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Allen understands criticism; Raiders talented enough to turn things around

Raiders coach Dennis Allen addressed the media for about 10 minutes Monday in his weekly news conference in Alameda. He fielded 18 questions during that time, with the lion’s share of the time spent explaining why the Raiders are 3-7, how he can turn things around and his thoughts on owner Mark Davis’ recent criticism of the team’s play.
No real news surfaced today as a result, other than Allen saying he is hopeful of getting back some of his injured players such as running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, defensive tackle Richard Seymour and strong safety Tyvon Branch.
Therefore, it’s best that you just read what Allen said and draw your own conclusions. So, here’s the entire trancript:

Q: Thoughts on Mark Davis’ comments that this team has regressed?
A: “Hey, I’m right there with him. I’m frustrated. I’m disappointed. You know, you wake up this morning and your gut hurts. But, at the same time, when a man gets knocked down and man gets up and fights. And that’s exactly what we intend to do. I understand his frustration; I can appreciate that. And let me tell you, there’s nobody that’s going to work any harder to get it corrected than I will.”

Q: Only one game but how much would it help to go on road and play best game and get a win at Cincinnati?
A: “Well, it would be huge .We need to get a win and that’ what happens in the National Football League. When you lose, it hurts. Rips your gut out. But a win turns everything around. A win makes everybody feel a lot better. And that’s what we need to do. We need to come together as a football team and we need to all make a decision that we’re going to do whatever it takes to win football games. And that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Q: Is the talent level on this team 3-7, and if not, why isn’t it?
A: “No, I think we’ve got a better team than that. And I think it all comes down to, and I’ve said it before, and I believe this with all my heart, it comes down to our ability to execute, and our ability to be disciplined and do our job the right way on every single play, and that’s what I think it comes down to and it comes down to a mindset. Our guys deciding that That’s enough. We’re not dealing with that anymore.”

Q: How much of that mindset and execution comes from coaching?
A: “Hey, listen, I think we all have a part in that. If I didn’t feel like coaching was important, I wouldn’t be doing it. I think that’s part of my responsibility, and I take that part very seriously, because I think the mindset is as important as anything else you do.”

Q: Are guys executing things properly in practice and it’s not carrying over to the game, or are there problems during the week?
A: “I think some of them show up during the week and you do everything you can to get those corrected. It’s disappointing when they show up in the game. Things happen a lot faster in the game. You have to be able to execute a lot faster in game-like situations.”

Q: Is there anybody you can call to draw upon and say, “Hey, look, I’ve tried most everything I can think of at this time?” Is there someone you can lean upon? And going back, have you ever had a season where it’s 3-7 like this?
A: “We were 5-11 with the Atlanta Falcons back in 2003. Dan Reeves was the head coach. So I’ve been through this before. It’s not my first rodeo going through this. Obviously it is as a head football coach, but there are people such as Dan Reeves that I can call for advice on how to handle different situations.”

Q: Have you called anybody?
A: “Yes.”

Q: Reeves?
A: “Yes. I talked to him earlier in the year.”

Q: How did Reeves turn it around at 5-11 and can you do the same?
Allen: “Yeah, we can. And we will. Listen, there’s not a magic formula. It really comes down to our mindset and our ability to focus in and do our jobs, not just during the game. It’s everything. It’s how we go about with our meeting process, how we go about with our practice process. Those are the little things that you have to do on a daily basis which get you the results that you’re looking for on game day.”

Q: Lot of talk training camp, things being done differently, guys signing in for meetings and detail and discipline things that were brought in help turn things around. Any slippage in that area at all?
Allen: “No, I don’t believe so. I don’t believe so. And that’s one thing that we’ve got to constantly look to monitor to make sure we’re doing the right things all the time. When you get in these situations, you’ve got two choices. You can splinter and fragment, or you can come together and fight like a 15-round heavyweight fight, and that’s exactly what we plan to do.”

Q: Your emotions personally right now?
Allen: “Like I said earlier, upset, frustrated, disappointed. Feel like we can do better. When you pour your heart out into something, you put all your heart and soul into something and you don’t get the results you’re looking for, it ain’t easy. It ain’t easy. It’s gut-wrenching, and I can assure you nobody feels any worse about the way things have gone than I do. But at the same time, nobody is looking for pity. This is professional football. We’ve got to roll up our sleeves, we’ve got to go to work and we’ve got to get it changed.”

Q: How do you keep your players focused and from mailing it in? How much of that is on you, on the players?
A: “Well, hey, listen, individually it’s on everybody individually. The term is corfing, which is to deflect yourself away from things when things begin to go badly. That’s the thing that you have to fight as much as anything else. We got to internalize it and determine, what can we do as individuals to make it better? And we all got to pull the rope in the same direction.”

Q: How do you balance making changes and staying the course?
A: “Well, I don’t think you change your overall philosophy, your overall values. But, yeah, there’s things within that that you can change. Personnel maybe, could be a situation where you might make some changes. Just the way you call the game, there might be some changes. But, your core values and what you believe in, of being tough, being smart, being disciplined; those things aren’t going to change.”

Q: Are you contemplating any personnel changes?
A: “Well, we’re going to look at everything. I don’t think you go through and say, ‘We’re 3-7 and everything is OK.’ We got to see what we can do to get better.”

Q: Are you going to look at the younger players more from here on out?
A: “That’s obviously a potential and we’ve done that some. Tony Bergstrom got a lot of playing time, or some playing time, the other day, mostly as a tight end. But he’s a guy we’re looking at. Christo Bilukidi got some playing time inside. Miles Burris has played a lot for us this year. Rod Streater and Juron Criner both have played for us this year. We’re going to look at young guys.”

Q: How are things looking on the injury fron moving forward?
A: “Hopefully we’ll get some of those guys back. Listen, everybody deals with injuries. It’s something that you can’t run from. It happens. You can’t use that as an excuse. If we can get our guys back and healthy that will be good for us.”

Q: You inherited a bad situation, do you have enough good players to win right now?
A: “I firmly believe that. When you look at it the other way around, that’s an excuse, that’s a crutch to say you can’t get it done. I don’t believe in that. I believe that we have professional football players and I believe we can win games in the National Football League. That’s what we get paid to do, that’s our job. I’m not going to use anything as a crutch to say that’s the reason why.”

Q: Is McFadden coming back this week?
A: “I’m hopeful. All those guys that didn’t practice last week, they’re all rehabbing extremely hard. We’ll see where they’re at.”

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  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Twocents

    Anybody that is on Yahoo doesn’t know sht.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Jason cole said players have spoke out on Dennis Allen.

    He has faith in Reggie but Dennis not so much. Said Dennis has already lost some of the locker room and its shown. Said when things go sideways Dennis is not experienced enough or know who deal with certain players in the lockeroom to bring this Org back. Crushed him

  • The Big Banana

    DA is in fact looking more and more like a fraud. I don’t need Jason Cole to make that assessment, but the player tidbit is interesting if true.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Maybe Allen is too strict with the players. That’s why Shanahan was fired. Raider players aren’t used to discipline.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    If players are having an audience with big mack or davis than davis is much more like his pop than anyone wants to admit.

    I hope they do speak out this season has been a joke. deconstructing what we were building last year with hu jack and jc was a joke.

    Big mack needs to get a real coach in here and take out the trash with palmer as well

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    well Jason cole has to be half right.. even Mark Davis was embarssed enough to speakout yesterday and have a short presser

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

    ‘NOBODY has a worse defense than Palmer. 32nd in points allowed.”

    I know his Special Teams are even WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • morilla

    Twocents Says:
    November 19th, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    I have seen Pryor in college and some third string snaps in pre-season. It is exciting when he runs but I am not convinced that he is a sure thing NFL QB.
    I hope he is but I don’t think endorsements from blog gurus makes it so.
    ———

    Wait a minute, you mean GMs and coaches don’t read these boards and take advice from long winded posters?

  • Twocents

    Gather round all you clowns and YAHOO! Idiots.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    and since when do owners tell Coaches to talk to their star players? Mark be more like his popls then we all though. U are right

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bottom line the Raiders went Bargain basement shopping for Coaches this offeseaon. Got DA becaues he was cheap price tag.. got some some cheap coaching assitants and it SHOWS.

    U get what u pay for.

  • morilla

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 19th, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    Maybe Allen is too strict with the players. That’s why Shanahan was fired. Raider players aren’t used to discipline.
    ———–

    Could be, I’m also sure the locker room might have turned on him because they realize that most of them won’t be there next year.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Still only 4-12 on 3rd down. When do they fix THAT?

  • Twocents

    RaidersAllday, reading Yahoo crap and believing it will ensure that you will die a stupid man.

  • jackasspuria

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Saw Tarfur discredit his earlier tweet about Mark Davis going to DMC to tell coaches what plays he likes to run.

    Tarfur said no truth report saying “it’s not DMCs style to tell coaches what to do.”

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

    Gruden explaining how they had to dummy down the offense for Jason Campbell

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I did read any yahoo crap two cents. U mad? If u can read I said did anyone hear Jason cole on 95.7 the game? its a Radio program. The irony of u calling anyone stupid. Poor little boy having to resort to name calling cuz you dont agree with anything.

    He was on to talk about the Niner MNF game.. and starting talking about the raiders without being asked.

    BTW wheres there is smoke there is fire. Its not out of the possibility. MARK davis isnt even happy with DA..

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Saw Tarfur discredit his earlier tweet about Mark Davis going to DMC to tell coaches what plays he likes to run.

    Tarfur said no truth report saying “it’s not DMCs style to tell coaches what to do.”

    —————————-

    I know. Mark said himself he told reggie to tell the coaches to talk to DMAC. Damnn why is it hard for ppl to realize what Mark Said. THere is even video of his presser yesterday.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    didnt read any yahoo*

  • jackasspuria

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I hear you.

    Wonder what Mark meant with the “I have my opinion” but he’s not going to share comment when it came to starters, namely QB.

    Davis did say he had confidence in Carson Palmer, but, could he want to see what Pryor can do at QB with season already lost?

  • Twocents

    RaidersAllday, My apologies, I didn’t realize you were (how should I say this) special.

  • beach

    Jason Campbell down 10-0. Fuggetaboudit!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I’d rather have Kapernick over palmer. Didnt the 49ers trade up because they said the Raiders were hot on to him?

    - I want my qb with some mobility and pump action trait

    - I wonder how different our org would be if we drafted him. Does hue still make a trade for palmer with Kappy? pay Palmer 13 million vs Kappys 2nd round salary? More money for FA’s

    That would be no Little Wiz though.

  • RaiderReggie

    Q: You inherited a bad situation, do you have enough good players to win right now?
    A: “I firmly believe that. When you look at it the other way around, that’s an excuse, that’s a crutch to say you can’t get it done. I don’t believe in that. I believe that we have professional football players and I believe we can win games in the National Football League. That’s what we get paid to do, that’s our job. I’m not going to use anything as a crutch to say that’s the reason why.”
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    Inherited a bad situation!!!! DA took a bad situation and made it worse. This team went 8-8 two years in a row. If he can’t go at least 8-8, it’s regression. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Don’t worry!!!

    We are looking at things, we are rollin up our sleeves and getting to work. It is gut wrenching and unacceptable. We a are all boxers and I am mad.
    We are pullin the rope man pullin the rope in the same direction.

    They forgot to grade the Raiders on “coach speak” I give him a B for Bullshvt!!!

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Is anybody rooting for Campbell now?

  • DJ Johnny

    JC is failing miserably.

    Bet the BEARS regret paying him all that money…

    With a resounding THUD.

    There’s a big turd in the toilet, and i’ts name is Jason Campbell.

    Flush the turd.

  • DJ Johnny

    Now we know why Campbell couldn’t wait to get to Chicago so he could wash Cutlers jockstrap for him.

  • Derek

    #135. Any guy dumb enough to hire a staff loaded with friends, has no buusiness leading or being in charge. Idiots and failures are the only people dumb enough to hire a group of friends and/or family.

    As a rookie head coach Allen needed to find the best assistance available. Guys with experience and a proven track record. Guys he could learn from, not clueless buddies. For that alone he deserves no second chance. First impressions say alot. besides he’s lost the team and will never get them back. Once you blow it the way he has, your/his subordinates rightfully concluded his a clueless moron and they simply fall into collect a check mode.

    He isolate Al Saunders who’s been in the game longer than Allen has been alive. Wiz Sr. saw the moronic zone blocking scheme and saw immediate failure so he resigned. The guy opens the season with NO back-up long snapper. He used DMac on approx 75% of all offensive plays, despite his history of injury. He kept guys on the team he knew he’d never play. He had multiple offensive weapons, but elects to use them one at a time verse spreading things out. He built a team with no kick returner. He moronishly stuck with his buddies worthless zone blocking scheme until the season was virtually lost. He consistently fails to prepare the team for the 1st and 3rd quarters. In short Allen is in way over his head and should be fire immediately. Continuing with a proven loser is foolish.

  • Derek

    Pryor could be another Kap, however as Raiders fans we may never know. dennis Allen is a super vanilla, garbage coach who has failed to ever properly utilize his players. The guy’s a piss poor excuse of an NFL HC.

  • RaiderSam

    Raider E Says:
    November 19th, 2012 at 2:53 pm
    Why is your handle McFadden20 if you think the dude should be gone and just cashes checks?

    I would change that very soon, my man.

    BTW, this is the worst Raiders team I have ever seen. Top to bottom.

    Born in 71′ and have been a fan since I can remember.

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

    uh, 2006 was the worst year – and they STILL beat the Steelers in the Coliseum that year.

  • RaiderSam

    He isolate Al Saunders who’s been in the game longer than Allen has been alive. Wiz Sr. saw the moronic zone blocking scheme and saw immediate failure so he resigned. The guy opens the season with NO back-up long snapper. He used DMac on approx 75% of all offensive plays, despite his history of injury. He kept guys on the team he knew he’d never play. He had multiple offensive weapons, but elects to use them one at a time verse spreading things out. He built a team with no kick returner. He moronishly stuck with his buddies worthless zone blocking scheme until the season was virtually lost. He consistently fails to prepare the team for the 1st and 3rd quarters. In short Allen is in way over his head and should be fire immediately. Continuing with a proven loser is foolish.

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    Yeah, they were talking about Davis’ comments on the Coaches Show, and Davis shouldve backed his guy – Brian Billick was saying; anytime an owner speaks during the season, its usually not a good thing for the organization or the coach. Referred to Mark Davis as a “rookie owner” while Steve Mariucci was defending Davis saying maybe he is trying to shake everybody up and put people on notice. Denny Green was saying “This is our guy” and thats all owner Mark Davis, should have said.

  • LondonAl

    Let’s face it. No professional HC is going to blame his lack lustre players for where his team is at. He has to remain positive and say goods things about them. In private I am sure he speaks differently but all these media interviews are just that, media piffle. It’s part of the NFL. So stop reading too much into his interviews. He knows his talent level for the team is poor and he is doing his best with what he has at hand. One more thing, Hue Jackson DID publicly attack his players and not because cared about us but because he cared about Hue. think that is why RM fired him.