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Allen on Pryor

A transcript from Raiders coach Dennis Allen, most of which centered on the decision to go back to Terrelle Pryor at quarterback and comments from Pryor’s agent that his client was being set up to fail:

Allen: Alright guys, for the first time in awhile we had everybody out there. Mike Jenkins was limited in practice today with a hamstring. Jeremy Stewart was limited today. Mike Brisiel was limited with a knee and Denarius Moore was full participation with a shoulder. I thought we had a good practice. I think our guys are excited and we’re ready to go out there and compete against the Broncos.

Q: Have you had all 53 practicing at the same time this year?

Allen: I don’t think so. I’d have to go back and check the records, but it’s been awhile for sure.

Q: Was move to Terrelle totally your decision or did Reggie and Mark have input?

Allen: Coaches decision all the way. Obviously we talk. Reggie and I communicate about everything and that was the decision that I made.

Q: All season you’ve been playing players that gave you best chance to win, does this fall in line with that?

Allen: Yeah, yeah.

Q: Pryor gives you a better chance to win than McGloin . . .

Allen: Yeah. I think, listen, we had an opportunity to watch Matt McGloin for six games and now I want to get another opportunity to watch Terrelle go out there and play. Listen, we won three out of the four games we won have been with Terrelle in there at quarterback. I think we need something that’s going to spark the football team and I think this can be something that can spark our team.

Q: Evaluation of McGloin . . . explosive passing you liked _ looking back now is it something that might not have been the case?

Allen: No, I mean, I like a lot of the things I saw Matt McGloin do in there. I thought his accuracy, I thought his decision-making in the passing game, it wasn’t perfect, but I thought overall I thought it was very solid. Terrelle’s been a guy that’s created a lot of explosive plays for us and I’m looking forward to watching him out there on Sunday and giving him an opportunity to go out there and create some more explosive plays.

Q: Anything to do with the matchup, how the Broncos play defense, something he can exploit . . .

Allen: No, I mean, the decision wasn’t made based on that. The decision was made based on giving Terrelle another opportunity to go in there and play, and trying to create something for our football team and give us some excitement and I think Terrelle deserves the opportunity go in there and play again.

Q: Are you aware of the comments made by Terrelle’s agents saying he is being set-up to fail and did you talk to Terrelle about it, and what’s your reaction?

Allen: Well, the first is, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever fricking heard. No coach in their right mind _ this isn’t the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, this isn’t made for TV drama. This is football and we make our football decisions based solely on that, nothing other than that. I don’t really give it a lot of thought. I can’t control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else’s mouth. I’ve talked to Terrelle about it. It’s in situations like that that you have to separate the player from the agent. He doesn’t have control, I don’t have control over those things that get said. It’s really, in my book, it’s really nothing, it’s one person’s opinion. I’ve moved on from it and I’m ready to focus on the Broncos.

Q: Did Terrelle seek you out . .

Allen: I called Terrelle after I was made aware of the comments and obviously he was very apologetic of it and said it was in no way a reflection of his thoughts.

Q: Do you see this as any kind of distraction, something he doesn’t need going into this game?

Allen: Well, I certainly would hope not. I think his focus, our focus needs to be totally on the Denver Broncos and the things that we can do to have success on Sunday.

Q: After the Texans game, was it your intention to split the two quarterbacks to get your evaluation of them?

Allen: Well, the first thing was to get Terrelle back to full health. Until you get to that point there really wasn’t a lot of decisions to be made. That was kind of the first thing and then I said all along I wanted to have an opportunity to continue to look at Terrelle and continue to give him opportunities. Some games more than others. And this will be a game where he gets a chance to go in there and play.

Q: You had said McGloin would start the rest of the games this season, why change your mind . .

Allen: First of all, somebody had asked the question, is McGloin going to be the starter, my answer was. Never once said for the rest of the season, but it was always something that, we’re going to continue to look at on a game-to-game basis and we made the decision, I made the decision, to go with Terrelle for this game.

Q: Is seeing Terrelle enough going into next season?

Allen: It’ll be nine games. So I think that’s a pretty good body of work to figure out exactly what we’ve got.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I like this thread. Think I’ll loiter.

  • RaidingTexas

    Mrs Brown has to cling onto another false hope now that it’s clear her baby daddy Dmac is on his way out. She’ll be the last one riding this wagon too.

  • SnBG

    So you’re saying it also about talent.

  • Raiderfusion

    M O: I give you credit for putting it out there and stating how you’re going to back it up. I hope you’re right about TP. I don’t think he’ll make the grade as a QB in the NFL. I think the running around QB only does one thing, and that’s get himself hurt. The whole offense from the OLine to WR need to know where the QB is going to be, and where the all is coming from. But I do hope you are right about TP, he seems like a great guy. What a great story that would be, a rfegular guy who works at his craft until he becomes special.

  • aig-raiders

    We need a FA vet like this guy. Someone still playing in the game though. I have always liked him. Cool story.
    http://q13fox.com/2013/12/26/former-seahawks-quarterback-to-donate-nfl-paycheck-to-tacoma-school/#axzz2oatKnarw

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    There’s a difference between a pocket passer not being able to roll to his left (which not every right-handed QB can do well) and someone whose entire game is based on mobility (like Pryor) not being able to.

  • BigBenRexor

    Roach is very average, but I like Jenkins. Still, compared to the number of guys he brought in, that’s still a very small percentage.

  • RaidingTexas

    When it’s convenient for his argument.

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

    Talked to my cousin about this, who has been a beat writer in the Bay Area, is a sports journalist and knows the agent/media relationship very well, and says it is EXTREMELY unlikely that when the news broke for TP to start that the media would (A) rush to the agent for a quote or (B) the agent would go to the press immediately.

    Feels this was something that Bair knew was kind of on their mind so to speak, and was able to get him to go on the record with it. IT didn’t come out of nowhere.

  • Gdog

    If the end result is the same, no there isn’t.

    And we have yet to see Pryor with our o-line with Veldy playing and Nix benched.

    Most of his rolls to the left were to avoid sacks from the left…

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

    Absolutely it is about talent, never disagreed with that.
    But, IMO, there is more talent than going 4-12 back to back years on this team.
    We aren’t exceeding any expectations.

  • marks hair

    if tp doesn’t stay in the clean pockets, throw accurately left all day, and make much quicker decisions we’re gonna be taking a qb early.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Fair enough. We will find out in a few days.

  • Raider O

    We are going to draft a QB. No way we are going to start next season with TP/ MM as our starting QB.

  • 504 Raider

    Ain’t that the truth.

  • Gdog

    Cwood looked good early and disinterested of late. Average. Pashos.. average. Roach average.

    I already gave him Burnett. Jenkins should be cut. Porter average.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We’ll need to keep those pockets clean for 3.5 to 5 seconds or he’s not hanging around.

  • Raider O

    TP and MM are backups at best. We will get another QB.

  • marks hair

    it’s pretty clear Reggie would make a decent linebacker scout

  • RaidingTexas

    Most everyone who actually covers the industry for a living disagrees with you that this team had better than 4-12 talent.

  • SnBG

    Costly mistakes by Allen? You mean he threw all of thos ints Pryor and MM threw. He whiffed on those tackles. He was playing at all of the offensive line spots this year? He dropped those 2 TD balls last weekend? Sure you’re right. Lets fire another HC because the players don’t make the plays and we have no real play makers in key positions. Going for 19 HCs anyone. Do I hear 20 the following year. Maybe we will win when we get to the magic number of 30?

  • Gdog

    Jenkins stands out only because of his big hits on running plays… he is HOT GARBAGE in coverage. Especially with the game on the line.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I have a better opinion of Jenkins than you do, but he does seem be a “boom or bust” kinda guy.

  • BigBenRexor

    He’s not shut down like we’re used to around here over the years, but he’s decent enough in coverage. Porter is the Hot garbage.

  • marks hair

    oh did you think títs was a player?

  • The Big Banana

    You know, at first, it wasn’t so bad. In fact, he started out flawless in challenges and improved the penalty situation. Then this year came, and the defense looked like was going to be a strength.

    Fast forward and his team is losing its composure, which is a reflection on the coach whether the excuse makers in here like to admit it or not. It’s coming apart at the seams.

    And the QB situation has been nothing short of buffoonery. The apex for me was in putting in TP in the 3rd a couple weeks ago just as McGloin started mounting a comeback.

  • marks hair

    he runs after 1.9 secs clean or not..

  • Gdog

    Well ok.. neither is the answer. Our entire D backfield needs to be replaced next year in free agency. SOmeone mentioned Byrd being available this morning at FS!! That would be a great start for Reggie… I don’t see Buff letting him go though.

  • marks hair

    it’s hard to guess though.. look at Reggies track record bringing in quarterbacks.. 4 whiffs.. look at how Reggie handles the biggest team needs… ??? he’s too stupid to be predictable

  • SlashNHack

    McCown is hanging em up to be with his family. I doubt it is a ploy to increase his value

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

    Vegas had us at 5.5 wins.
    Not meeting their expectations, and they have money on it.

  • Gdog

    So if TP wants out, and they embarrassed the Raiders, he’s as good as gone… how else can this end?

  • SnBG

    The receivers will have to stand still and then it’s still doubtful he’ll make the throw.

  • Gdog

    Serious? I haven’t seen this.

  • BigBenRexor

    There’s a few FS, Betha, Byrd, like maybe two more names i cant think of right now. Not many CB’s, DRCromartie, BGrimmes

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

    Starting to think that TP is a phony guy who says the right thing but doesn’t mean it

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Not one guy on the team–offense, defense, special teams– that makes the difference in several games a year between winning and losing…but it’s the coaching staff’s fault.
    If and when we EVER do get such players, guys on here won’t feel the coach makes a damn difference.

  • BigBenRexor

    Makes sense, because it’d be difficult to reckognize him as a Coach.

  • SnBG

    C,mon, do I hear 19, do I hear 19.Yes do I hear 20. C’mon do I hear 20 HC’S. Folks do I hear 21, 21 HC’S anyone 21.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    All this points out is that frustrated people who are angry need–DEMAND– a scapegoat.

  • Gdog

    Millions of dollars seems to change family decisions quickly…

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

    Nobody is going to give him millions of dollars in guaranteed money.
    Especially after he just said it was a year to year thing.

  • Raiderfusion

    DA needs to stay, after having to coach this team two years in a row with almost no talent. How would you like to line up your team knowing that almost every player on the other side of the ball is better than you are at almost every position. That my friends is a daunting task! Early in the season the team was in every game due to their enthusiasm, but as the season wore on they wore down, to the point their on fumes now. Their lack of talent won’t get them by. It would be futile to change courses now. We’ve had tooo many start overs in the last 12+ years. Continuity builds championships, non-continuity is what we’ve been dealing with the last few years. PICK ONE.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Go in search of the qb choices for the last 10 years or so of the 31 other teams and discover the “whiffs” of those teams at qb. Even if they’ve stuck with the same qb for 3-5 years, ask if that qb has taken them to any promised land.
    New flash: great and even very good qbs are not a dime a dozen.

  • Gdog

    I know people get tired of me pimping PFF, but they pretty much knocked it out of the park last season with their FA lists… I will wait for that.

  • Gdog

    Why not?

  • marks hair

    if we draft a qb early I don’t want to stunt his development by changing coaches and play books on him after a year or 2… títs must go now..

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

    Because he is 34 years old and had one good month of a season wrapped around 10 pretty much crappy years in his career.
    And he just said he is on a year to year thing with his commitment.
    He will get contract offers, some decent salaries for a backup but it won’t be guaranteed and he certainly won’t be handed a starting job.

  • Gdog

    Our combined cumulative PFF rating is down over 150 points from last year!! Thats the NFL worst!! How can you say this? Its a miracle DA won 4 games!!