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Coach Allen Saturday


Q: Did you get a chance to look at the tape at length? How did CB DJ Hayden hold up?**

Coach Allen:I thought he held up okay. I thought initially, early in the game, I thought he was a little rusty. You could tell it was the first time that he had played in a football game in awhile. I thought after probably the first series or so, I thought he settled down a little bit and played a little better. 

Q: After watching the film, any different thoughts on the quarterback play last night?

Coach Allen:Really it's about what I thought after watching the tape...I thought Terrelle (Pryor) came in and added a spark to us offensively. I thought he moved us down the field. He was able to put some points on the board and I think that was really good to see out of him. Obviously I don't think Matt (Flynn) played as well as he or we would have liked for him to play. We've got to continue to get better and we've got to keep moving forward. That's a position we're still continuing to evaluate. 

Q: Will Terrelle get any more reps this week with the first-team than he has in the past?

Coach Allen:Yeah, I think we're going to look at that a little bit, but we'll see as the week goes on the direction we go there.* *

Q: Is there a point in your mind when you need to make a decision for the season?

Coach Allen:Sometime before the first game. I think the competition has been good competition. Both of them, at times, have looked good. I think Terrelle has an element with his athletic skill that lends to some playmaking ability, so I want to make sure we put him in those positions to give him a chance to have success. I think we'll continue to do that. 

Q: Are both of the quarterbacks going to play in Seattle?

Coach Allen:I haven't made up my mind on that yet. 

Q: Is RB Darren McFadden done for the preseason?

Coach Allen:We'll look at him. I wouldn't expect to see much of him, but we'll look at him and how he does this week in practice. Our primary goal as we finish out this preseason is to make sure that we're ready to go for the regular season in the opener against Indianapolis. I'm going to do whatever we feel like we need to do to make sure our team is as healthy as it can be and in the best position to have success at Indianapolis. 

Q: How did Alex Barron fare this week?

Coach Allen:He was better in this game. I thought there was some improvement in this game. Obviously there are still a lot of things that we've got to continue to work on, but I thought he was better in this game. I thought, overall, I was pleased with the way the offensive line played. You come out of these games and there are always going to be things that you want to work on and things that you've got to correct. But, I thought, coming off the New Orleans game, I thought they played a lot better in this game. 

Q: Are you going to keep Tony Bergstrom at left guard and Lucas Nix at right guard for this week?

Coach Allen:That's our thought process going in, yes.* *

Q: How far out is Mike Brisiel?

Coach Allen:I'm going to take a look at him tomorrow and see where he's at. I'm hoping that he's going to be able to get back out and practice this week. 

Q: Could he slide right back into that spot or is he going to have to work his way back in?

Coach Allen:There are two things you have to look at. You've got a young guy in Lucas Nix that needs a lot of reps, so I want to make sure that I'm doing everything I can to help him develop as a football player because I like a lot of things that I've seen him do as an offensive lineman. Mike's a veteran player, and the key for him is what he looks like health-wise as he comes back. Those are the two things that I'm kind of having to go through as we look at that guard position. 

Q: Last week you said the first-team defense wasn't as bad as it looked. How about last night?

Coach Allen:It wasn't good enough. We have to play better. When you look at the run game, the thing we haven't done, and it's really been a problem this preseason, is we have to keep the ball contained. We have to set edges in the defense, we have to make the ball run up inside. I don't think that anything happened in that game that was a physical deal where we just got knocked around. I think what it all boils down to at the end of the day is we have to get 11 guys to do their job and do their job on every play. We have to get 11 guys that fly around to the football and that's going to be a point of emphasis this week.

Q: Do you think a part of that is lacking because you haven't had a lot of guys in that front seven be active?

Coach Allen:I think that has something to do with it. We have a job to do and we have to go out there and do our job. When you're in charge of making sure the ball doesn't get outside, you've got to make sure the ball doesn't get outside. You've got to allow the other 10 players on the defense to be able to play. When you stick your head inside and allow the ball to get outside, those other 10 guys don't get a chance to play. That's going to be a point of emphasis this week and that's something that we have to continue to work on and get better at. 

Q: Do you expect to have CB Tracy Porter ready by the opener?

Coach Allen:Yeah, I'm expecting to get Tracy out tomorrow on a limited basis. 

Q: What's the latest on TE David Ausberry?

Coach Allen:He's improving. I don't expect him to practice this week. Our goal is to try to get him ready for the opening game of the season. We'll see as we get closer to the date whether that's a possibility or not. 

Q: Did WR Jacoby Ford's kickoff return open your eyes a little bit in terms of being able to produce like he did? Is WR Josh Cribbs still a point of concern for you?

Coach Allen:Obviously I thought Jacoby was explosive on that return. Really, since I've been here, I haven't really been able to see what Jacoby Ford can do because he's missed a lot of time due to injuries. That was good to see him get out there and show some of that explosiveness that I know he has. We've got to continue to work from a wide receiver standpoint. He's missed a lot of time at camp this year so he's a little rusty as far as that's concerned. You definitely see the explosiveness and I think that's something we have to consider moving forward. 

Q: What's the plan for QB Tyler Wilson heading into the last week?

Coach Allen:The plan was to get him a series or two at the end of that game the other night, but we felt that the way things were going; Matt (McGloin) had moved us down the field and gotten us a touchdown and I wanted to give him another opportunity to see what he could do. We'll see this week how the plan plays out, as far as being able to get in the game, and letting him show what he can do. 

Q: How did P Marquette King do last night?

Coach Allen:The first punt, I would have rather had a touchback on the first punt. He kind of mishit the other one. I don't think either one of the punters punted the ball all that great. I think Chris (Kluwe) is a little bit ahead of Marquette right now, as a holder. I think that's going to have something to do with the decision that we make. I think it's still a good competition that we have going there and I anticipate the same plan going into this last week of the preseason: let these guys alternate and see who comes out on top.

Q: Any updates on S Usama Young or WR Brice Butler?

Coach Allen:No, I think both of them are minor. I don't think Butler will practice tomorrow, but it looks like Usama Young is going to give it a shot tomorrow. We'll have a better feel tomorrow where they're at but I think both of them for sure will be ready for the opener.

Q: Is WR Rod Streater now subject to the concussion protocol?

Coach Allen:Yes.

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