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Allen on NFL Network

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 2:20 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Dakota

    Should have been holding and offensive PI…replay the down.

  • morilla

    Shouldn’t have been this close.

  • lefty12

    No it shouldn’t have.

  • Dakota

    kick it out of bounds.

  • DJ Johnny

    At the end of the day it’s just the 69′ers losing the Super Bowl.

    Sorry.

    5-1.

    EAT IT!

  • DJ Johnny

    Dakota Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm
    Alex Smith would have made that throw.

    Bingo!

    Kaepernick = EXPOSED!

  • lefty12

    Anyone think the power outage didn’t make Vegas and the bookies a lot of money?

  • Dakota

    Cleveland Browns’ second SB victory!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Great strategy at the end of the game by the Ravens.

    Pencil-dorks win out!!!!!

  • Stringer Bell

    So much for the self proclaimed greatest of all time…Go ask him to compare his super bowl numbers to the real GOAT.

  • morilla

    MissPriss is having an anurism.

  • lefty12

    Scumbag Moss and Baby Jimmy don’t get a ring.All is OK tonight.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Joe Flacco = top 5 QB

    QB-WR league.

    His O-line blew the whole 2nd half

  • J Hill

    Good game.

  • da trinity

    Lol, 49ers are trash. Sorry Moss, no ring lol.

  • Dakota

    Obviously the key to winning the SB is to have your QB declare at the beginning of the year that he is a top 5 QB.

  • J Hill

    Anyone think the power outage didn’t make Vegas and the bookies a lot of money?

    —————————————————————————–

    Nah.

    Ngata’s injury.

    Rice’s fumble.

  • stablersbeard

    Weirdest damned SB I’ve ever seen….

  • DJ Johnny

    Any question as to what Ngata means to that defense?

  • lefty12

    Can’t agree on that J Hill.That game was a route without the outage and the league and Vegas couldn’t allow that.

  • morilla

    Niners didn’t come back. Ravens let them back in it.

  • John David Booty

    John David Booty Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 pm
    Been waiting a long time for this.

    Not as sweet as The Raiders winning the SB, but this is the next best thing right now.

    Couldnt have happened to a more deserving fan base. Schadenfreude at its best.

    And with that, I will never in life have to hear another p#ssy 9er fan brag about being undefeated in the SB.

    Beauty.

  • DJ Johnny

    When the chips were down Kaepernick CHOKED.

    It’s that simple.

  • mcfadden20.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH< M!ST!C LAST HOPE GOT RUINED

  • morilla

    Flacco MVP.

  • mcfadden20.

    Something was up with the BLACK OUT, WTF WAS THAT< SO FUKKIN WEIRD< BUT RAVENS TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS IN THE END

  • Dakota

    I didn’t think Flacco had this in him.

  • jesusraiderjim

    R8ray

    how did you come out on your bets?

  • Dakota

    When does free agency begin? Midnight tonight?

  • Raider E

    Ray Lewis? Clown or Prophet? lol :)

  • DJ Johnny

    Kaepernick = EXPOSED!

    Wave of the Future = EXPOSED!

    69′ers = EXPOSED!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Won the coin toss, missed the first score, Kappy under 51 yards rushing, Flacco MVP, Kappy first to throw INT…couple other.

    Ravens +155

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

    Looks like a lot of winners, not sure about the Kap rushing yards though

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    Great game. And it’s the beginning of the end of the read option as well. Go watch the footage and see what the Ravens were doing. Exactly what I said teams will start doing: the man being read (who realizes this when he is unblocked) just goes and hits the QB every time.

    As a result, the QB never keeps the ball and his read is a hand off every time. The other 10 guys on defense know this and, other than one run (with a serious hold missed by the refs) runs for a bunch of yards.

    The only runs Kaep had were on pass plays where he scrambled, and became just like any other QB that can run. Alex Smith could’ve done similar on those runs.

    The good news is for Kaep is that he can make some of the NFL throws. His reads were limited to one or two options, but when he needed to get balls there on a line he did so. Where he failed was any throw that required touch. It’s a skill that he hasn’t developed yet. Why? Because he spent too much of his young career running when his first guy wasn’t there so he didn’t develop the rest of his passing game like a traditional pocket passer well.

    On that long throw the Davis, people can say that Davis should’ve caught it. But it was thrown on a line to hit a guy in full sprint. In order to do that it has to be right in his hands; not a few feet in front of him. A much better throw there is to put some air under the ball and let him adjust his speed to run under it. Of course that kind of timing only comes from having more time in the pocket waiting for those plays to develop and less time running or scrambling at the first sign of trouble.

    Actually, he did put touch on one deep pass. It had a nice arc and sailed right to Ed Reed.

    Fortunately, he at least has enough of an arm and brain combo that he could still develop his passing skills. Can’t say the same for the others that are nothing when their read option becomes nullified by the adjustments that every time will make by watching film of the SB and other playoff games. It’s the beginning of the end.

    But it was fun wave while it lasted, at least for some people that apparently were waiting their whole lives for it.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Kap 60+

    whats +155?

    he won about 4 looks like

  • Just Fire Baby

    So the Ravens played with a LT who didn’t start one game all year until the postseason, and lost their best D-lineman……..and still won.

    Why???

    An elite kick returner, some studs at MLB and Safety, along with QB-WR.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    Correction:
    —-
    As a result, the QB never keeps the ball and his read is a hand off every time. The other 10 guys on defense know this and, other than one run (with a serious hold missed by the refs) runs for a bunch of yards.
    —-

    Should have said that other than that one run where he ran for a bunch, they were shutting down the RB run portion of the read option. Less so after losing Ngata.

  • Just Fire Baby

    +155 is the Ravens ML.

    $100 bet nets $255

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    BTW, if not for a bogus running into the kicker call — the guy attempting to block made no contact with Akers, landed on the ground, and Akers came down on top of him — then Akers would’ve had my predicted one critical, short range kick missed.

  • jesusraiderjim

    damn. good bettin day for him.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Watching tonight just furthers my belief in drafting the Honeybadger in the 3rd round and telling him to focus on returns only his rookie year.

  • dr_robert

    I’d say palmers spot was secured today. HAHAHAHAHA!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Atta baby Ray!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    49ers safeties are massively overrated.

    They can lay the lumber, but can’t cover over the top.

  • dr_robert

    Someone has a missdick/debo-like crush on the honey badger.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Ray Lewis just said Jacoby Jones made the biggest impact week in and week out ALL YEAR with his change of field position and returns.

    Kick returners are the wave of the future.

  • DJ Johnny

    It was Pryor’s legacy game.

  • dr_robert

    Yeah. U know. Except the fact that the kicking game is being phased out of the nfl b

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 8:23 pm
    49ers safeties are massively overrated.

    They can lay the lumber, but can’t cover over the top.

    =====

    Their entire secondary is overrated. They are a product of a good pass rush and having teams in must pass situations early in the 2nd half. Put them in position where they have to guess run or pass, and they look pretty mediocre. Boldin made the CBs look foolish, just taking away balls at will. Even Smith had a couple of those, and he’s not the beast Boldin is.

    All the more reason that the Raiders need to go interior line early and get the best pass rusher from inside available. When you have that force, your ends look way more effective, and then your secondary suddenly has more freedom to make plays on rushed throws. Especially when playing against today’s wave of the future QBs that lack the passing skillz :-)

  • dr_robert

    And we already have Jacoby ford.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Dude returned it 109 yards.

    You got to kick it out of the end zone to protect yourself against these elite guys.

    I would love that threat back there, instead of some dude that plans on getting to the 20 and getting a concussion.