Allen talks about his future with Raiders


While the three other teams in the AFC West prepare for the playoffs, the Raiders head into the offseason with a sea of uncertainty for the 11th straight season.
The Raiders concluded their season with a 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos in a game that wasn’t anywhere near as close as the score might indicate. They finished 4-12 for the second straight season under the leadership of coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Yet, Allen is confident and almost defiant that he’ll be allowed back for a third season.
“Yeah, I do,” Allen said, when asked if he exects to be coaching the Raiders in 2014. “I expect to be back and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come back. But those are decisions that somebody else is going to make… But, yeah, I expect to be back.”
In fact, Allen already is looking into the future, salivating at the prospect of the Raiders having north of $60 million in salary-cap room and a full complement of draft picks.
“Absolutely. And like I’ve said before … Listen, it’s just the cards that we have to play with … This will be the first offseason where we’ve got some money that we can go out and try to acquire some free agents, to be able to sign some free agents on our football team that we’d like to keep here, and we’ll have a complement of draft choices to go out and begin to build this football team.
“It’s been a tough couple of years. It’s been a tough couple of years on everybody–been a tough couple of years on you guys, been a tough couple years on the fans, it’s been a tough couple of years with everybody within the organization. It’s something that needed to be done and we’re excited about the future and moving forward.”
Allen said he intends to meet with Davis and McKenzie in the coming days. At that time, they will talk about how to proceed and make sure they’re on the game page.
Allen does not seem at all concerned about being told that he isn’t in the Raiders’ plans moving forward.
“That’s a decision that’s made over my head,” Allen said. “I fully expect to be back. I fully believe that I deserve the opportunity to come back here and get a chance to, as we’ve said, go through the deconstruction phase … I want to be part of the rebuilding phase.”
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is among those in support of Allen and his coaching staff.
“I like coach Allen,” Pryor said. “Personally, I love coach Allen. He’s a great leader. He’s a great leader. Every single day, the thing I liked about him, he didn’t change. When we started the losing streak, he didn’t change one bit. He still talked to us the same. A lot of guys tend to crack under pressure.
“Coach Allen handled himself phenomenally, and we look at that type of stuff. He did a phenomenal job. I have a lot of respect for coach Allen and I know this team and my teammates do as well.”

— Linebacker Kevin Burnett suffered a concussion, cornerback Taiwan Jones tweaked an ankle and running back Rashad Jennings received a stinger Sunday. None of those injuries is expected to cost the players any practice time during the offseason, assuming they remain with the Raiders.

— Defensive end Lamarr Houston said he wants to re-sign with the Raiders this offseason. However, he said that he isn’t sure the Raiders’ desire is as intense.
“Who knows?” Houston said. “I believe that Dennis Allen and the Raiders might be looking to move on and have me go to another team or move on and find something more what they want for their system and their scheme. Who knows? It’s a rough business and nothing’s guaranteed and everything changes from day to day.”
What’s known is that the Raiders and Houston’s agent engaged in contract talks this season as a means of gauging what it would take to get a deal done.
As we reported earlier this season, the Raiders and Houston’s representation aren’t close on the parameters for a deal, with Houston’s side wanting Houston paid as a top-tier defensive end. McKenzie isn’t prepared to go that high, at least for now.
Salary-cap space isn’t an issue, given the Raiders have more cap room than any other team. And it’s unlikely that the Raiders would use the franchise tag on Houston because of a prohibitive figure of more than $12 million for a defensive end.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that Houston conceded he might have played his final game in a Raiders uniform Sunday.
“My understanding, I believe that they were talking me up and things like that, but to a certain standpoint, I believe, me and the Raiders, I’ve had good years and appreciate this organization,” Houston said. “I love this organization, but as far as what some of the coaches want, I’m not sure. That’s out of my control I play the best I can and do everything I can to contribute.”

— Wide receiver Jacoby Ford was a healthy scratch Sunday. That portends the Raiders moving forward without Ford next season and therefore no point in playing Ford one more time.
Yet, that doesn’t explain why the Raiders used running back Darren McFadden on Sunday. Either way, McFadden rushed seven times for 6 yards in what likely was his final game with the team that selected him No. 4 in the 2008 NFL draft.

— The Raiders earned the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NFL draft based on their 4-12 finish, but not until a tiebreaker among five teams that had that record.
The Jaguars emerged with the No. 3 pick because their .504 won-loss percentage was the worst among the five 4-12 teams. The NFL figures that a team that goes 4-12 against the worst schedule must be the worst team overall. The Raiders .524 strength of schedule was third among the five teams.
The Raiders held the third in the 2013 draft, though they traded it to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 12 and a second-rounder that the Raiders parlayed into cornerback D.J. Hayden and offensive tackle Menelik Watson.

— Pryor broke Rich Gannon’s Raiders record for most yards rushing by a quarterback. He rushed for 49 yards Sunday, giving him 576 for the season.


Steve Corkran

  • Ron69

    you can always upgrade Woodson but for a rookie? the FA pool is very shallow on FS, i would invest on DL

  • How about Cord Patterson from Reggie’s own UT? Best kick returner in the NFL, highest TD to touch rate in the NFL. As a rookie.
    A big play waiting to happen. We don’t need those around here apparently.

  • aig-raiders

    Bro, the Yets aint going anywhere with that dude. 12 td 21 ints with a pretty good D too. Amazing how you can complain about McG’s production, picks and no D and yet embrace the STafford and Geno are good in this league. Let me guess…draft position. 🙂

  • Alex7

    pretty much. It’s painful to admit, but this took 10 years of bad drafting to create such a bad roster.
    It’s going to take probably 3 or 4 drafts of starters to overcome. If Watson starts next year, we at least have 3 starters from the 1st one, and can build on it. But yeah, it might not turn around next year unless we hit on a star QB and two Pro Bowl defenders.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    yep. could have traded down AGAIN to get him or Des Trufant – best rookie cb

  • W.J

    Sadly, I have to agree with you on RM and the trust thing. Also giving DA Clowney is like handing a 5 year old an F-18 fighter jet to pilot.

  • seymour bush

    You are EXACTLY right. Barring an absolute MIRACLE, it will take three more drafts just to get an acceptable team. Maybe….

  • Stabler

    Hmm, interesting theory. Also all cold weather guys, which somehow makes a difference at least once every postseason.

  • DKnight007

    Exactly. DA and Tarver wouldn’t know what to do with Clowney.

  • aig-raiders

    dude, dont you check your stats. Dont know why you are so high on Flacco.
    Career Playoff stats.
    19 games 19 tds 8 picks. Prior to last year, he was 1500 yds 8 tds 8 picks in 9 games. His single playoff season in 2012 padded all of his stats. Basically, he avg 170 yds per game in the previous 9 games at less than 1 td per game.

  • DKnight007

    Wow. Now Houston has an ego? Just looking for any reason not to keep one of our best defenders on the team huh? Doesn’t matter…..Allen is not the answer for this franchise as head coach. Waste of time….

  • aig-raiders

    Jerry McDonald
    in season-ending meeting with team and with individual players, Raiders coach Dennis Allen gave impression he’d be back.
    I know this is not popular. Not a big fan of DA but I think this is the right move by Mark Davis. If you want to attract future good coaches like Sean Payton and the myriad of others that used Al Davis to leverage their teams, then you have to treat DA fair. Mark went public with Deconstruction and he had to allow DA a level playing field. In the long run, this is better for the Org.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    says the guy who gave Hue Jackson a tongue bath

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    doesn’t DA’s presser start in like 5 minutes?

  • Christian W

    I can’t believed there are fans waiting outside the org at Allen presser,smfh!!!

  • Papertiger

    Hmm…Lovie Smith has apparently got Jeff Tedford as his potential OC:


    Not sure how I feel about that.

  • Stabler

    New post online

  • funnyfalcon

    Yeah because Caldwell just started coaching the day the Colts won the superbowl. Come on man, you’re going to have to do MUCH better than that. Caldwell is the guy most responsible for Manning’s biggest growth as a QB and you have the balls to write him off as a nobody coach. Your brand of wikipedia stats based opinions is running very thin around here.

  • Zymurge

    Well stated. It’s hard to find fans in here that can think beyond a few weeks and look at things like long term impact and reputation.

  • Zymurge

    Methinks a regular Pryor loving poster forgot to log in, yet the drivel is unchanged.

  • kuhlest

    6 sacks (career high) in a contract year (best he has to offer)
    I like him and his effort, but if he wants more than he is worth then he can kick rocks…top 5 DE $$ and never coming close to a double digit sack year, NO THANKS!

  • kuhlest

    would like to see how his performance would be with a Clowney on the other side?

  • kuhlest

    no one player in this draft is worth 2 or 3 picks sooooo wouldn’t consider trading up.

    no matter what happens, there will be a good player available at 5, and two other good ones available at #36 and #71….

  • kuhlest

    Jarius Byrd is available…top 5 FS in NFL

  • kuhlest

    love this stategy ….
    McCarron will be there in RD 2 and he will be a good NFL QB, he is NFL ready, (played in NFL offense at Bama)

  • kuhlest

    wins > 8 he stays
    wins < 8 he goes
    8-8- there needs to be a serious discussion and evaluation on circumstance

  • They are there to chant Chucky! Chucky! CHUCKY! Woodson probably out there with him!

  • Maybe Davis makes a run at Cutler, Jimmy Graham, Karlos Dansby , James Jones and McKenzie drafts Jadeveon Clowney and Bishop Sankey.

  • Football has seriously declined when people look at press conferences as entertainment.

  • 95 the Game, or that fabulous invention, Google search.

  • For the hundredth time Hundley is not that good. Multiple scouts have said he should return for his Sr. Year.

  • Houston takes Teddy B. Clowney isnt down for the 3-4

  • FA
    Malcolm Jenkins, FS
    Tarrel Brown, CB
    Bryan Orakpo, DE or Jared Allen
    Randy Starks, DT

    Bridgewater, Bortles or Manziel
    OG David Yankey or Zack Martin
    RB Carlos Hyde
    CB-S LaMarcus Joyner
    OLB Boseko Lokembo

    Re-sign Jenkins, Sims, Veldheer.. Pashos,

  • Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda.

  • Thats due to bad teams in their division. Esp defenses.
    Put either of them in the NFC West, then see what they could do


    I’m not talking about going forward. I’m talking about Reggie getting slammed in here for the players he’s already brought in with the limited budget he had. I’ve even read that this year’s defense was his “hand-picked” group. It’s nonsense. He got the best he could afford at the time, and he’s going to upgrade some of those positions now that he has the money to do so. If we’re lucky, some of those guys from this year will be back for depth so that when the inevitable happens (injuries) we won’t fall off a cliff talent-wise. Some folks are just unwilling to see the big picture.

  • Rico Stifler

    Tedford could be a good OC in the NFL. He called some really good offenses in college.

  • TrevJo

    Even so, had we kept our original 2nd rounder, we could have had Hayden and Watson AND the 35th pick.

    As for the Palmer trade, I blasted it when it happened. If you want to still try to defend it to a greater or lesser degree, it’s your own folly.

  • TrevJo

    Freeman had one good year but I still would have rather had Campbell than him 3 years ago.

    I don’t like Pryor at all for what it’s worth. But he’s under contract, he’s cheap, and he’s familiar with our receivers (almost all of whom are going to return).
    I won’t shed a tear if he goes but to me it makes more sense to bring in 1 great prospect with the others backing up, and a late-round 4th guy for camp fodder/competition (like McGloin was this year) than it does to go in with just McGloin and HAVE to bring in 2 new guys plus a 4th as a camp arm. Granted that assumes Pryor doesn’t cause a rift in the locker room, which is not a given.
    Regardless of whether Pryor stays, Freeman isn’t better than McGloin and he’s of no use to us.