Oakland Raiders News Clips for Nov. 4, 2013


Coach Allen Breaks Down Loss to Eagles  (Raiders.com)… Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media and discussed the Raiders 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen: “I’ll start off with the injuries; Juron Criner had a shoulder, that happened late in the game. Rod Streater has a hip, [Matt] McCants has a toe, [Darren] McFadden with a hamstring, Terrelle Pryor with a knee, [Sebastian] Janikowski has some ribs, I think that happened on the long kickoff return and Kaluka Maiava has ribs also, so that’s where we’re at injury-wise. Just real briefly on the game yesterday, we obviously didn’t play well, we have to own that. We’re all responsible for it, everybody, coaches and players. We have to come out and we have to play better. We have a group of prideful men in that locker room, coaches and players, and we’re going to take the necessary steps, we’re going to do the things we have to do to get those things corrected and we’ll play better football. That’s what our job is. It’s one game, it’s one day, it’s one loss. Obviously, we’re always disappointed with the manner in which that loss happened, but it’s still one loss. Our guys are going to come back and compete. We know we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of playing. I don’t want to take anything away from Philadelphia because I thought they came in and played well and did the things that they needed to do to win the game, but we also understand the way we played in the game the other day is not indicative of the team we have in that locker room and not indicative of the team that we’ve put out on the field up to this point and won’t be indicative of the team we’re going to put out going forward. We’re going to work extremely hard to get it corrected and we’re going to move forward and get focused on the New York Giants because that’s the only one that we can do anything about is this week against the Giants.”  (watch the video or read the transcript)


Raiders injury notes: Pryor day-to-day with minor knee sprain  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… Terrelle Pryor’s knee injury didn’t get worse overnight. The Raiders quarterback got hurt late in Sunday’s 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and was removed from the game.  Pryor said Sunday night the move was precautionary and that his knee felt stable. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that Pryor is day-to-day with a knee sprain. “He seemed to be doing pretty well this morning,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We evaluate him again in the morning and continue to do so as we go forward.” (read more)

McFadden’s hammy greater concern  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)…The Oakland Raiders are more worried about running back Darren McFadden’s reaggravated right hamstring than they are about quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s sprained right knee. (read more)

Raiders regress in loss to Eagles  (by Josh Dubow, Associated Press)… The only move the Oakland Raiders made was back to their old ways.  …The defense was completely overmatched by Philadelphia’s spread offense, allowing Nick Foles to tie an NFL record with seven TD passes on the first nine drives of a 49-20 loss. (read more)

Oakland Raiders must defy history  (by Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News)… This is the place, this is the defining moment, this is exactly when so many recent Raiders seasons have dimmed and disintegrated.  Right here — after this kind of abominable home loss and after the head coach has that kind of severe look on his face.  This has all happened before. What comes next could be very predictable for a team that just had most of its hopes lit on fire and trampled. (read more)

Upon Further Review: Raiders Week 9  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Right where they wanted ’em: The Raiders had just scored to get within 21-10 in the second quarter and their defense had the Eagles in a third-and-16 at their own 14-yard line. A defensive stop would surely shift momentum to the Raiders. Except … Oakland rushed only three players, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had plenty of time to look downfield and DeSean Jackson found a soft spot in the zone, camped out and caught Foles’ pass for a 17-yard gain and a first down. (read more)

Dennis Allen can’t be serious  (by Lowell Cohn, The Press Democrat)… uestions I wanted to ask Raiders coach Dennis Allen after his team got murdered by Philadelphia 49-20. I was held back by a sense of decorum:  What the hell?  Coach, are you kidding me?  (read more)

Hayden, Raiders get ‘wake-up call’ from Eagles up-tempo offense  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Long after the game ended, Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden sat in front of his locker, half dressed, with a white towel draped over his bowed head.  A short time later, Hayden declined an interview request and exited the locker room, leaving others to explain just how the Philadelphia Eagles carved up the Raiders for 419 yards passing and seven touchdowns in a 49-20 victory. (read more)

Raiders blitzed less vs. Eagles, got burned when they did  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… According to STATS, the Raiders averaged 20.5 blitzes per game in seven contests. On Sunday, that number dropped to 11, which could be due to the Eagles’ success against it.  STATS reported that the Eagles completed 6-of-9 passes for 52 yards and three touchdowns when Raiders brought at least one extra man. The Raiders relied heavily on three or four players rushing the passer on Sunday. They mixed up their attack and blitzed at times, but focused on coverage during a day where little went right defensively. (read more)

Raiders not quite a ‘top-notch defense’ yet  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Just as people took note of the Raiders defense and included them in the conversation about the league’s better all-around defenses, the Eagles rolled into town and blew through the Raiders defense with the ease of Miguel Cabrera hitting an 85 MPH fastball.  The Eagles amassed 542 yards offense, passed for seven touchdowns and encountered little difficulty against the Raiders. (read more)

Piling up offensive numbers, to no avail  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Take a look at the Oakland Raiders’ final offensive numbers and then try to explain how they were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles, 49-20. Consider: Oakland racked up 560 yards of total offense, the third-most in franchise history, and the most since 1968. The Raiders also won the time of possession: 37:54 — 22:06. Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 288 yards and rushed for 94 yards. Rashad Jennings rushed for 102 yards, his third career 100-yard rushing game, the first since 2010. Rod Streater had 98 yards receiving on five catches, and went over 1,000 yards for his career. (read more)

Raiders dominated stats, Eagles dominated game  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… The Raiders rushed for 210 yards, passed for 375, controlled the clock for almost 38 minutes and ran 92 plays against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.  Yet, they weren’t even in the game they ultimately lost 49-20. That’s what happens when your defense allows touchdowns on four straight possesisons to start the game, seven passing touchdowns overall, 542 yards offense and poses almost no resistance on the Eagles 57 plays. (read more)

Ex-NFL QB Gannon recalls scaled shakedown of rookies  (by Jim Corbett, USA Today)… Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon says reports of alleged financial hazing of Miami Dolphins rookies didn’t surprise him — he recalls an Oakland Raiders locker room in which veterans shook down rookies according to how high they were drafted. They would have these guys go with them to these expensive restaurants in San Francisco and they would literally go in there and try and order the most expensive things off the menu,” he said. “The veteran guys would order three entrees, they would order $1,200, $1,500 bottles of wine. They would order the most expensive bottles of champagne. (read more)

Allen does admirable job keeping tabs on locker room culture  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Raiders coach Dennis Allen has been vigilant about the culture of his team’s locker room since he arrived here almost two years ago.  To that end, he said Monday, whatever takes place amongst his players, be it in the locker room, on the field, wherever, is his responsibility. “We have a pretty good feel for the locker room,” Allen said… (read more)

Bills cut ex-Raiders QB Matt Flynn  (Associated Press)… The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Matt Flynn in another indication rookie starter EJ Manuel is ready to return from injury.  Flynn was cut Monday, three weeks after the Bills signed the sixth-year player. The Bills were in need of experienced depth with Manuel sidelined by a sprained right knee. (read more)


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