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Evaluation process in full swing for Raiders

Coach Dennis Allen promised a thorough evaluation of his team over the next two weeks. That process will take him and his coaching staff from A to Z, Allen said.
As of now, the process is somewhere in the middle, Allen said. Now that the players are off for the next four days, the process kicks into overdrive.
“The process has begun,” Allen said. “We’re going to continue to evaluate it. The players are going to be off but the coaches are still going to have some time to work. We’ll continue to look at every phase of what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, who’s doing it and we’re going to put the play together that we feel like gives us the best opportunity to win.”
The Raiders return to practice Monday in preparation for their next game, Oct. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Quarterback Carson Palmer said the players were instructed to get some rest physically but to keep working mentally. In short, that means studying the video tape given them by their coaches.
“That’s something coach really emphasized,” Palmer said. “You can go one of two ways. You can say, ‘Screw it, I’m going to Vegas and party for four days,’ and that’s not what this team is about. Most of these guys are sticking around, are going to come in and work out.”
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour talked Monday about the need for players to have fun. He said players tend to take losses too hard and lose sight of the fun aspect of the game.
“That isn’t the way the game is played,” Seymour said. “We’re playing a game and we’re very fortunate and blessed to do it. We have to go out and play it as such. As you get down and things get tough, you can’t go into the tank. A man has to come out and have to battle and have to fight and you have to have fun doing it. It’s tough when you have to get it back on track.”
That’s all well and good, Allen said, but there’s a fine line that needs to be walked.
“There’s fun and there’s a sense of purpose,” Allen said. “It’s a game, and you’re supposed to have fun playing the game, but it’s also a business and we have a job to do. Our guys realize that. Nobody takes it any harder than the coaches and players in this organization. We understand that we have a job to do. We understand what’s at stake and we take that job seriously.”

– Third-down conversions and third-down stops. The Raiders struggled in both areas, for the most part, in all four games.
Hence, Allen and his coaching staff are harping on the importance of turning third-down plays into first downs on offense and preventing opposing offenses from converting so many third-down plays into first downs.
“That’s been a big focus for us this week,” Allen said. “It will continue to be a big focus for us. We have to find ways to convert on third down and get off the field on third down defensively.”
The Raiders converted only 1 of 12 third-down plays into first downs against the Broncos last Sunday. Meanwhile, the Broncos netted first downs on 10 of 16 such plays.
Overall, the Raiders converted 27.5 percent of their third-down plays the first four games, while opponents’ success rate reached 53.3 percent.
“It’s been really good to get everybody on the same page and see why certain things we do well work and why certain things that we didn’t do well didn’t work and how we can make adjustments,” Palmer said. “It’s been a good week.”

– People are clamoring for the Raiders to use quarterback Terrelle Pryor in some sort of special package, perhaps along the lines of how the New York Jets use Tim Tebow and the 49ers used Colin Kaepernick against the Jets last Sunday.
Pryor said last week, when asked if anything is in the works, that he isn’t sure when, or if, he might be used in a special package. Allen said Wednesday that how Pryor gets used, if at all, moving forward is under consideration.
“I don’t know,” Allen said. “We’ll look at that. We still have some time before we have to play Atlanta. That will be something we look at. I don’t know if that’s in our plans right now.”
Pryor hasn’t been active for any of Oaklan’s first four regular-season games.

– Allen said recently signed defensive end Andre Carter put together two good practices this week and that Carter is getting closer to seeing the field in a game.
Carter signed last week, but he wasn’t active for the game against the Denver Broncos.

– Allen remains “hopeful” that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will be cleared to play by team doctors in time for the Falcons game.
Heyward-Bey practiced today for the second straight day and seemed to hold up well on the heels of the concussion he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 23.
“He looked fine,” Allen said. “He’s not quite fully back but, obviously, there’s been a lot of improvement. So, that’s encouraging.”

– Seymour was excused from practice today for personal reasons, Allen said.

– In each of the past two games, a Raiders defensive lineman chased a play well downfield and ended up involved in a long gain turning into a fumble recovered by the Raiders.
Against the Steelers, Seymour got his hands on a fumble by a Steelers receiver just before linebacker Philip Wheeler recovered. Last Sunday, defensive end Lamarr Houston recovered a fumble, the result of strong safety Tyvon Branch’s hot pursuit, after a long catch-and-run by Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver calls those “hustle plays,” the kind of which the Raiders need more of each game, he said.

– Most teams prefer their bye week fall somewhere near the midpoint of the season. Palmer is one who prefers byes later in the season. However, he said the Raiders bye week comes at an ideal time.
“A lot of times bye week can come … so far into the season that you just need a break,” Palmer said. “I don’t feel like guys think we need a break. We’re frustrated that we are where we are because of the way we’ve executed. And we were all talking and we were in the team meeting, this is a week to get better, there are meetings to get better, workouts, these practices are a chance to get better. I really feel like we got a lot of accomplished this week.”

– The Raiders no doubt can’t wait for the day when the entire playing surface at the Coliseum is covered with grass. That won’t happen until the A’s are finished playing.
Even so, Allen said he and the Raiders are pulling for the A’s to keep their magical season rolling.
“We’ve obviously paid attention to them,” Allen said. “We know they got a chance to win the division. We wish them well and hope for the best for them.”

– The New Jersey Shore Raiders booster club is making sure that former Raiders safety Jack Tatum will be remembered for a long time by having a street named in Tatum’s honor.
The corner of Paulison Ave. and River Drive will be changed to Jack Tatum Drive on Oct. 13, in Passaic, New Jersey. Tatum was born in North Carolina, but he was raised in Passaic, where he attended Passaic High School.

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  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J Hill Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:25 am
    O,

    Calm down dude.

    No one here hated Al Davis.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    No one here hated AL? lol

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    There are people here who are
    trying to Blane our 1-3 start this season in AL.
    Disgusting!!!!!

  • bcz24

    Really? Was he the GM in GB?
    **********
    You do what you know. Reggie was part of the personal team that did things one way for 15+ years. He isn’t going to abandon the way he learned how to do things.

  • ron69

    ron69 Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 7:50 am
    5-11 at best with victories against Jags Browns Chiefs and probably Tampa but 3-13 sounds more realistic.
    Next year will be gone Kelly Seymour Mclain Huff and probably Shaughnessy if some team overpays him. Just can’t rebuild with too many holes and a tight salary cap. I expect the rebuilding in 2014 and 15 with some playoff hopes in 2016.
    —————-
    Wow. So next yr. is just another throw away yr. and then possibly some playoff “hope” in 2016 at the earliest?

    That may well be what turns out to happen, but there is no way in he*l that that should be what we should accept as fans as the normal course of action.

    Even expansion team Carolina made it to the conf. championship game in year 3 of their existence.

    If Reggie is any good at all he should be able to get things rolling alot faster than that.

    No NFL team gives their GM that much time to turn things around and still have a job.

    ———————————————-
    Even if we have the first overall pick in 13 and 14 you can’t really expect the rookies to change over the team
    inmediately not Bradford not Luck not Newton not RGIII are doing it so far so what can we expect? a total make over and place a good chemystry between FA, rookies and the few bright spots we have (Moore McFadden Veldeheer) amd it will take some time, some examples are the Lions and Falcons, they took about 4 to 5 years rebulding the Rams might be close too.

  • Just Fire Baby

    There are people here who are
    trying to Blane our 1-3 start this season in AL.
    Disgusting!!!!!

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

    People are too quick to try to pin the whole thing on one person or another.

    Fact is, Al deserves SOME blame for this team, just the same as he would deserve a lot of credit if we were 4-0 right now.

    Same with Reggie, the current coaching staff, the players, etc.

    Plenty of blame to pass around. Give me a minute, and I would be happy to locate some blame to pin on Jamarcus still.

  • bcz24

    There are people here who are
    trying to Blane our 1-3 start this season in AL.
    Disgusting!!!!!
    *******
    Blame him? Not really, I say that the reason we suck is because we have a lack of talent primarily on defense, which is a direct result of Al Davis’ drafting and contract mismanagement, and the beginning steps that reggie had to take to correct those errors.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    1252.Raider O Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:38 am
    There are people here who are
    trying to Blane our 1-3 start this season in AL.
    Disgusting!!!!!

    ++++++++++

    Look at the 22 starters for Game 1 this year (I will stretch a bit and replace Streater with Moore because he would’ve started had be been healthy):

    Palmer
    McFadden*
    Reece*
    Veldheer*
    Carlisle*
    Wiz*
    Brisiel
    Barnes*
    Moore*
    DHB*
    Myers*

    Houston*
    Seymour*
    Kelly*
    Shaughnessy*
    Wheeler
    McClain*
    Burris
    Branch*
    Huff*
    Spencer
    Bartell

    16 out of 22 starters (73%) were drafted or signed by Al Davis. It’s still very much his team. If we were 3-1, he’d deserve a large share of credit too.

    Two of the monster, ill-advised contracts Reggie had to dump in order to become cap compliant? Both signed by Al Davis too I might add.

  • Just Fire Baby

    not Bradford not Luck not Newton not RGIII are doing it so far so what can we expect?

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

    The only young QB’s to take a last placed team to the playoffs immediately lately, has been Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton.

    It can happen, but most often it doesn’t.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Blame*
    On*

  • SilverNBlackPA

    1253.bcz24 Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:39 am
    Really? Was he the GM in GB?
    **********
    You do what you know. Reggie was part of the personal team that did things one way for 15+ years. He isn’t going to abandon the way he learned how to do things.

    +++++++++++++++

    A personnel team that built a perennial contender and Super Bowl champion while he was there, I might add.

    Also, Reggie was 2nd in command right below Ted Thompson. He wasn’t just some guy in an office somewhere Mark Davis found by accident.

  • Dakota

    zzzzzzzzzzzz

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Look at the 22 starters for Game 1 this year (I will stretch a bit and replace Streater with Moore because he would’ve started had be been healthy):

    Palmer
    McFadden*
    Reece*
    Veldheer*
    Carlisle*
    Wiz*
    Brisiel
    Barnes*
    Moore*
    DHB*
    Myers*

    Houston*
    Seymour*
    Kelly*
    Shaughnessy*
    Wheeler
    McClain*
    Burris
    Branch*
    Huff*
    Spencer
    Bartell

    16 out of 22 starters (73%) were drafted or signed by Al Davis. It’s still very much his team. If we were 3-1, he’d deserve a large share of credit too.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Last year we were 4-2 with this team before DMAC was injured. Now this team is 1-3, so you can’t blame AL. Blame the Coaches!

  • Dakota

    Why do you guys keep saying we are 1-3! You think we can beat Atlanta? lmao We are 1-4!

  • bcz24

    Blame the coaches my ass. We’ve had what 8 different coaches since our last winning season. 8 bad coaches in a row huh. Sure thing man. Keep kidding yourself.

  • bcz24

    1263.Dakota Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Why do you guys keep saying we are 1-3! You think we can beat Atlanta? lmao We are 1-4!
    ******
    I’m not totally convinced we won’t give up 30 and lose to the Bye.

  • r8eray

    John Fox = 23 years coaching in the NFL

    Jack Del Rio = 15 years coaching in the NFL

    Total: 38 years experience of coaching in the NFL

    We simply got outcoached last week!

  • r8eray

    I wonder if we could just forfeit next weeks game?

  • Dakota

    We got out everythinged last week.

  • Dakota

    DAV,

    The Dwight drama begins….Dwight telling Shaq to STFU….thin-skinned?

  • DaRaiders022

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd
    Raiders Palmer says lots of players sticking around during bye to get better . .

    We’ve heard this $hit before…need to see it on gameday for 4 f***in quarters!

  • DaRaiders022

    “It’s a things that’s going to take time and we’re definitely moving in the right direction and we’re definitely close to where we want to be.”

    Sounds like a “politically correct” statement to me! After the Donko ass-kicking we got, this really sounds like BS!!!