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Allen not blaming Flynn for Redskins loss

By Steve Corkran
Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 4:48 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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.”

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  • The_Judge37

    Redskins made adjustments. Raiders inept coaching did not.

  • Follow The B@uceman

    My cuzzo didnt flame out…..he didnt miss a shot the entire 2nd half….Coach is a noodle like DA……..dnotice a better program grabbed him…A’s not losing in first round….you better beat Braves while you talking…dont want you commiting suicide

  • DJ Johnny

    I am maybe too much of a psycho “I wanna win now” type of fan for my own good, but I am sick of hearing all this tough talk from DA how the team has to do this and that, and how we’re gonna be better blahblahblah and then have to watch that abomination that we saw yesterday.

    Here’s an idea. WIN SOME FING GAMES or shut up.

    “Were gonna do this…we’re gonna do that. It’s on us.”

    Yeah it is. THEN DO IT!

    Sorry. I am just really ticked off about that loss yesterday cuz I really felt (still feel) we were the better team and i’m fed up with hearing how we’re gonna do something about it.

    WHEN?

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Funny you’re around and you’re a total blog virgin. Don’t worry dork, you have plenty of company around here.

  • 0ak R8rs

    We were never a legitimate playoff contender. You’re a smart guy. But when you say stuff like that….

  • Silverandblack666

    Oh course you are.
    If I was insecure, pathetic, needy, and touched with the goofy traits of a doofus, I would seek all the help I can get.

  • Rico Stifler

    I want to see us sign:
    RB Ben Tate
    WR Eric Decker
    TE Jimmy Graham
    OG Jon Asamoah
    DE/OLB Brian Orakpo or DE Greg Hardy
    CB Sam Shields
    FS TJ Ward

    Trade Pryor for Cousins…..

    Re-sign Veldheer and Houston

    Draft DE Jadaveon Clowney with our first pick
    Or trade down a draft WR Sammy Watkins

  • The_Judge37

    If they’re the same person, I wish he’d just permanetly post as the Dawg and ditch the rest

  • Al_istheRaiders

    but they have guys who “want” it…

  • Follow The B@uceman

    he a puppet…he looks like he wants out

  • Rico Stifler

    If this keepers up……….

    Lovie Smith in 2014!!

    Or hopefully sooner……

  • Scott Reid

    Looks like DA is going down with the ship on his and Reggie’s bad decision to trade for Flynn.

  • marks hair

    it’s going to be hard to get better with master talent evaluator, Títs allen, making the depth chart and running practice..

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    What troll are you talking about, the Dawg has many after his game
    SWIZZLE 4 LIFE

  • The_Judge37

    They’re all talented players, but do they love football and god?

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    new post

  • Silverandblack666

    When?
    2014
    3:38 PM
    Tuesday

  • Rico Stifler

    In RM’s defense, he has had next to no cap space to work with. Both of his seasons as GM, the team was over the cap after the season and he had to make crazy cuts just to get under the cap….

  • The_Judge37

    I like your posts. They’re funny and informative

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Barfman, do you still have your make believe gun collection? Because you could get in big trouble on the blog when you start pretending to shoot nerds. Just a word of advice from your friendly neighborhood BIG DAWG

  • Scott Reid

    Anyone giving odds on DA and McFadden being back next year?

  • Follow The B@uceman

    guns are easy to find

  • Rico Stifler

    I think they do. I have not heard a single negative thing about any of the players I listed. And they are all pretty young still too.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Understandable, I am the ultimate kewl brah
    PEACE TO KHLOE K, STAY STRONG SHORTIE

  • Silverandblack666

    Just want to let everyone know that first day this site opened, I signed up under this handle.
    Since then my handle has been jacked, and he’s now posting with an uppercase B.
    Personally, don’t really care.
    But my handle snatching little buddy?
    He’s having a first class hissy fit meltdown.
    Please ignore him.
    He’ll be better after a nappy poo.

  • DJ Johnny

    I notice DA getting a little snippy with the press with his “Listen” stuff.

    You “listen” coach.

    Quit talking about what you’re gonna do and actually DO IT.

    Then the media will shut up and stop asking questions about how you blew a 14-0 lead in a critical game AT HOME vs the worst defense in the league.

    WIN games you should and everyone will be happy. Don’t choke games away and walk off with your tail between your legs.

    Dangit. I am still mad we lost that game.

    We shouldn’t have.

    Denver? Fine. Whatever. I get that; but not yesterday.

  • Scott Reid

    Does anyone else think DA’s benching of TP because he miraculously regressed his concussion on Saturday was really a ploy to start Flynn so DA and Reggie do not look stupid for making the trade for him in the first place?
    Too bad for them Flynn really was a terrible trade and they should be held accountable.

  • Al_istheRaiders

    5-15

  • RaiderCDE

    The frikin NFL *and* the team doctors all cleared Pryor to play. Twice! He said he was 100% and ready to go. He wanted to play. He could have *easily* played a conservative game plan and not even taken a hit. It happens *every* week, players are at risk everytime they take the field and he was frikin CLEARED on all league tests!

    Flynn took the 1st team reps all week. It was pretty obvious how they slowplayed the whole Pryor thing that Flynn was going to start – the real reason is DA/RM think Flynn is better and that by now his elbow was healed and this was their chance to get him in there – get a win and get the fans on his side.

    If the Raiders had won, Flynn would be starting against SD and moving forward – no question.

    Pryor was told the night before the game that Flynn was getting the start. Pryor is a team guy and went along with it but you know he was pissed. They even gave him a pair of shades to wear to make the story more plausible. OK- that sounds conspiracyish – but with the games that DA plays – I wouldn’t doubt anything..

    When pressed DA could not say *anything* specific as to why that decision was made except he didn’t want to place Pryor in harms way – and the way he squirmed with the question screams liar. The *real* reason is they wanted their 6.5 million dollar guy to start and be the qb the rest of the season.

    They gambled and it backfired big time – like about everything else they have done.

    Now DA is playing games going out with the ‘we did right by the player’ BS to cover his azz!! And the fans and media are all buying it.

  • RealTruRaider

    Yeah, the guy is a straight fruitloop

  • c2e

    TP playing conservative not only isn’t part of his make up, it would have made him ordinary. Either way, defeat. Better to rest him.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    you hijacked my moniker MistaBrown how come I have over 500 posts and you have about 20.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I agree Mistabrown is a friutloop

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Mistabrown come on guy let the people have a place to blog.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Mistabrown we know you should have got help along time ago when you predicted a Romney Landslide

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  • Gdog

    I am not comfortable at all with second guessing decisions like this. Its not like its your LIFE on the line to point fingers… cmon man. Raider fans can be better than this…

  • dsfd722sts

    remember the scene in the “Christmas story” when he drops the lug nuts in the snow…… “fuuuuuuudge” that is what I picture Flynn saying as he faces his teammates

  • Cervantes74

    “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.’

    DA isn’t believable. When you have to say ‘alright’ who exactly are you trying to convince. Something tells me he got dressed down by RM, who hopefully got an earful from Mark.

  • Freakyguy666

    It’s time to get Gruden back! Give him GM authority, too, just like Holmgren had in Seattle.

  • Mark Brandon Baker

    When coach Allen says “us against the world” we (raider nation) need to be a part of that “us” he is cryptic not to hide a conspiracy, but to keep competitive advantage. Terrel Pryor is the Raiders future and he did not want to damage it in a year where we are $62 million in Cap hell. Terrel Pryor may be the only reason that we get a legitimate shot at any top-tier free agents next year… You have to protect the future. I will continue as you should as well to watch OUR team grow and get better. And to be quite honest the only game that matters to me the rest of the year is the season finale in Oakland against those rock paper scissors playing Denver donkeys

  • Mark Brandon Baker

    The Oakland Raiders defense held the Denver Broncos to their lowest point total of the year so far this week he went into a game without the proper player but only to save the kids career for the long-haul stop being
    such an idiot and recognize that the man is playing for not only his career but Terrel Pryor’s as well as they are both joined at the hip.

  • turf toe

    Allen doesn’t blame Flynn for this loss? He’s got company. Flynn doesn’t blame himself, either.

  • LondonAl

    I’m not convinced Gruden can evaluate talent. Good coach yes but GM? I’m not sold on that.

  • LondonAl

    No. It’s professional football. Serious business. DA & RM want to win at all costs.

  • LondonAl

    I agree. That loss was hard to take. C’mon DA!

  • LondonAl

    DA needs another 6 wins to be back?
    DMAC is finished.

  • LondonAl

    When did we last win three games consecutively? Hell! Two games?

  • LondonAl

    I agree with you but coaches/management have to be held responsible. That has always been the case and will continue to be so. Would better coaching yield more wins for us? Food for thought Raider Nation.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I’m not absolving coaching. It obviously has an impact. But when your so far down in salaries, there is only so much you can do. I know I’m beating a dead horse w the salary stuff, we’ve heard it all before. But it doesn’t make it the issue go away. It is what it is.