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Raiders not quite a ‘top-notch defense’ yet

Just as people took note of the Raiders defense and included them in the conversation about the league’s better all-around defenses, the Eagles rolled into town and blew through the Raiders defense with the ease of Miguel Cabrera hitting an 85 MPH fastball.
The Eagles amassed 542 yards offense, passed for seven touchdowns and encountered little difficulty against the Raiders.
“I don’t know if we were reading our press clippings or what, but the NFL is all about what have you done for me lately and what do you do out there on Sunday,” Allen said. “If you want to be a top-notch defense you’ve got to bring it every week and we’ve got to do a better job next week.”
Allen on Sunday said that the Raiders rushed three, four, five guys at different times. Yet, nothing seemed to work when it came to trying to get pressure on Nick Foles.
After watching the video, Allen remained steadfast that the Raiders simply didn’t execute well when it came to getting after Foles.
“He was able to stand in the pocket,” Allen said of Foles. “Then, when we did do some things to flush him out of the pocket, he was able to make plays down the field. Obviously, always hindsight is 20-20 and if I knew that he was going to be able to be that effective in throwing the ball down the field, maybe we could have brought a few more pressures and maybe affected him. But there wasn’t a whole lot that we did in that game that did a lot to affect him.”
In the process, the Raiders got rolled by an Eagles team that struggled in recent games, Foles included — he completed 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards in his previous game.
The faceplant prevented the Raiders from evening their record at 4-4, remaining in the thick of the playoff hunt and making the kind of move that Allen sensed they were capable of making going into the game.
“Yeah, we missed an opportunity,” Allen said. “Now, exactly what does that mean? We had an opportunity to come in and play a game at home, get our record to .500, which would have been very beneficial to this football team from a confidence standpoint.”

– Quarterback Terrelle Pryor walked through the locker room without any apparent lingering effects from the right knee injury he suffered against the Eagles.
Coach Deniis Allen said Pryor is “day-to-day,” which means no one will really know how Pryor is going to hold up until Pryor’s able to show what he can do on the practice field.
Rookie Matt McGloin replaced Pryor late in the game and completed 7 of 15 passes for 87 yards in his NFL debut. Here’s Allen’s summation of McGloin’s performance in mop-up duty.
“Matt did some good things,” Allen said. “He drove us down there at the end of the game and got us a touchdown there at the end of the game. That was good to see, for him to get in there and get some experience. Obviously, there was a couple of plays that maybe he could have made that we weren’t able to make. But for the first time out there, he did some good things.”

– In addition to the injuries to Pryor and McFadden, Allen said wide receiver Juron Criner suffered a shoulder injury against the Eagles, right offensive tackle Matt McCants injured a toe and kicker Sebastian Janikowski hurt his ribs.
McCants exited the locker room Monday with a protective boot on his right foot. If he can’t play against the Giants, it’s likely that rookie Menelik Watson or veteran Tony Pashos will get the nod.

– Speaking of Watson, he made his regular-season debut against the Eagles as a result of the injury to McCants.
From afar, it appeared as if Watson fared pretty well in his first action since he played in one exhibition game.
“He did some good things,” Allen said. “There’s some things that we can build with with him. There’s some good things that we can build on.”
Watson wasn’t available during media access Monday. We’ll see if we can track him down Wednesday and get his assessment.

– Pryor went 90 passes without an interception at one point this season. Now, he has seven in his past 79 attempts. As a result, some say Pryor is regressing.
“I’m not seeing that term at all,” Allen said. “I’m still seeing a guy that’s progressing. I’m still seeing a guy who still makes some young player mistakes. But also I’m seeing overall with our passing game everybody is involved. A lot of times you just look at the quarterback position and everything is based on the quarterback and that’s the way of the NFL.”
In other words, don’t be so quick to give Pryor credit for everything when things go well and don’t assume that Pryor is all at fault when the Raiders struggle.
Also, keep in mind that Pryor passed for 288 yards and ran for 94 against the Eagles in a game in which the Raiders amassed 560 yards offense.
“It might not have looked like some of the other quarterbacks in the league, but we threw for over 330 yards in the game,” Allen said. “So there is some progress there.”

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  • prometheus

    so will denarious moore reach that glorious 1000 yard Receiving mark and go into raider glory!!! woooooo the excitement builds!!!

  • prometheus

    bring back the Krap we need some offense

  • SnBG

    Reg is from the Thompson school of building a team. Do it through the draft with players you can mold. I’m glad you think Hayden, Watson and Moore may be stars. Don’t forget Murray and we have yet to see Bergs solidified at RT. He played everywhere on the line last year so thank god we had him. A lot of this Reg can’t draft is in hindsight and it will all play out over the next 2 years. BTW, Hayden had a bad game last week but as far as the rookie corner draft class he is fairing better than most. He;ll learn and get better. Lets see what next years draft brings us.

  • SnBG

    Got to run, good debate this morning. Carry on folks.

  • Raider O

    I appreciate your optimism, but let’s focus on facts.
    -His top 3 picks have no real impact so far.
    - he wasted a 4th round pick.
    - you can’t build from the draft, if you can’t draft good players.
    - for some one who likes to build from the draft, he messed up by trading picks for a QB who was paid $6.5 million to play ONE game.
    Facts!

  • R8erEduc8er

    Wow, you’re 40-something? You? Wow! Lmao

  • The_Judge37

    Well this week was already on how D.A.Cup is doing an “Admirable” job with the Locker room, So next week is probably on MasTurds or Nix.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    i’m going with Menelik Watson.

  • bcz24

    Bergs isn’t in the plans at RT. We currently have Barnes and Pashos there, and Watson is the future at that position, unless Hulk walks. Bergs has a shot at LG, but he will have competition next year, because right now we don’t have a serviceable swing guard.

  • The_Judge37

    Good choice, probably a peice on what are his plans after football in 2015

  • bcz24

    One pick. Not picks.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why would we think Murray, a 6th round pick, is going to be anything, when Reggie had a 3rd, 4th, and two 5ths in 2012 that are garbage?

  • Raider O

    I will fix it.

  • bcz24

    Jason was out of here as soon as Hue sold the farm for Palmer. Had nothing to do with Reggie.

  • Raider O

    Exactly. He is an OG on this roster. JV, Watson, Barnes, and Pashos are our OTs.

  • Raider O

    Did you call Miles Burris Garbage?!
    Fear The Spear Chico!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Do you think Jered is a given to resign with us? I am not so positive myself.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He missed more tackles than anyone in the NFL last year.
    Then got hurt.
    We will be lucky if he turns intoTrevor Scott.

  • Just Fire Baby

    BTW, looks like SDSU will be going to the New Mexico bowl it seems.
    Road trip???

  • Raider O

    We have enough cap room to pay him more than other teams. We can franchise him too, but that’s a waste of money IMHO. Worse case scenario is we allow him to shop around, and then we make him a better offer.

  • Just Fire Baby

    But do you overspend to keep him? I think Reggie gives him a firm deal, and he goes and looks around.
    50/50 from there.

  • Raider O

    Lol. I can’t. Too busy. I have to get a few things done by the end of this year, and we are expecting a new and hairy member in the next few months.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Boooo!!!!!
    Paragraphs like those are why I am happy I have no kids.

  • Raider O

    I don’t like to overspend on talent especially guys that are not special. JV is a very good player, but he is not a top 5 talent at his position. I think its a good idea to keep Houston and JV even if we had to overpay (not a lot) to send a positive message to our players that we appreciate hard work and we do our best to reward and keep our talent.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    do you overspend to keep [Veldheer]? I think Reggie gives him a firm deal, and he goes and looks around.
    50/50 from there.
    ***
    JFB – I agree. that would be a wise move. Do not use the franchise tag and do not give him Top 5 LT money !!

  • rifflicks

    Only Pryor desrves a learning curve that is to extend past 3 seasons…that Rookie Hayden doesn’t rate that same luxury

  • Raider O

    lol I think about that sometimes. I wish I was single with no kids.
    Btw, You have Mimi. She needs love, care , and attention too.

  • Just Fire Baby

    She gets it…..and lots of clothes, lol

  • rifflicks

    you can find really good, young Left Tackles with unlimited potential anywhere….don’t waste money on the one you already have

  • marks hair

    I don’t know why hulk would ask for top 5 money it’s not like he’s been to a probowl.

  • Gdog

    Reggie might have been a pencil sharpener for the GB management. The only really great pickup he has had is Burnett so far… one guy out of 40 or 50 moves? It doesn’t take talent to can the entire team, it does take talent to rebuild it though…

  • marks hair

    are the w’s still playing in oakland this yr?

  • The_Judge37

    Of course he’s going to try and get as much money as possible. It’s like he’s going to give us a discount because he’s never been to a PB.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    we are expecting a new and hairy member in the next few months.
    ***
    Congrats Raider O !!!

  • Gdog

    I thought the GB mantra was to KEEP the talent you developed yourself… we have 50 to 60 mill Reggie has hoarded, What do you wish him to spend it on?? 50 one million a year contracts??

  • Gdog

    Someone here gets it!

  • marks hair

    if Mark came up to me with an offer to be the 10th highest paid left tackle over the next 5 years, Id grab it and wouldnt mention top 5 $$.

  • Raider O

    Thank you sir. I appreciate it.

  • bcz24

    JV is a priority resign. He may not be a top 5 LT, but he IS top 10 and good quality lineman are a rare breed.

  • hwnrdr

    Yes, I think until 2017? Could be wrong…but they are having trouble with their “supposed” new home in SF!

  • eastoaklandraider

    JFB, in reference to your comment yesterday Foles would fare just as bad flynch behind this line, don’t know why you brought up Vick and his sack rate compared to Foles. Vick has taken more snaps and used his legs more ala Big Ben which will lead to more sacks.

  • The_Judge37

    Then make sure to immediately fire your agent, because he failed you.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You having another monkey O?

    Good job!

  • aig-raiders

    some of the bloggers here wanted TP to handle the pass rush better last Sunday. I dont know how you’re supposed to handle this one. https://twitter.com/StevePalazzolo/status/397958181529206784/photo/1

  • hwnrdr

    Congrats O!

  • Raider O

    Thank you Llama man. One job that I enjoy doing. lol

  • Raider O

    Thank you sir.

  • HELLSBELLS

    WHOS ARE?

  • R8erEduc8er

    is it bad if the LG blocks the LT?

    Funny commment.

  • aig-raiders

    Yes, it is bad. Reminds me of the moment Higgins took out Murphy on a crossing route off the line a few yrs back. I thought the left side of OL was consistently busted up and I was not wrong. WTF moment for sure