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"Disappointed in the way that we played"

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media immediately after the Raiders 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason opener.

Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen: Disappointed in the way that we played. I thought we’d come out and be sharper than that and execute better than that. The penalties really were the big story of the game. We started out offensively the first drive of the game we had a five yard penalty so now all the sudden we’re behind the sticks. The very next drive out we had another penalty which backs us up again and really put us in some tough down and distance situations that we weren’t able to overcome. Offensively I thought we had too many opportunities where we had a chance to make a play and we were unable to make the play, specifically in the passing game. Defensively, really again penalties, third downs were the issue. Again the penalties, most of those occurred on third down situations where we had an opportunity to get off the field. We had defensive holding or illegal contact which are the points of emphasis this year with the League so we have to get that cleaned up. There were some positives in the game, I thought our guys came back and fought. I thought late in the game we were able to move the ball a little bit. I was pleased with some of the things that I saw later in the game. Defensively being able to basically after the first couple of series, we were able to keep them scoreless for the game so I thought that was a positive. I thought at times we could run the ball pretty well. I was pleased with some of the things that I saw in the running game. Obviously it was nice to see Darren (McFadden) get an explosive run there early in the game and I thought Latavius Murray ran the ball fairly well. There are some positives there that we can take and continue to work with but obviously we have a long, long way to go as a football team to be the type of team that we want to be but I’m sure our guys are going to continue to work. We’re going to continue to work and we’ll get better as a football team.

Q: How do you think Matt Schaub looked?

COACH ALLEN: I thought he was put in some tough situations. We had a mistake on the first third down of the game, which turned out to be an incompletion. We have to execute better there and we have to put ourselves in more manageable situations. Again, we can’t start the game off with a couple of penalties and put ourselves in first and long, second and long type of situations. I thought overall the execution wasn’t good enough. 

Q: Do you attribute the penalties to just first game of the season and guys getting back into the flow, or did you see more than that in terms of troubling wise?

COACH ALLEN: It’s hard to tell without seeing the tape. A lot of these penalties were penalties that occurred during the play, but the ones that obviously we have to totally clean up are the ones that happen, the pre-snap penalties that put us in bad situations. I’ll go back, look at the tape, find out exactly what happened on each individual play and have a better assessment after that. 

Q: What were your first impressions of Derek Carr?

COACH ALLEN: I thought he did some good things in the game. I think he made some rookie mistakes out there but I thought overall that there were some positives to build from and again we’ll go back and look and see exactly how he played and be able to make the corrections and help him to get better. I thought for the first time out I thought he was ok. 

Q: Besides the penalties, on your first team defense, did anything alarm you at all at first? They got moved on pretty good the first drive, anything catch your eye there?

COACH ALLEN: No, I mean they made some plays. Hopefully we will add a few things to the game plan next week and do a couple of different things. I thought we were able to get after the quarterback and get some pressure on the quarterback. I thought in the second drive we had an opportunity to get off the field and we had a defensive holding call that continued that drive. I thought the biggest thing was the third down penalties that kept drives alive.

Q: What do you equate that to?

COACH ALLEN: No, we had officials out last week and there really were very few penalties called. It’s not something that has been an issue throughout training camp but obviously the way it was officiated tonight there was a few more penalties.

Q: The decision to go for two, was that just if we are going to win this we are going to win this in regulation?

COACH ALLEN: Yeah, that’s a situation where you are in preseason and you’re trying to work on some things. Just signing the kicker last night and we had a field goal blocked already so when you’re in the situation preseason I think it is a great opportunity to work on some two point plays and different things.

Q: You mentioned the defense played well late, any of the guys jump out of at you? Any young players?

COACH ALLEN: Again, I will have to look at the tape before I can really single some guys out but I thought they played hard, I thought they played aggressive. For the most part I was pleased with the tackling in the game. I thought we tackled pretty well. I can name one missed tackle to start off the second half of the game but really that’s the only one that stands out in my mind. I thought the tackling was pretty crisp and I thought the guys executed pretty well. I thought they did pretty well in the second half of the game.

Q: Justin Ellis headed for the concussion protocol?

COACH ALLEN: Yes

Q: Anyone else didn’t finish the game?

COACH ALLEN: No, everyone else was able to finish the game.

Q: There seem to be some receiver drops in the first and second unit, was that something that caught your eye?

COACH ALLEN: Yeah that was something I was saying earlier, we had opportunities to make plays that we weren’t able to make and some in critical situations. When you have the opportunity to make the play, guys have to step and they have to make the play. Whether that is receivers catching, lineman blocking or defenders making a play on the passing game. You don’t get a lot of opportunities in this league so you have to make the most out of all your opportunities. There were plenty of plays on the field to be had but we didn’t make enough of them.