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Dennis Allen calls Raiders defensive performances “unacceptable”


The last two weeks have been far from pretty for the Oakland Raiders defense. It’s a pair of performances head coach Dennis Allen isn’t at all happy with.

According to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press, Allen was blunt in his evaluation of the defensive performance.

”That outcome was unacceptable,” Allen said. ”We have to be better than that.”

Allen was referring to the 55-20 clobbering at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns Baltimore put up 419 yards of total offense against the Raiders. This coming just a week after Doug Martin rushed for a Tampa Bay franchise-record 251 yards against the Raiders and the Buccaneers posted 515 yards of total offense in a 42-32 victory.

According to Dubow, it’s the first time the Raiders have allowed at least 40 point in back-to-back games in a half-century and the 97 points over the past two weeks are the second-most in a two-game span in team history.

”I wish there was a magical answer,” Allen said. ”I know everybody wants a magical, ‘This is the solution,’ but at the end of the day, and I’ve said this over and over, it’s about us doing our job the right way every single time.”

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17 Responses to “Dennis Allen calls Raiders defensive performances “unacceptable””
  1. dealer009 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:39 AM

    What is crazy about this outcome is that the Raiders had more passing, rushing, and total yards than Baltimore!!

  2. mullman76 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:54 AM


    Regroup and play hard at home vs the saints- no choice.

  3. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2012 4:44 AM

    I know it sounds simplistic, but a running game would solve so many of their problems.

    It would obviously keep the opposing defense guessing and it would give their defense more rest by eating up more TOP.

    Palmer is having to do it all by himself, with no running game to support him. But it’s not just the injuries to McFadden & Goodson that’s the problem, the play calling is even worse.

    How on earth did they barely run the ball while they were still in the game on Sunday?

    The Ravens had been struggling to stop the run for weeks, and we barely even TRY to run it, until the game is out of reach.

    It’s time to take the play calling away from Knapp and it’s time to start coaching, Dennis Allen.

  4. mrlaloosh says: Nov 13, 2012 5:13 AM

    Ouch! The Saints are coming to town. There may be a new
    Single game combined score record Sunday. Probably the two worst defenses in the NFL.

  5. souldogdave says: Nov 13, 2012 6:26 AM

    Sad to say after 2 years of .500, but this team needs a complete overhaul and is not going to contend for at least 2 years.

  6. souldogdave says: Nov 13, 2012 6:27 AM

    So I guess the o-line was ok and the running game was good Dennis?

  7. jmclarkent says: Nov 13, 2012 7:06 AM

    Goals for the rest of the year:

    – Figure out who on the roster is worth keeping.
    – Get the young fellas as much PT as possible.
    – Don’t get embarrassed.

  8. steviekthr3e says: Nov 13, 2012 7:09 AM

    Goes to show Dennis Allen is not ready to be a head coach. A real head coach would say the Raiders defensive performances are “atrocious”, “pitiful”, etc.

    Reggie had slim pickings on a HC. He tried to just pull a rabbit outta a hat with this kid.

  9. doublezero74 says: Nov 13, 2012 7:51 AM

    You could also try not sucking for a change

  10. spellingcops says: Nov 13, 2012 8:11 AM

    Just lose baby. Worst franchise in sports

  11. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Nov 13, 2012 8:28 AM

    Yes and it’s been unacceptable for ten years now.

    Please fix it.

  12. invaiduh says: Nov 13, 2012 8:44 AM

    the only major change in talent on the team comes from Allen/Knapp.

    so yeah… let’s blame the talent.

  13. calibear831 says: Nov 13, 2012 9:59 AM

    We need a better coaching staff, i can tell that my raiders went cheap with the staff, with coaches that didn’t ask for too much pay. With andy Reid possibly going to SD next season n KC probably hiring a high profile coach next season as well, my raiders r going to b out coached in this division!

  14. Keyser Söze says: Nov 13, 2012 10:54 AM

    Reggie inherited a bloated payroll full of aging vets with a few mediocre roll players as well as a lack of draft choices that prevent the team from getting impact players. Don’t have a 2 or a 5* in 2013 (Palmer/Curry). Of course Raider fan doesn’t want to hear any of this nonsense because we went 8-8 the last two seasons and were this close. Well, Al Davis even said that 8-8 isn’t good enough…unless that’s the world you live in…

    Both Reggie and DA came with pretty good resume’s and references. This is going to take time.

    Raider fan needs to quit crying about what could have been and be patient.

  15. dougydougdoug says: Nov 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    I’d say, considering just how bad a team the Raiders are, from top to bottom, that the final score was fairly conservative. Had the Raiders defense been REALLY bad, the Ravens would have likely scored over a hundred-points. Perhaps, in only the first half.

    The Raiders really do seem to embody the rest of California’s crumbling empire. Is it any surprise that the new architect of that state’s demise is ALSO a previous mayor of Oakland? Oh, the intrigue!

  16. radrntn says: Nov 13, 2012 12:11 PM

    will Allen needs to look in the mirror. Fact is he is getting unaccptable.

    first off, he is the one who selected Greg Knapp. The defense has been on the field way to much this year. we are terrible at third down conversion, except for a few yards dfl in rushing, and turning the ball way over to much…how many passes did Carson have batted down at the line of scrimmage because the d-lineman were not engaged with an o-lineman. Plus how many of those passes were screens (all) . The real problem on offense is the O-line. I said it all last year, and will say it again, Carlisle is soft. You can now add one of the highest paid OG in the leagues Mike Briesiel to that list. Our Guards suck, plain and simple. Right tackle is a joke as well.

    On D, Allen really needs to look in the mirror, and take a gut check. I said it all of last year Giordano is slow, and takes bad angles. He is a liability when out on the field. Why is Huff still playing cornerback. He is better at safety, and the team is better when he plays safety. Why did we cut DVD? Why did we cut Pat Lee, the day we put Spencer on IR. Why did it take all year to put Spencer on the IR in the first place. To many questions and not enough this answer, until we get to the draft.

  17. mikeanthonymirabella says: Nov 13, 2012 12:38 PM

    You idiots do not put enough on the general manager. When is the last time you saw this team in a wild cat, stupid yes but very successfull with Macfadden destroying the Jets last year and would still be if successfull and thats just offense. You should also take responsibility for playing zone when we get burned both with the Bucs who in my opinion are the worst team in football and again with the Ravens. Third quarter dimise should fall on you MR. GM as your teams is obviously taking a Knapp, Literally at halftime or why else is this team the best in the league in the two minute drill, than you turn around and let the other team on the field do the same thing with less than two minutes. Tackling is patheticand I would rather see Sapp watching the players run by them then Kelly and Seymore who only play when they want to aka Randy Moss as a Raider. Thats enough. Im done and I have been a fan since 1968.

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