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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:14:53 -0700
Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (knee) will undergo knee surgery and miss the team's preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8, according to head coach Dennis Allen. The exact nature of Ausberry's injury has not been revealed.
Fantasy Tip: Ausberry was sitting on top of the depth chart at tight end, and Mychal Rivera will likely inherit the role for as long as Ausberry is sidelined. However, Rivera is a low-end TE2 at best even as the starter.
Tue, 27 May 2014 13:06:56 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is considering using RB Maurice Jones-Drew to return punts.
Fri, 16 May 2014 20:27:27 -0700
Oakland Raiders DT Antonio Smith (undisclosed) underwent surgery after suffering an undisclosed injury during an accident in the weight room. Head coach Dennis Allen said the team hopes Smith will be able to participate in some of the offseason workouts or their minicamp in June.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:42:18 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will head to Texas A&M's Pro Day in College Station to watch QB Johnny Manziel Thursday, March 27.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:20:23 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen admitted that the team is still unsure who will be their quarterback for the upcoming season. Allen isn't sure if the team's quarterback is currently on the roster.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:56:46 -0800
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he assured head coach Dennis Allen that his job was not in jeopardy despite reports that Allen was on the hot seat after the team lost eight of its final nine games to finish 4-12 for the second straight year. "It was not an issue with me. I understand how things kind of go in different directions when it gets toward the end of the season throughout the league when (people are) predicting who's going to be in, who's going to be out. I understood all that. But I wasn't going to play into that," McKenzie said.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:56:07 -0800
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said head coach Dennis Allen will remain with the team. "We met this evening at the Raider facility, and the meeting went really well," Davis said. "We talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season. We're ready to rock and roll." Allen has two years remaining on his current four-year deal.
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:28:47 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen met with team owner Mark Davis Tuesday, Jan. 7, and according to a source, Allen is "probably" safe to return for the 2014 season. At least six of his assistants accepted one-year extensions.
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:28:23 -0800
According to multiple sources, a meeting between head coach Dennis Allen and owner Mark Davis took place at team headquarters Tuesday, Jan. 7, and at least six assistants accepted one-year extensions.
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:11:22 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen's future with the team is in question, and there appears to be a difference in opinion between Allen and owner Mark Davis on the fate of several assistant coaches. The two will have another meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7, and the main topic will be Allen's vision for the club. Allen wants to keep his assistant coaches with two-year contracts, but he's being met with resistance from Davis, who wants only one-year deals for the coaches. Allen is expected to be kept on as head coach. Only offensive coordinator Greg Olson and linebackers coach Bob M. Sanders are currently under contract.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:30:43 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen will meet Tuesday, Jan. 7, with team owner Mark Davis to discuss the team's season and immediate future as part of its offseason protocol. "Dennis Allen is the coach until he's no longer the coach," a league source said Tuesday, Dec. 31. "The only people firing Dennis Allen right now are the media."
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:06:32 -0800
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis indicated Monday, Dec. 30, that no official decision has been made on the status of head coach Dennis Allen, but he gave every indication that Allen is likely to be back in 2014. General manager Reggie McKenzie is on even firmer ground, and it seems likely the GM is sticking with Allen, too.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:45:54 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Sunday, Dec. 29, that he feels he should be given a chance to come back next season. "I deserve the opportunity to come back here. We went through the deconstruction phase; I want to be part of the rebuilding phase," Allen said.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:09:43 -0800
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis recently rejected head coach Dennis Allen's request for the team to extend the contracts of the assistant coaches that are in the last year of their contracts.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:17:10 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is on the hot seat over the last two games of the season. If the Raiders are competitive and appear to be getting better, Allen is likely to return. General manager Reggie McKenzie is likely safe.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:52:06 -0800
Oakland Raiders SS Tyvon Branch (ankle) worked out with team trainers Friday, Nov. 29, and coach Dennis Allen said he is hopeful that Branch will return to game action soon. Branch has missed the past 10 games.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:50:08 -0800
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he intends to stick with QB Matt McGloin as his starting quarterback for now in remarks made at his press conference on Friday, Nov. 29. However, Allen also wants to get another look at QB Terrelle Pryor before this season ends. It is all part of Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie gathering as much information as possible on their quarterback situation before they head into the offseason.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:20:57 -0800
Oakland Raiders QB Matt McGloin will start in the team's Week 12 game, according to head coach Dennis Allen.
Fantasy Tip: Even coming off a start that saw him put up decent numbers, McGloin should only be considered as a bye week replacement in deeper leagues at this point.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:59:33 -0700
Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor has posted a passer rating of 97.6, which ranks behind only Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan. His completion percentage of 68.3 trails only Manning, Rivers, Romo, Brees and Ryan, and he has a 72.7 completion percentage in the pocket, which is fourth-best in the NFL. "His mechanics have really improved," head coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday, Oct. 9. "He's got a good presence in the pocket, yet can get out and make plays. He's always been a great athlete, but he's getting better as a quarterback."
Fantasy Tip: Pryor has emerged as a low-end No. 1 fantasy option in most leagues of 12 or more teams. He has surprised more than any other fantasy quarterback to this point, as far as success. There are plenty who have surprised by being disappointing.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:59:51 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion) is ready to play in the team's Week 5 game.
Fantasy Tip: Pryor looks to be a full go, and you should plan on using him as you normally would in Week 5.
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:09:17 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he does not believe RB Darren McFadden's (hamstring) injury will keep him out a long time but will see how the injury responds.
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:11:53 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen praised RB Rashad Jennings for running hard when he was inserted into the lineup for RB Darren McFadden (hamstring). "He went in there and ran the ball hard," Allen said. "He did an admirable job of filling in for McFadden."
Fantasy Tip: If McFadden misses any time, Jennings is a player to target on the waiver wire as it appears he will be the guy as long as McFadden is out.
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:00:05 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday, Sept. 24, that the team will prepare for QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion) and QB Matt Flynn being the starter for the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins.
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 06:31:38 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is still vital to the Raiders offense, even with QB Terrelle Pryor running the read option offense, according to head coach Dennis Allen. "Darren understands how the read-option functions and when we call those types of plays, and again, that's part of what we do, it's not exclusively what we do," Allen said. "There will be times when we turn around and hand the ball to Darren and give him an opportunity that he knows he's running the football. Darren's going to be fine, guys. Everybody's got a lot of concern about that, but Darren's going to be fine."
Fantasy Tip: Having a quarterback that can run does ding a running backís value a bit. While you still have to start McFadden, keep in mind he may not bring in the same value as he would if he had a traditional signal caller in front of him.
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:07:48 -0700
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said that RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) will "absolutely" be ready for Week 1 of the season. It is not known if he will play in the final preseason game.
Fantasy Tip: It sounds like McFadden will be ready to go for the start of the regular season, but with his history, the big question as always will be if he can stay healthy moving forward.
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:43:23 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) was limited by a shoulder injury Sunday, Aug. 18, in practice, but coach Dennis Allen said he does not believe the injury will keep him from playing Friday, Aug. 23, against the Chicago Bears.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:06:00 -0700
Oakland Raiders OG Lucas Nix (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, July 29. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the issue was not of great concern.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:27:20 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen praised LB Nick Roach. "Nick's highly intelligent and he's athletic," Allen said Monday. "He's done a nice job of kind of being the quarterback of our defense. He really has a passion about leading that team ... and he's got some things that he can do from a coverage standpoint that lends some flexibility to us."
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:17:19 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QBs Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor will compete for the team's starting quarterback job; however, Palmer will begin the competition as the No. 1 guy. "Carson goes into the offseason as the starter, certainly," Allen said. "But we will see what happens."
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:43:16 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said defensively is where the team must look to improve the most this offseason. The Raiders will look at the NFL Draft and free agency to address the unit. "Specifically, we have to really work to improve some things defensively to give us an opportunity to play defense the way that we want to be able to play defense," Allen said. "There are some pieces in place. Obviously this year we're not quite as a hamstrung with the draft picks and the salary cap, so we're going to have a little more flexibility to make a few more moves and do a few more things to help us from a personnel standpoint with our team."
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:34:03 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the team will spend the offseason looking at how to incorporate an offensive scheme around the talents of RB Darren McFadden. "That's one of the things that we're going to look at when we get back to Oakland is we're really going to look at the things that Darren McFadden does really well and we're going to try to ask him to do those things as much as possible, limit the times that we ask him to do some of the things that he may not be as good at," Allen said. "All of us as players have strengths and weaknesses, and we want to try to play to our best players' strengths as much as possible."
Fantasy Tip: Allen's biggest error in his first season as head coach may have been hiring Greg Knapp as his offensive coordinator. Knapp's zone-blocking scheme was not a fit for McFadden; he has shown during his career to be more effective as a downhill runner. The Raiders also didn't exploit McFadden's talents as a receiver enough. Expect those areas to improve in 2013 with a new scheme.
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:31:22 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said new assistant head coach/offensive line Tony Sparano will add an element of toughness to the offense in 2013. "... The thing that most impressed me about his time in Dallas, about his time there in Miami is that he always had some tough football teams," Allen said. "That's the thing that I think he can bring to our team, to our offense, is a sense of toughness. As well as a guy who's been through it; he's been a head coach in this league, he's been a coordinator so there are experiences that he can help us all through."
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:54:44 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QBs Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor will compete for the team's 2013 starting quarterback job, although Allen added he still believes Palmer is an effective starter. "Carson Palmer did an outstanding job for us last year. We feel really good about Carson at the quarterback position moving forward. And obviously, we want to create competition at all levels of our team ... I feel good about Carson. Terrelle did some nice things in the final game of the season last year, and so it will be interesting to see how he does moving forward."
Fantasy Tip: While competition is a good thing and Pryor has some raw ability, expect Palmer to remain the starter heading into the 2013 campaign. His best years are likely behind him, but Palmer nevertheless threw for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns this past season. Yes, most of those yards came in garbage time with Oakland playing from behind, but Palmer was also in a scheme that didn't suit his talents as a downfield passer. He should benefit with an improved run game, as the Raiders are returning to a power-running scheme in 2013.
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 05:15:11 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is not looking back to his decision of hiring former offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and his zone-blocking scheme. RB Darren McFadden, in particular, struggled with the scheme, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in 2012. "I'm not going to look back and try to say what could have, would have, or should have been," Allen said. "I'm looking forward to what we need to do to try to get this team better in the future."
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:31:08 -0800
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie spoke with confidants as recently as the past week to discuss the future of first-year head coach Dennis Allen.
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:03:38 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen will reportedly be back in 2013 despite a poor season. As will general manager Reggie McKenzie; however, the team could look to alter their front-office structure. According to sources, owner Mark Davis thinks highly of Ray Anderson, the NFL's vice president of football operations, and some believe he could join that organization if the right opportunity arose.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:37:02 -0800
Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor saw action in one series during his team's game Sunday, Dec. 16, against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Dennis Allen said game situations will dictate Pryor's play for the remainder of the season. "How much he plays, I don't know the answer to that exactly, but we'll see on a game-by-game basis," Allen said.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:00:09 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he expects RB Darren McFadden (ankle) to be fine after McFadden injured his ankle in the team's Week 14 game.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:51:00 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen returned to the team Wednesday, Dec. 5, following the death of his father. Allen addressed the team before practice and will be on the sidelines in Week 14.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:02:16 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is unlikely to be fired between now and the end of the season, although there is a slight possibility he could be relieved of his duties in the offseason. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, however, are more likely to be let go.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 17:27:50 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen will be away from the team until Wednesday, Dec. 5, to be with his father, who has serious health issues.
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 04:14:17 -0800
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Friday, Nov. 30, he is still pleased with head coach Dennis Allen despite the team's 3-8 record. "I'm sure he has some rookie mistakes but overall I'm happy with Dennis," McKenzie said. The general manager added it's on players to do their job.
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:53:19 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is hopeful RB Mike Goodson (ankle) will return to practice this week.
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:40:41 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is hopeful RB Darren McFadden (ankle) will return to practice this week.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:32:16 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is hopeful RB Darren McFadden (ankle) will play in the team's Week 12 game.
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 04:57:00 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he does not see the need to make wholesale changes following the team's 3-6 record, in which the defense in particular has struggled. "I'm not going to stand up here and say we're making wholesale changes," Allen said. "We're going to look at every aspect of what we do, offensively, defensively and the kicking game, and if we feel changes need to be made, we'll make those changes."
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:28:07 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said RB Darren McFadden (ankle) has not been ruled out for Week 10 at this point. The X-rays and MRI done on McFadden's injured ankle were negative.
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:47:25 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the team's healthy starters will play a few series in the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 30. "Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt," Allen said. "The whole preseason is a delicate balance of getting guys reps and getting them ready to play the opening night of the season and not working them too much where you wear them down."
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:06:07 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he has seen progress from the team during training camp, but not at a level he would like. "I'll say, we're not where we need to be right now, but I have seen significant progress and I'm extremely pleased with the way the guys are working," Allen said.
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 07:45:17 -0700
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie have focused on team discipline throughout the offseason, according to SS Tyvon Branch. "They're real strict on discipline now, as far as showing up to meetings. They're even making us check in for lunches and dinners now. They're trying to change the discipline factor," Branch said.