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Allen doesn’t see any quit in his players

By Steve Corkran
Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 3:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Friday that he intends to stick with Matt McGloin as his starting quarterback for now. However, Allen also wants to get another look at Terrelle Pryor before this season ends.
It’s all part of Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie gathering as much information as possible on their quarterback situation before they head into the offseason.
“I don’t think he’s done anything to play himself out of that position,” Allen said of McGloin, who started the past three games in place of Pryor.
At the same time, Allen stopped short of anointing McGloin the unquestioned starter the final four games.
Most important, the Raiders need to have a firm grasp on what they have in McGloin and Pryor. To that end, Allen said he wants to see more of Pryor this season, too.
“We need to have a good evaluation of what we have at the quarterback position as we move forward,” Allen said. “These last four weeks will be instrumental in us being able to do that.”
Next year’s NFL draft is regarded as a quarterback-rich one. The Raiders can’t afford to overlook that position if they aren’t sold on either McGloin or Pryor as the long-term answer at a position that has been unsettled since Rich Gannon retired.
Pryor backed up McGloin the past two games – he sat out a third game with a right MCL sprain — and he is the only other quarterback on the roster now that the Raiders waived rookie Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick in April.
The Raiders hitched their fortunes to Matt Flynn as soon as they traded incumbent Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals and acquired Flynn via trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
By the end of training camp, it became apparent that Pryor was the better option as the starter for the regular-season opener.
Pryor played well enough in his first four starts to validate Allen’s decision. In the midst of that four-game stretch, the Raiders waived Flynn on the heels of a disastrous start in place of an injured Pryor.
Then came a lackluster four-game stretch in which Pryor had eight passes intercepted, completed 50.8 percent of his passes and recorded one touchdown pass, some of that while Pryor played with a hurt knee.
McGloin sparkled in relief of Pryor against the Houston Texans, and then played well enough against the Titans and Cowboys for Allen to stick with him for the foreseeable future.
Yet, there’s also the matter of next season and beyond, especially since the Raiders are 4-8 and close to being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

– Allen said he’s more concerned than usual about the players that suffered injuries against the Cowboys because there’s only a month left in the season.
Right guard Mike Brisiel (knee), running backs Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (calf), safety Usama Young (neck) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (stinger) got hurt against the Cowboys.
Darren McFadden is healthy enough to handle a full workload if Jennings isn’t cleared to play against the New York Jets on Dec. 8, Allen said. McFadden returned Thursday from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for most of four games.

– The Raiders are assured a non-winning season for the 11th straight season. They finished 8-8 twice during that span.
Some of those teams came under fire for players tuning out the coach or throttling down once things went south. Allen is confident that his players won’t go down that road.
“When you watch us play and you watch us work every day, there is absolutely nothing that would give me any indication that there is anybody in that locker room that has any give up in them,” Allen said.
Long-time observers routinely mention how hard the Raiders play under Allen and his staff. At some point, Allen said, the hard work will manifest itself in more victories.
“I like the guys that are in that locker room,” Allen said. “I understand where we’re at from a record standpoint, but these guys have gone out there and given us everything that they’ve had every single week. I continue to expect to see that for the last four weeks of the season.”

– Khalif Barnes’ first NFL start at guard didn’t go quite as well as planned, Allen said. However, he got better as the game progressed and is considered an option at the position moving forward.

– Left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer played every snap Thursday in his first game action since last season.
“He held up good,” Allen said. “I saw him (Friday) morning, and he said he was feeling pretty good, so he got out of that clean.”
Allen planned on spelling Veldheer with Matt McCants from time to time, but Veldheer’s surgically repaired triceps didn’t present any issues.

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) worked out with team trainers Friday. Allen said he is hopeful that Branch will return to game action soon. Branch missed the past 10 games.

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  • 1960AutumnWind

    Very true look at how well he has played since.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    I was very against brisiel after last season but he’s played well this season. Solid starting guard.

  • RediaR

    And before that even.

  • RaidingTexas

    Maybe the Raiders should trot TP out there to go head-to-head with Geno. Then we can see which wave of the future has the worst undertow.

  • The_Judge37

    Did you even see his play vs the Cowboys?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Dumping Palmer and voiding Seymour seem fairly big to me. Not so sure about the former being a good idea.

  • RediaR

    It was a good idea. Just not necessarily for 2013.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    On the whole

  • Rifflicks

    he got injured in the 1st series

  • The_Judge37

    You should up you standards. 4-8 should never be acceptable, and Considering the teams we’ve played so far, it damn sure shouldn’t be pleasing.

  • RaidingTexas

    Imagine the hell in here if Palmer had turned the ball over three times as a Raider yesterday instead of as a Card. You’d all be cursing Reggie for keeping him another season. Raider Nation always needs something to hate on.

  • Rifflicks

    that would create a huge sinkhole

  • RaidingTexas

    You forgot the ‘t’ in that last word.

  • Papertiger

    A Perfect Storm, perhaps?

  • DKnight007

    This team needs a beast power RG. Cyril Richardson from Baylor is that beast!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I brought this up before. It is not just signing him as a camp arm. It is demoting Wilson, keeping 4 Qbs for a while, getting rid of Flynn that helped create McGloin.

  • Papertiger

    Re-sign Portet! Do it, Reggie!

    Also, no Cutlet please.

  • RaidingTexas

    Correct. On both points.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    New ppst

  • RediaR

    This team has issues. No doubt about it. None of those problems are solved by a public execution of everyone who makes decisions.

  • Rifflicks

    well that sinkhole would stink….but no one in New Jersey would notice

  • KoolKell

    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    Just to let everyone know, I’ve turned over a new leaf. No longer shall I act the baffoon, the instigator, the stationary defenseless target who’s only reply is stating you are a cross posting troll. I’ve seen the error of my ways, and have decided, as a New Years Resolution, to get in touch with my feminine side.
    Waffling may occur. Hissyfits are inevitable. Threats to slap you silly might surface.
    Be please know that in spite of my genderfication, making up over tea and crumpets sounds like a smashing way to move on.
    group hug??

  • The_Judge37

    The execution can be done discretely. I don’t mind.

  • 10centsworth

    Ok, BUT you did see what was happening with the new regime? and, if I may add…no one wants to touch the lout since. That IS the history of the guy. Maybe he learns some humility.

  • SnBG

    Next year should translate into an 8-8 season at least

  • 10centsworth

    quack, the erstwhile “doc” … speaks with forked tongue. He’ll always be a loser, begging for attention, breathing others air and acting the fool.

  • SnBG

    I would agree with this. The team was so far behind on so many levels I would say this is yr 1.

  • turf toe

    Why not? Like us, you don’t have anything better to do. Besides, getting a coach to badmouth another coach’s ability is like trying to get dentists to testify against each other.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    lmao!

  • SnBG

    WOHOOOOO, fire DA,,,,,sorry, not going to happen
    Fire Reg….. sorry, not going to happen. not this year
    Next year is the make or break year for Allen and Reg will get his full term.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    not these days need to be able to run as well…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    who has more wins mcgunn or pryor?

  • SnBG

    Yep, PFF agreed at some point this year. JFB will chime in and tell us if he has held up in PFF’s eyes.

  • SnBG

    Dude, howdy, we sure do.

  • SnBG

    Dr. you are right and you’re a funny person. Do any stand up in the clubs?

  • the authoritative dr robert

    A bit. Comedic performance and writing yes.

  • RaiderDebo

    I see where you were going with it now. My bad.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. That’s two. Out of a hundred. Nice odds. Whatever. You’re just gonna bang your fists on the table and insist its better for a team to switch OCs every year rather than build consistency. I know that’s stupid. Idc what you or anyone else thinks.

  • funnyfalcon

    This is exactly what I want to see! Just leave it all on the field, too many what ifs, woulda-coulda-shoulda… just get it done. If you try, no one’s going to criticize you as long as it’s all honest and no stupidity goes on.

  • brad

    Ditto!