Oakland Raiders Coach Allen Fickle When It Comes To Holding Players Accountable


Bill Parcells once said, “The worst thing that can happen to a player [from a player’s perspective] is for him not to know what the coach is really thinking about him.” 

Oakland Raiders’ Head Coach Dennis Allen began yesterday’s press conference by making it clear that he was not putting Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins solely on the shoulders of quarterback Matt Flynn.

“This game of football is not about one person,” Allen said. “It’s about 11 guys on each side of the ball. … At no point was this ever made about one guy, alright. I want to make sure that that’s perfectly clear.”

But after the game Sunday, it was Allen who told the media that Flynn didn’t play well; that the sacks he took were basically 50% his fault, and that the Raiders have got to make 4th and inches (i.e. a reference to Flynn fumbling the ball when the Raiders went for it on 4th and inches).

Allen also didn’t answer a question from a reporter that asked if un-drafted rookie 3rd string quarterback Matt McGloin would start against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday if quarterback Terrelle Pryor was unable to play.

Additional comments made to the media after Sunday’s game suggest Allen is fickle when it comes to his position regarding holding players accountable.

First, he talked about a couple of pre-snap penalties against the Redskins that took place on key downs in which the Raiders could have gotten the ball back.

So if Allen can’t stop the undisciplined pre-snap penalties that have been happening every game, why are he and General Manager Reggie McKenzie in Oakland?

When teams play the Raiders, it’s a given that a hard snap count will get them first downs on key third downs.

Just watch how San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers does this Sunday night.

It’s time to hold the players that are jumping off-sides accountable by getting them off the field.

Second, at Sunday’s press conference, Allen talked about Janikowski’s missed field-goal attempt for the third time this season.

Asked if it was another case of Janikowski not having the ball held for him correctly by first-year punter Marquette King, Allen responded that he thought the hold looked fine and that, “We have to get more comfortable still with that duo.”

Really?  How long are we going to blame the punter for missed field goals?

It’s week 4 of the 2013 NFL season and Janikowski’s been doing this for how many years?

I would think that even if the ball were not perfectly vertical that Janikowski would know how to make the proper adjustment after a couple of decades of kicking field goals.


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