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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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  • the famous dr robert

    Straight up question and challenge that WILL NOT be answered:

    If the Pryor Brigade hates the dink and dunk checkdowns, why aren’t they complaining about pryors passes on Friday?

    Liars lie.

  • inonewordraider

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    inonewordraider Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    are you trying to divide them by skin color?

    jc is hardly the future he has been in the nfl for years and doesnt have the feet

    freeman has the feet and the arm doesnt avoid the turn overs well enough

    ________________________

    I GOTCHA!

    you just said Rodgers “doesn’t have the feet” to be considered part of the “wave” but freeman does

    yes Aaron Rodgers Ben Rothlisberger and Andrew Luck
    ALL ran faster 40’s than Josh Freeman

    you’ve been EXPOSED!
    ========================

    im not including freeman

    ______________
    hahaha

    you were caught with your pants down and STILL deny it

    wow, you have no accountability

    run and hide!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    SeymourSilver666Glen, you been posting pretty heavy for about 6 hours now. Isn’t about time to switch to your SeymourBush alias so it looks like you dont spend 18hrs a day here ?

  • No Mas Diamante

    ian85 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:36 pm
    A white QB will win the Super Bowl again this year bank it
    //////////////////////////////////

    Stupid statement of the day. Go away.

  • R8ER MIKE

    ian85 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:38 pm
    Aaron Rodgers have waaaay better feet than Josh Freeman

    ************************
    from what i hear Rex Ryan has the best feet in the N.F.L. !!

  • the famous dr robert

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    So funny how no one is talking to the troll today so he is talking to himself.

    How much longer until a melt down occurs?
    ********
    U couldn’t help urself could u?

    I told u u can’t stop talking about me.

    Intimating my name counts too.

    Say my name b1tch.

  • The Big Banana

    Black QBs vs. White QBs, eh?

    All the usual suspects spawned this discussion. Same ole same ole. Too bad Corkran can’t get rid of this garbage.

  • the famous dr robert

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    SeymourSilver666Glen, you been posting pretty heavy for about 6 hours now. Isn’t about time to switch to your SeymourBush alias so it looks like you dont spend 18hrs a day here ?
    *******
    Lol. No, he has to complain about others being here and how he hates non football posts (meanwhile making one).

    He’s fun.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    in case you missed it mistic said

    “rodgers doesnt have the feet”

    then said

    “freeman has the feet and the arm”

    while freeman ran a slower 40 than Rodgers, Big Ben, Flacco and Luck

    double standard? agenda?

    very suspect
    ================

    hardly

    it isnt about simply straight line speed barry sanders wasnt as fast as dmac is but is damc the runner the sanders is? no

    by the way coming out of college freeman was known as more of a runner than a passer and ran for over 400 yards his final year in college

    try again

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Tell us again how your only here to talk football and you never provoke “tr0lls” or engage in any derogatory comments about peoples race or political views.
    _______

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    So funny how no one is talking to the troll today so he is talking to himself.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Should not have anything to do with race but small minds think alike…

  • ian85

    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    Straight up question and challenge that WILL NOT be answered:

    If the Pryor Brigade hates the dink and dunk checkdowns, why aren’t they complaining about pryors passes on Friday?

    Liars lie.
    ———————
    true almost all his passes were dink and dunk u cant expect that guy to throw it downfield without throwing a pick

  • the famous dr robert

    But silver isn’t Seymour.

    Seymour is cool by me.

    Silver is just one of the Gossip Girls.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The Big Banana Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Black QBs vs. White QBs, eh?

    All the usual suspects spawned this discussion. Same ole same ole. Too bad Corkran can’t get rid of this garbage.
    ====================

    look at the thread and see who is posting that

    it isnt me

  • the famous dr robert

    Ian85 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    Straight up question and challenge that WILL NOT be answered:

    If the Pryor Brigade hates the dink and dunk checkdowns, why aren’t they complaining about pryors passes on Friday?

    Liars lie.
    ———————
    true almost all his passes were dink and dunk u cant expect that guy to throw it downfield without throwing a pick
    ********
    Lol. (Watch the race stuff though)

  • lefty12

    from what i hear Rex Ryan has the best feet in the N.F.L. !!
    =================================
    I thought it was Hue Jackson?

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

    “The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    MistaBrown Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    SeymourSilver666Glen, you been posting pretty heavy for about 6 hours now. Isn’t about time to switch to your SeymourBush alias so it looks like you dont spend 18hrs a day here ?
    *******
    Lol. No, he has to complain about others being here and how he hates non football posts (meanwhile making one).

    He’s fun.”

    LMFAO look at the 2 trolls talking to each other!

    They planned their trolling day together how cute!

    You two go trolling merrily along now hand in hand like our Punter would want you to.

  • inonewordraider

    hardly

    it isnt about simply straight line speed barry sanders wasnt as fast as dmac is but is damc the runner the sanders is? no

    by the way coming out of college freeman was known as more of a runner than a passer and ran for over 400 yards his final year in college

    try again

    ________
    you must’ve played db in high school with all that backpeddling

    plus there’s no way in HELL freeman has better feet than Rodgers or Luck

    Luck ran a 4.6 to Freemans 4.9, not even close

  • the famous dr robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    The Big Banana Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Black QBs vs. White QBs, eh?

    All the usual suspects spawned this discussion. Same ole same ole. Too bad Corkran can’t get rid of this garbage.
    ====================

    look at the thread and see who is posting that

    it isnt me
    ********
    U know what ur doing. So do we.

    It’s not a court of law. We don’t have prove it and have u claim u never said it.

    U said it without saying it.

    We are all aware of it.

    Ur denials only make u a coward.

    Say what u mean. Mean what u say.

    Tap dancer.

  • No Mas Diamante

    A quarterback is measured over a career. Longevity matters in this league. Running qb’s are more vulnerable to injury and will get hurt more than your average classic style drop back qb. Who would you invest big $$$ in?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    It’s just a coincidence he uses the same lines and retarded jokes as Seymour verbatim.

    lol
    _______

    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    But silver isn’t Seymour.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    from what i hear Rex Ryan has the best feet in the N.F.L. !!
    =====================================================

    Ewwww!!!
    You know how many lunches you ruined on the west coast?
    Damn easterners.

  • lefty12

    The Big Banana Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    Black QBs vs. White QBs, eh?

    All the usual suspects spawned this discussion. Same ole same ole. Too bad Corkran can’t get rid of this garbage.
    ================================
    He could but he doesn’t.He and Becker could clean this place up if they wanted to.

  • the famous dr robert

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    “The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    MistaBrown Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    SeymourSilver666Glen, you been posting pretty heavy for about 6 hours now. Isn’t about time to switch to your SeymourBush alias so it looks like you dont spend 18hrs a day here ?
    *******
    Lol. No, he has to complain about others being here and how he hates non football posts (meanwhile making one).

    He’s fun.”

    LMFAO look at the 2 trolls talking to each other!

    They planned their trolling day together how cute!

    You two go trolling merrily along now hand in hand like our Punter would want you to.
    ********
    Great football post.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    pryor was at 8.8 yards per attempt friday night

    that isnt dink and dunk

  • the famous dr robert

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    from what i hear Rex Ryan has the best feet in the N.F.L. !!
    =====================================================

    Ewwww!!!
    You know how many lunches you ruined on the west coast?
    Damn easterners.
    ********
    The term is “out of towners”.

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

    Purv its time t push the button!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    look at the thread and see who is posting that
    it isnt me

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    try not to be stuck on skin color
    =======================================================

    Says the man that fries the chicken, boils the corn, bakes the biscuits, and tosses the salad.
    Sets the table, puts the food on the table, pours the water and wine, turns on the camera, and invites everybody over and sits there…waiting…patiently…until someone else serves the food.
    Then when complimented on the dinner he served, points to the camera and says,’I didn’t serve this dinner, not one bit of it, look at the video, you’re just making things up.’

  • No Mas Diamante

    The reason RG3 isn’t playing is because they want to give Cousins all the work he can get in case RG3 goes down again, which is a good possibility given his recent history.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    The Big Banana Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    Black QBs vs. White QBs, eh?

    All the usual suspects spawned this discussion. Same ole same ole. Too bad Corkran can’t get rid of this garbage.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Melting pot my a$$. More like a boiling pot.

  • the famous dr robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    pryor was at 8.8 yards per attempt friday night

    that isnt dink and dunk
    ********
    Now take away olawales screen catch and run.

    He NEVER completed a deep pass.

    ALL underneath stuff.

    The fact u won’t admit it proves ur a liar for about the millionth time.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    ROFL ODB.
    Disgusting, but funny!

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol Llama man.. i try me best !!

  • No Mas Diamante

    Apparently not too much intelligent interaction here anymore. Too bad. Juvenile name calling and race baiting. grow up dorks.

    Later

  • R8ER MIKE

    *my

  • The_Judge37

    the famous dr robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    pryor was at 8.8 yards per attempt friday night

    that isnt dink and dunk
    ********
    Now take away olawales screen catch and run.

    He NEVER completed a deep pass.
    ——

    He had long passes to Criner and Ausberry

  • the famous dr robert

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    look at the thread and see who is posting that
    it isnt me

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    try not to be stuck on skin color
    =======================================================

    Says the man that fries the chicken, boils the corn, bakes the biscuits, and tosses the salad.
    Sets the table, puts the food on the table, pours the water and wine, turns on the camera, and invites everybody over and sits there…waiting…patiently…until someone else serves the food.
    Then when complimented on the dinner he served, points to the camera and says,’I didn’t serve this dinner, not one bit of it, look at the video, you’re just making things up.’
    ********
    A masterpiece mark twain would be proud of.

    Fries the chicken? Uh oh.

    Tosses the salad? Uh oh.

    There are going to be done people who don’t like those phrases.

  • nycraider

    for all the franchised who claim to draft by bpa, how come Tyrann Mathieu was passed over by many.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    A quarterback is measured over a career. Longevity matters in this league. Running qb’s are more vulnerable to injury and will get hurt more than your average classic style drop back qb. Who would you invest big $$$ in?
    =====================

    is this true

    how many nfl qbs were injured last year?

    kolb cutler gabbert shcuabb gabbert lidnly smith palmer

    vick RgIII

    this list debunks that take

  • the famous dr robert

    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    the famous dr robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    pryor was at 8.8 yards per attempt friday night

    that isnt dink and dunk
    ********
    Now take away olawales screen catch and run.

    He NEVER completed a deep pass.
    ——

    He had long passes to Criner and Ausberry
    ********
    Lol. Those were deep passes?

    Ausberry caught and ran.

    How long were the PASSES?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Raider O Says:
    Melting pot my a$$. More like a boiling pot.
    ====================================================

    I thought you were supposed to smoke it, and then melt.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    SilverGlen, remember when you made this gaffe on your Seymour alias?
    _________

    Seymour Bush Says:
    June 5th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Don’t worry Seymour. This newbie will go away.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Raider O Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    The Big Banana Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    Black QBs vs. White QBs, eh?

    All the usual suspects spawned this discussion. Same ole same ole. Too bad Corkran can’t get rid of this garbage.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Melting pot my a$$. More like a boiling pot.

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

    more like melting plot

  • 8RaiderReign8

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    A quarterback is measured over a career. Longevity matters in this league. Running qb’s are more vulnerable to injury and will get hurt more than your average classic style drop back qb. Who would you invest big $$$ in?
    _____________________________________

    This is very true. In a “win now” business like football its hard to juggle longevity with pressures to get results on a continual basis.

    I would say running Qbs get results.

  • R8ER MIKE

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    The reason RG3 isn’t playing is because they want to give Cousins all the work he can get in case RG3 goes down again, which is a good possibility given his recent history.

    ******************
    or… it could be the Redskins want to show Cousins off and trade him for a first round pick. someone on NFL radio said he is the best “first round” QB in next years draft.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    The reason RG3 isn’t playing is because they want to give Cousins all the work he can get in case RG3 goes down again, which is a good possibility given his recent history.
    ________________________________

    You’re right. Shanahan is no fool.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    Raider O Says:
    Melting pot my a$$. More like a boiling pot.
    ====================================================

    I thought you were supposed to smoke it, and then melt.
    $$$$$)$$$$$$$$$$

    What kind of pot are you smoking? It melts when you burn it? Hash?

  • R8ER MIKE

    You’re right. Shanahan is no fool.

    **********************************
    true, he is no fool ….
    but he does look like the rat from teenage mutant turtles !!

  • Curmudgeon

    the famous dr robert Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    Bigmike—good work.

    Blast them with truth rays and these Cylon liars will melt.

    ————

    I have such a hangover today and reading this the first thing that pops into my aching head is dr r. always callin someone a liar, a moron, a this, a that. ooooohhh. say my name beeech. a meltdown a beatdown a this and that. great football post. whatever dude.

  • R8ER MIKE

    O ?? you have hash ?? please share with your GreenParty brothers sir !!