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Players in full support of Allen, McGloin starting vs. K.C., Jennings cleared to play

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that his team this season is “closer” to being a playoff-caliber team than it was last season and that he isn’t concerned about his job security.
“Listen, that’s not what my job is,” Allen said, when asked if he has received assurance from owner Mark Davis that he’ll be retained beyond this season. “My job is to try to get this team better, get this team ready to play against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I’m not going to talk about speculation or anything like that. I’m going to worry about winning a football game this week.”
The Raiders were 3-10 at this point last season. They finished 4-12 on the heels of an 8-8 campaign in 2011, the season before Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie arrived.
The Raiders are 4-9 so far this season, with games remaining against their divisional foes – Denver Broncos (11-2), Kansas City (10-3) and San Diego Chargers (6-7).
“We’re a lot closer,” Allen said. “Obviously the record doesn’t say so. We all recognize that, at the end of the day, this is a production business. We understand that you are what your record says you are.
“But I also know there’s a lot of areas where this football team has improved. We’ve got to continue to improve in those areas and other areas so that we’re able to win football games and not come away and be disappointed.”
Allen said he and McKenzie are in lock-step with their long-term outlook for their complete rebuild of a franchise that last finished with a winning record and qualified for the playoffs in 2002.
“Reggie and I have been on the same page in everything that we’ve done,” Allen said. “We understand what the vision is, we have a plan for what we’re trying to get accomplished and we haven’t varied from that, and we won’t waver on that.”
Running back Rashad Jennings said he and his teammates are behind Allen and the other coaches 100 percent.
“We’ve made a lot of strides,” Jennings said. “ … You have a lot of hungry guys who want to change this culture and turn this program around. The majority of the guys feel that way.”
Safety Charles Woodson called the Raiders loss to the New York Jets on Sunday “embarrassing” and reflected badly on players and coaches. The Raiders were competitive in all but two of their first 12 games, but they got outplayed by the lowly Jets in a 37-27 defeat.
Allen said he hasn’t spoken with McKenzie or Davis since the Jets game ended.
Davis vented about the Raiders poor play after the 10th game last season, saying he wanted to see progress. He hasn’t weighed in on his team’s play this season at all to date.
Wide receiver Rod Streater said there’s a marked difference in this year’s team, as evidenced by the Raiders having a realistic chance to win six of the nine games they lost. Last season, the Raiders got blown out five times.
“Our record might not be different,” Streater said, “but as a team we’re right there. … Last year that wasn’t the case. I feel like everyone is all in. They believe from the start we can win these games. The attitude is much different.”

– Matt McGloin will start against the Chiefs on Sunday, Allen said. McGloin has started the past four games after he relieved injured regular Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor’s right knee now is fully healed. However, the starting job is McGloin’s until further notice. Allen said Pryor might be used in some capacity the final three games – Pryor played one series against the Jets.

– Jennings said he finally passed all the tests required of players that suffer a concussion and he is cleared to play against the Chiefs on Sunday.
Jennings got hurt against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the Jets game while he recovered.
He said he is eager to play again. He’s also hopeful of re-signing with the Raiders.
“I would love to, if I had it my way,” Jennings said. “I feel I am a Raider. I feel at home here. I understand the system, I’m going to continue to grow in it, take ownership over it.”
He leads the Raiders with 588 yards rushing and is tied with Darren McFadden in rushing touchdowns (4).

– Allen said the concussion suffered by defensive tackle Vance Walker appears to be more severe than the one that tight end Nick Kasa got against the Jets.
Linebacker Sio Moore (neck) is questionable for the Chiefs game as he undergoes further evaluation for the injury he suffered Sunday.
Left guard Khalif Barnes hurt a knee and an ankle against the Jets. Right offensive tackle Tony Pashos injured a foot. Both are expected to be healthy enough to play against the Chiefs.

– Streater had modest goals when he joined the Raiders in 2012 as an undrafted free agent: “Making the team, getting a jersey. That’s all I wanted.”
Streater since has established himself as the Raiders most consistent receiver, and he’s on the verge of accomplishing something that no Raiders player has since 2005.
He has 787 yards receiving through 13 games, placing him within striking distance of becoming the Raiders first 1,000-yard receiver since Randy Moss in ’05.
“There’s something about that number you want to get to as a receiver to be considered one of the good ones for the year,” Streater said.

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  • Orthodoxdj

    Work with McGloin. Stay the course.

  • JOn Wooah

    The Players fully supported Tom Cable too… and some players supported hue jackson including REECE…. soooooo…

  • JOn Wooah

    IM also glad Mark Davis is no DA lapdog .. nor does he care about rebuilding. For that I like. He takes the emotion out of it. With that Said .. i’d still keep Da..

    Its reggie running the draft .. I’d question.

  • KoolKell

    Blah,blah, blah,

  • JOn Wooah

    Came across this a little while ago.. via waltefootball

    “Sources told WalterFootball.com that the Raiders came close to drafting Sharrif
    Floyd or Star Lotulelei in the first round last April. Oakland could still use
    some help at defensive tackle.”

  • jtdxyz

    really, what else are they supposed to say

  • brad

    Get Blasted By K.C. and we will see about Job Security! LMAO! A lot Closer to what 4-12? Who make Playoffs at 4-12? Go Raiders!

  • brad

    Funny but 6’1″ QB’s are usually told they are too short! Ask Senecca Walace! Jerry or Cork said he was not that tall! LMAO! Funny how attributes change! LMAO! Go Raiders!

  • rifflicks

    Allen said he and McKenzie are in lock-step with their long-term outlook for their “complete rebuild of a franchise” that last finished with a winning record and qualified for the playoffs in 2002.
    “Reggie and I have been on the same page in everything that we’ve done,” Allen said. “We understand what the vision is, we have a plan for what we’re trying to get accomplished and we haven’t varied from that, and we won’t waver on that.”

  • jtdxyz

    draft best QB available in 1st rd, keep McG, good back-up, possible trade bait down road, can obvious start if needed

  • brad

    You won’t have too fall guy! Reggie will still be there! LMAO!

  • plunkhead

    Tom Cable is a giant of a man. No wonder they followed him with gusto. Great coach!

  • rifflicks

    translation….pick the turd that smells the least in the 1st round

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Me too. I am questioning some of RMs actual moves and all I get is how bad AD was. I am not talking about AD it is about RM decisions. AD is not making any more picks.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I happened to hear the Streater interview this afternoon. He sounded really excited in this system, seemed very happy to be a Raider, and responded when asked (and acted as if the speculation about Allen was silly), “He’s our guy.” I have to say he sounded passionate and very sincere in his response. He didn’t have to think his way through a mine field of words–it was spontaneous. I can’t remember his exact words, but he essentially said Allen knows what he is doing and they respect him.
    He talked about Temple, where he went to school, and is the kind of young pup, I must say, that we want to continue to grow here. He likes getting balls thrown his way and “going up for them and not letting my qb be intercepted…it’s my job to always fight for the ball.”
    Way to go, Rod. It’s nice to think we have a home grown, excited young man wanting to learn to excel.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Or else he would punch their wives???

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Please no. Keep evaluating McGloin. He he already an average QB through 4 games and is still learning.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Shariff has had a rough year, right? Star has been up and down. Rooks. Expected.

  • jtdxyz

    sounds like a plan…even if McG finishes okay, might be too hard to pass up a QB early

  • plunkhead

    But not before he dates them. The man reeks of class

  • 1960AutumnWind

    If I say that MM is taller than Brees I will get blasted for “how dare I compare MM to Drew Brees.” Just on height guys.

  • Charlie

    Trying to evauate Reggie after two seasons relative to the mess he inherited is ridiculous.
    Taking on a team with no draft picks in 2012 and $30 million over the cap with a roster of clowns most of who are now out of the league or on an NFL bench is not your NORMAL rebuild.
    Add to that a front office that was still using overhead projectors and a medieval scouting department most of who had to be fired and you have a 3-5 year rebuild project.
    Sad but true.

  • rifflicks

    yeah waste a 1st round pick on a QB when the defense has larger needs….the Raiders get a new 1 round pick next year

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Why is that? You got a QB with a better QBR than 15 1st rounders currently playing and you want to get Bridgwater or something. Makes no sense.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He hits hard though he broke that guys jaw!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Oh, another thing about the Streater interview. He was asked if the culture had changed. He said every single player gives all he has and kept emphasizing the youth of the receivers, how they’ve been learning with each game and….well, it was all positive, very upbeat.

  • jtdxyz

    so ur sold after 4 games…i admit he has some good points but even after the next 3 games no one will be able to project his ceiling…so stack the deck and draft another QB

  • rifflicks

    it doesn’t matter because the crybabies on this blog take every loss personally….like these babies even matter to the Raider organization

  • Charlie

    Disqus
    Allen and Reggie are not going anywhere.
    They have 4 year deals for a reason. (See my post below).
    We are building this the right way but it is a minimum three year fix. That assumes we have good luck with injuries.
    The guy I worry about is Tarver. He could easily be an HC at an FCS school NOW. He could get a BCS HC job offer in a year or two. I laugh at those wanting Gruden to come back. We have the next Gruden in Tarver.
    Let’s get him some talent so he does not leave.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    You have to constantly evaluate. Yes you have to take the mess into consideration but he is not untouchable. I think he has done some good things but someone needs to explain why he so fully gutted the roster just to have an abundance of cap money next year. It was overkill and unnecessary in my opinion and puts the coach in a bind. There were some FAs he would not sign to multi year deals and moving all of Flynn’s money up actually made the cap situation worse.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Lots of players will tell a reporter, “No comment” or, more importantaly, off the record, will give an indication to the reporter (vets do this) that all is not well. They know the reporter will not name them nor give the quote.
    If you follow Cork’s live chats, each week someone asks him if DA has lost the locker room. Cork always says, “Not at all.” So, even behind the scenes and off the record, Cork has heard nothing but good stuff about their feelings for the coach.
    Streater, as I said, was genuine in his response. You can tell blah, blah, blah, from the words of a young, excited football player who, you could tell, was already excited about facing KC. And why not? He’s having a very good year. 10 catches yesterday, I think.
    Listen to what Jennings said. That’s a vet. Perhaps that’s even more important since he’s been elsewhere.
    They all seem to think they are building something together. I got the feeling there’s comraderie. You need that for team building.
    There was never any comraderie with teams that had guys like Warren Sapp, Hall of Famer, or Randy Moss.

  • jtdxyz

    I think the more important question is if you were gonna gut roster, why not do it in right off the rip????

  • plunkhead

    Here is an easy plunkdiction. Reggie will trade back again this year with his first round pick.
    Double your pleasure, double your fun, get two picks instead of just one

  • jtdxyz

    understand what you’re getting at…plus, I’d be happy if I was streater too…putting together a good season

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I think I know the answer to that one. The contracts were so bad that if he tried to do it all in 2012 they would of had trouble fielding a team. Palmer and Seymour restructuring deals gave them money to sign enough players to be somewhat respectable. Sometime cutting players takes more cap hit because all is accelerated to current year.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    That is his MO and how he was trained and he has traded back multiple times already.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I’m with you. Sometimes I let the talk get to me, I’m afraid, but 99 per cent of the time I have said, honor three years of this rebuild. This is the group that has been able to look at players for a year now and know whom to keep, whom to not resign. I’d be afraid a new Gm /coaching crew coming in wouldn’t even know the players, their strengths and weaknesses and so wouldn’t know whom to draft.
    Plus, I’d love for Oakland to get a rep as a sturdy, stable place to go, not a place of constant turnover and chaos.
    Then, you hear guys like Jon Ritchie say he knows that Allen is “solid coach” (said it last week on air), and you know he has heard stuff …he has no agenda.
    Stay the course. I do think with a DE or two, our D is on the road to success.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    KC is a very good team, is it not? Great D. Heady offense.
    I hope Sio can play.

  • jtdxyz

    and he will let the 1st wave of free agent signings happen before jumping in…actually not a bad idea…players WAY over valued the first few days of free agency

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    you’re back? You should have been banned. Foul racist mouth.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I know this for a fact from some potential draft picks are – anywhere but Oakland because of the instability and the lack of player development. (I am not naming names but this is based on inside info). I think DA and Olsen are changing that rep.

    Still not all on board with RM and some of his moves though.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yeah, that’s what I meant. He seems to feel that “they’re close.” They get upset when they lose, hate it, but he said they know they are learning a lot.
    When he used the word, “learning” I took note. You don’t just learn from playing; you learn from coaching. The coaches are ‘teaching” these kids. That is what we want.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    And I am worried he will front load everything and not really do that much in FA??? I have this as a concern that he is on some sort of budget from Mark. This is speculative but I do see a pattern of not using next years money and conserving cash.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    He has to spend so much of that money. It’s mandated.

  • aig-raiders

    The Penn St sports journalist up there said McG is more like 5-11.

  • Blackholepriest

    Info think you are ridiculous thinking you cannot evaluate someone after two offseasons and seasons. He has brought in 40-60 FA’s three QB’s if you cannot eval him now when in ten years?

    What ‘s laughable is your attempt at logic.

  • jtdxyz

    sure his agent is happy too…after his rookie contract Streater will get a nice bump

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Please try to follow me with this

    1. He has to spend 89%
    2. He can front load contracts so that you can get there really fast with only a few signings. Most teams take a balanced approach and AD used to back load everything.
    3. This allows him to conserve real money in that you are not spending future money ahead of time so your actual spending (what you are actually paying out to a player) is lower.

    Makes a big difference how you structure contracts to get to that 89%.

  • Blackholepriest

    And stop lying about what tools they use, anyway technology never picked a player……….period

  • Blackholepriest

    You cannot excuse what Reggie did with the QB position. You may not fire him for it but it cannot be excused. Not winning there is no excuse you chose the QB you chose who stays who goes you are accountable………..period