos credited the Raiders with no hits on quarterback Peyton Manning.
The Raiders review of the video from the game showed their defenders actually hit Manning nine times.

– The Raiders are 28th in defense at an average of 411.5 yards and 31.2 points per game. They are 22nd against the run at an average of 128.5 yards.

— The Raiders are last (32nd) in the league in rushing at an average of 60.8 yards per game. They were seventh last season and second in 2010.

– The Raiders lost the first game coming off a bye each of the past nine seasons. They lost those games by an average of 14 points
Up next: a game against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, the sexy pick as the team most likely to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

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  • RaiderDanny

    Really NATION! The problem is the full staff to the GM problem!theres some problems on the D side personel wise, Reggie aint trying to address it! Why? Lito Sheppard and Chris Johnson look like pro bowlers to what we have!people saying trade DMC??? Our best player! For what??? REALLY??

  • Dakota

    Watching the game from a bird’s eye view at the stadium, it appeared that on almost every pass play there were two players WIDE OPEN. Manning didn’t make all awesome throws…..he was throwing to guys who were literally wide open….especially underneath.

    And why can they run WR screens so well, and our screens look like dog schyyyyyt? It is like they understand which plays work against the defense they are facing, and our OC is just calling plays and hoping they work.

  • bcz24

    theres some problems on the D side personel wise, Reggie aint trying to address it
    ********
    Address it with WHO? What starting calibur CB’s do you think are available?

  • Plunketthead

    Just win baby

    Nice posts!!

  • Dakota

    I would take Chris Toast Johnson and Litto over the guys we put on the field last week….in a heartbeat!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    what is the main difference between our 4-2 start last year and 1-3 this year?

    we swapped hu jack for d.a/knapp, palmer for jc,

    was last years 4-2 team far superior to this even though we have largely the same roster?

    dont tell me about the defense they sucked just as bad last year, but we still won.

    an honest response would be nice

  • Al_is_theraiders

    cj and sheppard!

  • guest123

    99

    I agree that Krapp has to go, sooner the better. I don’t understand why continuity of a bad plan is so important. Some people are saying it would look bad on the org. or that we can’t get good candidates going forward if we did that. But why sit and watch this debacle for 12 more games until we finally admit it is a disaster and it’s not going to get better anytime soon. Why not rip the bandaid off and expose the scab already? Season outcome won’t change a bit either way.

    The only animals that walk into the slaughter pit are dumb animals like cows. Going along with Krapp as the OC for an entire season is just prolonged torture. Does it prove a point to abide it like a cow going to slaughter? I’m ready for any alternative as it at least gives a glimmer of hope. Krapp time offense is going nowhere fast and in no hurry to get there.

  • inonewordraider

    Dakota Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:34 am
    I would take Chris Toast Johnson and Litto over the guys we put on the field last week….in a heartbeat!
    ______________
    or chimdi and dvd, so why not sign em?

  • bcz24

    Dakota Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:31 am
    Watching the game from a bird’s eye view at the stadium, it appeared that on almost every pass play there were two players WIDE OPEN. Manning didn’t make all awesome throws…..he was throwing to guys who were literally wide open….especially underneath.
    ************
    Because Huff is a TERRIBLE CB. We knew that last year when he played spot duty at nickle and got burnt regularly, and we all laughed at Hue at the end of the year when he said he was making Huff a CB this year.

    Pat Lee was signed to play special teams, or in dime situations covering 5th WRs… not starting NFL calibur corner.

    Hanson has been a career slot nickle corner, obviously on the decline or the Eagles wouldn’t have cut him, he is mediocre at best.

    We literally have no other CBs suiting for games right now. We are asking LB’s and back up safeties to cover people.

    Our utter lack of pass rush means QB’s have all day to survey the field. Everyone knows, that the longer the play runs the advantage slides drastically in favor of the receiver.

  • Dakota

    Firing Knapp already would look bad….quietly allowing Saunders to take over playcalling would be the right move.

  • DMAC

    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    2 more games A’s!
    Let’s get it!

  • DMAC

    Where’s CJ at?
    Bring em back

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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    what do the experst think of the silver and black and mr. instant upgrade? take a look. i think he is right on point.

    “Carson Palmer is not a franchise quarterback.

    Period. End of story.

    That maxim was true for most of his time in Cincinnati and it was painfully true when he bailed on his team and retired, only to be brought back with a foolish trade by the Raiders former decision makers.

    The Raiders may have given up a lot for Palmer, but that shouldn’t stop Reggie McKenzie from moving on from him as quickly as possible. He couldn’t do it without a first-round pick in 2012, but the Raiders, at 1-3, could easily have a top pick (maybe the top pick) in 2013.

    This team needs improvement at every position other than starting running back and the kicking specialists, but no move will put the Raiders back on the path to greatness than a quick hook and another retirement for Palmer.

    The Raiders, more than any other team, need to be looking at a starting quarterback in the first round of the 2013 draft.”- Micheal schottey

  • Plunketthead

    Tom Cable took a bag of trash (Oline/RB)and had us in the top ten overnight. It took him longer (almost two years) to get us to 500 but he did and Hue did a great job as well when he fixed the passing/WR game in Toms final year.

    Things were running real smooth untill Al passed and the team faded along with Hues chances of staying on as head coach

    Thats what they call history.

  • DutchRaider77

    Wow, who pushed KK over the edge today…you should be banned!

    Not you KK, you can’t help yourself. Other people should know better. Shame on you white people!

  • DMAC

    Im taking the Mystic approach…

    Let’s get rid of that bum SeaBass and save us some $$$$$.
    Bring back Caromona.
    Viva la raza!!!

  • bcz24

    1006.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:35 am
    what is the main difference between our 4-2 start last year and 1-3 this year?

    we swapped hu jack for d.a/knapp, palmer for jc,

    was last years 4-2 team far superior to this even though we have largely the same roster?

    dont tell me about the defense they sucked just as bad last year, but we still won.

    an honest response would be nice
    ***********
    Honest response.

    Week 1 loss – We allowed 1 offensive TD, our defense played an outstanding game considering the circumstances it was put in. Close game that was largely decided by special teams.

    Week 2 loss – looked exactly the same as the loss to Miami last year.

    Week 4 loss – you are kidding yourself if you think you have a chance to beat peyton manning with the secondary we have. Peyton has routinely picked apart MUCH better secondaries than that.

    We all know the offense isn’t working. Plain as day. I think something will be done to address that this week. BUT, the truth is, when the players execute, zone or power doesn’t matter. We scored 34 points against pittsburg with knapps offense, because the players executed.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

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  • inonewordraider

    DMAC Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:51 am
    Im taking the Mystic approach…

    Let’s get rid of that bum SeaBass and save us some $$$$$.
    Bring back Caromona.
    Viva la raza!!!
    _____________
    now your talking!

  • Plunketthead

    1019.bcz24 Says:
    Week 1 loss – We allowed 1 offensive TD, our defense played an outstanding game considering the circumstances it was put in. Close game that was largely decided by special teams.

    Week 2 loss – looked exactly the same as the loss to Miami last year.

    Week 4 loss – you are kidding yourself if you think you have a chance to beat peyton manning with the secondary we have. Peyton has routinely picked apart MUCH better secondaries than that.

    We all know the offense isn’t working. Plain as day. I think something will be done to address that this week. BUT, the truth is, when the players execute, zone or power doesn’t matter. We scored 34 points against pittsburg with knapps offense, because the players executed.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Good points. You might add that the discharge went up and down the field on the “same team” in the game played before opening game 2012

    I was more embaressed by the whupping we took from cutler and the donks on monday night opening night

  • Al_is_theraiders

    remember what saunders didwith priest holmes and trent green?

  • DMAC

    When Tom Cable removes you from play calling duties, than you’re just not cut out for this league anymore.
    This schit is on you DA!!!
    Get something done quick b!tch!

  • RaiderDanny

    Huff is terrible! Branch is Terrible! McClain gone! Seymoure retire!fire all CBs except Chimdi! Only one of McKenzies draft picks made it on the field? Coaches gone! Saunders and Tarver give another year?

  • DJ Johnny

    Is it possible with the zbs that our guys are simply having to think too much about what they’re doing, where they’re supposed to be at, etc. etc. and not concentrating on just “playing”?

  • inonewordraider

    “Carson Palmer is not a franchise quarterback.
    _____________
    don’t know if he’s an elite qb, but he’s showed signs last two weeks and if you think his stats the last two weeks say otherwise, is DMAC not an elite rb even though his stats last week would say otherwise? There’s no way you can convince me that we’d have any more wins this year with Jason Campbell and in fact we would be 0 -4 as CP put on a fabulous performance v Pitt JC wouldn’t have replicated. Jury is still out on CP and the JC v CP debate because two games don’t make a season but I stongly believe you’re wrong in thinking cp is an issue up till this point in the season and i strongly believe we’d be worse off up till this point in the season with JC

  • inonewordraider

    CJ and Chimdi would be good ideas because you’re not stopping anybody’s development or implementation of a new regime. CJ would be a stopgap, and chimdi would get valuable experience with the new scheme. Huff should not be playing corner and pat lee and hanson shouldn’t be playing ahead of chimdi or CJ

  • bcz24

    1025.RaiderDanny Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:59 am
    Huff is terrible! Branch is Terrible! McClain gone! Seymoure retire!fire all CBs except Chimdi! Only one of McKenzies draft picks made it on the field? Coaches gone! Saunders and Tarver give another year?
    *************
    1 of his 5 picks made the field, 20%. What about the undrafted rookie in Streater, does he get credit there? Criner would have seen some action if not for injury, which would jump him up to 40%. Show me how many GMs in the NFL have a higher success rate of draft picks LATER than 96 getting on the field. These guys are supposed to be depth players. You shouldn’t be complaining about that.

  • DMAC

    Wiz was a beast at G last year.
    Played well at C 2.
    Haven’t looked at any films again, but he seems to be struggling in this zone blocking system.
    Sure he’s missed plenty of reps, but Wiz is more than capable of catching up.
    We need to include some power blocking plays for DMAC.
    If we can’t get him going we’re fked!
    Period!

  • DJ Johnny

    1011.Dakota Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:44 am
    Firing Knapp already would look bad….quietly allowing Saunders to take over playcalling would be the right move.

    I say do whatever is necessary to win games. if it means firing Knapp(not saying that is the right move or not) then so be it.

    If u win…everything looks good no matter what you do. That’s just the way it is. WINNING covers over EVERYTHING. It’s the only thing the media, fans etc. care about.

    You fire Knapp and start WINNING?….it looks like the org. made a decisive decision that helped the team.

    Now if you fire him and we still suck? A different story then we look like a desperate, knee jerk operation that can’t get anything right.

  • RaiderDanny

    Woulda! Coulda! Shoulda! Burris only guy Reggie picked playing!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Dakota Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:44 am
    Firing Knapp already would look bad….quietly allowing Saunders to take over playcalling would be the right move.
    ==================================================
    Look bad ? To who ?

    Would look pretty good to me.

    Would look like there’s a willingness to admit a mistake and take corrective action.

    Would look like there’s some accountability and a desire to get better.

    Please don’t tell me you’re going to buy into the ‘firing Krapp now will turn off future potential hires or applicants’ nonsense.

    Trust me, there will be no shortage of eager, qualified applicants that will line up for the job when Krapp is kicked to the curb.

    Professionals understand that people get fired. They realize their jobs are always on the line and that if they don’t do well – they get fired.

    You think that other professionals can’t see that Krapp is failing ?

    They’re going to say ‘Man, Krapp got a raw deal in Oakland. I’d never work there’ ?

    Balderdash.

    These lame excuses and rationalizations to keep a loser like Krapp around is precisely what this organization should avoid.

  • RaiderDanny

    Your coaches teach players how they want them to play football. The GM picks players who can play football! THIS TEAM CAN NOT PLAY FOOTBALL!!!

  • theghostronin79

    1024.DMAC Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:59 am
    When Tom Cable removes you from play calling duties, than you’re just not cut out for this league anymore.
    This schit is on you DA!!!
    Get something done quick b!tch!

    ===========

    Oh Dayum….That’s right huh? I forgot about that. At least old Cable had some Nards….He started running fakes, and trickeration, Going for it on 4th down and whatnot.
    Kinda funny…..A heafty O-Line man that was in WAAAYYY over his head, was calling a better more aggressive game.

    Like a Janitor getting promoted to Interim Principal, then firing the DEAN. “Sorry Dean, you SUK Dawg”

  • RaiderDanny

    ITS OVER! GET OVER IT!