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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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  • YoungAmerican

    Raider O Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:21 am

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

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    Haven’t seen him play much, but from what I have seen I think there are quite a few pass rushers in this draft who are better prospects than Hankins. Would rather have the Raiders see if Jesse Williams falls to the 3rd, or even try to acquire a 2nd round pick.

  • The Big Banana

    Who knows if Carson trade would have happened or not. Hue says he and Davis discussed it so he was interested and who knows if he’d have jumped once Jason went down. Unless you’re saying Hue lied about that.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Btw, we never had cap issues with AL.

  • YoungAmerican

    The Big Banana Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:23 am

    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.

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

    Not that they were lights-out players, but the Raiders had to dump them AND were still so handcuffed by the salary cap that they didn’t have room to make the improvements they needed to. The defense had holes before the salary dump, then they lose their most established CB and their only pass rusher. Too many holes to overcome in one season when the previous regime traded away the first three picks in the draft, and left the new regime no room to make moves in free agency.

    The argument I keep hearing is that “money never stopped Al from getting the players he wants”. Well not only did the players that Al wanted not pan out in recent years, but the last time the Raiders had sustained success was before the era of free agency. Not only that, but all the short-sighted “win now” moves are detrimental to long-term success.

    Again – McKenzie and Allen are ripping off Band-aids here. Short term pain, but it’s going to help in the long run.

  • YoungAmerican

    Raider O Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Btw, we never had cap issues with AL.

    ——————-

    And the Raiders have never had sustained success since the era of free agency began. Funny, that.

  • YoungAmerican

    And for those conflating my blaming Al and the current state of the roster with the current coaching staff blaming Al and the current state of the roster:

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien

    RT @VicTafur: “When you begin to blame others, you give up the power to change,” coach Dennis Allen said.

  • YoungAmerican

    Will be back in an hour. Time to go to work.

  • bcz24

    941.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
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    53 men on this roster, 35 directly drafted by Al, 12-15 of them are here as a result of Al’s ineffective management style ie poor draft picks not panning out, and over-paying mediocre players.

    Would stan routt turn us into a playoff contender? No, is he better than Pat Lee? Absolutely… poor management meant we couldnt carry his contract

    Would Kam Wimbley turn us into a playoff contender? No, but we are missing his pass rush.

    We had to eat a HUGE chunk of cash in just those 2 guys alone. All these bottom of the barrel crap players that reggie brought in are what we HAD to do. Reggie is NOT going to mortgage our future with the out of whack contracts that Al has thrown around for years, no GM would have.

    Anyone with realistic expectations of the season had to realize that we were going to take a step back this year. No money, and no draft picks because of Al and Hue meant we had to fill out the roster with lower tier players. This is not mismanagement by Reggie and DA, this is biting the bullet for the future.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Johnathan Hankins is a NT who is atletic enough to play multiple positions on the DL, but he does need to improve his pass rushing skills. Reminds me of Wilfork (not as athletic as Ngata).

  • bcz24

    953.Raider O Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:28 am
    Btw, we never had cap issues with AL.
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    Thats bs. We ALWAYS had cap problems with AL. Every single year we were at the top of the list of teams over the cap. Al had to restructure contracts and mortgage out the future every year. Why can’t you see that that is what put us in this jam in the first place? Don’t you understand the negative effects that these moves had?

  • Just Win Baby

    Remember last year when we were 7 – 4 and then we lost 4 of our last 5 games. The current suckage goes back to Hue Jackson’s reign, Hue lovers. What blocking system were we running then? We scored less than 20 pts per game during that time. Remember how pathetic our defense looked? Remember how Hue’s team gave the playoff spot to the Broncos despite the fact that they lost their last 3 games? If you want to tug Hue’s Jackson, go be a Bengals fan. It takes more than 4 games to fix that putrid laughingstock of a team that he coached into oblivion down the stretch.

  • Just Win Baby

    But we had a great punter. Dumbphucks.

  • LondonAl

    valleyflyin Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    While our personel has a lot of issues, there is no way that we get our asses kicked like that with a capable coach. We should have won the SD game with proper preperation. We should not have got our asses kicked by Miami or Denver. The coaching is just horrible.

    Allen had an unimpressive resume coming here and now he is in way over his head. Tarver is crap and Knapp is probaly the worst coach I have ever seen at any level.

    It’s comments like this that make me wonder how much much anyone on here knows about Pro football. Allen had a very good resume coming here but not as a head coach. He has to start his HC job some place. Why not with us? To shout out that Tarver is crap is childish. As for Knapp he’s a good coach but I am not sure he’s a fit for us but it’s early days. If we continue to play poorly on offense then he will be gone at the end of the season but in the meantime let’s get behind the team and the organisation.
    Go Raiders!

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Made it about half way thru this post before i had to stop because the smell of manure was too strong!!!

  • r8eray

    YoungAmerican Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 am
    the new* regime

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    *The New Reggiem

  • R8derdiehard

    We can blame all for a lot of things but his players minus palmer had a pretty damn good offense last year dmac stud last year until hurt , for stud until hurt , dmoore hidden treasure, also not to blame for this offense … Niether is cap room, thats on thiscoaching staff

    Defense has all to blame for sure but damn they wouldnt be this bad I dont think but whole knows when all was alive I used to get just as pissed at this defense

  • 303Raider

    JFB,

    Agreed with you, however don’t we think if Hue had Dmac, we would have made the playoffs last year or if Hue had a better Defense this year, we would be better than where we are today?

    I know it’s a moot point, but you have to think if Hue or his offense stayed in place, we would be better.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    the three stooges are embarresing…

  • Just Win Baby

    “If” is for people who cant recall what really happened. It is completely irrelevant what “could have happened”. The reality is what did happen and Hue Jackson, the great offensive guru, pizzed away a golden opportunity and was rightfully fired for it. Hue sucks and every GM in the NFL agrees with that or he wouldn’t be coaching defensive backs in Cincinatti. He is tha laughingstock of the NFL.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bcz24 Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:39 am
    953.Raider O Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:28 am
    Btw, we never had cap issues with AL.
    *****************
    Thats bs. We ALWAYS had cap problems with AL. Every single year we were at the top of the list of teams over the cap. Al had to restructure contracts and mortgage out the future every year. Why can’t you see that that is what put us in this jam in the first place? Don’t you understand the negative effects that these moves had?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Most people agree that AL was a gambler, and we understand the negative effects of his actions, but it worked a few times, and it made things interesting.
    J Walker and G Wilson: not in the league
    R Moss and D Hall: PB players who helped their new teams.

  • 303Raider

    He needed a GM, remember Al died.

    Last I checked, a Hue Jackson run offense was the best Offense we have seen since Gruden. That can not be disputed.

    Hues offense went 9-3 in the Divison.

    At the bare minimum we should have kept the offense the same, Reggie and DA made a big mistake changing that side of the ball, period.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:28 am
    Btw, we never had cap issues with AL.

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

    Sure we did. He just kept pushing it off and off, signing players to backloaded contracts with huge long-term financial commitments.

    Your attitude reminds me of those Russians they interviewed a few years after the Soviet Union fell who said “We never had any crime problems or corruption when Brezhnev was running things!”

  • R8derdiehard

    Hue doent suck or we wouldnt have been in a position to get in the playoffs or had a good not great offense BUT he’s gone so OH well

  • 303Raider

    He was fired because Regie wanted “his” guy which is normal for a new GM.

    Hues gone, ok, why didn’t we keep the same offensive scheme and play book?

    That was an ego move on Reggie’s part, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • R8derdiehard

    Remember we we re 1 drive out of the playoffs last year 1

  • Just Win Baby

    Dude, we were one drive out of the playoffs last year in game 12 and failed to seal the deal. seriously?

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    R8derdiehard Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 am
    Hue doent suck or we wouldnt have been in a position to get in the playoffs or had a good not great offense BUT he’s gone so OH well

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

    Then why did no other team hire him as a head coach or even offensive coordinator?

  • 303Raider

    I was at the game yesterday, I’ve been to the last 7 games in Dnever, 4 of them wins, the fact that we can no longer run the ball is a direct result of the mistake that DA made when he hired Knapp.

    That is my issue with this regime, period!

  • 303Raider

    Here is my point:

    We could have kept Hue’s scheme, and a least been better off than we are now. The defensive issues are a result of Al’s crappy drafts and his scheme’s.

    DA was supposed to fix some of that, let’s also be a little critical of Tarver and DA’s ability to create some pass rush. Did anyone think we would be worse on defense than last year?

    Not me…

  • R8derdiehard

    Honestly his finaly press confrence probably cost him alot but I for one liked it he showed passion for his job and our team he sounded like a pissed off fan up there ranting a raving but it probably screwed him at a chance somewher else and definatley screwed him here’s

  • Dakota

    – 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.

    ++++++++++++
    I saw Manning go down hard one time during that entire game. One time. Bumping shoulders with him as he runs down the field to congratulate his teammate on scoring a TD doesn’t count as a hit on the QB fellas!

    There was little to no pressure on Manning the entire game. He ate us alive.

    No punts? NO PUNTS! The only way we stopped them is when they shot themselves in the foot on the fake FG and the fumble!

    Atrocious!

  • 303Raider

    Agreed, everyone that says, “why didn’t he get a OC or HC job” is an idiot.

    Ever since we Hired him, our team got better, that is a Fact!

  • Dakota

    Firing Hue Jackson was not the problem. The problem was hiring that fk stick Greg Knapp as OC and then having to cut guys because their contracts were ridiculous!

  • 303Raider

    Dakota Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Firing Hue Jackson was not the problem. The problem was hiring that fk stick Greg Knapp as OC and then having to cut guys because their contracts were ridiculous!

    ———

    Great post!! Totally agree!

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    YoungAmerican Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:32 am

    And for those conflating my blaming Al and the current state of the roster with the current coaching staff blaming Al and the current state of the roster:

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien

    RT @VicTafur: “When you begin to blame others, you give up the power to change,” coach Dennis Allen said.

    ________________________________________

    “They’ve got Peyton, a HOF, and we’ve got who we’ve got”

    -Dennis Allen-

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    In the wake of the slaughters this summer at a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, we set out to track mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years. We identified and analyzed 61 of them, and one striking pattern in the data is this: In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun. Moreover, we found that the rate of mass shootings has increased in recent years—at a time when America has been flooded with millions of additional firearms and a barrage of new laws has made it easier than ever to carry them in public. And in recent rampages in which armed civilians attempted to intervene, they not only failed to stop the shooter but also were gravely wounded or killed.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/mass-shootings-investigation

  • R8derdiehard

    Right now it seams as if everything is a problem … No punts last week is unacceptable

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    “No punts? NO PUNTS! The only way we stopped them is when they shot themselves in the foot on the fake FG and the fumble!

    Atrocious!”

    Just like the last San Diego game last year not once could we stop them and it cost us a playoff spot.

  • blackandsilverside

    Yo fools, you can blame and blame and blame, ranting until you are blue in the face. The fact is the entire club sucks.

    Thanks AD (BIH)

  • Dakota

    I am not worried about the defense…..as soon as Slowlando McLazy’s vag1na heals up we will be a top five defense!

  • bigsnow81

    We knew this team sucked donkey kielbasa from the time they took the field in the pre-season. As a fan I wanted to be optimistic, as I always am at the beginning of the season.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    America has long been heavily armed relative to other societies, and our arsenal keeps growing. A precise count isn’t possible because most guns in the United States aren’t registered and the government has scant ability to track them, thanks to a legislative landscape shaped by powerful pro-gun groups such as the National Rifle Association. But through a combination of national surveys and manufacturing and sales data, we know that the increase in firearms has far outpaced population growth. In 1995 there were an estimated 200 million guns in private hands. Today, there are around 300 million—about a 50 percent jump. The US population, now over 314 million, grew by about 20 percent in that period. At this rate, there will be a gun for every man, woman, and child before the decade ends.

    There is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shootings or reduce the carnage, says Dr. Stephen Hargarten, a leading expert on emergency medicine and gun violence at the Medical College of Wisconsin. To the contrary, there appears to be a relationship between the proliferation of firearms and a rise in mass shootings: By our count, there have been two per year on average since 1982. Yet 24 of the 61 cases we examined have occurred since 2006. This year alone there have already been six mass shootings—and a record number of casualties, with 110 people injured and killed.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/mass-shootings-investigation

  • The Big Banana

    “They’ve got Peyton, a HOF, and we’ve got who we’ve got”

    -Dennis Allen-

    ———

    Did DA really say this?

  • RaiderDebo

    It’s funny. Michael Vick throws 4 interceptons in a game, yet leads the game-winning drive in the 4th qtr and there are articles demanding his benching and a move to rookie Nick Foles. Tony Romo throws 5 picks (two pick-sixes) in an ugly LOSS at home on national TV and all I hear about is the huge contract extension he’s going to sign after the season. Amazing.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Among the more striking measures: Eight states now allow firearms in bars. Law-abiding Missourians can carry a gun while intoxicated and even fire it if “acting in self-defense.” In Kansas, permit holders can carry concealed weapons inside K-12 schools, and Louisiana allows them in houses of worship. Virginia not only repealed a law requiring handgun vendors to submit sales records, but the state also ordered the destruction of all such previous records. More than two-thirds of these laws were passed by Republican-controlled statehouses,

  • Dakota

    Koolkell,

    I think we should make gun ownership illegal. That will stop all this violence. I mean, we have made drugs illegal and that put a stop to drug use in the United States hasn’t it?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 6:25 am
    I have no doubt Allen, Reggie, et al will take an in depth look at everything but I really wonder what they can do at this point.

    Replacing Knapp just isn’t an option at this point. If this keeps up, he’s gone at the end of the season for sure, but he’s going to get 16 games, like it or not. Might as well deal with it.

    Seriously, if anyone has an idea as to what steps the Raiders can take to improve coming out of the bye week, I’m all ears. The best I can come up with is improved use of available personnel.
    =================================================
    With all due respect, I really don’t get this line of reasoning or type of thinking.

    WHY is replacing Krapp at this point NOT an option ?

    It most definitely IS an option.

    WHY are people resigned to keeping Krapp around for the entire season, only to fire him afterwards ?

    Is it due to an erroneous belief that it’s incomprehensible or so incredibly difficult to switch OC’s during a season ?

    I’m hearing stuff lately from posters that I like and respect that has me shaking my head in disbelief.

    My man JFB has now come around to saying that Knapp sucks – but adds that he will support him bcz he’s the Raid OC. C’mon man, you’re better than that. That’s like saying JaMoron is our QB so I support him.

    Look, it’s fine to root for these guys and want them to do well, but if you really think they suck and that we can do better – then you call for their removal and accept that it’s time to move on.

    S&BPA apparently doesn’t have much confidence in Krapp and asks what we can do to improve coming out of the bye. The answer is right in front of you, but you choose to dismiss it out of hand.

    If you agree Krapp’s playcalling is lousy and he isn’t effectively using our personnel, get someone in there that might do better.

    No, a switch to Saunders does NOT guarantee success. But it’s not an impossibility and wouldn’t be anywhere near as difficult a transition as people seem to think it would be.

    If you’re resigned to sticking with Krapp and suffering through his offense for the remainder of 2012, only to wind up firing him after a wasted year, then that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

    If you believe that Krapp will turn things around – that all that’s needed is patience – that he will become a better playcaller and use the personnel more effectively – and if you’re comfortable having him return as OC in 2013 – then by all means you should endorse retaining him for the remainder of 2012.

    But if you don’t believe that Krapp is going to get the job done or that Krapp is someone you want to move forward with, for God’s sake man, DO NOT ACCEPT that replacing him isn’t an option.

    We can do better than Krapp.
    We’ve got to do better than Krapp.

  • bcz24

    979.303Raider Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Here is my point:

    We could have kept Hue’s scheme, and a least been better off than we are now. The defensive issues are a result of Al’s crappy drafts and his scheme’s.

    DA was supposed to fix some of that, let’s also be a little critical of Tarver and DA’s ability to create some pass rush. Did anyone think we would be worse on defense than last year?

    Not me…
    ******************
    Our defense is only worse than last year because both of our starting qbs are out. What did you think Peyton manning would do to Pat lee and Michael Huff? Struggle? Come on man. You are kidding yourself. For the record, Phil Rivers did NOT have a great day on us. He only threw for 220 yards. Our defensive issues have been magnified greatly by the losses of Bartell and Spencer. Hanson, Lee… these guys are supposed to provide depth at corner. Not be starting.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    The Big Banana Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:18 am

    “They’ve got Peyton, a HOF, and we’ve got who we’ve got”

    -Dennis Allen-

    ———

    Did DA really say this?
    ___________________________________

    Fast forward to 1:44 of this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQSVXlSKxmU&feature=g-all-u

  • eastoaklandraider

    breaking news…. hue jackson dies from massive heart attack family and friends say the attack was brought on by hue’s non-stop uncontrollable laughter over the last four weeks.