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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • marks hair

    and please quit defending títs with player stats.. I’m sorry he didn’t throw enough touchdowns but that’s because he’s a coach.. how about telling us some things he did well as a coach.. like hiring krapp.. killing the running game.. playing the only running back who couldn’t average four yards a carry. and then this year again playing the only running back who cannot average four yards a carry.. talk about mustard at tight and over rivera.. or the way he creatively uses our players on offense..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Someone said Vegas is reluctant to go less than 5 or ore than 11. I have no idea.

  • Gdog

    Vegas simply tries to get people to bet.

  • jtdxyz

    Quit making sense!

  • BigBenRexor

    I would like to upgrade at Coach, but apparently we’ve reached our NFL limit of 18 HC’s. So we’re stuck with DA until our 4 year probabtionary period is over.


    Rogers playing for GB this week.

  • Gdog

    There are 7 to 10 teams looking for a quality starter, and many of them might have read the article about how coaching has helped him “get it.”

    He will get a big offer… I hope its the Raiders!!

  • RaidingTexas

    Average at all of those positions was an upgrade over previous seasons. Limited salary cap can only buy a certain level of talent.

  • Raiderfusion

    Totally against a QB in round 1, but can accept it if we’ve totally restocked our lines with outstanding FAs. Our team can make the playoff next year if the reconstruction is really done right. DA is not perfect, but there’s never been a new HC that’s been perfect. Even the great ones made mistakes in the beginning. DA just has to learn from those mistakes. If MD and RM believe he learned he deserves to return, if they don’t believe so than he’s got to go.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    My opinion of his character has taken a huge nose-dive with this fiasco. If Pryor has something to say, then he should either man up and say it on his own or STFU about it.

  • marks hair

    he didn’t have to find a great qb.. but he passed on some decent ones.. and he completely ignored our need for pass rush

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yes, but it winds up correlating to reality a remarkable percentage of the time. Call it the wisdom of the masses. I know you’ll embrace that idea.

  • Raider O

    Who needs coaches? They are overrated.

  • BigBenRexor

    True, DA is bound to be prone to 2nd year rookie mistakes. I think once he makes it past his 3rd year Sophmore Slump, it’ll be smooth sailing.

  • BigBenRexor

    Yet you’re ok with scapegoating the Players.

  • As we will see one more time on Sunday before the season ends and maybe at the hands of back up players….The TP2 experiment was painful to watch!

    The guy cant make reads at teh LOS cant process the game fast enough doesn’t go through his reads never allows a pocket to form and can only use 1/2 of the filed looks at his WR then throws horribly or is sacked for a loss……smh

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I, too, am often amused at those complaining that player X is so-so or average. That’s often an upgrade of late. Or even not so late.


    Ok, I´m convinced….. Keep DA….. Ok no, but help me and convince me please. I´m not sold on him. The “Stability” concept alone it´s not enough. Give me solid arguments of what we have seen on his leading, decisions, knowledge, etc etc. I need the arguments or I´ll be frustated all the offseason.

  • RaidingTexas

    Roach’s cap hit ranks 70th among all linebackers. Average pay = average results. Seems to me like Reggie got it right.

  • marks hair

    does anyone think changing play books and coaches helps a young qb get better or win more?
    is títs the long term answer??lol
    if he’s not going to be extended he might as well be fired now.
    the only way keeping títs is acceptable is if we are going with a vet qb next yr..

  • BigBenRexor

    Upgrades at all positions, yet our defense is statistically worse than last year, Hmmm, I wonder what the one constant is?



  • BigBenRexor

    Yeah, getting players on the right pay scale is how low our standards have falllen around here. Who cares if we have a team full of scrubs, as long as they’re paid accordingly right?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    wow whats all of the moaning about today? This place reads like a bunch of weeping old maids, crying through their toothless faces about dead friends

    Face facts allen stinks and has no excuse.

    They claim this team ‘has no talent” and use that as a shield for allens flaws. The logical question to examine is the talent on this team compared to last year.

    Everyone admits the players on defense this year are better than last years team, yet this team is producing worst results. This is a coaching death sentence for a defensive specialist head coach.

    You must show improvement somewhere and he hasnt improved this team any where.

    Players are not getting better and now there is luke and laura general hospital drama in the locker room. Allen has no control of ,or trust from the team.

    He has allowed this to disintegrate into an undisciplined, unchecked monsoon of self inflicted woe and public ridicule. He has been openly questioned by the media on his job status and his relationship with his qb.

    This place is a mad house rivaling the circus the was here in the cable kiffin days.

    Players must get better, team must improve, and most of all a head coach must have the locker room in check. allen has failed miserably in all of these phases.

    fire dennis allen tonight

  • Raiderfusion

    Great article on profootballtalk. Belichick believes increase in injuries league wide do to new rules limiting contact in pre season and regular season. I think he has a great point, are you you kidding me no two a days in camp, and limited contactr the rest of the way. The NFL has become the National Fairy League.

  • Chino

    Cutler looks like a druggie in this press conference

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Those rules are ridiculous. No hitting in OTAs or Minicamps, and only certain TC days. Then they wonder why players aren’t in football shape.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Weird that you’re fanatically pro-Pryor, yet want to can the guy who developed him and gave him his shot as an NFL starter.

  • BigBenRexor

    I tried to ask this earlier, no takers then either.

  • 0ak R8rs

    That’s been the reality the last two years. That should change this year.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Real question. Is Mistic TP’s agent LOL

  • 0ak R8rs

    We just gonna do that every year too?

  • RaidingTexas

    Statistically worse? Depends on the measure. They were 5th worst last season. They are tied for 5th now. Scoring went up league wide, and they’re 24 points shy of last season’s total with a game to go.
    Yes, the coaching is consistent. Yes, they definitely focused more on blitzing, and yes, that has cost them. I don’t know that they had any other options without a lack of pressure from the front four, though.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Since Kaufman isn’t here. FU.

  • If you think Vegas is in the business of making 10 cents on every dollar bet you are sadly mistaken.
    They take sides all the time against the public.

  • nolarick

    Absolutely! Hell, the only reason we are having this discussion is because DA had this group of scrubs punching way above their weight.

  • DKnight007

    Lousy. But if he comes cheap. Freeman has some mental issues and not a leader.

  • DutchRaid

    Is there any coaches out there that if they expressed interest coaching the Raiders you would want Dennis Allen fired?

  • What’s a “big offer” to you?
    He won’t get more than 2 years, 8 millie, 2 guaranteed.
    If that.

  • RaidingTexas

    What were they supposed to do with all that dead money on the cap? You had needs at every position. You either go with one or two tier 1 guys, and then worse than scrubs at all other positions. Or you go as average as you can across the board and hope that you find some quality depth for the future – hence the 1 year contracts.


    Maybe he just found out that Rogers is playing.

  • DKnight007

    DA won’t be able to recruit quality free agents here. Gruden will be able to sign whoever the hell he wants if hired….

  • SnBG

    You can have as many HCs as you like. The sky is the limit. Go for it.

  • RaidingTexas

    Shut down that we’re used to? Like Stanford Routt? LMFAO get outta here man. CB play has been awful on the Raiders for years. And don’t make me explain once again why Nnamdi was not all that great.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Last time I looked, it was the players on the field missing tackles and coverages and field goals and missing open receivers and receivers dropping balls. You can point to coaches and management. And make some valid arguments for sure. But anyone that doesn’t put the bulk of the blame on a roster that’s $50 million dollars smaller than just about every other roster in the nfl, clearly has an agenda, or simply doesn’t know anything about football. Our coaches have been in the league as long as any other coaching staff in the nfl, more or less. They r far from perfect. But they aren’t retarded either. It comes down to execution and talent.

  • Can’t work with the players in the offseason as well, which was why I always thought it was comical when people bashed the staff for saying “TP HAD TO hire his own QB coaches in the offseason”.
    Yes he HAD TO, if he actually wanted to work. That’s what all QB’s do actually, have their own offseason guys they work with.

  • SnBG

    I think hes right. It’s ridiculous.

  • 0ak R8rs

    We’ve had two shutdown corners since Hayes and Haynes. And only one of then ever made plays, Woodson.

  • 2romes

    Happy Holiday Raider Nation

  • SnBG

    These guys are an upgrade from the yr before. Good job of doing that. They could use some help on the D line.