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Coach Allen, staff poring over everything during bye week

By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 3:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • bcz24

    Tarver won’t be replaced. He is working with crap. He inherited the 29th ranked defense, lost some players, and is now the 32nd defense. We just dont have the defensive pieces to be competitive, the BEST players on our defense are little better than mediocre, with flashes of good play. Tarver would be overachieving if this defense was ranked 20-15th in the nfl. I mean, if we still had Bartell and Spencer starting our secondary would be MUCH better, and by extension our rush defense. Losing Bartell halfway through the SD game was a critical injury, and unfortunately reggie didnt have the money or picks to provide depth to cover those injuries.

  • inonewordraider

    Joselio Hanson, Pat Lee, Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch Matt Giordano and Rolando Mcclain meet Julio Jones Roddy White Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner. Yikes!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I thought we had enough talent to win the west. We were 8-8 the last 2 years (with bad coaching and a bad GM according to some), and now we have a good GM and staff according to you people, but we are on pace for a 4-12 season?!?!?

    You People……..

  • YoungAmerican

    it’s obvious DA is not the right guy

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    Just like it was obvious that Belichick wasn’t the right guy for Cleveland when he went 5-11, right?

    Realize that no franchise in the modern era has ever had to make a turnaround the way the Raiders need to. The one guy in control of all things football operations – hiring the coaches, college and pro scouting, EVERYTHING – died without a true succession plan, and without a modernized franchise. And because of his last-ditch efforts to “win now” he left the football side of the organization with an unsustainable financial situation. You’re looking at a roster largely comprised of players who have never in their careers been asked to be accountable or disciplined, because Al Davis didn’t believe in those things. He believed that sheer athletic talent would overcome everything else. There was no way that this transition was going to happen seamlessly.

    we’re not vastly inferior playerwise to the competition

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

    Disagree here. Roster has holes everywhere.

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    Life is dynamic, just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it won’t happen and retired coaches have come back and coached competetive teams which i’d be more than willing to settle for as that can be a building block on the way to a sb

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

    Sure it COULD happen – but it’s not a sure thing. No more than it’s a sure thing that Dennis Allen will get the franchise turned around. But I’d rather have a hungry young coach than a coach who is more than happy sitting behind a desk at ESPN.

  • YoungAmerican

    I can’t say I’m not disappointed with the defense’s performance. I thought Allen was working with a much less talented unit in Denver and he put them on the right path. I suppose the difference there is that at least Miller and Dumervil were there to bring pressure.

    Allen might have to get more involved and help Tarver come up with some ideas to bring more pressure on the QB. I haven’t seen Branch or Huff blitzing a lot, which surprises me – but maybe that speaks to the talent level of the guys behind them.

  • bcz24

    Why won’t anyone just call it like it is? This is Al Davis’s fault. How long did you think you could continue to mortgage the future? How long did you think you could continue to gamble with draft picks? Reggie didn’t build this team, sure he made over the bottom 20 players on the roster, but it is still Al’s team. Dennis Allen may or may not be a good coach, but to judge him on his first September is just repeating the same stupid mistake this franchise has constantly made over and over. Listen, you can’t give a guy a pinto and fire him when he doesnt win the Daytona 500.

    I agree, the Knapp hire was a mistake, but guys make mistakes. Reggie and Dennis will correct that after the season.

  • inonewordraider

    Sure it COULD happen – but it’s not a sure thing.
    _________________________
    no way is it a sure thing I just wouldn’t continue to stand behind a coach who’s team isn’t motivated and continually get’s blown out. If the spread for the Atlanta game is 24 points i wouldn’t bet on the Raiders

  • YoungAmerican

    Dennis Allen may or may not be a good coach, but to judge him on his first September is just repeating the same stupid mistake this franchise has constantly made over and over.

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    Yep.

  • YoungAmerican

    no way is it a sure thing I just wouldn’t continue to stand behind a coach who’s team isn’t motivated and continually get’s blown out. If the spread for the Atlanta game is 24 points i wouldn’t bet on the Raiders

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

    Hue Jackson got blown out, too. Sorry, but with the state the secondary is in it’s going to happen a few times this season.

    But I expect the performance to improve, and I’m sure as hell not expecting the Raiders to fire Allen before he gets a chance to have an actual draft and free agency period. Just makes no sense whatsoever.

  • MikieG

    What sucks is that were basically going to have to wait 3 weeks in order to see this team have a chance at another win. I don’t think I can take three more weeks of reading the pain and suffering of my fellow fans on this blog before our next win.

    I mean, do you honestly think we have even the most remote shot at beating the Falcons next Sunday? Good God, its going to be a freaking massacre. I should really bet my mortgage and my student loans on this game. I could be debt free by October 15th…

  • r8eray

    You guys thought we got an @$$ whoopin in Denver?

    Wait till we play Atlanta!

  • bcz24

    Where is all this talent on defense?

    Great players – none

    Good players – Shaugnessy, Bartell (can’t stay healthy), Bryant (at least appears to be)

    Mediocre players – Houston (needs to move to tackle), Kelly, Seymour, Wheeler, Burris (lot of upside to this kid) Huff (safety), Branch, Spencer

    Below average – Lee, Hanson, Giordano, Mitchell, Huff (CB)

    Bad – McClain, has the talent but his effort and desire make him as bad as Jamarcus Russell was, a cancer to the defense

  • inonewordraider

    Hue Jackson got blown out, too
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    by KC Green bay and SD, Cable in 2010 by Tenn Pittsburgh and Miami that’s 3 times in 16 games, we’ve been blown out twice this year and yes our cb’s are atrocious but we were atrocious at stoppping the run last two years. I agree too early to fire him, if Carter is Carter and Spencer comes back sooner than later it’s HUGE then if Allen remedies the OL woes we’re in business but if the players don’t respond to Allen you need to get the right guy in here to implement the plan

  • raiderdav

    what this team needs is a REAL HC with attitude, Dennis Allen is a B*tch. I think Winston Moss would had shown more emotion then this douchebag, He Greg Krapp and that moron of McKenzie should be called the 3 Stooges.

  • nyraider

    In the summer, our cap took a hit close to 10mil when reggie signed bartell(3 mil), franchised Branch(6.2) mil and spencer million plus. I realize after free agency transitioned into preseason he did restructure. But IMO 10 million could have brought in 2 quality corners. Or quite frankly 1 would settle for 1 top tier CB and live with the practice squad players reggie brought in anyway. I’m not as high on branch as many of you. he’s an athlete only, and while he makes a big hit once in a while. He looks like he has the mcclain disease which is being in the wrong place more often than not.

  • inonewordraider

    at least dallas sucks!

  • Plunketthead

    I wish Reg could trade CP for Touchdown Timmy and draft picks

    CP is a better QB but Tebow would be a great fit for us right now

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Blame this season on AL?!
    Thats retarded!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Inonewordraider Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:40 am

    at least dallas sucks!
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    Oh yeah, and Cleveland is winless, too.

    Pathetic,if that makes you feel good.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Blame this crap on a GM that died last year at the beginning of the season?!
    Pathetic!!!

  • The Big Banana

    Stop blaming Davis, already. The man is no longer with us. If you want to entertain this Davis bashing then you also have to compare last year with this year, and guess what, we’re worlds worse than last year with mostly the same guys, unless you think Wimbley Routt Satele made all the difference.

    We were told this team could compete. Well so far the offense, defense, and special teams are much worse than last year so I dont want to hear it.

    Does that mean we can write the book on DA? No! But so far it’s crap. Call it like it is and move on.

  • The Big Banana

    Raider O Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:45 am
    Blame this crap on a GM that died last year at the beginning of the season?!
    Pathetic!!!

    —–

    Pathetic is right!

  • Plunketthead

    ABP See DJ’s post at 804
    Kiff is a backstabber because he never intended to stay here. He was using Al just like he use Tennesee

  • YoungAmerican

    Amazes me how people can flat-out ignore cause and effect. Defend Al Davis all you want, but sooner or later you’ll have to recognize that his management style over the last two decades is the primary reason for the state of the Raiders right now.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Who hired Knapp? AL?
    Who hired Tarver? AL?
    Who hired DA? AL?
    Was AL also responsible for releasing/ adding players this season too?

  • DJ Johnny

    914.raiderdav Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:39 am
    what this team needs is a REAL HC with attitude, Dennis Allen is a B*tch. I think Winston Moss would had shown more emotion then this douchebag, He Greg Krapp and that moron of McKenzie should be called the 3 Stooges.

    The most emotion DA has shown is when he was all happy go lucky with John Fox after getting humiliated with the worst Raider loss against Denver since 1962.

    Honestly, not trying to be jerk or exaggerate when I say this…it was the happiest i’ve ever seen him.

    He did show some emotion when Jano hit that fg against Pittsburgh though.

  • YoungAmerican

    Raider O Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Who hired Knapp? AL?
    Who hired Tarver? AL?
    Who hired DA? AL?
    Was AL also responsible for releasing/ adding players this season too?

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    Who is responsible for the vast majority of the roster?

    Who is responsible for the unsustainable financial situation and lack of draft picks?

    Who is responsible for YEARS of coaching inconsistency where players were not expected to be disciplined or accountable?

    Who is responsible for the Raiders becoming a joke over the last two decades, where few established or respected coaches would even consider coming?

    Who is responsible for the Raiders having no clear succession plan in place, leaving the new management with the task of modernizing a 50-year-old franchise (that until recently was entirely controlled by one man) in a single season?

  • YoungAmerican

    In addition, the jury is still out on all the moves the regime made. But we’ve had 20 years of the modern era to see how Al Davis’ management style has worked. And it hasn’t. Now he’s gone, so it’s time to try a new way.

  • YoungAmerican

    the new* regime

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie is just plain dumb….cant get it thru his thick skull…practice squad players are not going to help us win….

  • Al_is_theraiders

    the three stooges it is….

  • Plunketthead

    Vegas
    Put me on the that was great presser list

    Al looked liked hell but he showed he still had the fire. If the players who cashed his checks cared half as much as Al, we would go to the SB every year

  • The Big Banana

    Folks have no idea what record we’d be sitting at right now with Davis still around, but are ready to pass judgement. Laughable.

    Mostly the same players and we torpedo to the bottom of the league in rushing and defense. We thought our defense was bad last year. Lol. Boy were we in for a treat.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Al didn’t yard for CP. Hue did, and that’s why we didn’t have a 1st this year or a 2nd next year. You can’t Blame Al since he was dead before the trade.

    Big contracts and salary cap issues you can blame on Al, but that’s it.
    He is DEAD, so get over it!!

  • RaiderSam

    Nyraider Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:39 am
    In the summer, our cap took a hit close to 10mil when reggie signed bartell(3 mil), franchised Branch(6.2) mil and spencer million plus. I realize after free agency transitioned into preseason he did restructure. But IMO 10 million could have brought in 2 quality corners. Or quite frankly 1 would settle for 1 top tier CB and live with the practice squad players reggie brought in anyway. I’m not as high on branch as many of you. he’s an athlete only, and while he makes a big hit once in a while. He looks like he has the mcclain disease which is being in the wrong place more often than not.

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

    they’d have to release both Kelly and Seymour to free up 20 mil in cap space

    look at – Terrence Knighton, DT, Jacksonville, CB Cary Williams (Baltimore) or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Charlie Peprah, might be worth a look as he played in GB during McKenzie’s tenure there and did quite well (5 ints)

    look at drafting Johnathan Hankins or QB Geno Smith (depending on them staying with Palmer)

    or move toward other picks
    Abry Jones, DT, Georgia, Michael Buchanan, OLB, Illinois, Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia, Tavon Austin, WR/KR, W.Virginia

    and also look at Marcus Lattimore of S.Carolina, incase (gasp) they’d move on from Darren McFadden (who is heading for a contract year in 2013 and may want to bounce if ineffective Greg Knapp is still OC)

    there’s also the matter of replacing Rolondo McClain. – Manti Teo?

    a lot of work to be done.

  • Plunketthead

    bunk moorland Says:
    one more strike and he’s out.

    I will inform Amy to get his check ready :smile:

  • R8derdiehard

    Allen sounds so stock in what he said but what else can he say, whats gonna change for real probably nothing. They will stick with the same players on the field . I give knapp 4 or 5 more losses like we’ve seen lately. Then they will strip him but the season will be over by then….. I mean playaction in the 4th down by 3 touchdowns cmon knapp amatures know better thanks that

  • DJ Johnny

    We have some hope. For the first time DA is saying that he is willing to look at EVERYTHING..including the zbs.

    This is a good sign.

    I hope he looks at using the 3-4 as well.

    Seriously…why the heck not?

    We couldn’t Denver to punt ONE TIME on Sunday.

    How much worse could the 3-4 be?

    Also, if he is HONESTLY evaluating EVERYTHING…McClain will be on the bench against Atlant. There is no way to justify what the pos is doing out there.

  • YoungAmerican

    The Big Banana Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Folks have no idea what record we’d be sitting at right now with Davis still around, but are ready to pass judgement. Laughable.

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    Al Davis isn’t here right now. He’s dead. Sorry, what he would do is irrelevant.

    What is relevant though, is what he HAS done. The revisionists here would have us forget 7 straight 11-loss seasons, multiple draft busts (that the Raiders still feeling the effects of to this day), running countless coaches out of town, and high-dollar free agent signings that didn’t pan out. This season is the direct result of his management style over the last two decades.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Trade*

  • The Big Banana

    Cork and Jerry showed you the numbers. Davis never presided over a defense so bad as this.

    But, yep, Al’s to blame. Lol

  • YoungAmerican

    I hope he looks at using the 3-4 as well.

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    Have you been watching the games? There’s been plenty of 3-4 defense.

  • RaiderSam

    DJ Johnny Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:14 am
    We have some hope. For the first time DA is saying that he is willing to look at EVERYTHING..including the zbs.

    This is a good sign.

    I hope he looks at using the 3-4 as well.

    Seriously…why the heck not?

    We couldn’t Denver to punt ONE TIME on Sunday.

    How much worse could the 3-4 be?

    Also, if he is HONESTLY evaluating EVERYTHING…McClain will be on the bench against Atlant. There is no way to justify what the pos is doing out there.

    ——————-

    if Allen is insistent on this scheme – no doubt in my mind Palmer is gone, McFadden and you’ll be seeing Geno Smith in Silver and Black next year with T.J. Yates as the backup.

    he simply will have to move on from Kelly, Huff, Seymour, and it looks as if awarding guaranteed 6 mil to Branch next year might’ve been a mistake, as well.

    we’ll see how it plays out – trade deadline is looming in a month or so

  • The Big Banana

    #939. Lmao! It’s not relevant to my argument (don’t blame a man for the current failures that has no control over the current team), but it’s relevant to your (blame the man that passed away before the end of last year for this year’s failures). Rofl!

  • YoungAmerican

    The Big Banana Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Cork and Jerry showed you the numbers. Davis never presided over a defense so bad as this.

    But, yep, Al’s to blame. Lol

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

    Who is responsible for the Raiders having to do a massive salary dump to get under the cap? Who is responsible for over half of the roster? Who is responsible for the lack of draft picks? Who is responsible for decades of losing before this?

    But yes, if only Al were alive (he’s not), he’d turn this all around. I wonder who he’d pick to be Hue’s defensive coordinator.

  • YoungAmerican

    The Big Banana Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:19 am

    #939. Lmao! It’s not relevant to my argument (don’t blame a man for the current failures that has no control over the current team), but it’s relevant to your (blame the man that passed away before the end of last year for this year’s failures). Rofl!

    ==========

    Cause and effect my friend. If you don’t want to live in reality I can’t help you.

    The new regime is ripping off a whole stack of Band-aids. It’s going to hurt in the short-term. But it needs to be done if the Raiders are going to heal.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    worse defense ever…..ever….ever…

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    What do you think of Buckeyes DT Johnathan Hankins, and should we target him in the draft?

  • YoungAmerican

    Also, if we’re going to play the “what if Al was alive” game, the Carson Palmer trace wouldn’t have happened. Hue would have had to roll with Boller or Pryor. The Raiders don’t even sniff 8-8 after the Campbell injury. Do you think Hue keeps his job? How many yes men are even left in the league for Al to hire?

  • The Big Banana

    YA – I’m not saying the man was perfect and blameless. Far from it towards the end there. But let’s not blame a guy who isn’t here to deal with this himself. Focus on who’s here and move on.

    Again, your argument is having to do a salary dump. Those guys we dumped were the difference? Hard to believe my man.