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Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders

December, 22, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 26-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers:

What it means: The Raiders have lost five straight games and seven of eight after sitting at 3-4 on the cusp of the AFC playoff race. With so many rumors floating regarding Dennis Allen's coaching future, the Raiders did play hard. Just not very smart. And, the conspiracy theorist (and Raiders' radio broadcasters) would argue, against more than the Chargers. No matter the case, the lack of quality depth reared its head again. At least it was an entertaining game, no?

Stock watch: Falling -- discipline. Sure, the officials seemed to be flag-happy in throwing so many yellow hankies at the guys in Silver and Black (not all 13 were accepted as penalties, obviously -- before San Diego had three penalties), but many were also self-inflicted. Particularly galling was the 15-yard taunting penalty on Mike Jenkins for knocking the football out of Ryan Mathews' hand after stopping him for no gain. The Raiders finished with 12 penalties for 73 yards, and the Chargers with three for 24 yards.

McGloin's accuracy issues: Perhaps rookie quarterback Matt McGloin's greatest asset has been his accuracy this season. But it deserted him Sunday. McGloin, who finished 20-of-36 for 206 yards passing and an interception, was just off on several passes that were behind his intended targets. His accuracy seemed to suffer most when he has to wait for a play to develop, as opposed to dropping back and firing when his back foot hits. He missed a wide-open Jamize Olawale down the left sideline on a third-and-1 play, threw behind Andre Holmes on first-and-goal from the 2 and underthrew Rod Streater on a disputed incompletion in the fourth quarter.

Run DMC, remember him?: Darren McFadden played for the first time since Thanksgiving Day, and while he had only 8 rushing yards, he showed a glimpse of his old burst with a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 7-3 lead.

What's next: The Raiders (4-11) close out their regular season with a home game against the AFC West champion Denver Broncos (12-3) and quarterback Peyton Manning, who established a single-season touchdown pass record with his 51st Sunday against the Houston Texans. Manning needs 266 passing yards against the Raiders to set a new single-season passing mark. The Broncos beat the Raiders 37-21 in Week 3, with Manning passing for 374 yards and three touchdowns.

Pryor, Olawale upgraded for Raiders

September, 26, 2013
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor eventually put on his helmet and took some reps during practice Thursday, but he was listed as a limited participant three days after suffering a concussion and 24 hours after not practicing.

Pryor's availability for Sunday’s home game against Washington remains in question, though.

“There’s still some hurdles that he has to clear, but he was cleared to go ahead and [participate] in a non-contact practice,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

Earlier, during the media window, Pryor was on the field without a helmet.

Fullback Jamize Olawale (ankle) also was upgraded, from limited practice to full, though starting left defensive end Jason Hunter (quad) missed his second straight practice.

The rest of the Raiders' injury report: linebacker Sio Moore (concussion), left guard Lucas Nix (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) were limited, while left tackle Menelik Watson (knee) and strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) did not participate.

Progress being made in Oakland

August, 10, 2013

Random thoughts from the Oakland Raiders’ 19-17 home win over Dallas:

This season is going to be all about progress for this rebuilding program. And the first step has to be looked at as positive progress.

Dennis Allen has raved about how much this team loves football. It was easy to see Friday night. The Raiders were very spirited and fought to win this game. Every unit worked hard. This is one of the more interesting teams in the league this preseason because there is competition virtually all over the field. Competition breeds fighting spirit.

That’s the best thing Oakland has going for it right now. It wants to get better. I also think that is a credit to coach Dennis Allen and his staff. This game showed the coaching staff’s message is sinking in.

Now, let’s not get too crazy. The Raiders were far from perfect against Dallas and have a long way to go. But they seem like they are on the right track as a program.

The quarterback position is intriguing in Oakland. All four quarterbacks are a question mark.

Starter Matt Flynn was decent. He wasn’t great or terrible, although losing a fumble early was not good. Flynn will be the Raiders’ starting quarterback to start the season. The question is can he keep the job all season?

And, is anyone ready to take it from him?

Backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor was interesting Friday. He clearly has improved some and that’s a testament to his major work ethic and want-to attitude. But he has his inconsistencies. He forced an interception in the red zone and still seems raw. But he also made some things happen with his feet. Pryor is exciting and there will be a place for him.

Undrafted quarterback Matt McGloin continued to impress. He and fellow rookie Brice Butler connected on a beauty of a touchdown. McGloin received pro-style coaching at Penn State from Bill O‘Brien last year and it’s paying off. McGloin was much better than fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson. Wilson was previously considered an option to start this year. Now, he’s just trying to make the roster. While McGloin is doing well, it would be difficult to think an undrafted rookie could be in the starting mix in his first year.
  • Rookie linebacker Sio Moore had a huge sack of Tony Romo. The third-round pick from Connecticut is an exciting player. The Raiders hope he can give them a much-needed pass-rush burst.
  • Taiwan Jones, who converted to cornerback from running back this year, had a solid game and worked to solidify his status on the roster.
  • There were some issues as the offensive line. The pass rush and pass defense suffered at times.
  • Marquette King closed in on veteran punter Chris Kluwe, but Kluwe still remains the favorite to win the job.
  • The running back stable looks deep, which is a nice change from last year. Rashad Jennings, Latavius Murray and Jamize Olawale all looked good.
  • None of the tight ends separated themselves in the chase to be the starter.
  • Undrafted rookie defensive back Chance Casey built on a strong camp with a good game Friday night.



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