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Allen on NFL Network

A transcript of Raiders coach Dennis Allen on NFL Network A.M as provided by the NFL Network:

On coaching at the Senior Bowl:

“It’s fun. It gives us a great opportunity to get a chance to know these guys, not only to get to know them on the football field but it also gives us an opportunity to see what they’re like behind the scenes. That’s the specific advantage that we get in being able to coach these guys throughout the week.”

On where the Raiders need to improve the most:

“We’ve got a lot of areas that we have to improve on. Specifically, we have to really work to improve some things defensively to give us an opportunity to play defense the way that we want to be able to play defense. There are some pieces in place. Obviously this year we’re not quite as a hamstrung with the draft picks and the salary cap, so we’re going to have a little more flexibility to make a few more moves and do a few more things to help us from a personnel standpoint with our team.”

On quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor:

“We’re going to have some competition at that position. Carson Palmer did an outstanding job for us last year. We feel really good about Carson at the quarterback position moving forward, and obviously we want to create competition at all levels of our team; offensively, defensively, in the kicking game. The more competition that you can create, the better your football team is going to be. We’re going to look at that as we’re moving forward, but I feel good about Carson. Terrelle did some nice things in the final game of the season last year, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does as we move forward.”

On the reaction from the Raiders organization regarding Tim Brown’s comments about Bill Callahan:

“We’ve been down here in Mobile and I don’t know that I’ve gotten a real sense from the whole organization exactly what the feel is there. I know this: that was a long time ago. I wasn’t here or a part of the organization, so it’s really hard for me to really speak on that and that situation.”

On the hiring of Tony Sparano:

“He’s an outstanding football coach, first and foremost. I’ve got some really close friends in football that speak very highly of Tony Sparano, and really when I got a chance to watching, the thing that most impressed me about his time in Dallas, about his time there in Miami is that he always had some tough football teams. That’s the thing that I think he can bring to our team, to our offense, is a sense of toughness. As well as a guy who’s been through it; he’s been a head coach in this league, he’s been a coordinator so there are experiences that he can help us all through.”

On if linebacker Rolando McClain has a future with the Raiders:

“Right now he’s part of the football team. He’s on our roster. We’ll let that play out as the offseason goes on.”

On hiring Greg Olson as offensive coordinator:

“Greg is an outstanding football coach, he’s a great football mind. Again, when you go through and you talk to the people within the National Football League and guys that I respect, he was a name that continued to come up to me. When we went through the interview process, I was highly impressed with him and just his thoughts and his philosophies about how he wants to operate the offense and thinking about really trying to fit our offensive scheme to doing some of the things that our playmakers do the best. That’s something that I look forward to.”

On how Greg Olson’s offensive schemes will incorporate Raiders running back Darren McFadden:

“That’s one of the things that we’re going to look at when we get back to Oakland is we’re really going to look at the things that Darren McFadden does really well and we’re going to try to ask him to do those things as much as possible, limit the times that we ask him to do some of the things that he may not be as good at. All of us as players have strengths and weaknesses, and we want to try to play to our best players’ strengths as much as possible.”

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  • lefty12

    J Hill-call it old age cynicism.

  • Scourge

    Wonder if anyone was caught in the restrooms when the power went out? lol

  • Scourge

    Should we feel bad about having lost J. Ford?

  • Plunketthead

    Just Kwame Harris

  • J Hill

    Ngata being out and Rice’s fumble have more to do with it, Lefty.

  • Plunketthead

    and some guy named teo

  • Dakota

    President Ob@ma issued a statement blaming George Bush for the power outage.

  • DJ Johnny

    THAT was a bad 3rd down play call.

  • Stringer Bell

    That should have been a flag for hitting out of bounds if they are gonna give that garbage roughing the kicker when akers fell down.

  • lefty12

    Stringer Bell Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    That should have been a flag for hitting out of bounds if they are gonna give that garbage roughing the kicker when akers fell down.
    ========================
    It doesn’t fit the leagues agenda =FIX

  • Plunketthead

    Harbore wishes he would have kicked that field goal instead of the trick play at the goal line. Save that for when you really need 6 instead of three.

    Dumb play call in the SB

  • Dakota

    Someone should tell Dodge that all the Farmers are already in bed and missed that commercial.

  • Stringer Bell

    Plunketthead Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Harbore wishes he would have kicked that field goal instead of the trick play at the goal line. Save that for when you really need 6 instead of three.

    Dumb play call in the SB
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    He was having flashbacks to when he was able to run the score up on us. Unfortunately Hoffman isn’t their ST coach.

  • lefty12

    I’m not saying they want either team to win.They just wanted a closer game.

  • DJ Johnny

    Ed Reed furious at Pollard.

  • Stringer Bell

    Wow do they miss Ngata.

  • stablersbeard

    “It doesn’t fit the leagues agenda =FIX”
    ++++++++++++

    Sure smells like a fix….

  • papertiger418

    Maybe the power outage was the result of a few bitter Saints fans? Throw a wrench in Goodell’s plans on the greatest stage.

  • Dakota

    Ravens D needs a TO so they can re-loan on some deer antler spray.

  • Stringer Bell

    papertiger418 Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Maybe the power outage was the result of a few bitter Saints fans? Throw a wrench in Goodell’s plans on the greatest stage.
    ***********************************************
    Does Sean Payton have an alibi?

  • DJ Johnny

    Baltimore….major choke job.

    It’s not over but….wow.

  • stablersbeard

    Stinks like a fix, actually.
    I’ve seen it a ton over the years as well…

  • Just Fire Baby

    That fake FG by John is not looking so hot these days.

  • DJ Johnny

    Wave of the Future haters on suicide alert…or so i’ve heard.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Someone should tell Dodge that all the Farmers are already in bed and missed that commercial.

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

    LMAO

  • stablersbeard

    Lame halftime show, Lame commercials…
    Yawn…

    I guess it’s a decent game.
    Doesn’t feel like one, though.

  • DJ Johnny

    Wasn’t “Fast and Furious” already a movie released a few yr’s ago?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Money-time, I don’t see any team running 2 TE’s relaying on their TE.

    It is spread, QB-WR league

  • Just Fire Baby

    Relying on their great O-line I meant, lol

    I love beer

  • DJ Johnny

    Did Greg Knapp take over Raven offense?

  • Stringer Bell

    DJ Johnny Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Did Greg Knapp take over Raven offense?
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    Hopefully Knapp can work his magic with Manning next year.

  • Stringer Bell

    Raiders need a vet receiver like Boldin.

  • Dakota

    I thought it was a bad spot.

  • Stringer Bell

    What is Jimmy doing?

  • DJ Johnny

    Stringer Bell Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    Raiders need a vet receiver like Boldin.

    YES they do. No Raider receiver ranks in the top 50 according to advanced stat analysis.

  • Just Fire Baby

    3rd and 6 inches???

    Throw it your stud WR.

    That is your NFL today

  • Stringer Bell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    3rd and 6 inches???

    Throw it your stud WR.

    That is your NFL today
    ***********************************************
    That was one ballsy play.

  • lefty12

    they would have went on 4th-no big deal.

  • DJ Johnny

    Ravens always facing critical 3rd down conversions.

  • Dakota

    oh boy, here we go!

  • Plunketthead

    Ravens cant stop the niners. better hope they get lucky and get a turnover

  • Stringer Bell

    well flaco’s gonna need a game winning drive

  • Dakota

    Maybe they should have just let gore score?

  • lefty12

    Too bad outside sources had such an influence on the game.It could have been considered a good game.

  • Just Fire Baby

    2nd half offense for the 49ers has been amazing.

    As I said last year when the NYG were the highest scoring 4th quarter team, when you score counts.

  • Dakota

    Oh schyyyyt!

  • Dakota

    Ravens Win!

  • RaidingTexas

    If Graham Harrell throws that fade, Crabtree is a hero.

  • lefty12

    Good-the better team should win.

  • Dakota

    Alex Smith would have made that throw.