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Dennis Allen Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 3:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A transcript of Raiders coach Dennis Allen with the media following practice Monday:

Allen: Tracy Porter, another one of those nagging camp injuries wasn’t able to finish practice today. We’ll see where he’s at once we get a chance to evaluate him. Woodson had the day off. We were able to get a couple of guys back, Sio Moore and D.J. Hayden back out at practice today. It’s the grind of camp. These guys are trying to push through and to battle through. We have to continue to work on our consistency. We’re not where we need to be yet but at least the guys are out here working.

Q: What is the plan for Hayden?

A: He won’t play this week. He should be cleared for contact on really Friday is actually when he should be cleared for contact. We’ll re-evaluate with the doctors after that. The plan going forward I would anticipate is he would be up and going with the Chicago game.

Q: With all the injuries on the defensive front, is it a nice luxury to have Woodson and Branch on the back end?

Allen: Obviously we’ve had some injuries up front but I feel overall I feel pretty good about where we’re at defensively. I think we’re much improved in the secondary and I think that’s going to allow us to do some different things defensively where we can be a little bit more multiple.

Q: Christo and McGee?

Allen: They still have a lot of improvement to do. But it was good for those guys to get in, get a lot of reps. My anticipation is they will get a lot reps again this week against New Orleans. I think that the more work that they get the better they are going to be.

Q: Thoughts on the development of defensive end Jack Crawford?

Allen: He’s in the same boat with those guys. Second-year player that really didn’t get an opportunity to play much in the preseason last year, didn’t get an opportunity to play much during the regular season. These preseason games are valuable to a lot of guys like that.

Q: Do you anticipate Sims and Walker as guys who play every most of the time or do you plan to rotate?

Allen: Obviously we haven’t had a lot of time with them so it’s been kind of hard to evaluate them. My anticipation is they would be the starters and that they would see significant action. But I think always with the defensive line the key is to be able to roll through guys and keep them all fresh.

Q: What have you seen from Crawford from development standpoint?

Allen: I think he’s improving and right now we’re trying to figure out exactly what that role will be for him as a first and second down end, can he give us something inside as far as pass rush is concerned. That’s something that we’re trying to evaluate as we go through this preseason.

Q: Your thoughts on the Saints?

Allen: Obviously it will be a great challenge for us. I think getting a chance to play a team like that, that is the explosive offense that they are will be a great challenge for us defensively to go up against them and try to get a little bit of a benchmark of where we’re at.

Q: Only got one punt from King against Dallas, what have you seen from him in terms of improving his consistency?

Allen: I’ve improvement. I’ve seen his consistency get better. I think that’s a good battle. I think that’s a good competition between him and Kluwe. Marquette is a guy who’s working extremely hard. He’s gotten better. The consistency with him as far as the punts, as far as the get off times, the little details are the things we’re still hoping to see him continue to improve. I think the last week or so I’ve seen a lot of improvement out of him. I think it’s a nice competition we have.

Q: Jeron Mastrud getting work with first in some packages, what are his strengths?

Allen: I think he brings us a pretty good presence as an in-line blocker. That’s one of the things we want to look at with him. I’ve been pleased overall with the tight end position. We have a lot of talented guys. We’re going to keep mixing those guys in and out and let them continue to work and let that thing shake out as the preseason goes on.

Q: What are the strengths of safety Usama Young?

Allen: Number one you can never have enough depth. I’ve been with Usama so I know exactly what I’m getting out of him. I think he’s actually he’s improved from the time that I had him there in New Orleans. I’m glad we have him and he’ll have a role for us this year.

Q: Do you expect Woodson’s leadership to rub off on Tyvon Branch?

Allen: Yeah absolutely. Number one let’s make no mistake about it Charles is here to play football and make plays for us first. He’s shown that he still has the ability to do that. Obviously it’s an added bonus to have a guy like that who has that veteran leadership. I think he’s been a good presence for our defense, he’s been a good presence for our room, for our entire team. I’m looking forward to seeing him out there on Sunday and making some plays.

Q: Do you have concerns about the pass rush?

Allen: We have to continue to improve. It’s not where it needs to be yet. That’s why we’re in training camp. These guys will have a chance to continue to improve and continue to show what they can do as we go through the rest of these preseason games. We still have three preseason games left to play so there’s still a long time before we have to open up for the opening game against Indianapolis.

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  • lefty12

    If Watson hadn’t gotten injured out top 3 picks would be starting,if not right away,very soon.It will probably still turn out that way.Watson will be a starter on this team.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Gannon threw 5 ints in a Super Bowl. Your point?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Btw,
    Steve Young was drafted in the supp draft by the LA express in 84. In his 3rd year as a pro in TB, he completed less than 54% of his passes, had 8 TDs and 13 INTs, and his QBR was 65.
    Young became a good passer 5-6 years after he was drafted.

  • the famous dr robert

    Steve young only struggled with the bucs for two years.

    And bill Walsh felt it wasn’t his fault but the bucs org.

    He was right.

    Young was a great passer in college.

  • the famous dr robert

    Body of work.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Gannon threw 5 ints in a Super Bowl. Your point?”

    Are you that freaking retarded that you cannot read?

    Scroll up Eisenstein and read the posts that precede the one you are bltching about then you might actually have a clue as to what the subject matter is before opening your fat mouth and looking so stupid in doing so.

    Shouldn’t you be fake flying somewhere right now?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Bigmike34 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Can anyone Remember a Running QB that Actually brought his team to the Superbowl??? and Won…

    I will tell you why not….Running QBs, Like to run…and when they run be it to the right or left…The side the run to is the only side they can Pass to…and the only side they can see well…..

    Pocket QBs Can pass to either side…

    QBs do need to have the instincts To Feel the rushers and So they can avoid them….Rodgers, Brady, Brees Are all guys that do that, as do most of the really good QBs….Guys like vick who can run Often will abandon the Pocket and Run…Injuries and turnovers soon follow
    ==========================

    the wave of the future does both

    they just got here the other 90 years of the nfl had them to, but they were forced to lay db and rb and wr.

    I think you have to give them more than 3 seasons before you can say they can win

    besides for every so called pocket passer that won the sb i can show you another that lost.

    the wave of the future has been denied the chance to play until very recently so the numbers are skewed heavily in the so called pocket passers favor.

    this does not mean that the wave of the future cant win only that they need the chance to compete

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    Steve Young was a “running QB” that won a Super Bowl by THROWING 6 TD passes!

    He is the ultimate example of why running QB’s should not run but instead throw the ball.

    It took Steve a while to figure out the QB position and he is a smart guy (lawyer).

    Here is a famous Steve Young quote:

    “A QB’s job is to get the ball out of his hands and into a play makers hands as soon as possible”

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    “Gannon threw 5 ints in a Super Bowl. Your point?”

    Are you that freaking retarded that you cannot read?

    Scroll up Eisenstein and read the posts that precede the one you are bltching about then you might actually have a clue as to what the subject matter is before opening your fat mouth and looking so stupid in doing so.

    Shouldn’t you be fake flying somewhere right now.
    —————————————————
    Fake flying. Smh. Lol.

    No that’s your thing bra.

  • the famous dr robert

    The wave of the future was not aloud to play up til now cuz they are the wave of the FUTURE.

    So since this is NOW, the wave if the FUTURE will have to wait until the FUTURE.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
    Steve Young was a “running QB” that won a Super Bowl by THROWING 6 TD passes!

    He is the ultimate example of why running QB’s should not run but instead throw the ball.

    It took Steve a while to figure out the QB position and he is a smart guy (lawyer).

    Here is a famous Steve Young quote:

    “A QB’s job is to get the ball out of his hands and into a play makers hands as soon as possible”
    ——————————————
    So you’re comparing Steve Young to TP6. Good.

  • PlunkforHOF

    This kid Casey’s a baller.

  • Priesttj12

    Steve is one to talk when he came to the Niners all he did was run. I had several convos with Rice when he HATED Steve Young becuase he always had to BLOCK for him instead of catching passes from him. If he can become a HOF type QB via the pass and the run Pryor should be fine.

  • lefty12

    Young’s senior season (1983) was spectacular. He passed for 3,902 yards and 33 touchdowns in the regular season, and his 71.3% completion percentage set an NCAA single-season record.
    ———————————-
    Looks pretty good to me.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Mistic,

    Where do think DA is leaning right now? Pryor as an important “piece” to practice AGAINST or more for Raider offensive purposes?

    It’s hard for me to get a read on things DA says.

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

    thats easy math johnny

    clearly its the raider offense

    there is no qb in our division that plays pryors style or runs the hybrid like pryor will.

    Im sure he is killing allens defense any time they break it out in practice.

    maybe this is why he running with the ones a little now, to get them into the offense.

    In fact I dont think there is another team in the AFC that runs the hybrid the way pryor will
    ==========================================

    I was watching him run the R/O in practice and to your point the defense could not contain him. And he did well taking off and running against the Dallas two’s and three’s. But his very lst play, he took a pretty good hit low, and on another play where they did contain him, he got rocked pretty good on that one too.

    That has been one of the major criticisms of your so called “wave of the future”. The Q is going to get beaten up badly. Most teams do not want that.

  • Priesttj12

    Jerry would run these beautiful routes and turn around and Steve would be pointing at a defender for Jerry to block. It pissed Jerry off to ne ends. It took Steve 2 YEARS of starting to become a prolific passer the same is true with Gannon but worse…………period

  • No Mas Diamante

    Just wondering if Tim Tebow is on your “wave of the future” list? Doesn’t he play the type of scheme you are referring to? A running qb?

  • lefty12

    Jerry would run these beautiful routes and turn around and Steve would be pointing at a defender for Jerry to block. It pissed Jerry off to ne ends. It took Steve 2 YEARS of starting to become a prolific passer the same is true with Gannon but worse…………period
    =======================
    That’s because they were both glory hounds that wanted all the headlines.Plus they were whiners-phuck both of them.

  • Priesttj12

    Niner fans HATED Steve Young his first 2 years of starting it wasn’t until late his second season as a Niner before he was considered a biggger threat passing than running.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lefty12 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    Young’s senior season (1983) was spectacular. He passed for 3,902 yards and 33 touchdowns in the regular season, and his 71.3% completion percentage set an NCAA single-season record.
    ———————————-
    Looks pretty good to me.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    College is different, and he played for BYU. BYU!! Who do they play?
    Jabustus threw for 3100+ yards, had 28 TDs nd 8 INTs, and his completion % was 67.8 In the SEC.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “I had several convos with Rice when he HATED Steve Young”

    So Jerry Rice told you that he HATED Steve Young?

    Michael Jackson told me that he HATED children.

    See how that sounds…

  • the famous dr robert

    Lefty12 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    Young’s senior season (1983) was spectacular. He passed for 3,902 yards and 33 touchdowns in the regular season, and his 71.3% completion percentage set an NCAA single-season record.
    ———————————-
    Looks pretty good to me.
    ********
    Body of work.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Niner fans HATED Steve Young his first 2 years of starting”

    Because they were still in love with Montana dude come ON!

    There were niner fans wearing #16 KC jerseys for a long time in that stadium.

    How can you be so stupid sometimes I swear!

  • the famous dr robert

    Russel was a lazy drug addict that didn’t wanna work.

    But he could pass.

  • the famous dr robert

    Pryor pales in comparison to any of the qbs discussed in here.

    Kid can’t pass.

  • Bigmike34

    Mystic 1

    Since you can’t provide any stats or substantial reasons to defend your idiotic push for Pryor….you now have Coined the………….

    WAVE OF THE FUTURE ARGUMENT…..

    I have provided hard numbers and all you got is WAVE OF THE FUTURE….

    If nothing else…Flynn has an exemplary character and PRYOR …..Not so much….

    All the stats favor Flynn

    If you bothered to Read what I posted in his limited playing time he has an 80 yard TD ….and ….4 Plays over 40 yards…..

    Pryors longest passing play is only 38 Yards…

    BUT HE IS THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE….Get yourself a Job writing Comedy….You are good at it.

  • lefty12

    Raider O Says:
    . He was a terrible passer. Look at his stats. It took him a few years to develop.
    ====================================
    If you want to say he was a terrible passer his early years as a pro-SAY THAT.The above quote doesn’t specify college vs pro.

  • inonewordraider

    interesting to see if lamar Houston has improved as a pass rusher…

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Facts and stats don’t lie.
    Steve young was a terrible passer in TB in his 3rd year as a pro. He used to run wild, so they traded him.
    S Young’s stats that year: less than 54% cmp, 8 TDs and 13 INTs, and 65.5 QBR.
    Those are the facts.

  • Priesttj12

    the bottom line is Pryor at this point IMO is every bit as good a QB as Flynn and maybe better. On top of that he has a tremedous upside of which to grow into. This is a very young team that he can grow with. The rec’s are babies and this team needs the dynamics that Pryor brings to the table. You aint going NOWHERE with Flynn IMO it’s just wasted reps that Pryor could be gaining valuable experience and become the player he’s ultimately going to be.

    Ido NOT see the downside of starting Pryor but I definitely see the downside starting Flynn. There is no way he can keep Pryor on the bench all year so why waste the valuable eprerience messing around with a guy who’s limited at BEST???

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Get yourself a Job writing Comedy….You are good at it.”

    Bigmike34

    Your posts make too much sense. You use logic and common sense and real live stats to justify your opinions.

    You are right and most of us intelligent bloggers see that. Arguing with Mystic1 is like trying to talk sense to a monkey at a zoo flinging its own feces.

    Keep up the good work I enjoy reading your stuff.

  • the famous dr robert

    Inonewordraider Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    interesting to see if lamar Houston has improved as a pass rusher…
    *********
    Body of work says doubtful.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Loving the way no one’s biting with the Idiot. Good work, keep it up.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lefty12 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    Raider O Says:
    . He was a terrible passer. Look at his stats. It took him a few years to develop.
    ====================================
    If you want to say he was a terrible passer his early years as a pro-SAY THAT.The above quote doesn’t specify college vs pro.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I was talking about his career as a pro, and I did say TB. Only a retard or a person that can’t read would get confused and start talking about college.
    I said: “No he wasn’t, and that’s why TB traded him to SF. He was a terrible passer. Look at his stats. It took him a few years to develop.”

  • the famous dr robert

    There’s an old adage in baseball:

    U play to ur average.

    If a guy starts out hitting .400 in the first two weeks, people ALWAYS get excited. But if he’s a lifetime .250 hitter, guess what he will be hitting at the end of the season? Around .250.

    Bill Parcells; “Sometimes u are what u are.”

    Pryor will show u all how bad of a passer he is.

    Just watch.

  • SR Raider

    Good comparisons of Young to Pryor today. While similar in some ways, Young’s college numbers set him apart imo. Good example of how resisting the urge to run helps a QB win

  • lefty12

    1079-much better.

  • Priesttj12

    Raider O Steve Young was a collosal bust in TB that is why Bill Walsh STOLE him and it took all of THREE YEARS just to get him ready to be a starter. At even then he started off uneven. Trust me I was a close to that team as I was the Raiders I had many friends on that team. Only a few saw the why Walsh was doing what he was doing to Montana. Most thought it was CRAZY!

  • the famous dr robert

    Lol. Say my name b1tch.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    Sure Pryor is equal to Flynn they are both NFL backups!

    “I do NOT see the downside of starting Pryor”

    Okay here we go:

    A coach will lose his job if he does not put up 6 or more wins. Is he willing to risk his job on “Potential”

    If Pryor starts every game he will get killed because our O-Line sucks he might even suffer a career ending injury. This is not Seattle where Wilson had a solid O Line and defense to help him out.

    If Pryor turns the ball over 3 or 4 times a game and then gets yanked because of it it will effect his psyche and his confidence.

    Our offense is built for guys like Flynn “west coast dink and dunk”. We would have to completely change our offense and play book for Pryor.

    Is any of this sinking in….

  • the famous dr robert

    Steve young was a great passer in college.

    Pryor was not.

    This is where “quality of passes” comes into play.

  • The Big Banana

    O, I thought you liked the Wilson pick. Or was that JHill?

  • Priesttj12

    Dude I spent a ton of time around that team, Rodney Knox was the PR director and a good friend of mine. I remember when we played the Niners in LA when Steve at QB he hung JR out to dry and TMcDaniel upended him and almost broke his neck. We beat them soundlyand after the game Ronnie Lott had to in their lockerroom to calm Charles Haley down who punch a hole in a wall. He wanted to ounch a hole in Steve Young.

    He wante

  • Bigmike34

    Silver and Black

    Thank you for the kind words…I am really looking forward to the season….No I don’t expect a Super bowl this year….but I was rally impressed with our Defense and a guy like Flynn who takes care of the ball and is a good field general WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED HE CAN PUT UP HUGE PASSING NUMBERS is just WHAT we need…I think 8 wins is to be expected and 9 is possible BUT THIS YEAR IS JUST THE BEGINNING…WE ARE DEFINATELY HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION…

    P.S. With his speed and size I do believe Pryor could make a Terrific WR and possibly Slot back.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Damn! What’d I miss? Frickin llams keeping me from the important thingsin life.

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 19m

    Veld beer
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    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 49m

    Looks like practice over a little early … Heat? Injuries?