Oakland Raiders News Clips for Dec. 30, 2013

 

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen’s End of Year Press Conference  (Raiders.com)…“Obviously, things this year from a record standpoint didn’t work out the way the way we wanted them to work out. We understand that we’ve got to be better than that. We know that from here on out our future is going to be determined by what we do form this point forward. I’m looking forward to the future. I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for us. I still think that this will be a great challenge for us, but I think that this is something we can do. There’s a plan for the things that we need to do to accomplish the goals that we’re trying to accomplish within this organization on this football team. I think our football team continued to battle and continued to fight. Obviously, I didn’t think we were able to be as competitive as we needed to be or wanted to be later in the season. There are challenges that go along with that, but now we have an opportunity to build this team and to build this team the right way, to build this team through a compliment of draft choices that you can raise the way you want them to be raised, in the culture that you want them to be raised in. We’re going to have an opportunity to sign back guys through free agency that if we want a guy back we’re going to be able to get a guy back and we’re going to be able to go out there and acquire some talent off of other rosters that we think fit the mold of what we’re looking for. We’re closer than what our record might indicate. There are a few things that we need to be able to do to get to where we need to get to. I think we still need to be able to develop and find probably about two or three playmakers on each side of the ball that we have to be able to develop or go out there and get. That’s where we’re at as a football team and that’s where we are moving forward.” (read transcript and/or watch video)

Dennis Allen feels good that he’ll be back next season in Oakland  (by 95.7FM The Game)… The Raiders Head Coach discussed if he knows if he will be back next season with the Raiders, what he thinks about the QB position moving forward, and who he sees as building blocks on both sides of the ball. (listen)

Allen has sign that he’ll be back as Raiders coach in 2014  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Dennis Allen has yet to meet with owner Mark Davis, but he said Monday that he has a firm sense that he will be back for a third season as the Raiders head coach. “I’ve been given the indication that I’ll be back,” Allen said during his year-end news conference, “but it will be important for me and Mark to be able to sit down and communicate and talk about the things that we need to talk about. I have every intention of being back.” (read more)

Allen interested in Raiders re-signing some of team’s prospective free agents  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Allen mentioned defensive end Lamarr Houston, offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and safety Charles Woodson as free agents he is interested in the Raiders bringing back.  Here’s a complete list of the unrestricted free agents: Offense — wide receiver… (read more)

Allen not sure if Raiders’ future QB on roster  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… “I’m not sure that we have the quarterback of the future in the building right now, but again I think we’ll go through the offseason evaluation process, I think we’ll go back through all the tapes, we’ll comb through everything. I do think we have a better idea of what we have at the quarterback position, but again I think, listen, that’s the most important position on the football field.” (read more)

Terrelle Pryor: “If I’m on the team, I want to lead”  (95.7FM The Game)… The Raiders QB responded to comments by Dennis Allen today that the Raiders might not “have the quarterback of the future in the building,” and why he likes taking criticism. (listen)

Raiders Announce Reserve/Future Signings  (Raiders.com)… The Oakland Raiders have signed the following six players to Reserve/Future contracts, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced on Monday. All six players finished the 2013 season on Oakland’s practice squad. (read more)

2014 Opponents Determined  (Raiders.com)… Home:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers  Away:     Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks (read more)

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