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Coach Allen Monday

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Head Coach Dennis Allen addressed the media on Monday.

On Owner Mark Davis’ postgame statement: “I’m right there with him. I’m frustrated. I’m disappointed. You wake up this morning and your gut hurts, but at the same time, when a man gets knocked down, a man gets up and fights. That’s exactly what we intend to do. I understand his frustration. I can appreciate that. Let me tell you, there’s nobody that’s going to work any harder to get it corrected than I will.”

On the importance of getting a win in Cincinnati: “It’d be huge. We need to get a win and that’s what happens in the National Football League. When you lose, it hurts, it rips your gut out. But a win turns everything around. A win makes everybody feel a lot better and that’s what we need to do. We need to come together as a football team and we need to all make a decision that we’re going to do whatever it takes to win football games. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

On if the talent on this team is a 3-7 team: “No, I think we’ve got a better team than that. I think it all comes down, and I’ve said this before and I believe this with all my heart, it comes down to our ability to execute and our ability to be disciplined and do our job the right way on every single play. That’s what I think it comes down to and it comes down to a mindset, our guys deciding that that’s enough, we’re not dealing with that anymore.”

On whether the mindset and execution is player-driven or coach-driven: “Hey listen, I think we all have a part in that. I think coaching, if I didn’t feel like coaching was important, I wouldn’t be doing it. I think that’s part of my responsibility and I take that part very seriously. I think the mindset is an important as anything else you do.”

On if the execution in practice is not carrying over to games: “I think some of them show up during the week and you do everything you can to get those things corrected. It’s disappointing when they show up in the game. Things happen a lot faster in the game so you have to be able to execute a lot faster in game-like situations.”

On if he’s been in a 3-7 situation before and if he calls anybody for advice: “We were 5-11 with the Atlanta Falcons back in 2003. Dan Reeves was the head coach and so I’ve been through this before and it’s not my first rodeo going through this. Obviously, it is as a head football coach. There are people, such as Dan Reeves, that I can call to for advice in how to handle different situations.”

On if he’s called anybody: “Yes.”

On if he’s called Reeves: “Yes, I talked to him earlier in the year.”

On what turned that 5-11 team around and if the Raiders can do that: “Yeah, we can and we will. Listen, there’s not a magic formula. It really comes down to our mindset and our ability to focus in and do our job, not just during the game, it’s everything. Its how we go about with our meeting process, how we go about with our practice process. Those are the little things that you have to do on a daily basis, which gets you the results you’re looking for on game day.”

On if they’ve stopped doing the little detail-oriented things that started in training camp: “No, I don’t believe so. That’s one thing that we have to constantly look to monitor to make sure that we’re all doing the right things all the time. When you get in these situations, you’ve got two choices – you can splinter and fragment or you can come together and fight like a 15-round heavyweight fight. That’s exactly what we plan to do.”

On his emotions: “Like I said earlier, upset, frustrated, disappointed. I feel like we can do better. When you pour your heart out into something, you put your heart and soul into something, and you don’t get the results that you’re looking for, it ain’t easy. It ain’t easy. It’s gut-wrenching. I can assure you that nobody feels any worse about the way things have gone than I do. But at the same time, nobody is looking for pity. This is professional football. We have to roll up our sleeves, we have to go to work and we’ve got to get it changed.”

On keeping the team focused: “Hey listen, individually, it’s on everybody individually. The term is ‘CORFing,’ which is to deflect yourself away from things when things begin to go badly and that’s the thing you have to fight as much as anything else. We’ve got to internalize it and determine what can we do as individuals to make it better. We all have to pull the rope in the same direction.”

On balancing making changes and staying the course: “I don’t think you change your overall philosophy, your overall values but, yeah, there’s things within that that you can change. Personnel maybe could be a situation where you might make some changes. Just the way you call the game, there might be some changes, but your core values and what you believe in, being tough, being smart, being disciplined, those things aren’t going to change.”

On if there are personnel changes he’s contemplating: “We’re going to look at everything. I don’t think you can go through and say we’re 3-7 and everything is okay. We’ve got to see what we can do to get better.”

On if he will look at younger players: “That’s obviously a potential, and we’ve done that some. Tony Bergstrom got a lot of playing time, or got some playing time, in the game the other day, mostly as a tight end, but he’s a guy that we’re looking at. Christo Bilukidi got some playing time inside. Miles Burris has played a lot for us this year. Rod Streater and Juron Criner both have played for us this year so, yeah, we’re going to look at young guys.”

On if there is optimism on the health of the team: “Well hopefully we’ll get some of those guys back. Listen, everybody deals with injuries and it’s something that you can’t run from. It happens and you can’t use that as an excuse, but if we can get our guys back and healthy, that will be good for us.”

On if he thinks he has enough good players to win: “I firmly believe that. I think when you look at it the other way around, that’s an excuse, that’s a crutch to say you can’t get it done and I don’t believe in that. I believe that we’ve got professional football players and I believe that we can win games in the National Football League. That’s what we get paid to do. That’s our job and I’m not going to use anything as a crutch to say, ‘that’s the reason why.’”

On if [Darren] McFadden will return this week: “I’m hopeful. All those guys who didn’t practice last week, they’re all rehabbing extremely hard. We’ll see where they’re at.”