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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.

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  • Alex7

    Haven’t DC’s been trying to “get to Manning” for like…14 years?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Can’t be. Did you see Pryor running around out there yesterday? Must;ve been running from something.

  • Ron69

    FA keepers
    -Sims
    -Jenkins
    -Woodson
    -Veldheer
    -Jennings
    -Pashos
    anybody else can go even Houston and his grand ego

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Scott Bair
    DA met w/ the team and several individuals today. Recapped season, outlined long-term vision. Players got impression he’s still their coach.
    6 minutes ago from web

  • Stabler

    Pashos was cut by the Redskins, will be 34 next season, and bounced around 4 teams in 8 years, only starting in 4 of those years. Definition of a journeyman.

    Our O line is….meh.

  • Alex7

    nice. Some of us said the same about Oakland if they fired yet another guy prematurely.

  • aig-raiders

    Indy and Chargers proved you win it the “traditional” way and have always been the same formula to defeat a passing team. You either get ot the QB or keep him off the field by running the ball. For all the hype about the “new” nfl, i crack up when the old nfl beats the new nfl.

  • seymour bush

    At least we all know where Jamista Clown is.

  • SR Raider

    6th in the NFL in rushing yds/attempt. O-line is not in bad shape

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Yeah, he was waiting for a receiver to run where he could see them because he can’t remember all of their routes.

  • seymour bush

    And this is true.

  • Alex7

    From the “you heard it here yesterday” department. PFT now says the Rams are interested in trading their #2 overall pick.
    .
    If Hundley comes out, that’s a possible trade up. Or if Texans go defense #1 overall. Reggie won’t be shy with his job on the line.

  • seymour bush

    And this is also true.

  • Stabler

    Some distortion there because of Pryor, you have to agree.

  • seymour bush

    Welcome to Oakland.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    You’re thinking Teddy B?

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

    It immediately figures in, but it was already paid. Those guys you listed didn’t get one penny from us this year. It was just an acceleration on the cap figure of previously paid money, some of which Reggie did in 2012.
    Dead money is made up of ZERO SALARIES, all signing bonuses and restructure roster bonuses.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    i’m cool with the trade down though. Could have had Richardson or Lotulelei at #12 and Alonso or Bell at #42. Oops!

  • Alex7

    If by meh you mean average, I’ll agree. Far removed from the Texans expansion situation.

  • Stabler

    Well, he is the greatest (regular season, at least) QB ever. Coming off of the greatest QB season ever this year, after four neck surgeries in 18 months, at the age of 37. Dude comes from another planet.

  • aig-raiders

    If you havent noticed, the Giants front line defeated Brady’s passing game twice. The Buccanneers pass rush defeated Rich Gannon. The Merriman Chargers ate up Peyton Manning. The Giants Parcells beat up the vaunlted no huddle Jim Kelly offense. Robert Mathis single handedly beat up Manning this year. I can go on and on.

  • hysteric

    Is Reggie speaking at 1 pm today? Is there a live stream?

  • JOn Wooah

    lol at fans thinking Houston has an ego.. ya get real. Believe everything u hear from some writer

  • Alex7

    Not sure Cousins has proven to be a legit starting option.

  • aig-raiders

    Did you just mention Geno Smith? ugghhh RRS wth?

  • SR Raider

    No doubt, but considering all of the injuries this is not a horrible unit. They’ll make an upgrade or two but the big money/draft picks need to go to dl, qb, and wr

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

    How many Super Bowls have the Chargers and Colts won without Manning involved?

  • Alex7

    Man that’d be sweet. The very first time in my lifetime we’d have a young worthy QB to root for.

  • rifflicks

    like you?

  • JOn Wooah

    Houston was on 95.7 the game 2 weeks ago telling papa he wants to be back and his agent is doing everything they can to be back.. obviously there are two sides.. Reggie being a big one.

    Y should he give a discount to a crappy team that went throught multiple coaches.. If a team wants to give him a Desmond Bryant type deal.. all the power to him. Houston was the only guy we had for a while.. but when you throw him on a team where he isnt the only one he will be good. Get him on the Denver DLINE and see what happens.

    Even when wimbley was here it was a great combo

  • Back-N-Black

    just proves that Reggie has enough faith in Allen to put his own future in Allen’s hands. Another losing season will be the end of Allen and Reggie. Reggie will either look like a genius or an idiot a year from now. I’m leaning towards idiot, but I hope he proves me wrong.

  • RediaR

    Uhhh, You weren’t alive for the immortal Andrew Walter?

  • Alex7

    Star had 3 sacks this year, despite the amazing talent around him. Wonder what he would have done here.
    .
    I’m sure his run D is outstanding and would love having him here, just curious why he didn’t produce that much. Only 42 tackles (Sims had 50+ for comparison).

  • Stabler

    QB, receivers/playmakers, O line, pass rushers. That’s what the league is about. In that order.

  • Ron69

    i just read what he said yesterday, this guy thinks he is the missing piece for a superbowl team

  • aig-raiders

    how many SB have the greatest regular reg season QB won? 1? The Merriman chargers did own Peyton while he was in Indy. The single reason the chargers didnt win the SB is because they dumped Drew Brees for a Franchise QB Rivers. The same trap all coaches fall for.

  • JOn Wooah

    lol u gotta love raider fans thinking they are gonna get Hardy LMAO.. one he doesnt want to come here

    2. He will be franchised tagged or signed

    You wont get clowney either because he will be gone by 5 and Reggie would never trust him enough to draft him.

  • Alex7

    Maybe it’s me, but I can’t remember much from Woodson outside of the MJD tackle and one or two fumble scoops.

  • rifflicks

    Contract year for Houston and he didn’t put up the numbers…that’s the Raiders Fault????
    Get a Clue

  • Stabler

    MAYBE makes one Pro Bowl in his career. Definition of a pretty good player, but not a star or difference maker.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    You’re also the guy who said Pryor had a “great game” yesterday. Collapse.

  • Alex7

    Dang, I actually liked his arm coming out of Arizona State, but apparently the brain wasn’t there or he was just shell-shocked by Shell.

  • RediaR

    I’d have Woodson on the replaceable list.

  • rifflicks

    Walker was no slouch either

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

    He was pretty damn good his last 4 starts.
    3-1 W-L, 7 TD’s to 2 turnovers.
    Jets have a keeper if he drops the diva attitude.

  • Stabler

    Who do you take right now: Star or Hayden?

    Build the lines first, CB’s are a luxury. It’s all about putting pressure on the QB, not coverage like in Al’s heyday. Give a good QB time, and he will destroy any defensive backfield.

  • rifflicks

    the latter…Jackie Slater gets some of that blame too.

  • aig-raiders

    Passing up on Star killed the Raider Nation on draft day. Yes, there are other good rookies that we passed up. But for once the lynch mob was right about 1 guy and we passed him twice.

  • Alex7

    most sites gave us Barr, Hundley, or Clowney if top-5 teams went QB. One gave us Watkins but WR is our strength.

  • Stabler

    Gone before we pick. I bet Reggie trades down again this year.