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Raiders prepare for Broncos without coach Allen

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 2:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen made it to the Dallas area soon after his team’s loss against the Browns so that he can spend time with his ailing father.
Allen is expected to rejoin the Raiders on Wednesday night, in time for their game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.
Allen’s absence left offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in charge of running practice Tuesday and Wednesday. Knapp said it will be business as usual, given the Raiders got a jump on game-planning for the Broncos last week.
On Monday, Knapp and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver fielded questions for 12 minutes each, talking about the play of their respective units Sunday and looking forward to the the final four games.
Knapp said he doesn’t foresee any issues keeping his players motivated, even though the Raiders are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
“It’s a challenge,” Knapp said, “but, fortunately, from what I’ve seen, and it happened on that last drive that happened yesterday, guys at this level want to compete and they always want to do their best. As long as they know we’re pulling for them and trying to find every way to help get them to that level of consistency of performance, it doesn’t matter if it’s the first game or the last game, whether we’re in the playoffs or not, the true competitor comes out and they want to perform at a high level at all times.”
The Raiders allowed 475 yards against a 3-8 Browns team that featured a rookie quarterback, rookie running back and several young receivers.
Even so, Tarver said, the Raiders played hard on defense. Now, it’s a matter of getting the players to take proper angles and execute their assignments on a more consistent basis.
“Defensively, we played with passion,” Tarver said. “(That) doesn’t mean we were correct all the time, but the guys were flying around on defense. The guys were flying around on defense but, as with anything, you have to execute the calls as well.”
Things don’t get any easier with the high-flying Broncos coming to town. They are in the midst or a seven-game winning streak, whereas the Raiders have lost the past five games.
Also, the Broncos beat the Raiders 37-6 in the teams’ first meeting this season.
“Well, you’re never really ready for Peyton Manning,” Tarver said. “It’s a matter of getting on the same page and having enough coverage looks to, hopefully, slow down his progression and challenging guys in coverage. That’s what we need to do.”
Cornerback Michael Huff said he and his teammates are playing for pride now. The last thing they want is to get “embarrassed” on national TV, at home, against a hated Broncos team.
“Division rival, national prime-time game,” Huff said, “if you can’t get up for this one, something’s wrong. We’re looking forward to it and getting ready for a big game. … We’ve got to find a way. We’ve got to step up and make plays, leaders, like myself and Tyvon (Branch), we just got to find a way to rise up and make plays.”

– Allen said he expects running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson to play against the Broncos. Both backs missed the past four games with high-ankle sprains.
Knapp said he and Allen have their hands full when it comes time to which backs will be active Thursday night. The decision is complicated by how well Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart played during McFadden’s and Goodson’s absence.
“You can’t keep all halfbacks up in a game, typically,” Knapp said. “But if they’re involved on special teams and with all the different injuries we have, they may be involved more. We’ll know more come Wednesday/Thursday if we can use ‘em.”
This makes it possible that second-year back Taiwan Jones won’t be active for the Broncos game. If he is active, he certainly will spend all of his time on special teams — he didn’t touch the ball once Sunday.
Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes returned to action during the absence of McFadden and Goodson. His return, combined with the maturation of center Stefen Wisniewski, gives Knapp reason to believe that McFadden will be more productive than he was the first eight games, when he averaged only 3.3 yards rushing.
“Seeing Wisniewski’s improvement and getting the experience from when he didn’t get that experience during the spring and during training camp because of the injury, and getting Khalif Barnes back, Darren can reap the benefit of those two guys,” Knapp said.
Goodson said he’s ready to roll.
“I’m going to try to get back Thursday,” Goodson said. “I feel good. I’m ready to run.”

– Knapp said there was a specific package of plays for second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Sunday. However, the right situation never presented itself during the game.

– Knapp has been a lightning rod for criticism this season from fans and media. He hears none of it, reads none of it and just keeps plodding along.
“I’ve been at different places where the criticism does come,” Knapp said. “It’s part of the job. Because we keep our focus on a week-to-week basis, you really have to keep your focus on the next game at hand. So, despite what has been said out there, I wouldn’t even know. I really do focus on, How do we find a way to beat the next team and how do we get our guys involved to have success? So, it really is something that’s a variable, like we tell our players, I don’t control. So, I don’t worry about it.”
Tarver hasn’t received anywhere near as much heat from fans and media, even though the Raiders defense hasn’t played well the past five games, in particular.
He called this a “unique” season, with all that has transpired but without going into specifics.
“The most frustrated time I’ve had personally this year was the last drive (Sunday),” Tarver said. “I was frustrated. It was a mix. We took our turns. We took our turns doing things.”
On that drive, the Browns marched 94 yards for what turned out to be a game-clinching touchdown drive.
“This is a pretty unique season, both on and off the field, I’ll say that,” Tarver said. “It’s been… there’s a bunch of adversity. The true character of a man and a coach and whoever is, no matter what the circumstances, be a pro and handle your business. But I’ve been a part of a lot of different situations both in this league and in coaching but there’s some unique things that have happened this year.”

– Tarver said he won’t contact Allen today out of respect for what Allen is going through with his father.
He said he and Allen “have discussions” throughout the week about the defensive game plan and throughout the game about the play-calling.
“When I took the job with Dennis, it was because of who Dennis Allen is,” Tarver said. “He’s special as a person and a coach. He’s outstanding. We have discussions throughout the week and on game day about everything we do.”

– Rookie linebacker Miles Burris is having a solid season, by most accounts. However, he has struggled more of late than he did early in the season, when he played well enough to supplant third-year player Rolando McClain in the nickel package.
“Miles is going through the ups and downs that a rookie linebacker does,” Tarver said.
Burris missed a few tackles against the Browns. But, overall, he made two tackles for loss and played every snap.
“There’s times in space where he’s thinking too much,” Tarver said. “We actually talked about it after the game. But, overall we’re pleased with where he’s gone.”
Burris has started all 12 games and played every snap the past eight games. Right now is about the time his body is accustomed to getting a break, given college teams are done playing until bowl games at this time of year.
“His rookie year, it’s in that middle where your legs get tired, you’ve played more games than you’ve ever played,” Tarver said. “After Thanksgiving, rookies get in that little slump. You tell them it’s coming, and they go through it. It’s their body clock. They haven’t played football that long straight through. And it happens to a lot of guys their first year in the NFL. But overall we’re definitely pleased with where Miles has gone.”

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  • Dakota

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:48 am
    Like the great Tony Montana once said, “all I have in this world is my balls”….
    ++++++++++++

    He was a great QB!

  • CJ Legend 34

    940.Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:45 am
    Cmon, the team is not loosing games its getting dyck slapped all over the field. this is embarrassing on a bed & breakfast level… “the D played with passion” wtf are you talking about? you are giving up 40 points per game!!!!

    —————————————-
    LOL!!! SMH!!! But true!

  • guest123

    Tarver talks about “adversity” and the season being “unique”. What language is he speaking? Can’t he just speak plainly? What is so unique about getting your aser kicked on the regular? How is any of it unique or improve your character any?

    This clown lost me.

  • DJ Johnny

    DA should take the week off and be with his family.

    Greg Knapp will lead us to victory and start the controversy that HE should be the HC of this team going forward.

  • hwnrdr

    Well, talent is good, but chemistry is what makes the team comptitive! I haven’t seen that since the ATL game! What happened on the flight back…did Carson and Shane eat somebody’s lunch?

  • Dakota

    guest123 Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Tarver talks about “adversity” and the season being “unique”. What language is he speaking? Can’t he just speak plainly? What is so unique about getting your aser kicked on the regular? How is any of it unique or improve your character any?

    This clown lost me.
    ________

    He is placing blame on others. Weak sauce. He knows he is gone after this season.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Hwnrdr Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    O, we already have a high draft pick…
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    It can be higher.
    Imagine if we had the 2nd pick 2 years ago and not the 8th? We could have drafted Suh.

  • Raider-in-PA

    If 3 of our DBs suffered concussions last Sunday, who in the he!! will be playing back there??

    Time to throw Pryor in at CB… cant do much worse…

    I predict Manning has >600 passing yards

  • Dakota

    Matt Ryan just had an off game, which kept us in the game.

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    This team is getting it’s *ss kicked all over the field every game.

    so many coaches get turned over, so many players come and go…..who’s at fault? Where to start?

    All I can say is that after two 8-8 seasons, the Raiders offensively had started to create some success and somewhat of an identity on offense. I was looking forward to a full training camp and season of CP3 with McFadden and his receivers.

    Everyone knew this team needed a tear down on defense. But in attemping to do that and then at the same time start jerking with the one area of the team that brought some confidence and competitiveness for no good reason really…not smart.

  • hwnrdr

    Good question about the dbs!

  • javier

    Move Huff back to free safety and go get some fill in’s at CB. Problem solved!

    NOW JUST WIN!

  • Dakota

    FML!

  • Raider Riff

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    GREG PAPA was just on 95.7 the game talking about this rumor.. Said last time GRUDEN came to Rickeys few yrs ago he had called papa and they all went down there.

    Papa said GRUDEN openely talked about coming back to the Raiders and Papa was surpised to hear that.. Papa said Gruden described it as “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” also papa says he thinks Gruden would want to be the signal caller.

    Papa then said Of course AL was still in charge, this was before the RAiders played the Redskins in that rainstorm.

    in 2009 Al told Greg papa that GRUDEN had called him expressing that he wanted to come back. Jon had reached out to Al this was right before Al hired HUE in 2010. Papa said that HUE was really the coach in 2010.. but Cable had the title.

    Greg told AL jokenly .. you would never hire JON back.. and AL said “im thinking about it” Im thinking about it”

    Again Greg papa is saying this on 95.7 the game. Just letting u know. I really believe MARK DAVIS is gonna make a strong pitch for GRUDEN

    —————

    Everyone here knows my stance.

    I didnt want to get rid of Hue…. but Hue forced his hand and made it so.

    I dont want to get rid of DA…. we cant keep changing coaches. We just cant. More is gained with continuity.

    But I’ve said since DAY 1…. I’ll gladly support Chucky returning home. Call it irrational nostalgia. Because, lets face it, it makes no sense. If we look at it logically, Chucky wont be the same without Al Davis. They both needed each other.

    But I dont care. He’s the best coach we ever had in my lifetime. We never should have traded him. Its time to right a wrong and bring him home. And it just might happen, Mark is a fan just like us and he knows every game will be sold out when we know Chucky is in the house.

    Gruden has wanted to come back for sometime, so has Gannon. Get them both in the building and Terrel Pryor on the field and watch this team turn everything around.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    If 3 of our DBs suffered concussions last Sunday, who in the he!! will be playing back there??

    Time to throw Pryor in at CB… cant do much worse…
    I predict Manning has >600 passing yards
    ++++++++++++++++
    Na, Reggie Mack is on it, he is trying out a couple of Green Bay janitors and an accountant.

  • DMAC

    FK overrated 1st round picks.

    Beat the fk’n Donkies!!!!!!!!!

    OPERATION NECK SNAPPER!!!!!

  • Dakota

    Had Al just allowed Gruden to leave for ND, then we would have won the 2003 SB and the Irish would have been good for the past decade.

    What a disaster that was!

  • DJ Johnny

    I can picture the lockerroom scene now.

    Knapp’s cliches and calls for patience somehow pull some reverese voodoo and inspire the team to greatness.

    All the players jumping up and down..doing military type cheers and Knapp jumps in the middle of a rhyme and says “Hey..lets have some perspective here for a minute” and they erupt in more crazy cheers…then they all put their arms in the circle and Knapp says “Patience on 3…”

  • guest123

    At this point of the year, the goal of the franchise is to suck for a higher pick. I know that’s not really what I want to see. But the season’s lost anyway. Try out the rookies. Expand Criner and Streater’s roles. Start to sit some of the guys that you don’t think are in the plans and let the final 4 losses be exhibitions for next training camp. Along the way, we get a top 5 draft pick. If the 2nd string can find a way to will a W or 2 out of it, that’s fine too.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    We could have drafted M Johnson, C Dunlap, and C Kaepernik if we had higher picks.
    I want high picks!!!

    Go Peyton!!!!

  • Raider Riff

    You can bet D-Less’ lazy ass wont be running lazy routes anymore if he’s gotta hear about it from Chucky.

    The great thing about the Chuckster, is that from the fans all the way up to the owners box, the players know who is in charge. For ONCE, the fans will stop blaming the coach and hold the real culprits responsible.

    There’s not crying with Chucky is in the house. Nobody is going to listen.

  • javier

    DMAC Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:56 am
    FK overrated 1st round picks.

    Beat the fk’n Donkies!!!!!!!!!

    OPERATION NECK SNAPPER!!!!!

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

    RIGHT on!

  • DMAC

    I will never roll over for the Donks!

    Neva!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DMAC

    BB

    How much u want for ur tix?

    U gotta work w/ me though
    lol

  • guest123

    OPERATION NECK SNAPPER!!!!!

    *********

    and then you hear Tarver meekly say, “You can’t stop Peyton Manning, you can only hope to contain him!”

    SMH

  • Raider-in-PA

    guest123 Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:58 am
    At this point of the year, the goal of the franchise is to suck for a higher pick. I know that’s not really what I want to see. But the season’s lost anyway. Try out the rookies. Expand Criner and Streater’s roles. Start to sit some of the guys that you don’t think are in the plans and let the final 4 losses be exhibitions for next training camp. Along the way, we get a top 5 draft pick. If the 2nd string can find a way to will a W or 2 out of it, that’s fine too.
    ——————————–
    Great post.. Thats what Ive been calling for the last couple of weeks… Just to get bashed by Palmer lovers who think they KNOW that Pryor isnt an NFL caliber QB…

  • The_Judge37

    Dakota Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:55 am
    FML!
    ———

    Now you’re getting the hang of it, or NYGTHOI

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    DMAC Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:56 am
    FK overrated 1st round picks.

    Beat the fk’n Donkies!!!!!!!!!

    OPERATION NECK SNAPPER!!!!!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I want high picks!!!
    Operation play like a Raider and lose!!!

  • The_Judge37

    Raider O Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 10:02 am
    DMAC Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:56 am
    FK overrated 1st round picks.

    Beat the fk’n Donkies!!!!!!!!!

    OPERATION NECK SNAPPER!!!!!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I want high picks!!!
    Operation play like a Raider and lose!!!
    ——-

    losing one draft spot is worth beating the Donkeys

  • CJ Legend 34

    You guys crack me up every year about this time for about the last decade!

    Gruden is not coming back to coach football for Oakland next year period! McKenzie worked with Gruden in Greenbay. So do you think Mark Davis is just going to bring him back to make operation decisions over McKenzie? Also, like Dennis Allen or not McKenzie brought him in as his man, his coach. Do you think he is going to change that after one year? Nope! Lastly, we may not like anything Dennis Allen has done this year but people who get paids lots of money to know football way better than we do, think he is one of the up and coming young coaches.

    Now lets look at chuckys side of the story. He gets paid big dollars to talk about his passion and love “football” with out dealing with all the headaches and long hours of coaching a team. Gruden is a big ticket himself. He has figured out a way to generate income with out working directly for a franchise team. He does commercials, interviews the rookies, talk football and go home and sleep. How quick do you really think he is to jump back into coaching, studying game film with other coaches and sleeping at the coliseum?

    So with all that said, I don’t think Gruden is back in silver and black any time soon. He ain’t coming back!

  • hwnrdr

    Ok, what is disturbing is that there is no post about DA’s dad passing on this site…someone said Friday night…lol…probably right!

  • Dakota

    javier Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:59 am
    DMAC Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:56 am
    FK overrated 1st round picks.

    Beat the fk’n Donkies!!!!!!!!!

    OPERATION NECK SNAPPER!!!!!

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

    RIGHT on!
    _________

    Short sighted.

  • Raider-in-PA

    “EPMD is in full effect, snappin’ necks and cashin’ large checks”

  • javier

    You contain Manning by rushing and controling the ball on offense.

    Thats the best defense RIGHT NOW!!

    We need Mcfadden to go off for 180 yards rushing. He can do it. We’ve seen him do it

  • Dakota

    We have put our pants….time to get new pants.

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    Speaking of Knapp, I find it extremely laughable how he was talking about creating packages for all the players so everyone is involved in the game?

    Like, c’mon….please…..they don’t come more tunnelvisioned that him in terms of play calling?!

    - Game 1: everything went to McFadden
    - Marcel Reese is never utilised all year…then all of a sudden, his number gets called every snap.
    - Taiwan Jones…neglected
    - Brandon Myers has 14 catches last Sunday.
    - TP6, still nothing for him.

    Knapp has a pretty varied arsenal and he’s shown that he doesn’t have the creativity and/or smarts to utilize his personnel effectively.

    But it’s like as soon as a a play/player, etc. makes a play…..he has no confidence in himself so he just sticks with it and rides it as far as it’ll take him.

    ZBS, PBS….whatever….he’s shown himself to be predictable and unimaginative and even worse….boring.

  • guest123

    Like someone said, parity is almost assured in the NFL so that you can pretty much get back to marginal playoff level on regular circular intervals. That the Raiders have gone a decade floundering with no clear improvement or direction tells you just how mismanaged we are as a franchise.

    Even a blind mutt gets a bone once in a while!

  • MiamiRaider78

    My condolences to DA on the passing of his pops.

  • theghostronin79

    Dakota Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    We have put our pants….time to get new pants.

    ========

    Because after we “Put them”…….We promptly “Shat them”

  • guest123

    Dakota Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    We have put our pants….time to get new pants.

    *******

    PUT YOUR PANTS

    CODE BLACK

    Any other crazy stupid slogans to hang your hat on?

  • CJ Legend 34
  • Dakota

    guest123 Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 10:09 am
    Dakota Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    We have put our pants….time to get new pants.

    *******

    PUT YOUR PANTS

    CODE BLACK

    Any other crazy stupid slogans to hang your hat on?
    +++++++

    I’m in?

  • guest123

    I would think the game would be fun now that there’s no pressure to win anymore. They should just throw the kitchen sink at Peyton and see what sticks. Throw caution to the wind and gamble even if it’s likely that Peyton could make us pay. Maybe we’ll get lucky and throw that career ending shot down on PM and scuttle the Donks playoff hopes. It would be worth the loss, which means nothing anyway.

  • The_Judge37

    hwnrdr Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 10:04 am
    Ok, what is disturbing is that there is no post about DA’s dad passing on this site…someone said Friday night…lol…probably right!
    ——-

    Corkran doesn’t usually wake up until noon. Then he still has to spark a bowl, make his cereal and check wait till Jerry types up his story before he can make a new post.

  • Dakota

    Did the Raiders end Montana’s career? For some reason I remember him getting hurt against us his last season.

    Sorry Manning…..

  • Raiderbuck

    My thoughts a prayers go out to Coach Allan and his family. These are trying times and may the Lord be with you and yours.

  • Dakota

    new post

  • guest123

    You knew it was a bad omen when the Raiders preseason guide had pics of Mike Shanahan in it. That the org had gotten soft.

    Now you have proof when you hear a Raider DC openly admit he can’t stop the hated rival Broncos QB.

    Al must be turning over in his grave.

    Again.

  • javier

    Dakota….thats how well you know the Raiders

    Short Sighted….is you!

  • theghostronin79

    I would think the game would be fun now that there’s no pressure to win anymore.
    =========

    Something to be said about that. Some of the most dangerous teams out there are the ones that have zero pressure, and nothing to lose.

    I remember a wrestling tourney in High school…I’d lost earlier and got eliminated from the championship match. Had to wrestle in a consolation round against this freak who was destroying everyone. I had no shot of beating this guy… But I said “Fu*k it, he’s getting everything I got cause I got nothing to lose.”
    Lost by 1 point after 3 rounds. He needed help walking off the mat, and I was still hopping around and growling; wishing I had 1 more round. I felt fearless…