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Coach Allen Monday

Posted Dec 24, 2012

Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media Monday afternoon and discussed the Raiders loss to the Panthers, QB Carson Palmer's health and more.

On QB Carson Palmer: “He had ribs, cracked ribs, and a bruised lung, and so we took him to the hospital just after halftime. Did a CT scan on him so we could get a little more accurate information exactly where he was. He made the flight back home with us, but spent the night, overnight, in the hospital for observations. He’ll be released, was supposed to be released, sometime very soon. He’ll be out this week.”

On if he’ll look to bring in another quarterback: “No, I think we’ll stick with Matt [Leinart] and Terrelle [Pryor], both those guys for this week. We’ll get both those guys reps in practice with the first team this week.”

On if Leinart will start: “We’re not ready to make that decision. Our plan is right now is work both of them this week and then we’ll see how practice goes and then later in the week we’ll be ready to name a starter.”

On if he’s open to starting Pryor: “Yeah, we’re going to look at it.”

On if P Shane Lechler will be the 3rd string QB: “Yeah.”

On which hospital Palmer stayed at last night: “I’m not sure.”

On if it was just for observation: “Yes.”

On the physicality of the game: “It was physical, there’s no doubt about it. I think both teams played the game physically. But I think that’s the way the game is supposed to be played. I thought both teams did a nice job.”

On if he liked what he saw in the game: “In certain areas and certain things I liked. I thought defensively, I thought our guys flew around. I thought they played well defensively. We came up and made some plays and we limited an explosive offense. I thought special teams we did some nice things. I thought Shane punted the ball outstanding in the game in pinning them down and making them have to go the long, hard way. Obviously, we have to score touchdowns on offense and we haven’t done that well enough and we have to be better at that.”

On Pryor’s role with Palmer in yesterday’s game: “Well that was kind of the plan going into the game, how we used Terrelle in the game. That was really what the plan was. We used the same plays with Matt in there that we had planned. But we had it planned out for Terrelle and Carson to be in there at the same time.”

On Pryor’s play: “I thought he did a nice job. I think he played three plays in the game. We had the one trick play which was a 22-yard gain, the one quarterback run down near the goal line and then a little keeper play where he made a nice pass to Marcel Reece in the flat. In the three plays that he got in there, I thought he did a nice job.”

On how close Pryor is to being comfortable with playbook to start a whole game: “Well, I think he’s still a work in progress as far as that’s concerned. He’s worked extremely hard in practice. I don’t know that he’s got full command of everything that we’re doing. I wouldn’t expect a lot different out of any other young quarterback. He’s got to continue to work and he’s done a nice job. Like I said, we’ll work him this week in practice; we’ll make a decision at the end of the week which way we want to go.”

On how close, percentage-wise, Pryor is to being ready: “It’s hard for me to put a number on it. We watch him every day in practice and I think we’ve got a pretty decent feel for where he’s at as a quarterback. But yet, he’s got some athletic ability and has some tools to work with and I think we got to keep working with him.”

On Pryor’s fundamentals: “That’s one of the areas he’s got to continue to work on. His footwork in the passing game, going through his reads, going through his progressions, those are all things that, as a quarterback in the National Football League, he’s got to continue to improve on.”

On if Leinart was rusty or he left plays out on the field: “I think it’s a little bit of both. I think he would tell you that there was some plays out there that we left on the table. We expect him, as well as anybody, to make some of those plays. But some of it, obviously, has to do a lot with rust and not getting an opportunity to play a lot too. So I think there’s a lot of factors that went into that.”

On how difficult it is to coach defense with the NFL’s defenseless receiver rules: “It’s not easy all the time. One of the things you’ve got to continue to preach to your guys is continuing to try to lower the target, not lead with your head, but even at that, I think there’s a lot of times…this game is played really fast and it’s hard to make those split-second decisions, both as a defender and as an official. I think that’s really hard on both parties.”

On Miles Burris’ penalty: “I thought it was a good, clean, hard hit.”

On Burris’ performance against Carolina: “I thought he had a nice game yesterday. Miles went through a little deal earlier in the season, probably about midway through the season, where he struggled a little bit, not unlike a lot of rookies, but I think over the last couple of weeks he’s beginning to kind of pick up his stride again and he’s playing a little bit better.”

On if they will look at playing Burris at middle linebacker: “No, that’s some place that we would look at him. We won’t look at him there right now but, yeah, that’s something we could possibly see in the future. Those are all personnel decisions that, as we get into the off-season moving toward free agency and the draft, we’ll make those decisions at a later time.”

On if he saw QB Cam Newton kick DT Tommy Kelly: “Yes.”

On if he was okay with Kelly’s reaction: “I had a hard time on the TV copy and on the coach’s tape of really trying to find where he did something wrong. Obviously, we all understand that nothing good happens in any of those situations after the play. We’ve got to move away from those and move on. But  I didn’t see anything on the tape that I thought warranted that.”

On if the Raiders are getting penalties based on their reputation of being the most penalized team in the league: “I don’t know. Like I said before, those guys have got a tough job to make those calls. [I] don’t always agree with them but that’s football and we’ve got to adjust to those just like anything else in the game.”

On Darren McFadden’s struggle in the run game: “I think when you look at the running game overall, you can’t put it on one individual. It’s the whole group; it’s the ability up front, both the offensive line and the tight ends creating holes in the running game, as well as the fullback. It’s the runner making the right cuts; it’s the receivers blocking downfield. We’ve got to find a way to get the running game going better.  We take a step forward last week against Kansas City and then we took a big step backwards against Carolina, and we’ve got to work to continue to improve that.”

On the key to the running game being so different from week to week: “I think it’s just like any game, you’ve got to put that last one behind you and you’ve got to go on to the next one. At the end of the day, we’ve got to be able to knock people off the ball, and we’ve got to be able to make the right cuts, and we’ve got to make the blocks down the field. If we do all those things we’ll be successful in the running game.”

On the performance of his two coordinators: “I don’t think this is the time. We do have one game left. There will be time to assess all aspects of the organization, coaching staff included. We’ll do that at some point after the season.”