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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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  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    the degenerate has been drunk since Wednesday, can’t help him self at this point.

  • Gdog

    Three years to get 8 wins?

    How low have Raider fans SUNK?

    He STARTED with an 8 win team.. you don’t remember??

  • RaidO

    When it comes to coaching this is a different situation. We are not talking about the cap or “rebuilding.

    DA is being out coached!

  • KoolKell

    I think the Raiders HC job will be attractive next yr, because of the money to spend.

    I’d like to keep Tittts……….. But.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Al extended him. Reggie worked that contract masterfully to spread the cap hit and save as much money as he could. It’s all over the internet. I’ve posted it several times over the last year or two. I’m not digging it up again. Cutting him was not the best option. Restructuring was. It’s a fact. Not opinion. Look it up.

  • KoolKell

    Titts are bigger than Balls?

  • turf toe

    That’s what I see.

  • turf toe

    Reggie has a keen eye for cookies.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. TP needs an OL to be fairly evaluated. But we can do that w DA w a roster that’s $50 million under the cap. Makes sense. I get it.

  • Gdog

    Nope. Fire him ONLY if he doesn’t reach the playoffs next season. Reggie can fire our OC again to save his job… but all head coaches deserve three years to get to the playoffs. If anyone has a problem with that, they DESERVE 4 to 8 win seasons perpetually…

  • KoolKell

    All of these Gawdamned games we should have won!!!!

  • turf toe

    I remember.

  • turf toe

    yeah

  • Gdog

    The cap hit would have been great, if that is what your saying. but restructuring only shifted it all to this year (you DO know how this works, right)?

    What difference does it make unless he thought the playoffs or SB were eminent last year? We could have had what, 10 million more to spend this year?? That keeps CP…

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    and you were one of the idiots thinking TP was going to take this team to the playoffs. SMH,,,,,

  • Gdog

    Why not 10 to 20? You don’t seem to care if he wins or not?

  • spiff

    especially the past two weeks….. maybe when he said he wasn’t thinking about the playoffs this is what he meant.

  • KoolKell

    I don’t give a fk who, dumbass.

  • Gdog

    Nobody wants to come to a cheapskate GM with a moron HC that wins maybe 6 games tops. This is something nobody understands here. If DA keeps faceplanting every second half lead, how are we going to get great free agents?

  • RaidO

    True

  • 0ak R8rs

    Seymour was handled perfectly. Al started it. Reggie fixed it. I don’t need to find it for you. Find it yourself. Or continue to be wrong. Up to you.

  • Gdog

    35th

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

    Isn’t Briesel one of the higher rated RG’s in football by PFF?
    It was reported as such in Houston.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Back to where we started w a team a an actual foundation that doesn’t need to get excited about beating the Vikings without AP or the Bears with Caleb Haney. An 8-8 team with an actual foundations built for sustained success. Not one and done.

  • 0tt0

    i actually thought olsen did better than expected considering the talent on the team…….but i set the bar pretty low at the beginning of the season

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I remember. What was our playoff record those two years?

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

    With injury issues behind him and some quality coaching, Brisiel has not just improved from 2012, according to Pro Football Focus rankings he is the 10th rated guard in the entire NFL so for in 2013.
    ***********************************
    This was from a story on Oct 25th.
    Guess he took a digger since then.
    Houston game they said top 5.

  • 0ak R8rs

    We would have paid $7.5 million for him to leave or $15 million for him to stay one more year and have 0 dead money in 2014 from Seymour. It was a brilliant move. Perfection. Something Al never would have done or even conceived of.

  • spiff

    it hasn’t been determined if he’s cheap with the money he’ll have this off-season. people ain’t blind Oakland has a very competitive team. couple of playmakers ( superstars ) away.

  • 0tt0

    i dont understand why olsen/da dont run the QB situation the way it was originally intended at the beginning of the season…..the real QB starts and pryor comes in a few series with a set of plays….there has to be a way to get the ball into pryors hands to some degree

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

    How is there 35 right guards?

  • 0tt0

    away from what?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yes. And we got him for a discount this year. Thanks again, to Reggie. Who I know you aren’t thrilled with right now….

  • 0ak R8rs

    BS. After the Houston game he was number 1! He didn’t slide from number 1 to 35th.

  • Gdog

    -4.7 vs houston. .7 vs tenn. 0.0 Dal.

    Nice try…

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    last I looked he was ranked 3rd right guard in the league, I think it was middle of this month

  • KoolKell

    I like Dennis as a ” coach”, quite frankly. I just question his “instinks”

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

    What’s the try, I cut and paste from the AFC West blog on ESPN

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    ^^ another delusional poster.

  • 0ak R8rs

    They said he was a top rated guard in the Houston game. They didn’t make it up.

  • KoolKell

    I wish they had just run a Pro Offense from the get go.

  • spiff

    from being a good football team…….

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

    I am going to tweet PFF, let’s see what they say.

  • KoolKell

    Square as a pool table, and twice as green.

  • 0ak R8rs

    During the Houston game I suppose.

  • Dakota

    Like I have said from week one; it’s about draft position stupid.

    Qb/wr rounds 1&2

    Re-sign key free agents.

    Sign pass rusher, wr, and oline help.

    Get a real coaching staff.

  • Gdog

    Al would have kept him for one year… agreed. I thought you hated him? But we have 13 mill in dead money on Seymour this year (you KNOW you can look this up right?)

    That would have been wiped off the books last year (you KNOW thats how it works right?)

    CP wanted 13 mill.

    Reggie chose between Seymour last year or CP this year… how did THAT work out??

  • spiff

    yeah that strategy probably would have beaten the cowboys yesterday. I guess element of surprise would be asking too much

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Huh??? Compared to Jacksonville?

  • Gdog

    lol.. or spend the 26 bucks. Cheapskate.

    What do you wish to bet, bubs?