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Raiders’ coach Dennis Allen identifies the bright spots in 10-6 loss to Minnesota Vikings in preseason opener

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Coach Dennis Allen acknowledged Saturday the Raiders had better get used to the way games will be officiated this season but saw enough good things in a 10-6 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings to be encouraged.

“The penalties were the biggest thing we had to deal with, and a couple of those things at this year’s points of emphasis with defensive holding or illegal contact downfield,’’ Allen said in a conference call with local reporters.

A facemask penalty on Brian Leonhardt also fell into that category, Allen said.

“I don’t know that in the past you would see some of these things called, but with the rules and points of emphasis, we’re going to see those things,’’ Allen said. “It was good for us to get out, play a game and see how officials are going to call those things.’’

The Raiders finished with 13 penalties for 94 yards, including five pre-snap penalties. The offenders were Menelik Watson (false start), Pat Sims (neutral zone infraction), Tony Bergstrom (two false starts) and Erle Ladson (false start).

Allen said positives from the loss included the running game and the pass rush.

Darren McFadden ran 23 yards on his only carry, Maurice Jones-Drew had two carries for 10 yards (not including a 7-yard run called back by penalty) and Latavius Murray had seven carries for 28 yards.

“I think we’re going to have an effective run game,’’ Allen said. “You saw some good things up front with guys being able to move people off the ball.’’

Defensively, the Raiders sacked starting quarterback Matt Cassel once, backup Teddy Bridgewater twice and third-string quarterback Christian Ponder three times.

Allen said he was “not displeased’’ with the performance of starting quarterback Matt Schaub, noting three potential first down passes that were dropped. Schaub was 3 of 7 for 21 yards.

“We obviously need to play better and be more consistent, but there were things to build on,’’ Allen said.

Allen said getting rookie quarterback Derek Carr work with the first team was “not part of the plan right now.’’

Rookie starting strong side linebacker Khalil Mack, Allen said, was able to cause “disruption’’ on a couple of pass rushes but overall “ I think you saw a guy playing in his first NFL game.’’
Rookies who flashed at Allen with solid play included defensive end Shelby Harris and cornerback T.J. Carrie. Both are seventh-round picks who look as if they will not only make the 53-man roster but potentially make a contribution sooner rather than later.

— Other than defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), the only other player to come out of the game injured was safety Jansen Watson with a toe injury of undetermined severity.

— The Raiders took Saturday of and return to practice Sunday at 3 p.m. They break training camp with a Monday morning practice then travel to Oxnard to practice against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (4 p.m.) and Wednesday (9 a.m.)

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Gdog

    Reward the employee’s that work hard and do good. Dump the one’s that don’t. Business 101. Reggie does it all backwards.

  • JV is going to pro bowls in AZ

  • Gdog

    Oh no. We didn’t have enough money?

  • Gdog

    lol

  • Return

    He never should have lost it. If anything it’s Mack and Burris who should be competing for a spot.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not for the ‘no guaranteed money’ 3rd restructure in 15 months plan.

  • LOL the classic “He didn’t want to be here”

    If you boss came up to you and said “lets cut your pay in half” and you leave to go work somewhere else then your boss tells everyone you did not want to be here……Then you have been “Reggied”

  • Gdog

    ..and it bothers me.

  • So you don’t think Reggie lies?

  • lefty12

    He wanted to be paid and went to the team willing to pay him the most.So would you.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Still think he and Reggie winked, looked at Arizona, and said we gotta make it look half respectable.

  • Gdog

    I heard a sports guy on the way back from Mnlps talk about how great it would be if he had a great year. Just said it would be sad if such a talented player fizzled out like he has…

  • Gdog

    …not a coaching problem though…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I don’t think it was an antagonistic negotiation. Better for both.

  • Gdog

    Sio looked great!

  • Gdog

    Indeed!

  • Gdog

    The point is, why didn’t WE want to pay him the most?

    Not enough money?

  • Gdog

    The players that work the hardest get jettisoned for hired mercenaries.

    Why would this business plan NOT work?

    Hmmm…

  • lefty12

    What is the problem if all three prove to be very good players?Why pit one against the other.Root for all of them.

  • Ès so uglès. Ès uglès.

  • r8ter4evr

    To think Tim Brown returned punts and had a HOF career is really amazing
    Sure miss #81

  • lefty12

    Because we felt we could get better players for the same money.Whether that pans it is yet to be seen.As anyone involved in the game will say-you always try and get better.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Professional courtesy? We were in the playoffs last year with him? I don’t think so. I don’t think he thought so. i don’t think Reggie thought so. I don’t think DA thought so. Palmer’s better off, isn’t he?

  • Gdog

    Thats just stupid. You pay your CURRENT employees money for excellence. Not hoping for better from non-employees.

    Business 101.

  • Return

    I would if all three were given the same opportunity.
    Sio proved he was legit. Burris and Mack haven’t proven squat. Sio shouldn’t even have to compete for a position. Then to add insult to injury you move the guy and limit his reps. Like I said let Mack and Burris battle it out.
    That’s my beef.

  • Gdog

    I am talking about JENNINGS. Put down the 40…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No 40’s tonight. Thought this was the Palmer thread.

  • lefty12

    WRONG.If you feel you can improve the team you do it,loyalty be damned.Ask Al in his younger days,Bill Walsh and Joe,Lombardi,etc.Did Indy show any loyalty to Manning when they had a chance to draft Luck?

  • Raider O

    Reggie can’t tell a lie. He has homers to lie for him.

  • lefty12

    I seriously doubt Sio was ever in doubt of losing his job.I never heard it from the coaching staff.It was fueled by the media.

  • r8ter4evr

    RM should have went for one more pro bowl vet
    Devin Hester, even at age 31 he is still better than most at the return game
    Coulda shoulda woulda I guess

  • Gdog

    Luck is prolly the ONLY example anyone could come up with in the NFL.

    Like a one in a million lottery win.

    Try again duffuss…

    You REWARD great performance to build a TEAM.

    You have no clue what you are talking about.

  • Blackholepriest

    Can’t wait to see the Seattle vs Raiders game.

  • r8ter4evr

    It sure stirred up some HorseSh&t
    in here though

  • Dakota

    Did he start last night?

  • r8ter4evr

    Do you have your Hawks cap all ready??

  • Return

    First he did lose his job. They just handed his job to Mack. Mack better be ROY or damn close to justify that move. Secondly they switch and then make him run with the 2nds, and this was way before any rib injury.

  • Blackholepriest

    No do you?

  • Dan Walker

    Our bright spots…happy that DA is addressing those at this time.

  • J Hill

    Not sure what could have been done different.

    1 fair catch at the 10 by 17, another that should have been fair caught by 17 but he tried to make something happen (probably -3 yes there, and I forget the circumstances of Carrie’s PR.

  • r8ter4evr

    Just checking
    Simmer down
    If TP works out great for him
    I was on his wagon too
    He really did go to the best place for him to succeed. Now it’s all up to him

  • lefty12

    You want to start with the name calling we can end this now.However if you look at the history of the league,you’ll see most of the time there is no loyalty.Walsh let Montana go because he thought Young was going to be an improvement.Al traded Stabler for Pastorini.He let Marcus go for Bo.He got rid of HOF TE Dave Casper.He got rid of R.Chester.Every move was made because he felt he could get better at the position.It happens every year.Why was J.Allen(DE) allowed to leave KC?

  • Dakota

    The only bright spot DA can see is the light of the train steaming toward him that will end his HC career.

  • J Hill

    “so far ahead” of us?

    I didn’t see that.

  • Dan Walker

    Can’t argue that.

  • Dakota

    The 4-12 to Yuma.

  • lefty12

    Who cares with who they run with in practice.He is the starter and the move should make the team better.

  • J Hill

    Jobs are definitely handed out around here.

    Brown and Rogers were handed the 2nd and 3rd corner spots over Chekwa, Carrie, and say McGil.

    Does Murray have the same shot MJD does at starting?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Anything in particular you’re looking forward to?

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Remember that season the Raiders went 4-1 in preseason?!? I do… the regular season the team went 2-14.

    Preseason doesn’t mean much.

    That said, The only bright spot for the Raiders in this game was the lack of injuries and the experience of playing together in a game.