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Allen, McKenzie deserve major props for keeping players focused on football

By Steve Corkran
Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 3:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA — General manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen made it abundantly clear that they wanted a team filled with high-character players and that off-field transgressions won’t be tolerated. To that end, they have succeeded in spectacular fashion.
Linebacker Kaluka Maiava got in an altercation during the offseason. However, that happened soon after he signed with the Raiders and long before he had a chance to get indoctrinated into The Raiders Way under McKenzie and Allen.
On Friday, I asked Allen about the key to his success in this area as a direct result of the 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith getting arrested earlier today.
“Well, obviously, you try to — and I don’t know the situation that you’re talking about — but you obviously try to work with your guys all the time about making sure that they understand the limelight that they’re in and their responsibility, not only to themselves but to the football team.
“We talk a lot about that. Things come up, and you’ve got to deal with things. We’ll continue to work in that direction. We try to do a good job of being accountable and being responsible both on the field and off the field.”
Cornerback Taiwan Jones was here when McKenzie and Allen arrived in 2012. He said he and his teammates know exactly where McKenzie and Allen stand in regard to their on- and off-field behavior.
“Basically, coach Allen says, we represent the Raiders in everything we do and representing the Raiders is a big responsibility and, not only is it a responsibility, it’s a privilege,” Jones said. “Wearing the silver-and-black is a privilege, and you got to represent it in the right way.”
Jones also has no misgivings about what happens if he fails to adhere to the guidelines set forth by Allen.
“He doesn’t have to harp on it much because he made his statement loud and clear from the beginning,” Jones said. “Our fine is the maximum fine. He stressed that he doesn’t want our money, but we will pay the consequences. He got his message across from Day One.”

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  • The unbeatable dr robert

    It’s funny. There really are obsessed stalkers out there.

    Weirdo nut jobs.

    But they usually obsess about an actual celebrity.

    What kind of loser does it take to obsess about a blog celebrity?

    Poor guy.

  • RaiderKenny24

    Fugh …Fresno State ya lemons…

  • Turf toe

    “Look, I know I’m in there. If I don’t come out with my hands up, I’m coming in after me.”

  • Dakota

    Its got to be depressing for those guys writing about the Oakland As when the only time they get over 5 comments in a day is when raider fans go there to test the new format.

  • RaiderKenny24

    lol at post #248

  • 0ak r8rs

    Wow. Haha

  • Crawfish Joe

    Dakota Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 9:22 pm
    Its got to be depressing for those guys writing about the Oakland As when the only time they get over 5 comments in a day is when raider fans go there to test the new format.
    ===================================================
    :) It just might be all right.

  • The unbeatable dr robert

    Cork banned the impostor do either he found another way or another jackazz is copycatting him.

    Weird.

  • Dakota

    I see I am surrounded by azzwipes in Here tonight….now if you will excuse me, I have to return some videotapes.

  • …And Justice for AL

    Can’t wait for the new format. There’s a bunch of 12 year olds in here apparently…

  • …And Justice for AL

    Or …. It’s you Robert

  • rediaR

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 3:40 pm
    Reggie and DA = Two Boobs
    ——————-
    But it’s a succulent rack.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666
  • 0ak r8rs

    Boise St. Down one. Wide right. Sensing it now.

  • RaiderKenny24

    Gahhh…too much time for Boise state…Fresno needs a pick to end this.

  • …And Justice for AL

    Man… I had really high hopes for Moore. He looked like a star.. But now he can’t catch anything. We need him to show up in Denver. We need to hook him up with whatever PED’s Seattle is using these days.

  • http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll180/floresrd508/mcfaddenball.jpg SouthTexasRaider

    SouthTexasRaider Raiders 29-28

    RAIDER FAHQIN NATION BABY!!!!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Crawfish Joe Says:
    Mr PurvisMan :cool: Make sure you get a pick posted of the Silver and Black llama on the A’s site. Gotta hand it to you on that one. Might make me want to start up a small herd again.
    ===================================================

    Groomed and pic’d him just today prior to tomorrows rain and , well, I’ll get back to you.
    Thought I’d have his pic up by now.

  • rediaR

    Welp, good job Fresno.

  • CODEBLACK2011

    operation code black

    clady is out, houston the savage

    peyday rip

    code black

  • 0ak r8rs

    Didn’t realize that was Danny kannel announcing that game. The Matt Leinart of the east coast.

  • RaiderKenny24

    Woo hoo Fresno Sate held on!

  • The unbeatable dr robert

    i’ve been over at the a’s site. seems like people will pretty easily be involved only with stuff they want to.

    but u will miss out on random stuff u may not see.

    i think it will have it’s merits but it won’t be like the wild frontier that this place has been.

  • …And Justice for AL

    One good game huh… That’s it. He had a pretty good game against the colts. Would have had a better game against the jags if Moore could catch. What’s your qualification of a good game?

  • The unbeatable dr robert

    …And Justice For AL Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 9:56 pm
    One good game huh… That’s it. He had a pretty good game against the colts. Would have had a better game against the jags if Moore could catch. What’s your qualification of a good game?
    ********

    a pretty good game does NOT include TWO endzone picks.

    my idea of a good game is at least an 80+ rating and really a 90+.

    more tds than turnovers, and really 2 to 1.

  • The unbeatable dr robert

    all he’s done so far is have two games ov 70 ratings and more turnovers than tds.

    he’s the #28 passer in the nfl and has the least td passes and the 3rd least passing yards.

    that sucks, no matter what ur qualifications are.

  • The unbeatable dr robert

    the one feature i like on the new place is that if someone tries to be ur impostor, u can quickly change ur handle and all ur posts will update to that handle, so the impostor will suddenly stick out like a sore thumb.

    boo ya!

    beat it b1tch!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The unbeatable dr robert Says:

    i’ve been over at the a’s site. seems like people will pretty easily be involved only with stuff they want to.

    but u will miss out on random stuff u may not see.

    i think it will have it’s merits but it won’t be like the wild frontier that this place has been.
    ===================================================

    What, specifically, here would recommend itself over the more structured upcoming format?

  • rediaR

    But he played against the powerhouse Jags and Colts defenses.

    Anyway, if he can pass well on Monday we’ll have a shot in this game. I will be cheering him on from wherever I end up watching it.

  • The insidious dr robert

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:03 pm
    The unbeatable dr robert Says:

    i’ve been over at the a’s site. seems like people will pretty easily be involved only with stuff they want to.

    but u will miss out on random stuff u may not see.

    i think it will have it’s merits but it won’t be like the wild frontier that this place has been.
    ===================================================

    What, specifically, here would recommend itself over the more structured upcoming format?
    *********
    well, it remains to be seen but i think we will miss seeing EVERYTHING, since some random posts can be quite funny or interesting and we might miss it over there, since replies are not listed chronologically.

  • The insidious dr robert

    RediaR Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:04 pm
    But he played against the powerhouse Jags and Colts defenses.

    Anyway, if he can pass well on Monday we’ll have a shot in this game. I will be cheering him on from wherever I end up watching it.
    ***********

    i like it when u and others show up late. time for sensible people.

  • The insidious dr robert

    purvis–but i suppose it will be outweighed by easily missing people we don’t like.

  • …And Justice for AL

    It’s my opinion that a person who judges a football team or a player strictly on stats or QB ratings is missing the big picture. Sure… You can say well, look at the top teams and their QB ratings and stats and bla bla bla… It’s all bs. It’s a team sport and the players around a person can make them look better or worse than they really are. So unless you know what your looking for pure stats and ratings are useless. For example… Put Brady on the browns and he’d be out of the league already… Put Flynn in with the packers and a short minded few thinks he’s a potential star (I’m talking about you). You need to start really looking at the whole picture and not just numbers on a paper.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    Don’t understand why Cork says the entire history of Inside the Raiders Blog will be deleted with the new format when you look at the A’s blog. It has the new format, but the entire history of that blog is still there. See screenshot below…

    http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/5239/m0bm.png

  • Just Fire Baby

    Didn’t realize that was Danny kannel announcing that game. The Matt Leinart of the east coast.

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

    Kannel is actually pretty awesome now on ESPN, filling in on SVP sometimes.

    Hilarious dude. And you have to youtube his FSU rap song, lol.

  • Just Fire Baby
  • The insidious dr robert

    …And Justice For AL Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    It’s my opinion that a person who judges a football team or a player strictly on stats or QB ratings is missing the big picture. Sure… You can say well, look at the top teams and their QB ratings and stats and bla bla bla… It’s all bs. It’s a team sport and the players around a person can make them look better or worse than they really are. So unless you know what your looking for pure stats and ratings are useless. For example… Put Brady on the browns and he’d be out of the league already… Put Flynn in with the packers and a short minded few thinks he’s a potential star (I’m talking about you). You need to start really looking at the whole picture and not just numbers on a paper.
    **********
    Dude, c’mon. Brady would be outta the league if he was a Brown? Ridiculous.

    Numbers aren’t magic. They simply tell u objectively what happened on the field.

    No rhetoric. No opinion. Factual evidence.

    PLUS, u can evaluate a player’s SKILLS by simply watching them.

    Pryor is a very poor passer and decision maker.

    His decision making could potentially improve but his passing ability is not good.

    He simply stinks and that is my evaluation. It will not change until I’m PROVEN wrong.

    Simply starting means nothing. Lots of garbage qbs have started.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Put Brady on the Browns and the Browns would be the Patriots.

  • SpudRaider

    GG Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:14 pm
    Don’t understand why Cork says the entire history of Inside the Raiders Blog will be deleted with the new format when you look at the A’s blog. It has the new format, but the entire history of that blog is still there.
    **************
    Why save it? everything usually gets repeated about 1000 times in here. Look at tonight another night of Dr. No defending himself from his detractors.

  • rediaR

    I judge it more from watching the games. No one can deny Pryor has vastly improved as a passer. That said, he was starting from such a low point that even as much as he has improved he still isn’t close to where I would want my franchise QB to be. I don’t like harping on this issue though. Just don’t Gabbert him. If there is any question about whether or not he is the guy, draft a QB this year.

  • NGRaiderfan

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    Put Brady on the Browns and the Browns would be the Patriots.

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

    Lol. Wrong.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Foster went on to describe a situation in which he had no food or money and called a coach.

    “Either you give us some food or I’m gonna go do something stupid,” Foster recalled telling him.

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

    What a POS, and he is an ABQ native.

    These players get Pelle Grant money, can take student loans, have a trainers table to eat most of the year, and he is going to threaten the coach if you don’t give me money I am going to do something stupid.

    I wish the coach hung up on him.

  • rediaR

    I like Tarver, I think he’ll have the defense as ready as they can be come gametime.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Colts proved last year, you can have a 2-14 roster, add a QB with some fire and leadership and ability to win close games, and improve pretty much the same roster by 9 wins.

    9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rediaR

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:32 pm
    Colts proved last year, you can have a 2-14 roster, add a QB with some fire and leadership and ability to win close games, and improve pretty much the same roster by 9 wins.

    9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    —————————–
    They proved the year before that you can go from a perennial playoff team with a playoff roster to 2-14 by starting the stadium maintenance crew at QB.

  • …And Justice for AL

    Seriously. If Brady went to the jags or browns he’d be out of the league already. And those numbers placed on an individual are skewed by the talent around them. FACT! Look at the patriots this year and how Brady is doing… I’m not saying he’s a bad QB, I’m saying he never would got a fair chance in Cleveland or Jacksonville because it’s the team that would have made him look bad. Without Belicheck he would have never developed into the QB that he is today. It’s pretty obvious.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Pryor will win more games than Palmer did last year, on guts and leadership alone.

  • rediaR

    For added context to this discussion it should be noted that And Justice’s real identity is Tim Couch. :P

  • rediaR

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    Pryor will win more games than Palmer did last year, on guts and leadership alone.
    ——————
    And improved roster, more experienced coaches and less Knapp.

  • alex7

    Vick reminded me today why I’m not excited about Pryor as a starting QB:

    Some flash negated by:

    Staring down receivers, throws juuuust off-target, one-read in pocket, bad decisions…

    And Vick is Pryor’s CEILING when it comes to passing :(