Oakland Raiders News Clips for Dec. 9, 2013

 

Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media Monday afternoon  (Raiders.com)…Coach Allen discussed yesterday’s 37-27 loss to the New York Jets. (watch video)

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Answers Questions About Job Security  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)…Oakland Riaders Head Coach Dennis Allen had to answer questions for the first time this season about his future with the club after the Raiders lost the Jets that dropped the team down to 4-9. (watch video)

Allen not worried about job security, says Raiders ‘closer” this season  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that his team this season is “closer” to being a playoff-caliber team than it was last season and that he isn’t concerned about his job security.  “Listen, that’s not what my job is,” Allen said, when asked if he has received assurance from owner Mark Davis that he’ll be retained beyond this season. “My job is to try to get this team better, get this team ready to play against the Kansas City Chiefs.  “I’m not going to talk about speculation or anything like that. I’m going to worry about winning a football game this week.” (read more)

Players in full support of Allen, McGloin starting vs. K.C., Jennings cleared to play  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Wide receiver Rod Streater said there’s a marked difference in this year’s team, as evidenced by the Raiders having a realistic chance to win six of the nine games they lost. Last season, the Raiders got blown out five times.  “Our record might not be different,” Streater said, “but as a team we’re right there. … Last year that wasn’t the case. I feel like everyone is all in. They believe from the start we can win these games. The attitude is much different.” (read more)

Jennings: We love Coach Allen; he’s a true leader  (CSN Bay Area)… I’d love to return. I feel I am a Raider. I feel at home here … If I had my druthers, I’ll be wearing this bucket again (next season). (watch video)

Marcel Reece says he likes the confidence the team has in him  (The Rise Guys, 95.7 the game)… The Raiders FB says the team knew they were going to make a QB change. He talks about how it feels to take a big run to the house and says the team needs to put two good halves of football together. (listen)

Rod Streater talks about the team’s mentality going into the last 3 games  (by John Lund & Greg Papa, 95.7 the game)… The Raiders WR looks back on his performance against the Jets on Sunday, and and how it’s been playing with 2 QB’s this season. (listen)

Streater hopes to reach 1,000 yards, focused on finishing games  (CSN Bay Area)… “Coming in I just wanted to get a jersey.  …a 1,000; something about that you want to get as a receiver and getting this last three wins.”  (watch video)

Dennis Allen explains his decision to put in Terrelle Pryor on Sunday  (by Rich Bucher & Chris Townsend, 95.7 FM)… “Not everybody is going to agree with the decisions I make but my job is to put us in the best position to win.” (listen)

Jennings says he’s cleared to play vs. Chiefs  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… Raiders running back Rashad Jennings said Monday that he was formally cleared to play next week against the Kansas City Chiefs.  (read more)

Raiders QB Matt McGloin expected to start final three games  (by John Breech, CBS Sports.com)… There’s no quarterback controversy in Oakland. Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced on Monday that barring unforeseen circumstances, Matt McGloin would remain the team’s starting quarterback for the rest of the season. (read more)

5 things to know after Jets top Raiders 37-27  (by Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press)…EAST COAST WOES: Oakland, on a three-game skid, has dropped 13 in a row in games played in the Eastern time zone.  The Raiders, who last won one of those games in December 2009 at Pittsburgh, has been outscored 414-225 in such situations.  (read more)

Raiders Rewind: Defense regresses in bad loss to Jets  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… These Raiders are different, assuredly better than they were a year ago. That’s been the company line. Progress is the product being sold around Oakland these days, as the franchise fuels optimism for the future.  The unofficial slogan is modest and direct: This team isn’t quite as good Raider Nation, but they’re assuredly better than last year’s 4-12 mark. Here, buy a ticket. Buy a jersey. Buy some hope. (read more)

Upon Further Review: Raiders Week 14  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… We already knew that Janikowski was enduring his roughest season kicking field goals since 2005 — his 2013 percentage was 11 points below his career percentage entering the season — but he again had a costly miss on which the game turned. The left-footed Janikowski pulled his 52-yarder wide right in the first quarter from the right hashmark, his second miss from the right side this season. It essentially negated Kevin Burnett’s interception and, helped with a short field, the Jets scored a touchdown three plays later for a 10-0 lead. (read more)

Raiders see progress despite another losing season  (by Josh Dubow, Associated Press)… Stumbling to the finish of a losing season has become an all-too-familiar feeling around the Oakland Raiders.  With 11 straight years without a winning record or playoff berth and an NFL-worst 120 losses since the start of the 2003 season, the Raiders have had to search for any small positives they can find. (read more)

Lincoln Kennedy says the Raiders need a lot more talent  (by 95.7)… The former Raiders OT and current team analyst talks about the frustrating season it’s been for the team and about Charles Woodson’s postgame comments. He talks about the Raiders defense and what has happened to it lately. (listen)

Jon Gruden says he’s not interested in coaching in 2014  (by Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times)… The man who coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their only Super Bowl victory confirmed to the network that he will remain in place as an NFL analyst, including his spot alongside Mike Tirico in the “Monday Night Football” booth, at least through the 2014 season. (read more)

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