Coach Allen transcript after final day of mini camp


The Raiders just concluded the third and final day of their mandatory mini camp. Player interviews aren’t for another 30 minutes or so. So, to tide you over, here’s the transcript from coach Dennis Allen’s news conference Thursday:

Allen: First of all, I’ll just say this was a good camp. I thought OTAs, I thought we improved, I thought we got better. I like this football team. I like their mentality, I like where we’re at, I like the way they’re working. Obviously we’re going to give them some time off before we go to training camp, but I think we’re all anxious to get there, get the pads on and really see what we’ve got. With that I’ll open it up to questions.

Q: Anything surprise you?
Allen: I don’t know if surprised, I’ve been pleased with the work that these guys have put in, and obviously we’re not the finished product. We’ve still got a lot of improvement to do, but I wouldn’t say that’s any different than any of the other 31 teams. But I like their mentality, and I like the way that they work.

Q: Your message today for end of camp . .
Allen: Well, I haven’t left ‘em yet. I’m going to go back in there and meet with ‘em and reiterate some of the things I’m telling you guys. I like this football team. I like the players on this team and I’m excited to see what they can do once they get into training camp.

Q: How about in terms of what is expected of them?
Allen: Well, yeah, we spoke to ‘em a little bit this morning about that. We all understand that we put a lot of work into this, and this is the time of year that we’ve got to mind our Ps and Qs and do the right things and get back to training camp in shape, come back to training camp mentally and physically ready to go.

Q: A big year for McFadden, is he approaching it any differently?
Allen: I don’t know if I’d say I’ve seen anything different of Darren. I’d say Darren has always been a guy that’s come in and worked. One thing we have addressed with him a little bit, and something we’ve talked about is a leadership role on the team, helping that locker room and I’ve seen him do a nice job in that regard.

Q: In terms of guys who haven’t played in minicamp (injuries), concerned about any of them not being ready for start of training camp?
Allen: No. I anticipate everybody being ready to go.

Q: Have you seen something in this three days that may have altered or influenced how you start regular camp?
Allen: I don’t think there’s going to be anything that influences the way we start camp, but I will say that again, we got a lot of change, a lot of turnover on this football team and the thing I’ve been the most pleased with is the mindset of this team. I know there’s a lot of experts out there that might thing differently, but I like this football team.

What has Greg Olson brought to the offense?
“I think he brings an element of creativity. I like some of the things that they’re doing with him and Tony Sparano in the run game. I like what we’re doing from that standpoint. And he brings some enthusiasm and an air of confidence to the team.”

A couple of the players said he stops them in the hallways and gives them ideas. Is there a difference between having set plays and having an evolving offense?
“Yeah, absolutely, I think that’s what great coaching is. I think great coaching is adapting a scheme to fit the players that you have. Putting those players in the position to give them the best chance to have success. I think that he’s done a real nice job of that from an offensive standpoint.”

What do you see specifically from the quarterbacks over the last month?
“I think they’ve gotten better. I really do. We’re not where we need to be yet but we’re not playing tomorrow. I feel good about where we’re at from a quarterback standpoint. We got some different elements at the quarterback position, I think all of them have their strengths and we got to try to put them in position to try to utilize their strengths.”

How much contact can you have with the players between now and training camp?
“We can have contact but I think it’s important this time of year, we’re gonna keep tabs a little bit and make sure we know where everybody is but at the end of the day, they gotta get away a little bit too. Get refreshed and get ready for training camp because it’ll be a grind once we get there.”

They go home with playbooks and DVD’s?
“We generally keep that stuff in house but they got a lot of notes and stuff that they’ve taken over the course of the last 13 practices.”

As coaches, do you guys take time off too?

The quarterback play from two days ago until today is like night and day, what do you attribute that to?
“I think it’s continue to get reps. Continue to get the work. These guys have done a nice job. We knew going into this from the very beginning, not only from the quarterback position because that seems to be the focus of everybody, but with our football team. Don’t worry about where you’re at right now. Just keep grinding, keep working and if you keep doing that you’re gonna get better. And that’s what these guys have done.”

Q: Spending a lot of time with the DBs?
A: You always go back home to mama. That’s a spot that I have a great passion for. I feel like in the secondary that that’s the most critical spot to make sure you’re on it. I have great confidence in the coaches we have back there. I have great confidence in those players that we brought in here but that’s a place that yeah I’ve spent a little bit more time.

Q: Seen from Rashad Jennings?
A: I think up to this point he’s done a nice job for us. He moves well, he’s a big back. I think the telltale will be when we get into the pads does he run like a big back in the pads. We’ll find that out when we get to training camp.

Q: Woodson’s impact?
A: He brings an air confidence to the whole group, not just the secondary but really the team in general. Anytime you can have a player of that caliber that still has a lot of football left in him and bring that into your team and your organization it fills your team with a lot more confidence. That’s one of the big things that he brings.

Q: Olawale?
A: He’s done a nice job in the camp. He’s really improved from the end of last season to this point. I’m looking forward to getting him in training camp and seeing where he’s at.

Q: Besides Wiz and Veldheer, is offensive line wide open?
A: Hey listen. We all have ideas and thoughts of where we’re at and you have a vision of what you think it’s going to look like. Really at the end of the day you let the competition play out. It will tell you who should be at what positions. It always shakes out at the end. I’ve been pleased with the competition really we’ve had throughout the football team.


Steve Corkran

  • The_Judge37

    49.The Big Banana Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    Am I missing anything by not reading the DA transcript above?

    He makes a nice joke about how Good coaching is about creativity and adapting to your players.

  • jesusraiderjim

    All I know is:

    We got a lot of work to do

    Gotta get better everyday

    Not where we need to be yet

    Just gonna roll up our sleeves and get better each day

    Well obviously you need to put our players in a position to make plays and exploit their strong points

    Blah Blah Blah Blah!!!

  • Orthodoxdj


    Are you saying Pryor will be the starter this year? I’m not saying because of injury to the man in front of him. Are you saying Pryor wins the starting job?

  • I read a tweet saying Dmore was dropping balls. May have been last week.

    But, yeah I’m a little concerned about his head.

  • The Big Banana

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    Only 9 WR’s had more drops than DMo17 last year and Moore had a higher drop percentage than all of them except for Randall Cobb (Packer smurf)



    Propaganda! Sort it by drop percentage, then you’ll get a clearer picture.

  • raidertalk

    “I like this football team”… “I think great coaching is adapting a scheme to fit the players that you have.”

    Dennis Allen

    Inspirational leader of men


    RRS, I remember you losing 10 BCPs to me….

    Looking forward to taking more of your blog cred…

    Only probem is I can’t remember WTF else we bet on.

    I’m getting senile or developing Alzheimer’s, I guess.

    So do me a favor will you ?

    Refresh my memory about what we bet on and what you will lose more BCPs to me on.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    the famous dr robert Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I never said McGloin would beat out Pryor.

    Not seriously anyway. Maybe to needle u.

    lmao doc slob is easily the single most disposable poster on this board.

    makes ridiculous predictions and takes that flop routinely like clockwork.

    When he is busted lying, he says he was “joking”

    lol clean up is a snap in my best infomercial voice

  • raidertalk

    Raidertalk Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    “I like this football team”… “I think great coaching is adapting a scheme to fit the players that you have.”

    Dennis Allen

    Inspirational leader of men
    What the heck did Reggie Mac ask this guy during his interview? And how did the answer lead to a job?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    flea dog dont be mad because ou were busted trying to lie.

    You said flynn is here to start, you said he and wilson were worlds better passers than pryor

    your take is on very shaky legs my man

    wrong on grads

    wrong on palmer

    here comes strike 3

    stop posting your a joke

  • Raider Riff

    Don’t talk bad about DMo17. JFB will come in and tell you he’s our MVP.

  • Nycraider Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    just curious to the pryor haters, what record do you think the raiders will have with Flynn at QB..How many more wins in your opinion is Flynn worth? Then what QB will sell more tickets and energize the fan base?


    I wouldn’t put an absolute number on it, because unlike many here, I understand that the QB is one of 22 key players. Maybe 26-28 if you count the impact guys on special teams. Which is to say that a QB by themselves cannot generate wins.

    But a QB has more chance than most to make crucial mistakes that lose games. In that regard, I like Flynn 10 times more than Pryor who will break records for number of interceptions lobbed once the league sees his poor passing form when he’s under real pressure and facing a defense that is more advanced than his ability to read.

    So my answer is that Flynn is probably worth about 2-3 more wins than Pryor per year, with the rest of the team having a lot more to do with the actual number.

  • the famous dr robert

    The_Judge37 Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    22.RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    One of the reporters asked Dennis Allen about Jamize Olawale? Really?

    what a waste of a question!

    Yeah, Cork “Flynn’d” that one
    This is where u have to take clues. There are players going things that we aren’t aware of.

    Olawale may have done some nice things.

  • Scourge

    new post

  • the famous dr robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    the famous dr robert Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I never said McGloin would beat out Pryor.

    Not seriously anyway. Maybe to needle u.

    lmao doc slob is easily the single most disposable poster on this board.

    makes ridiculous predictions and takes that flop routinely like clockwork.

    When he is busted lying, he says he was “joking”

    lol clean up is a snap in my best infomercial voice
    Keep laughing hyena.

    There’s a reason u spend so much time responding to me.

    I’ve got ur number and ur humiliation is coming.

    I’m always right and ur always wrong.

    I back my opinions up with clear objective analysis.

    U change ur criteria from minute to minute.

    Ur well known as evil-spewing bigot liar.

    U also have no sense of humor. So u don’t “get” or allow jokes.

    Ur a buffoon.

  • r00der

    I see some of you folks are worried about the time till training camp starts…and new posts to post under.
    Why? Just copy and past the same narcissistic pissing contests, endless stats on 3rd string QBs, what that xchristian yahoo is doing in NE…and … who’d notice the difference? Hope the quells your worries. Then take the kids out for a picnic. Something other than that driving urge to have KoolKell call you a stupid fker.

  • Little smoke

    Who’s Olawale?