Allen not blaming Flynn for Redskins loss


ALAMEDA — Coach Dennis Allen didn’t have many flattering things to say about the way quarterback Matt Flynn played against the Washington Redskins. Still, he said Monday, Flynn isn’t the sole reason the Raiders lost.
Allen made that abundantly clear Monday in his weekly news conference, bringing up the subject without prompting, in an obvious response to some of the things written after the Raiders 24-14 loss Sunday.
“This game of football is not about one person,” Allen said. “It’s about 11 guys on each side of the ball. … At no point was this ever made about one guy, alright. I want to make sure that that’s perfectly clear.
“We had a football game to go out and play yesterday. We went out as a team, we didn’t get it done. That’s the end of the story. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to move on. We lost that game as a team and we’re going to win games as a team.”
Allen kept at the team theme as he progressed. More so now than ever, it’s clear, Allen has created the impression within the team’s year-round facility that it’s them against the world.
Of course, it’s going to take more than that to get the Raiders season turned around. The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are off to 4-0 starts, with the San Diego Chargers (2-2) also ahead of the Raiders. And that’s just within the AFC West.
But the us-against-the-world approach is where Allen is starting.
“We’re going to pull together as a team,” Allen said, “and those 53 men in the locker room, the eight practice squad guys, the coaches on this staff, we’re going to come together and we’re going to pull together in a bunker mentality and we’re going to go to work.
“That’s how you get better as a football team. The only way you climb out of this hole is to come together and not pull apart, alright. We’re not going to let anything on the outside pull us apart.

— Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and fullback Marcel Reece (knee) weren’t the only players that got hurt against the Redskins. Allen said center Stefen Wisniewski (knee) and defensive tackle Stacy McGee (shoulder) also emerged with injuries.
Allen said Reece underwent an MRI to determine the extent of his injury. He had the results of the MRI but he didn’t divulge them Monday.
“It’s really a matter of when’s he going to be physically able to go,” Allen said. “It’s not a surgical procedure or anything like that that needs to be done. It’s just, whenever he’s ready to go.”
As for McFadden, Allen said he doesn’t have a good feel for how long his lead back is going to be down. McFadden missed most of the Redskins game.
“I wouldn’t get into characterizing whether it’s minor, major or indifferent,” Allen said. “He’s got a hamstring and I don’t expect him to be out for a long time but we’ll see how he responds too.”

— Allen reiterated that he made the right decision by keeping Terrelle Pryor from playing against the Redskins and giving him more time to recover from the concussion he suffered a week ago.
At one point, Allen said Sunday, the Raiders were prepared to let Pryor play. When Pryor asked if he could wear a tinted visor, that was enough to tell Allen that Pryor still was experiencing sensitivity to light, a common symptom of a concussion.
“Sensitivity to light is obviously a symptom,” Allen said, “and when you have that symptom we can’t put him at risk.”
Allen is comfortable with his decision to sit Pryor for an extra week. And, really, he and the Raiders should be applauded for ignoring the temptation to rush back Pryor.
“He’s got to be symptom free,” Allen said, “whenever that point is. And we’re going to continue to monitor him until he’s symptom free.”
Allen shed more light on the league-mandated protocol process, saying it’s possible for a player to be cleared medically — meaning he passed all the required tests — yet still not be healthy enough to play.
“Part of the tests are objective and some of them are subjective,” Allen said. “We wanted to make sure that we exercised extreme caution in this situation. We probably went a little bit above and beyond what typical protocol would be. We just deemed that it wasn’t worth the risk.”

— Sebastian Janikowski on Sunday missed a field-goal attempt for the third time this season.
It appeared as if the hold by first-year punter Marquette King was fine. Janikowski’s kick from 52 yards had the distance, it just sailed wide left.
“We have to get more comfortable still with that duo,” Allen said of King holding for Janikowski. “And, again, it’s a 52-yarder off the dirt, but yeah, any time he misses it’s a concern. So we have to continue to look at that and see what we can do to fix that.”
Shane Lechler was Janikowski’s holder from 2000-12. No one expected it to be a seamless transition from Lechler to King.

— Late in Sunday’s game, the Raiders faced a fourth-and-one play from the Redskins 17-yard line, down 24-14.
Some coaches would have kicked a field goal in that situation and then worked on getting the ball back again and going after a game-tying touchdown.
Allen opted to go for the touchdown part of the equation first. Of course, it backfired when quarterback Matt Flynn fumbled and got stopped short of the line anyway.
Afterward, Allen stood by his decision.
“It was 4th-and-inches,” Allen said Sunday, “and we have to be able to make inches. We hadn’t been moving the ball up and down the field and to get a chance to be down there when you’re in scoring position, you can possibly get a touchdown, we have to make inches.”
On Monday, Allen stood by his decision.
“An NFL football team has to make inches,” Allen said. “We were going to need a touchdown at some point in time anyway. We hadn’t been down there a whole lot offensively. So. my thought process was let’s try to get the touchdown.
“I know we need a field goal and I know we need two scores. But fourth and inches you have to make inches. I’d do it again if I had that opportunity.”

— Late in the third quarter, the Redskins threatened with a drive that reached the deep in Raiders territory. After two plays netted 7 yards, the Redskins faced a third-and-three from the Raiders 5-yard line.
Robert Griffin III dropped back, waited for wide receiver Pierre Garcon to make his cut and get separation from cornerback D.J. Hayden and then delivered the go-ahead touchdown pass.
“He needs to get tighter, yes,” Allen said. “He needs to get tighter. That’s another one of those learning experiences for him.”

— The Raiders committed only four penalties for 25 yards against the Redskins. However, two of them proved quite costly.
In particular, Allen singled out offsides penalties on defensive end Lamarr Houston and linebacker Sio Moore.
“Huge plays,” Allen said. “The one offsides was a takeaway, where we’re going to have the ball in scoring position and we can’t do that. It’s unacceptable; we have to get it fixed. Too many pre-snap penalties and we have to get that fixed.”
The Moore penalty didn’t seem too egregious. The Houston penalty wiped out a fumble recovery by Brandian Ross in Redskins territory.
One thing that gets overlooked: Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. was drilled as soon as he caught a pass from Griffin III. It’s quite likely that the Redskins would have challenged the ruling, and the fumble would have been overturned. In fact, one official signaled incomplete pass.
If so, without Houston’s penalty, the Redskins would have been forced to punt, as they did anyway one play after Houston’s penalty.

— The Raiders blocked a punt and turned a fake punt into a first down against the Redskins. That made for a pretty good day by the special teams, with the exception of Janikowski’s miss.
Taiwan Jones is the player that ran with the ball on the fake punt. He said the play had been in place for two weeks.
“We had it called right away, so it was already planned,” Jones said. “I just was able to execute it.”


Steve Corkran

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  • Well he should be blaming him….

  • The_Judge37

    He should blame it all on Flynn, It starts with the HEAD COACH

  • c2e

    He doesn’t have to say it, we all saw it for ourselves

  • RaidingTexas

    So is he blaming DMoore then? Dmoore said on the radio today that he fugged up the read of the defense and stopped his route too short on the pick six.

  • poprocksncoke

    Did he not watch the game?

  • RaiderCDE

    RM and DA absolutely *do not* believe that Pryor is a franchise QB and he *will not* be starting next season and probably not even on this roster next year, you can bet on that.

    So, patting themselves on the back for “we’re doing the right thing by Pryor” is just more BS from this management and staff and is a joke because they couldn’t care less about his ‘future’..

  • RaidingTexas

    Inane speculation.

  • Any minute now Mistabrown will be here angrily posting under my posts. I guess it really hurt him when I outed him this afternoon.

  • RaidingTexas

    666, give it a rest bro.

  • The_Judge37

    D.A.Cup really is Kluwless

  • I would but every post I he has to chime in with an even longer one.

    I wish it was not true for the sake of the blog

  • Silverandblack666


  • nolimits3333

    This franchise is just as f ed up as ever.
    Pryor is the only thing we have going for us.

  • RaidingTexas

    You too idiot

  • See

  • Al_istheRaiders



    the shrek and DA regime anyone care to add the preseason games?

  • I want everyone to notice what just happened. MistaBrown hijacked my screen name because he was angry with me. Then tried posting as me with a picture of an ape.

    Remember the old blog format every once and a while someone would steal a persons screen name and post incessantly to the point of killing the blog posts.

    Now we know who that was!

  • Silverandblack666

    oh oh, lol…now you’ve done it.

    Party time 🙂

  • The_Judge37

    Fire this idiot already. With an overhead projector

  • Now he is going to hijack your screen name.

  • Follow The B@uceman

    LMAO….now you back to normal

  • RaidingTexas

    Oh boy, i get to have my very own blog stalker? It’s like xmas in September.

  • They told us that the new blog format would help us keep things like this from happening. But as you can see one person can still hijack the blog.

  • Follow The B@uceman

    It was Al Davis Fault

  • The_Judge37

    LOL, Just reading his comments woke me up and got my blood boiling.

  • JLofty

    Gruesome! I am proud of the DA for NOT playing Pryor.

    Even with the hideous performance by the backup QB, which EVERYONE knew was coming, he did the right thing.
    That takes balls. Kudos…

  • RaiderCDE

    Doing it the ‘right way’ – apparently includes making winning and losing not important. As long as you’re ‘doing the right thing’ then the result don’t matter.
    The current management and coaches are doing a great job making the fans and most importantly the local media not care about the results anymore. They even have the local media saying RM/DA are doing a good job!! — when they have destroyed a playoff contender and have among the worst records of any staff in Raiders history!!

    It’s just a whole bunch of garbage and its just the beginning.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Ummm WTF does that mean?

  • Silverandblack666

    IDIOT. I didn’t hijack squat. This is my registered name, you pantywaist. had it before YOU hijacked my name.
    I’m not going to hijack the guy where his name is best known for steers and queers. Just going to make sure he doesn’t falter in his opinions.

  • Follow The B@uceman

    I agree….game was screwed before it started…Pryor shouldnt have played

  • The_Judge37

    D.A.Cup is soooo brave for not playing Pryor. Good for him. Almost makes up for the fact that in the second week in a row he hasn’t had his team prepared to play.

  • RaidingTexas

    Bay Area resident talking about other areas having queers?

  • Silverandblack666

    LOL. Are you crying?
    I think you’re crying.
    You’ve now posted this exact same comment 7 times.
    Yes, I’m sure of it, those are tears.
    *pat on head* toughen up, little fella.

  • marks hair

    Títs can only talk about TPs injuries…

    team policy

  • I know. Its all racial with him or homophobic.

  • The_Judge37

    It’s not like any of these games are must wins. Always next year.

  • Follow The B@uceman

    A dead man gets your blood boiling?

  • Silverandblack666

    In your dreams.
    You have to actually say something noteworthy before I waste time with my astute observations.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Genital, when the As lose in the 1st round of the playoffs please don’t go postal again and start yapping about shooting bloggers
    Remember when you did that after lil cuzzo flamed out in the Round 1 of the tourney? It was pretty funny, but still

  • Going to post it every hour!

  • Follow The B@uceman

    LOL…..maybe blog will be feeling better if Pryor pulls out a big win Sunday

  • RaidingTexas

    Oh well. I’m gonna go catch up on some Homeland episodes. I’ll return in the morning when the conversation is hopefully more civil.

  • marks hair

    Títs “I stand bye my stupid decisions!”

  • Rico Stifler

    Lovie Smith in 2014!!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    Funny that you’re around when the trolling impersonator is.

  • The_Judge37

    “I know we need a field goal and I know we need two scores. But fourth and inches you have to make inches. I’d do it again if I had that opportunity.”
    I guess we can look foward to 3rd year rookie mistakes.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Seemed pretty prepared when we were up 14-0. Someone objective would see the lack of offensive production in the last 3 quarters as a significant lack of execution. Not sure how Flynn taking 7 sacks and turning the ball over twice is DAs fault. But once again, carry on….

  • Al_istheRaiders

    how many games the new org won? how many lost? simple question

  • RaiderCDE

    DA : Don’t look at the fact that this team is a laughing stock in the NFL for the 2nd consecutive year. LOOK how great we are by not placing Pryor ‘in harms way’.