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Dennis Allen Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 7:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A transcript with Raiders coach Dennis Allen with the local media following practice Tuesday:

Allen: To start off, guys that either didn’t practice or weren’t able to finish practice: Nick Roach, Keenan Clayton, Jared Veldheer. I gave Andre Carter the day off. Veldheer is having an MRI on his triceps, so I don’t really have any update on that. As soon as I do, I’ll let you guys know.

Q: Did Veldheer get an MRI last week?

Allen: Yeah, we’re taking another look at [his triceps]. But we got Lamarr Houston back today and Billy Boyko back today. Hopefully we’ll continue to get some guys back as we keep going through the rest of this week and next week.

Q: How’s your bowling game?

Allen: I didn’t bowl, but it’s obvious to me that the offense is better than the defense.

Q: Coach, with (offensive coordinator) Greg Olson here, do you expect Marcel Reece to get utilized a little more than he has in the past, more reps?

Allen: Well, obviously Marcel’s a good player for us. That’s part of what we’re going for here in training camp; finding out what guys can do, and specifically Greg getting a good feel for what they can do, what they do well, what maybe they’re not quite as good at, and try to put them in a position where they can have some success. Marcel’s a guy that we feel like is a weapon for us. He’s a guy that we can do some different stuff with, flexing him out a little bit, so I would anticipate using him in that role.

Q: Flynn looked pretty sharp today. Is that indicative of the way he’s been?

Allen: He’s been pretty consistent throughout training camp. He’s been making some good decisions. He’s protected the football well, and really that’s what I expect out of him. I expect him to make good decisions for us, move the ball up the field and protect the football for us. I thought, with the exception of the first drive in the game the other day, he did a nice job in doing that.

Q: Will you look to use Terrelle Pryor with the ones at all in preseason games or will you mostly stick with Matt Flynn?

Allen: Do you want me to give you the whole game plan? I don’t know. We’ll see as we move along. Like I’ve said all along, we have some plays that we feel like really suit his skill set, and we’ll try to incorporate those plays in our game plans as we move along.

Q: With San Diego, Kansas City and Denver in the division with their offenses, is New Orleans going to be able to give you the best test you’ll be able to see this preseason?

Allen: Well, obviously I haven’t seen a lot of the divisional opponents as far as what they’re offering offensively, but I do know the New Orleans Saints are a prolific offense. They move the ball up and down the field, they score a lot of points, so it’ll be a great challenge for our defense to see where we’re at when we go down to the [Mercedes-Benz] Superdome and get a chance to play those guys.

Q: Is it tough for (Tyler) Wilson to get on track if he’s not getting a lot of snaps? And I imagine he probably won’t play much on Friday?

Allen: Yeah, well we’ll talk about the game, the rotation and how we’re going to play those guys probably tonight. We’ll get into that as a coaching staff. I think Tyler … Part of his learning process is going to have to be sitting back and watching some, and that’s where you’re at when you’re where he’s at on the depth chart. I think Matt (McGloin) is getting a little more from a reps standpoint, but we’re trying to split those third team reps up as close as we can based on the number of plays we go with the threes.

Q: How much better of a position are you guys, in depth wise, with the offensive line having guys like Alex [Parsons] and Andre (Gurode)?

Allen: Well, I think those two guys help us and provide us with a little more depth. Those are guys that we didn’t anticipate when we started training camp, and I think those guys have come on and given us a little bit more depth at that position. Obviously we’re still waiting on Menelik Watson, and I think, once we get him back out here, we’re going to have some depth on the O-line.

Q: Update on [Mike] Brisiel, is he still resting?

Allen: No. I want to make sure that he’s ready to go. Sixteen games is a long season and he’s a veteran, an older player. I want to make sure he’s ready to go.

Q: Week One to Week Two in the preseason, where are areas you want to see the most improvement in?

Allen: Well I think first of all I want to protect the football better. I want to make better decisions. I want to make sure we’re not turning the football over. Defensively, I want to make sure we’re getting a little bit more pressure on the quarterback. So those are some things we want to work on. And obviously, playing New Orleans’ offense, they don’t give up a lot of pressure on the quarterback, so it’ll be a big challenge for us.

Q: How did (Andre) Gurode do Friday, and how’s he doing so far at guard this week in practice?

Allen: I think he’s done fairly well. It was a position that we hadn’t worked him a whole lot at early in training camp. So when you look at it, guys are going to have to play more than one position, and so I think having a guy like him – who can play guard for us, that can play center for you, that’s a huge upside.

Q: Latavius Murray, do you expect him to be back out there this week?

Allen: To be honest with you, I really don’t know. I hope, but I really don’t know when he’ll be back.

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  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Flynn is a scrub.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    oh am i supposed to clear my post through your office?

    gtfoh

    besides losing a linemen is more reason we must roll with pryor and my post also speaks directly to starting pryor
    _____________
    nice book report, great research, i’m sure you couldn’t sleep thinkin about how awesome it’d be after you posted it

    most fans want pryor to start, you’re one of us, not against us
    =======================

    i think most are haters that are in the closet like yourself

    a person that thought pryor would never be any good and simply jumped on the band wagon to avoid having me crush you like i did with grads and palmer

    please carry on a dialogue with some one else you are one of the posters that brings the least to the table and im tired of slapping you around

    i mean do you have to comment on everything i write, i dont need fans

  • Raider E

    You have to be able to have a deep threat at all times. I don’t think anyone is saying to throw deep every play.

    Football 101, geez.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    inonewordraider Says:

    hahaha

    oh the llama man
    ======================================================

    Hey, it’s after noon and there’s been no purse swinging yet!

  • bcz24

    It begs the question, how did they miss the tear in last weeks MRI?

  • Whoknows

    Hey Dr. don’t bother telling me how far the ball went on that 80 yrd pass. I just found it. The pass doesn’t even cross the line of scrimage. You can find it at the 6:30 mark.
    F’n clown.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adud3fLmUJ8

  • Raider E

    Flynn threw several long balls in against Detroit

    —————————————

    Problem is that he is in Oakland now and reporters are calling him a joke.

    Coaches have accepted it.

    Why can’t you?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hey, it’s after noon and there’s been no purse swinging yet!

    ***

    credit the AM crew *applause*

    and the absence of one Dr Bob

  • inonewordraider

    a person that thought pryor would never be any good and simply jumped on the band wagon to avoid having me crush you like i did with grads and palmer

    ______
    I thought he’d suck coming out of college, and so did you

    you posted on here that at best he’d be a #2 qb and you doubted that because “he doesn’t have the goods”

    jfb has posted and reposted this comment

    unlike you, i’m a raider fan strickly, not a fan of individuals. I want all Raider players to succeed, while they’re raiders only

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Hey, it’s after noon and there’s been no purse swinging yet!

    They’re loosening up, though.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    i think most are haters that are in the closet like yourself

  • RaiderRockstar

    It begs the question, how did they miss the tear in last weeks MRI?

    ***

    @bcz

    dear senior capologist – can you find a LT in FA better than Jared Gaither?

    me neither (gulp)

    crosses fingers with Barron & Smith

  • Whoknows

    SnBG Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    Flynn threw several long balls in against Detroit.
    ********************************
    The video is posted above. Please tell me at what point several long passes were thrown.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    706…lol…exactly 80 yards…

  • lefty12

    E,that isn’t what pryorallday is saying.What I’m pointing out is Flynn can throw the deep ball but will only throw it occasionally like-run,run,run,run,pick you apart with short to medium passes then hit the bomb.I believe that is the offense the staff foresees.

  • JLofty

    Oughta be able to pick up Beast Campbell in 12 days when ‘lina cuts him. That will make some of you really happy right?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    a person that thought pryor would never be any good and simply jumped on the band wagon to avoid having me crush you like i did with grads and palmer

    ______
    I thought he’d suck coming out of college, and so did you

    you posted on here that at best he’d be a #2 qb and you doubted that because “he doesn’t have the goods”

    jfb has posted and reposted this comment
    ===========================

    you can rely on jfb if you want but at least understand what you read

    at best number two for his rookie season, he left school early and was suspended by the nfl that was the context of the post

    I also posted that he would be ready to start in 2-3 years, and that he could be the steal of the draft

    do you have anything else, because taking a post out of context is just as good as lying

  • inonewordraider

    @bcz

    dear senior capologist – can you find a LT in FA better than Jared Gaither?

    me neither (gulp)

    crosses fingers with Barron & Smith

    _________
    what’s wrong with gaither, he still hurt? was a pretty dang good T and he’s still young…

  • Raider E

    E,that isn’t what pryorallday is saying.What I’m pointing out is Flynn can throw the deep ball but will only throw it occasionally like-run,run,run,run,pick you apart with short to medium passes then hit the bomb.I believe that is the offense the staff foresees

    —————————————–

    I hope they are right, but I have not been on board with the Flynn trade since before it was just rumor. I was pissed when Reggie traded for him.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    hwnrdr Says:
    Veldheer on IR with designation to return as early as November 3rd! That is IF….
    =====================================================

    We just need Kwame or Mario to hold down his spot, and he can return in time for our playoff push!

  • jesusraiderjim

    Purv

    You and the Llamas get a containment line around them wildfires yet?

  • lefty12

    E-ridiculous.If the coaches thought Flynn was a joke he wouldn’t be starting.Just because some hack says it doesn’t make it so.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    never anywhere did i say pryor would suck

    these dudes lie because i have kicked thier azz in here for years

    lol

  • bcz24

    what’s wrong with gaither, he still hurt? was a pretty dang good T and he’s still young…
    *********
    He is only good when he feels like it.

  • SnBG

    Raider E Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    Flynn threw several long balls in against Detroit

    —————————————

    Problem is that he is in Oakland now and reporters are calling him a joke.

    Coaches have accepted it.

    Why can’t you?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Obviously they didn’t see the 36 yard TD throw made to Nelson against Det.

  • Raider E

    Lefty,

    Like I said, I just don’t like Flynn. I will hope he does well, but I have no confidence what-so-ever in his ability to win games.

  • inonewordraider

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    never anywhere did i say pryor would suck

    these dudes lie because i have kicked thier azz in here for years

    lol
    _____________
    “he doesn’t have the goods” =vote of confidence?

  • Whoknows

    Don’t worry SnBg, I lknow you haven’t actually seen the Flynn play against the Lions, so I will do it for you. He throws two nice long complete passes. At the 11:30 mark and 14:10 mark.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Pretty in depth Interview with Terrelle Pryor right now on 95.7 the game.

    Greg Papa just raving about him..saying he has come along way

  • irjonny

    There’s a ton of FA we can sign to make up for this. Barron can handle LT duties for now i believe

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    jesusraiderjim Says:

    Purv

    You and the Llamas get a containment line around them wildfires yet?
    ==================================================

    Hell no. We’re ready to run the other way.

  • Raider E

    Did you guys know that we had 35 dropped passes last season?

    Might not matter if Flynn can throw or not.

  • lefty12

    E-at least you are honest about it.

  • MikieG

    Of ALllllllllllllllllllllllll The GoddAaaamn People Veldy Out for the Season!!! Jeshus H!

    Good news tho….we weren’t going to do much this year anyway, and this guys Re-Signability just went through the basement…

    He is going to stay with us for a few more years, and in the Long term, this will actually help the Raiders…

    Just sayin.

  • MikieG

    Raider E Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Did you guys know that we had 35 dropped passes last season?

    Might not matter if Flynn can throw or not.
    +++++++++++

    Sorry Coach, It hit me in the d@amn hands….

  • ElkGRaider

    The Dr must have had to go with another handle…

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    flynn is weak and anybody saying he can be good here simply doesnt know football

    he is a career back up and always has been going back to college

    just accept the fact that he is nothing special. it isnt just the shocking lack of arm strength or the paltry dink and dunk offense, its his awful lack of pocket awareness as well. his seemingly weak pre snap skills with line calls, and of course the turn over problem

    there isnt one notable or outstanding feature to his game, he is a pedestrian dime a dozen noodle armed qb at best, an absolute scrub at worst.

    why prop him up as if he is any good?

    he stinks and is worse than palmer (gag if thats possible)

    flynn fans will be heart broken before the year is out

    book it

  • inonewordraider

    what’s wrong with gaither, he still hurt? was a pretty dang good T and he’s still young…
    *********
    He is only good when he feels like it.

    _______
    if he’s healthy, i’d much rather have him than smith

    let’s hope Watson get’s healthy and progresses quickly

  • guest123

    Losing Veldheer hurts.

    bad.

    No way to sugar coat this news. sucks.

    Fvk it. Name Pryor the starter. We got a two win baseline to beat. Let’s roll the dice. We got nothing to lose.

  • Marks hair

    no reason to start Flynn is there… he’ll only get himself and dmc hurt.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    never anywhere did i say pryor would suck

    these dudes lie because i have kicked thier azz in here for years

    lol
    _____________
    “he doesn’t have the goods” =vote of confidence?

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

    again context

    did not believe he was a day one starter that is the context

    could be steal of the draft & reasdy to start 2-3 years = vote of confidence

    and i had the time table perfect

    you were saying?

    you need some new material that weak game your playing has been exposed

  • ElkGRaider

    Pryor will at least make it entertaining. But yeah…with no o-line that pocket needs to be on the move

  • SnBG

    Whoknows Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    Don’t worry SnBg, I lknow you haven’t actually seen the Flynn play against the Lions, so I will do it for you. He throws two nice long complete passes. At the 11:30 mark and 14:10 mark.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;amd one of them just happened to be a bomb from the GB 45 to the Lions 15 for a TD at the 4;37 mark in the 3rd. Forget that one?

  • guest123

    just accept the fact that he is nothing special. it isnt just the shocking lack of arm strength or the paltry dink and dunk offense, its his awful lack of pocket awareness as well. his seemingly weak pre snap skills with line calls, and of course the turn over problem

    *********

    Agree. He’s nothing special (we already knew that captain obvious).

    lack of arm strength isn’t “shocking”. They knew that before the dealt for him.

    His pocket awareness is not “awfully lacking”, he is servicable with his pre snap reads..

    and if you want to talk turnovers, Pryor’s INT was much worse than the bull rush fumble of Flynn’s.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Papa has a HUGE WOODY for TP!

    HUGE

  • SnBG

    just accept the fact that he is nothing special. it isnt just the shocking lack of arm strength or the paltry dink and dunk offense, its his awful lack of pocket awareness as well. his seemingly weak pre snap skills with line calls, and of course the turn over problem
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Then how come he threw for record setting yards and dropped a few of bombs on Detroit if he had no pocket awareness or arm strength?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    jesusraiderjim Says:

    Purv

    You and the Llamas get a containment line around them wildfires yet?
    ==================================================

    Hell no. We’re ready to run the other way
    ————————————————

    Do you have good defensible space around your place?

  • SnBG

    BTW, Flynn doesn’t seem to throw stupid int’s in the red zone.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
    new post
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    new poster

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Greg Papa just raving about PRYOR right now.. said he is shocked about how much better he is gotten.

    1. Said Pryor is a freak athlete.. probaly stronger and faster then DMAC

    2. NO Palmer on the team so he could see PRYOR playing alot more, he wants them to bring him along slowly about 16-20 snaps a game

    3. Papa said PRYOR will start at some point this season.. maybe novemeber or the Dallas game

    4. Said Kaepernick at this time last year wasnt Kaepernick last novemember. U need to let guys like PRYOR pick up speed of the game and unleash him

    5. Said PRYOR right now Read OPTION alone is as good as KAEP/ RG3 the way they run it. He needs to get better at reading the DEFENSIVE END but said it doesnt matter. NOBODY is catching him.. Not even Demarcus Ware would be able to touch him PAPA said.

    6. Said PRYOR doesnt need to be BRADY or Manning because he moves so well on his feet and just let him throw it in there like he did to CRINER in that 2 min offense

    Said PRYOR is a freak athlete like KAEPERNICK only stronger and dominated every thing he has been in. THE OTHER DJ the should start pryor now because of the way the offense moves and the electricity.. PAPA wants him eased into the game but no question PRYOR has impressed Papa

    other dj said flynn is not that good and him and mcgloin might be similar