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Post-Game Quotes: Dennis Allen

Posted Nov 3, 2013

On the game:

Coach Allen: I’ll start off with the injuries –  [Darren] McFadden had a hamstring. [Rod] Streater’s got a hip. [Terrelle] Pryor with a knee and [Kaluka] Maiava with ribs. Obviously, very disappointed in the way that we played. I’ve got to do a better job of making sure our team is emotionally, physically, mentally prepared and ready to go. Obviously, we didn’t hold up our end of the bargain. We also realize that we’re a better football team than what we displayed out there today and we have to be better than that. We’ll go back to work. We'll get ready to go up to New York and compete against the New York Giants and we’ll put a better product on the field. Just really, overall, disappointed. Defensively – way, way too many explosive plays down the field. To beat a team like this, that was one of the things we talked about all week is being able to win the explosive play battle and they won it and we didn’t. So we just have to be better.

 

On lack of QB pressure:

Coach Allen: A couple times we weren’t able to put pressure on him because we dropped into a 3-man rush on a couple of those. I thought they did a great job in protection and he did a nice on a couple of plays of being able to move around and buy some time. We tried some 5-man pressure. We tried some 4-man pressure. We tried some max-drop and really, at the end of the day, none of it worked.

 

On if the Eagles offensive pace was a problem:

Coach Allen: I don’t think it was the pace. I think they came out and they executed. I think they did a nice job. Obviously, the second play of the game they hit Riley Cooper on a little, it was kind of, a run-pass option and they did a nice job of executing it and we didn’t exactly play it the way we needed to and get the ball turned back inside. They got a big play in the game and kind of got us behind the eight ball and we never really were able to kind of come back from it.

 

On giving up a 3rd-and-16 completion down 21-10:

Coach Allen: Again, there was a lot of big plays in the game. That was obviously one of them. We kind of had got a little momentum going our way. We had them in a longer yardage situation and we were in a max-drop there on that particular one and he had enough time to end up finding the open receiver and complete it for the first down. That would have been a big stop for us if we were able to be able to get off the field there, make them punt when they’re in a little bit of a backed up situation and maybe we can get something going. Really, we just got beat today, really in all phases. We just weren’t able to do the things that we needed to do to have success. We have to be better.

 

On the defense:

Coach Allen: Listen, No. 1, I still have a lot of confidence in this defense. I think this defense is still a good defense. We had a bad day. That happens; it happens to everybody. You go out and have a bad day, you don’t do what you’re capable of doing and that’s what happens. This defense is a bunch of men in that locker room and they’ll come back, they’ll respond and they’ll be better next week.

 

On what is said in the locker room after the game:

Coach Allen: Really, listen, there’s not a whole lot you can tell them. At the end of the day, that was an old-fashioned butt-whooping. We have to move on from it. We have to learn from it. We have to be better next week.

On DJ Hayden:

Coach Allen: He had a tough day. He had a tough day and DJ wasn’t the only one that had a tough day. Obviously, when you play out there on the island and you have a tough day, those things stand out a little bit more. He’s a young player. He’s going to continue to work. He’s going to continue to get better and we still have confidence that he can go out and do the job.

 

On if the recent praise of the defense got in their heads:

Coach Allen: I don’t know if that was the case or not. Obviously, we didn’t play the way we’re capable of playing and I think we all have to understand that in the National Football League, you have to come out and be fully prepared mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally ready to play.

 

On if the defensive struggle is a good thing:

Coach Allen: I don’t know if that’s a good thing. Obviously, any time you get beat in that manner, I wouldn’t say it’s a good thing. I think our guys understand that we have to come out and perform. Every day is a new day so you can’t sit back and think about what’s happened in the past. You have to move forward and go to the next one. Just like some of the good games that we’ve played defensively, you’ve got to put those things behind you and move on. Same thing here, we had a bad game defensively, we have to put it behind us, we have to move on and we have to learn from it. We have to be better and we will.

 

On Pryor’s injury:

Coach Allen: I really don’t know. We were going to go with [Matt] McGloin anyway there in the 4th quarter. I really was unaware that there was even injury so I don’t know exactly the extent of it. Obviously we’ll probably take a look at it in more detail tomorrow.

 

On Pryor’s play:

Coach Allen: I thought there was some good things that he did. Obviously, I thought his mobility and his ability to scramble around and make some plays down the field. We still have to continue to work to get better in the pocket and continue to develop our passing game. I think our passing game is an area we have to continue to work to improve. So yeah, I thought there was some ups and downs. I think when you look at this game and the manner in which it was played, it’s hard for me to say that there was a lot of positives in any regard.

 

On if there are similarities with same record at same point last season:

Coach Allen: None. Totally different football team. We’re going to take this loss. We got knocked down. We’re going to get back up and we’re going to go back to work. And we’re going to keep competing because that’s what the men in that locker room are here to do and that’s what they’ve done all year long.

 

On if Foles did anything to surprise Raiders:

Coach Allen: No. Listen, they executed. We didn’t. It’s my job to make sure that the guys are prepared and ready to go and we’ll do a better job next week.

 

On if McFadden’s injury is a concern:

Coach Allen: Yeah, obviously, you want to be able to have your best guys out there and have your best guys healthy. I thought Rashad Jennings did a great job filling in when Darren went down. If that’s the case, some other guys are going to have to step up.

 

On severity of McFadden’s injury:

Coach Allen:I really have no idea.

 

On Eagles players wide open on some of the touchdowns:

Coach Allen: The one on McCoy, I’m going to take responsibility for that one. They caught us off guard and we have to do a better job there. I have to do a better job there. For the most part, a lot of those plays, they beat us.

 

On if they were beat physically:

Coach Allen: Yes.

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