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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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  • Dakota

    We have a ton of cap space, but who knows if we will even use it? Mark may not have the cash to pay all those signing bonuses up front that he would need if we were going to be big players in free agency. Or, he may want to save the money for the estate taxes that will come due when his mom dies. Or, he may want the team’s bottom line to look good for potential buyers in the next couple of years.
    The way Reggie spends money this offseason might be very telling about the future of the franchise.

  • J Hill

    Unbelievable the flack the GM got for releasing guys like Huff and DHB.

    Is it safe to say CLEARLY we don’t mis ANY of them?

  • Dakota

    I wish we had this bench last year.

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

    I never got one resend please

  • J Hill

    What a novel concept.

    I LOVE 1-3 year contacts.

  • Charlie

    Yes. Emphatically YES!!!!!!!
    Especially given their contracts.

  • J Hill

    The last 4 years actually.

  • hwnrdr

    Yup!!!

  • Dakota

    Well, when Al was alive I spent a lot of time looking up his resume over the past 25-30 years….

  • Charlie

    You do not need to use it and we will not.
    We will build through the draft and continue to look for affordable FA like Jenkins, Jennings, Porter etc.
    We will resign guys we want to keep to reasonable contracts.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Vote “down” all u want but it’s true.

    Suck it hypocrites.

  • Dakota

    Short career and drug issues=bust

  • J Hill

    I’m sure they say you want to slob up Flynn, so you guys should just call it even.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I know it’s a bit more complex, but they’re mandated to spend like 92% of the cap,aren’t they?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Don’t need to just resigned Huff and cut …gotcha

  • Dakota

    Oh, can’t believe I forgot Robert Gallery….semi-okay guard = bust when he was supposed to be a lock down LT for 12 years at #2 overall.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Foles declared starter by Chip

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    NFL Salary Cap – FAQ

  • J Hill

    A lot of our “cap space” will go to Veldheer, Houston, Walker, Jenkins, Moore, and McFadden.

    I have my guy Ross getting some nice loot too.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Not even close. My preference for Flynn was based on wanting a real qb.

    I also said that he struggled against wash.

    But the Pryor Brigade refuses to admit that Pryor has played poorly.

    It’s everyone else’s fault.

    They love him.

  • R8erEduc8er

    You have to use a good bit of it. Don’t know the details, but per the CBA rules (I believe), there’s a certain percentage of the salary cap that MUST be spent.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist
  • J Hill

    3 sides to every story.

    Of course you don’t look in the mirror and see a Flynn groupie.

    The question is what does the PB see you as?

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Marshall McFadden?

    Cuz DMc is outta here.

  • J Hill

    And the neutral folks, more importantly.

  • Charlie

    TP certainly needs to improve but our Oline is not providing eneough pass protection or run blocking.
    EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE Oline.
    Ask Eli, Ben and Matt Ryan how it feels to have no pass protection or running game.
    Eli , Matt and Ben two wins each.
    TP three wins.
    IS TP better at adapting than those three ??????
    Put a cork in it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Excruciating detail on the subject.

    http://www.askthecommish.com/SalaryCap/faq.aspx

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Wins? Not a qb stat.

    Worst passing attack in the NFL.

    Worst passer in the nfl.

  • J Hill

    DMac isn’t necessarily outta here.

    If he wants 10 million a year, I’d agree.

  • Dakota

    It has been sent again. Check your spam folder if you don’t get this one in your inbox.

  • Charlie

    Agreed but Dmac will get alot less that the 9 mill he is getting this year if he stays.

  • The Big Banana

    Fun watching the Ravens bite

  • Charlie

    Robert

    TP certainly needs to improve but our Oline is not providing eneough pass protection or run blocking.
    EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE Oline.
    Ask Eli, Ben and Matt Ryan how it feels to have no pass protection or running game.
    Eli , Matt and Ben two wins each.
    TP three wins.
    IS TP better at adapting than those three ??????
    Put a cork in it.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    I was down on Pryor before during and after Flynn.

    The Pryor Brigade sees me as the guy saying their GF is ugly.

  • Dakota

    3 years/$12 million incentive laden contract might be what he can expect anywhere.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    How dare u not “support” our raider players.

    I’m here to defend our OL and WR. Current raiders.

    U must not be a raider fan.

  • J Hill

    Seth Wickersham ‏@SethWickersham3h
    Why did Rolando McClain retire?”I was feeling like Aaron Hernandez or something,like I just wanted to kill somebody.”

    SMH

  • R8erEduc8er

    Didn’t you have one foot on the Pryor ship after the SD game?

  • J Hill

    I’d do that in a heartbeat.

  • Dakota

    Hue didn’t know how close to death he was in 2011!

  • the electrifying dr robert

    I said that I reluctantly supported him since his rating was high at the time.

    I said it would be hypocritical of me not to do do but that I suspected he would crash back to earth.

    I was right.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    He was probably mad about that beanie DA stuck on him.

  • R8erEduc8er

    That was a yes or no question. I’ll take that as a yes.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Things are sometimes complex. Multi faceted. Nuanced.

    Some of u guys are incapable of seeing past “exciting”.

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

    Still not there I did check my spam box

  • RaiderGuy50

    agree- if he continues this lack luster year an incentive laden contract is all he would deserve unless he ramps it up the last half of the year.
    However, the Lis Franc injury that he had is tough for a normal person to come back from let alone a NFL RB.

  • Dakota

    Cork, or Jerry, Or Becker….can’t we get a “Raiders Stand Pat” post or something to refresh this comment section?

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

    just sent you an email

  • the electrifying dr robert

    @Jerrymcd: Raiders bring back DL Brian Sanford to 53-man roster; T Jack Cornell returns to practice squad.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    @NFL_ATL: So Matt Flynn took some first team reps Wednesday in Buffalo. So did Jeff Tuel. Uncertain if Thad Lewis will be healthy enough to play.