Allen's thoughts on the 2011 Raiders

January, 24, 2012
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New Oakland coach Dennis Allen will likely speak at length about his new team soon. However, we found (thanks to the Broncos public-relations staff) some comments he made about the Raiders during the 2011 season, when he was Denver’s defensive coordinator. Here is a sampling of his thoughts of the team he is about to take over:

On preparing for an Oakland team with a new quarterback in Carson Palmer:

“We don’t have a lot of new tape on him, but we’ve seen him a lot. I’ve played him in the past; he’s obviously an outstanding quarterback. With them having the bye week, I’m sure there will be a few new wrinkles that they’ll have for us, so we’ll have to be able to prepare for the unexpected and be able to react to it.”

On running back Darren McFadden and Oakland’s ground game:

“This guy is an outstanding player. He’s had a lot of 100-yard games against a lot of people. He’s one of the better backs in this league, but I think when you go back and look at last week’s game, he gets hurt, and they hand the ball off to [RB Michael] Bush, and I think he had about 100 yards rushing in the game. I think schematically what they do, their personnel allows them to be a really good running football team, and when you put a special talent like Darren McFadden back there, it makes it even that much better.”

On Oakland running back Taiwan Jones

“He’s extremely fast and extremely talented. He’s one of those guys that every time he gets the ball in his hands, he’s a threat to go all the way. Again, I see him a little bit more in the lines of McFadden, where you’ve got to make sure you set down the edges and not let him get to the boundary, not let him get outside on you. If you can do that, you’ve got a chance.”

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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