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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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  • the electrifying dr robert

    Unless ur talking about hunter. Then it’s ok.

  • Jon Train

    He also broke the bank on a bunch of free agents. He went all in and so far he is losing.

  • Papertiger

    Have to hold an open competition between Jawalrus, Marinovich, Schroeder, and Wilson.

    I’m guessing Jamarcus starts opening day.

  • Charlie

    Think of the malignancies we had in that locker room.
    McClain, Seymour, Kelly, Huff, Routt.
    Guys making HOF money that would get embarrassed on Sunday and in the case of Seymour, not even practice.
    Sickening.

  • SnBG

    PFF SAYS…Right now Jordan is a situational player and even then it’s a strictly obvious passing downs one. That means we can’t expect the kind of contribution we saw from Aldon Smith in his rookie year but his 14 quarterback disruptions on 94 pass rushing snaps are a useful return. Playing time is the biggest thing holding him back.

  • Papertiger

    I’d feel bad for Wheeler, except he got paid. More power to him; his family’s taken care of for life.

  • Dakota

    Attention to all players in Dell’s FFL. Check your e-mails regarding the Arian Foster situation and let me know what you think.

  • Jon Train

    I doubt Reg pays any big FA contracts. His focus will be retaining certain players on the squad now and the draft.

  • Charlie

    I really enjoy this blog after a win.
    All the Reggie, DA, TP etc. haters crawl back in their holes and hide.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    No dummy. He said Moore repeatedly.

    Start knowing what ur talking about before yapping.

  • SnBG

    So far to me Reggies draft is looking pretty good.

  • Jon Train

    He’s more of a 4-3 DE. Would be a nice pickup if his head was on straight.

  • Papertiger

    Philip Buchanon at CB.

  • Dakota

    The bozo was the guy who drafted the psycho in the first place. Al must have known the psycho hit a person with a car on campus….you don’t draft guys like that.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    25 tackles as the #3 CB.

  • Papertiger

    Hold an auction draft next year! It really is so much fun.

  • SnBG

    Same as T Thompson. I think there are only 2 players with the Pack that aren’t home grown.

  • Chino

    Derrick Gibson and huff at safeties

  • fingersrdrs

    Michael Huff ( wiff) sent packing?…the guy just couldn’t tackle or cover…

  • Dakota

    Fabian at the other CB spot.

  • R8erEduc8er

    There’s a thin line (pun intended) between Aldon Smith and Aaron Maybin.

  • Dakota

    Patrick Bates was a much larger bust at S than either of those guys.

  • The Big Banana

    And I should take your word for it? The blog jester?

    Pfft. These receivers won’t be mistaken for all world anytime soon. Lol, Dr B00b

  • hwnrdr

    No, Courtney Anderson

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Your starting RT, Willie Smith.

  • Dakota

    McClain and Nap Harris at LB.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Go look last night jackazz.

  • Dakota

    Did we draft Willie Smith?

  • R8erEduc8er

    How many LBs do we need?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I don’t think so. Was that a condition?
    We have a problem at Center. Not sure we ever had a really bad one.

  • Jon Train

    you read my mind. posting that now.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    I can’t believe how many guys are dissing our OL and WR.

    Only non-raider fans would not “support” current raiders.

    Right?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Both Bryant and Wheeler could help this defense. Just not at their price tag. RM wanted them both back.

  • Raider Bong

    palmer was also a 10 year veteran in the NFL. whats your point? arent you the same guy who raves about flynn based on his one game performance? seems like you and reggie have a lot in common, lol. flynn cant even cut the starting lineup of the bills, the BILLS, for a reason. and youre relegated to being an internet nfl scout who voices his same tired opinion seemingly every 3 minutes (every 2 minutes when youre not watching “the view”)

  • the electrifying dr robert

    And a few more “show me” contracts.

    Building a roster.

  • Jon Train

    Green Bay Packers:

    Of the 53 players on their opening day roster, only 2 had ever played for another team. The other 51 were drafted by the Packers.

    Expect Reg to try and emulate this philosophy. He did well to remake the D signing high quality backups and low tier starters, and maybe he does some of that on the O this offseason.

    But anyone hoping we make a FA “splash” should readjust their expectations.

    Draft and Develop.

  • Raider Bong

    tom brady has a 74 rating, eli manning has a 68 rating. both are super bowl QBs. so whats your point?

  • Raider Bong

    based on your idiotic logic, TP is a better qb than brady? nice try.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Gibson and Huff >> Dorsett and Schweigart

  • Dakota

    Aaron Wallace, McClain and Harris LBers, Gibson, Bates, Huff at S, Washington, Buchanon and Routt at CBs, Dudley and Teyo Johnson at TE, Nick Bell and one-eyed Joe Aska at RB (just a third rounder, but come on….ONE EYE!), Anthony Smith, Scott Davis and Bob Budkowzki a DE, Stinchcomb, Skrepenak and John Clay at T, D. Russell and that dead dude at DT, Marinovich and Russell at QB, DHB at WR.

  • Papertiger

    We’re counting FA acquisitions, so Gibril Wilson and DeAngelo Hall are going to compete in the secondary.

    Javon Walker at WR, easily.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    The same guys ripping me for ripping Pryor and saying I’m a non-raider fan because he’s “our current qb”, are happy to rip “our current OL” and “our current WR” if it helps deflect how poorly Pryor plays.

    Seems like they really just want his weiner in their mouths.

  • Dakota

    Oh, this could go on and on then, I was just looking at draft picks!

  • Papertiger

    Brilliant! I can’t believe I forgot to mention Routt…

  • hwnrdr

    Wait, Darrell Russell did good until he went bezerk….

  • J Hill

    Yup!

  • bcz24

    His top 7 free agent acquisitions cost something like 4M total towards this years cap… next year 55 MILLION in cap charges! LOL I tried telling my buddy who is a die hard crap talking Dolphins fan how the ‘Al Davis’ model of big spending in FA works and he told me I was a hater and didn’t know football.

  • J Hill

    Dakota,

    You are going to enjoy the Lakers this year!

    I tried to tell you.

  • Papertiger

    Either way, you have impressively locked this roster down. You truly are the master librarian of this archive of misery.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    The lakers have gone “show me” contract.

    Half the team (or more) are guys two or three years away from being high draft picks. On vet minimum contracts.