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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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  • 0ak R8rs

    I say 8-8 or 9-7 or I’m off the bandwagon too. Playoffs r irrelevant to me next year. Not something we can control.

  • KoolKell

    No Hue is a nggr different standard.

  • Steveopa

    He didn’t have the opportunity that is my point. We don’t know what would have happened to our defense if Hue was able to hire his own defensive coordinator.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    8-8 to 8-8 wasn’t progress either.

  • RaidO

    Cut the race nonsense KoolKell

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

    Because the guy who hired him was gone.
    If DA wins the next 4 games and finishes 8-8, and McKenzie gets fired still, so will DA.

  • marks hair

    do you have a point?

  • M.Shorter

    When Pryor was qb has a receiver ever gone over 100yards in a game?

  • Steveopa

    Well if we going to do that our defense must be worse then cause our scoring defense is what 25 or 26 points a game this year.

  • M.Shorter

    Really?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I think Moore once.

  • 0ak R8rs

    We know he would have destroyed this org from within. Like a power hungry cancer. He got himself fired. He’s not coming back. Time to move on.

  • M.Shorter

    We’ll that should it sum for most people who think Pryor should start again.

  • marks hair

    can’t get by on your títs alone da.. no more baby steps. time to produce.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Great to see Vehldeer back, only two mistakes that I noticed
    giving Ware back his 5 yard penalty and getting beat by Ware once, but only resulted in a hurry.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Because DA was hired by someone that was still competent. We r trying to build consistency. Maybe these aren’t the guys for the job. Maybe they are. But consistency wins. It’s what all the best teams have. Year in and year out.

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

    25 this year, 27.1 in the Hue year

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Lol

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. W a 65 yard YAC in one play.

  • DutchRaid

    Why isn’t Hue Jackson a head coach or even an offensive coordinator now?

  • Steveopa

    Really 27 points a game and we still won 8 games that is amazing. When was the last time we scored 30 points had to be last year against the Steelers our offense especially in the redzone isn’t were it needs to be.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    It seemed like Brisiel was real deflated on the bench from that knee injury. I think he retires, knees, ankles; I’m sure he would like to run around the yard with his children was going thru his mind.

  • M.Shorter

    Yeah that was good to see. What happend with Watson?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    1) Because his offenses here got very predictable, and
    2) Because he spilled organizational dirt to Mike Silver before his chair was even cold.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Good point. Effectively ended his Raider career without so much as a text. And people r worried about DA losing the lockerroom because injured players don’t lose their starting jobs? Like Pryor? Campbell lost his ROSTER SPOT.

  • M.Shorter

    His mouth got him in trouble.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    power trip got to his head, no owner will want that leading his organization.

  • marks hair

    soft, inexperienced.. should have been a 3rd rder.

  • RaidO

    That “Power” nonsense was so blow out of proportion

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Supposedly, he informed Mark Davis that he, Hue Jackson, would be sitting in on the GM interviews and would have final say.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    to someone that wasn’t on anyone’s team, let alone a teammate

  • 0ak R8rs

    Only if you’re a hue Jackson fan w 0.0 objectivity. ;)

  • Steveopa

    There is a elephant in the room so since no one else will say it I will because of his skin color. how many black offensive coordinators are in the league? Waiting none. But there are plenty of positional coaches though.

  • M.Shorter

    Lmao

  • r8ter4evr

    Unril we can hit on some 1st and 2nd round picks in addition to bringing in first class FA its gonna be hard to compete within our division Den will continue to build Fox has had success at Carolina also say what you will about Reid but he has always had winning competitive teams SD has a nrw staff but Rivers is steady QB we need to have coaches who can compete and devise game plans for 60 minutes not 30 I dont like coaching carousel would like to give DA the benefit of the doubt but we should have at least 2 more wins in a rebuliding type year no excuses we need consistency at the HC position !!!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well. Argument over. You lose. Just made everything you’ve said for the last hour pointless. Thanks for not wasting anymore of our time.

  • Steveopa

    Incorrect he wanted to be involved in the GM hiring process. He wanted to have input. Which is understandable want to make sure the GM brings in the type of players he wants.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    No it was not, but to be fair to Hue.
    It is/was as much AL and Mark’ s fault if not more so.
    Al never had the team prepared beyond his own death and Mark never invested any time or effort in the opportunity of a lifetime that was going to be his one day.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Couldn’t tell you, frankly. The Wikipedia listing for “NFL Offensive Coordinators” doesn’t include a column for “Skin Color.” Nor should it.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    too bad they see a quit on them by da and shrek..,

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Byrd would be huge in our division.

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

    And did an interview on youtube with a guy who was busted for distributing PED’s, and even mentioned player’s names (like Ray Lewis) that he gave them to.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    BS

  • 0ak R8rs

    How about Asians? They got a column for that? Or Jews? Just curious…..

  • Steveopa

    If you want to pretend like that isn’t the reason well you tell me what is. The same reason Lovie Smith is not a head coach.

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

    Pep Hamilton, Jim Caldwell, Harold Goodwin

  • 0ak R8rs

    W Caleb friggin Haney at QB. not Cutler. And barely.

  • RaidO

    Dennis Allen two 4-12 season=FIRED

    A 4-12 then a 5-11 season=FIRED, even 6-10

    Can anybody name a decent NFL coach who had first and second year losing seasons? Really?

  • r8ter4evr

    Years pastwoeful teams would just get beat from the start this team competes and dominates then allpws the other team to hang around and come back for the win FRUSTRATING. Team game but coaches havent figured out how to close games strategically great teams chew clockwe are not great but can run and I believe Matt could dimk and dunk his way slowly downfield we chose too open it up instead of playing smart ball short passing game wins

  • spiff

    after the game Shannon sharp said Oakland is a few pieces away. usually he clowns the raiders. I agree with the fact we need a few players to be a good team. it wouldn’t shock me to see us beat the chiefs in two weeks. the bottom line is the afc west will be one of the best divisions in football next year, including oakland …………