By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 1:58 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some quick hits from Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s weekly press briefing Monday in the aftermath of a 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
– The booing of the fans is understandable and not taken personally.
“This is a loyal, passionate fan base and they’re hungry for wins,’’ Allen said. “I understand that, I think our whole team understands that and I think our whole organization understands that . . . I understand the fans reaction. We have the same frustration. We want to win. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get it done.’’
– Matt McGloin has retained the starting quarterback position in part because of his ability to get the ball down the field. McGloin has 15 pass plays of 25 or more yards since taking over as the starting quarterback, the most in the NFL.
Terrelle Pryor has nine such pass plays during his time at quarterback.
McGloin will continue to start with Pryor coming off the bench. If McGloin is the starter, why play Pryor at all?
“We continue to make the defense work on a different skill set and a different set of plays,’’ Allen said. “And I believe that opens up some things for us in the running game when we’re able to do those things. . . . we’ll continue to look at different ways we can utilize both players to give us a chance to have success on offense.’’
– Allen said the Chiefs beat three different defenses on their three touchdowns on screen passes to Jamaal Charles _ “vision, max and man-to-man.’’
– Running back Darren McFadden is expected to be on the practice field Wednesday and may be available to face the San Diego Chargers.
– The Raiders recent struggles make it appear as if they were a better team in Weeks 1 and 2 than they are in Week 15.
“I think we’ve played better a times this year than we’ve played collectively as a group the last couple of weeks,’’ Allen said. “I don’t know if I’d say we were better then. I think it’s the same team. But I do think that we’re in a little bit of a rut and we’ve got to pull out.’’
– Allen’s contact with owner Mark Davis is minimal. The chain of command goes from Davis through general manager Reggie McKenzie to Allen.
“Mark and Reggie talk quite often and most of my communication happens with Reggie and then Mark and Reggie communicate,’’ Allen said.
– Allen declined to quantify how much of the Raiders problems have to do with coaching and how much has to do with talent.
“We’re all a part of it, OK? We’re all a part of it,’’ Allen said. “We’re not in the blame game. We’re not in the pointing fingers game. That’s for everybody else to do.’’