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Allen doesn’t see any quit in his players

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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  • Steveopa

    With a defense that was horrible. He didn’t get the luxury of hiring his own staff like Dennis Allen. Hue should have been given the chance to fix the defense. Hue was not only the Head coach but he also was our offensive play caller like Sean Payton it was a huge blow to our team.

  • KoolKell

    The Racists Pigs hate the only people that have won here

    Jackson and Campbell

  • 0ak R8rs

    We’ll if that’s the stat you wanna use. Hue beat one team w a winning record. And that was the miracle bowl in Houston after Al died. Not particularly impressive.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Well, he shouldn’t have tried ordering the owner around. Hue’s got nobody to blame but himself.

  • Gdog

    the 2 1/2 minutes of play in the second half killed our defense… lol

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    You just said that. You need more rest between your power naps.

  • KoolKell

    The Pigs hate the only people that have won here recently.

    Jackson
    Campbell

  • Steveopa

    He also beat the Bears as well. But once again the defense was horrible. He knew that but didn’t get the chance to fix the defense.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Are you posting the same thing multiple times in the hope that something beautiful will grow?

  • M.Shorter

    Thank you. We played really bad defenses with HUE.

  • Gdog

    You wouldnt want 9 wins this season? Oh wait.. OBVIOUSLY not. You love losing…

  • Jonathan V.

    *jackson

  • KoolKell

    The Pigs hate the only people that have won here recently;

    Jackson
    Campbell.

    Coinkydinky ?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Nine wins would be great, but only as a start. I won’t be satisfied with anything less than consistent double-digit wins, and neither should you.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    need great quarterback more than great head coach

  • 0ak R8rs

    No. He was 8-8.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Hey, everyone! Let’s post it FOUR times!

  • Steveopa

    Hue was just brash like our late great owner Al Davis. Al saw himself in Hue that is we he respected him. Al has always had a eye for great coaches.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    neither did Hue

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Let’s blame DA for not fixing the offense. But give Hue a pass for not fixing the defense. Nice logic. I smell agenda.

  • M.Shorter

    And you bish at me for not editing…get it together

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. He tried a new one every year.

  • Gdog

    Hated it, didn’t you??.. but these back to back 4 wins….

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    or Madden

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    We went HOW many games in 2011 without scoring in the second half?

  • Gdog

    Yes, I miss winning 8 games agenda. Guilty…

  • marks hair

    da has had the opportunity to pick his own coaches two years in a row.. hue did not.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No, I can’t stand four-win seasons. Which is why DA should walk the plank if we don’t have a winning record next year.

  • Steveopa

    Dennis Allen took over a top 10 O. and destroyed it. Hue took over a 31st ranked O and made it a top 10 O. Hue made an immediate impact with this team on O.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    To be fair, trading in JaMarcus Russell for Jason Campbell did have something to do with it…

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    So nobody cares to know WHY things happened? I think you need to speak for yourself on that one.
    Just ARRRGGGHHHHHH huh?
    OK

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Jackson sold out Campbell, remember

  • Steveopa

    He has interviewed Sean Payton, Bellichek, Jim Harbaugh was a coach for the Raiders before Stanford just to give you a couple of examples.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Why would you miss that? I want 12-4. That’s what we will have in two years. 8-8 or 9-7 next year. Maybe better.

  • Gdog

    Ok, something we can agree with then.. although I say he and Reggie BOTH need playoffs. SICK of excuses…

  • M.Shorter

    Yeah he def F’d us that game. Still coming out stagnant is the 2nd half of games. More talent we have I think will fix that. Along with more experience Allen will have.

  • 0ak R8rs

    That very impressive. What was the end result of those interviews?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    EXACTLY. We’re building the foundation now. Next year, we go 9-7 and the year after that, we’re a power again.

  • Steveopa

    If Hue fixed our defense just a little we would have been 10-6 in 2012 or better. Our offense was that good.

  • KoolKell

    Pig, Duck?

  • marks hair

    8-20 progress?lol

  • Breaking_Black

    Carr is added to pathetic loser list.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Hue can’t fix his own nails, much less a defense.

  • KoolKell

    Nooooo, he’s the next coming.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Now you’re not even posting complete phrases. At this rate, you’ll be smearing your feces on the walls by tomorrow morning.

  • RaidO

    Raiders may go 4-12 again or 5-11.

    DA will be fired…

    They fired Hue for 8-8 with potential. Just needed a defense and cut down on the penalties.

  • Steveopa

    My point Hue got one year but Allen should get 3, 4, 5, 6 Why? It makes no sense.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Hue’s offense was 16th in scoring, a whole 2.5 points more than we are scoring per game this year.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Teams we need to be above on draft day:
    Houston
    Jacksonville
    Minnesota
    Cleveland
    St. Louis

    these are the teams that will trade out the WAZZU for a QB

    Atlanta
    will pony up for Clowney

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Ask Mark Davis why Hue only got one year. Per Cork, Mark’s the one who ordered Hue’s firing as a condition of hiring Reggie.