Oakland Raiders: Head Coach Dennis Allen Speaks after First Preseason Game
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 14, 2012
On Monday night, the Oakland Raiders lost by a score of 3-0 to the Dallas Cowboys. Here is what head coach Dennis Allen had to say about the game as well as the injuries that occurred.
While the Raiders lost the game and didn’t put up much of a fight offensively, Allen was extremely pleased with the first-team defense.
He also liked the performance of All-Pro caliber running back Darren McFadden who had both an 18-yard reception on a screen pass as well as a 16-yard run on the team’s first possession.
However, Allen realizes that the execution throughout the game hurt the team in the end and prevented them from getting the win.
“I think there are obviously some positives in the game. I thought our first team defense did exceptionally well. I was real pleased with the way that Darren McFadden played there in the first quarter and so there are some positives about it. We got a lot of young guys a lot of reps. But at the end of the day, the execution is not where it needs to be and we have to be better.”
With NFL preseason games not counting for anything other than player evaluation for the coaching staff, effort and intensity many times becomes an issue. However, Allen believed that the Raiders displayed a good level of both throughout most of the game.
“I thought the effort and intensity were pretty good. I think at times during the game we might have got a little tired and the focus wasn't quite where it needs to be, but that's to be expected in a preseason game. Nothing unusual. But overall, I thought the effort and intensity was good.”
Wide receiver Rod Streater was undoubtedly one of the biggest story lines with his performance on Monday. The Rookie out of Temple had 6 receptions for 66 yards.
Allen was pleased with Streater’s execution and ability to make plays while playing mostly with the second-team offense.
“I'll get a chance to really look at the tape and evaluate his overall performance. Statistically it looked like he had some yards, he had some catches. So in that regard I thought we did a nice job. We'll have to look at the tape and really study the details and make sure he was executing what he needed to get executed.”
The biggest storyline heading into Monday night’s game was the intrigue of quarterback Terrelle Pryor playing.
Pryor had not played in a competitive football game (not including his one snap with the Raiders in 2011 that was negated by a penalty) since January 4, 2011 when he led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a 31-26 victory over the University of Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.
Allen was happy to see the former college star being able to get back on the field and get both reps and experience. However, he realizes that Pryor is still a work in progress and there are many things that he can work on including clock management.
“For the first time to be on the football field in real game action, I was pleased he was able to get out there and get some reps and get some experience. Obviously, we have to do a little better job getting in and out of the huddle and getting the play snapped a bit sooner, but those are all things that can be corrected, so he's a work in progress and just like I've always talked to him about, I want to see him get a little bit better every day.”
The Raiders’ other backup quarterback, Matt Leinart, really impressed Allen. He liked his ability to smoothly run the offense, command the huddle, and perhaps most importantly, make plays.
“I was pleased with the way Matt came in and played there in the 2nd quarter and the end of the end of the first half. I thought he ran the offense well. I thought he executed. I thought he threw the ball well, took what the defense gave him and so he took command of the huddle and commanded the offense, so I was pleased with where he was at.”
As for the injuries, Allen said that starting center Stefen Wisniewski left the game during the team’s first possession with an apparent calf injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known.
Luckily for the Raiders, this was the only injury suffered during the game.
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour was held out of the game so that he could rest the knee that he tweaked earlier during training camp.
This isn’t alarming as Seymour has practiced over the past few sessions with no problems.
Running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), wide receiver Eddie McGee (hamstring), running back Mike Goodson (neck), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder), wide receiver Duke Calhoun (knee), linebacker Mario Kurn (knee), and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all missed the game with their injuries.
With one preseason game in the books, the Raiders will be back on the practice field Wednesday in preparation for their second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals this Friday at 4:00 PM PST (7:00 PM PST).
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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