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Notes and quotes from coach Allen news conference

By Jerry McDonald
Staff writer

Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver apologized Monday for making an obscene gesture towards an NFL official and the club said any discipline would be handled internally.

When cornerback Mike Jenkins broke up a pass intended for Pittsburgh running back La’Veon Bell in the third quarter Sunday in a 21-18 win by the Raiders, Tarver protested a penalty for a hit on a defenseless receiver.

A film clip caught Tarver twice giving an obscene gesture and appearing to deliver a matching expletive. The flag was picked up when a second official said there was no foul.

In a statement released by the team, Tarver said, “I apologize for my action on the sideline of yesterday’s game. It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”

Raiders coach Dennis Allen referred to Tarver’s apology when asked about the incident at his weekly press conference and added, “The only thing I’ll say is I think he’s done an outstanding job with our defense. I think he’s a fiery and emotional guy and our players have really taken to that. I think they’ve embraced that type of attitude and he has the defense playing at high level right now.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com, “It was an emotional outburst by a coach in the heat of a game. We don’t condone those actions and we’ll handle it in-house.”

Former NFL director of officials Mike Pereira wrote on his Fox Sports blog that he contacted the league office regarding the incident and anticipated Tarver would receive a fine.

In 2010, the NFL fined Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil $40,000 for the same obscene gesture, although he had previously incurred a $20,000 fine for unsportsman-like conduct toward an official.

The NFL typically allows teams to discipline coaches, stepping in only if it feels the punishment is not sufficient.

A league spokesman referred all inquires about Tarver to the Raiders, saying the club would handle discipline.

• Left tackle Jared Veldheer was visiting a doctor in Los Angeles to check on the progress of his surgically repaired left triceps.

“He’ll have a check-up and we’ll have a little bit better understanding what the time frame is for him to be back after today,” Allen said.

Linebacker Miles Burris (knee) is expected to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday and practice for the first time this season after having knee surgery last January.

The Raiders then have three weeks to determine whether to put Burris on the 53-man roster, waive him, or put him on injured reserve.

Left tackle Menelik Watson (calf) could practice Wednesday as well, Allen said.

• Even accounting for more conservative play-calling with an 18-point lead, Allen said there were plays to be made in the second half when the Raiders managed only 35 yards of offense and one first down.

But he also defended protecting a lead when the defense was playing as well as it was.

“I think you’ve got to understand how you’re going to win games, and when the defense is playing really good, you’ve got to protect the football and you’ve got to let your defense go out and win the game for you,” Allen said.

• Right tackle Matt McCants more than held his own with Pittsburgh left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Woodley, the Steelers’ leader with five sacks, had no tackles and one quarterback hit.

McCants said Sunday he had room for improvement and noted the Steelers had attempted only one blitz on his side in the game.

“Every time we put him in there he continues to do some good things,” Allen said.

McCants has started the last three games in place of the injured Tony Pashos (hip).

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  • aig

    Where is Priest?

    Christopher Hansen
    ‏@ChrisHansenNFL
    Desmond Bryant PFF Grade +0.5. Vance Walker PFF Grade +7.2. Love Bryant, but for the price? Huge win for McKenzie.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Who gave him a hard time about it? Not me.

  • bcz24

    Yeah, a guy with weapons charges already, says he feels like killing someone… excuse me if I’m not climbing over the pile to submit my claim.

  • Charlie

    Forgot about McClain. Another Bozo who stole Mr. Davis’ money.

  • bcz24

    Dez Bryant is the only one who doesn’t belong on that list. He didn’t make any money with us, and is playing very well for Cleveland.

  • aig

    I read the entire article. Sad really. Kid made the Dean’s list 2 yrs so he has the tools. But he’s so messed up already. The end will not turn out well.

  • Charlie

    What I have been saying since Reggie took over.
    IMO he has not made one bad move in the players we got rid of.
    I always though Bryant sucked. That Tampa game 2 years ago was embarrassing. I liked Wheeler but not at that price.
    As it is being poven out, every other guy was a vastly overpaid backup at best in the NFL.

  • bcz24

    That was how I felt the whole time. He was never worth that contract. Most people in here think PFF is a load of crap (unless it supports their statements).

  • The_Judge37

    He already tried to kill a guy, except he completely missed his head at Point blank range. The victim must’ve been a RB in college.

  • Charlie

    FIRE DR. HUNTER S THOMSON NOW!
    Where are all these clowns now that the Raiders are srating to come together????

  • SnBG

    DMoore has 27 catches with 1 drop. Not bad for the guy.

  • HGDaddy

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL
    Raiders worked out recently cut linebacker Sam Montgomery.

  • aig

    lmfao….

  • The_Judge37

    Reggie Loves Waiver Wire LB’s

  • aig

    yes PFF is a load of crap but still funny to post though.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    If they watched film of the great Raider teams to see how great players did it and then copied them, they’d be given one penalty after another by Goodell’s pussified NFL league.
    Imagine if you will, someone hitting like Tatum.
    Or playing like Phil V., picking a reciever up, lifting them in the air and then slamming them down–in front of an official.

  • HGDaddy

    also from Sunday:

    Louis Riddick ‏@LRiddickESPN
    Denarius Moore – very skilled getting off the line vs press. Had Ike Taylor grasping at air on multiple occasions. Just too quick. #Raiders

  • Charlie

    He and Streater are doing OK.
    Need another IMO.
    I still think we want one Dlineman and one Olineman with our top two picks. I think we can get a good WR in round 3. A guy like Ford is a niche piece that we really can not afford given the rest of our WRs. Doubt he makes the team next year. ???? on Criner, Butler, Holmes at this point.

  • HGDaddy

    stats, stats. stats and more stats…

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    #Raiders rank No. 10 in total defense, No. 6 vs. the run. 13 different players have sacks. 11 takeaways in last five games. Not too bad.

  • The Big Banana

    Now if the offense could just sustain some 2nd half drives, this D will be top 5.

  • HGDaddy

    don’t know much about him besides getting caught smoking in the team hotel room. I do remember some semi’s mentioning his name here.

  • SnBG

    Streater has 23 catches without a drop. Not bad. I agree on the O and D lines but I have to say that if Pryor isn’t the guy then we need that franchise QB with our first pick and then the Oline should follow. I do have some faith that the combo of Hulk,Bergs,Wiz,Briesel and Watson still could be good. Hard to say though cause they haven’t played together.

  • Charlie

    This is why we do not need an “edge” rusher in next years draft.
    A complete misconception on the part of a few bloggers.
    A defense is built around good all around line play with Dlineman that can stop the run AND rush the passer.
    Not a 250 pound specialist that only plays on obvious passing downs.
    We need one more Dline stud in next year’s draft to become scary.

  • SnBG

    I think it’s so hard to evaluate the Offense this year because of the Oline play. It hasn’t allowed the other guys to really show what they can do. Also the play calling suffers horribly because of it. Everything flows from the Oline on offense.

  • Breaking_Black

    Any high value Dlineman gonna be available in Free Agency in the offseason?

  • aig

    You all remember Jeff Ireland Mia GM bragging about Dion Jordan and he fleeced the raiders? Jordan 1 sack 3rd pick. Moore 3 sacks 3rd rnd.

  • aig

    Very good WR. Serious get off the line skills. Just dont hot read to him. Also am shocked he hasnt fumbled on those slants.

  • Que

    And I myself wanted that guy badly. Looks like reggie did right thing today. Maybe Jordan becomes pro bowl guy done road time will tell. But the gm and coach are keeping the ship afloat

  • Que

    i agree with that

  • Que

    good……. was hoping we d get around to that. Due diligence Reggie

  • Papertiger

    Michael Huff released by the Ravens?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/30/ravens-release-michael-huff-marcus-spears/

    Hilarious! How did we ever let that guy wear #24?

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Not the ordinary waiver guy. He was thought to be a 1st round talent but slipped to basically being a knucklehead. Which he apparently still is.

    (But I still want him)

  • Papertiger

    Don’t do it, Reggie! The product is too good out here.

    That being said, it doesn’t seem to be affecting Houston’s performance…

  • the electrifying dr robert

    I was never high on Jordan. Too skinny.

  • Que

    just imagine , he didnt wanna take a pay cut to stay.

  • hwnrdr

    He called CWOOD and asked him for permission to wear 24

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Last night, riff was saying the WRs were the reason Pryor stinks.

    Moore with one drop and streater with none.

    Get them the ball maybe.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    By but the WRs are why Pryor is struggling!

  • Charlie

    That is why you draft Dlineman, not “edge” rushers.
    Great defense is based on lineman that can stop the run AND rush the passer.

  • R8derdiehard

    He’s just not fast enough for his lack of effort to play in the nfl. Another potential great pick turning out to be a bust

  • Papertiger

    Somebody should put together an all-time Busts roster for the Raiders. I wonder whether Ricky Dudley would be the starting TE?

  • SnBG

    PFF on Hayden
    12. D.J. Hayden, CB, Oakland Raiders
    Grade: -3.8
    Snaps: 317
    Analysis: Has been a lot better since missing a frankly ridiculous six tackles versus the Broncos (outside of that he has just one miss). That bodes well and he’s settling into life as the team’s outside corner in their sub-package defense.

  • Charlie

    We will draft one.
    We will not pay a big FA contract.

  • Charlie

    Why I have been saying to build the Oline.
    Every other aspect of the team benefits as a result.

  • The Big Banana

    I’m sure he was referring to Ford and Butler’s horrid performances.

    Stop misrepresenting folks, especially when they’re not here to defend themselves.

  • Charlie

    Teyo Johnson starting TE.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Who’d be the QB?

  • Charlie

    What I have also been saying. If you can hit on your top three picks you have done well in the draft.
    Reggie has only had three top three picks since he took the job.
    IMO Hayden, Sio and Watson are solid. (Basing that comment on the little I have seen of Watson).

  • Papertiger

    And Huff just got released by the Ravens.

    We really need to put an All-Time Bust team together for the Raiders.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Hope ur not referring to me. I was not a fan of huff.

    Better get clear on my stances if u wanna talk smack.