Oakland Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen
ALAMEDA, CA - With limited options in terms of personnel, Raiders coach Dennis Allen is doing the only thing he can do in the wake of a 37-6 loss to the Denver Broncos and a 1-3 record at the bye week.
Evaluate, re-evaluate and then evaluate some more.
"We're going to evaluate everything. We're not going to stick our head in the sand," Allen said. "We're going to evaluate everything and see what things we need to improve on and where we can get better, and there's a lot of things that go into that. And we're going to go from A to Z. We got a lot of getting better to do, and that's what we plan on doing."
Allen said the work during the bye work week will have very little to do with the post-bye opponent (Atlanta) and more to do with his own team.
"This is the time that you really get a chance to work on you, during the bye," Allen said. "You get two practices to work, and when we come back Monday we'll spend some time working Raiders on Raiders.
"That's when you get an opportunity to work on you. When you're in the game week you're more focused on preparing for the upcoming opponent. So this is a good time for the bye for us."
It was the second time in two road games the Raiders have been blown out in the second half. In both games the Raiders were dominated in terms of time of possession, came out flat in the second half and got little to no pressure on the passer (although the Raiders say film review showed nine hits on Peyton Manning).
The third quarter has been an issue all season - the Raiders have been outscored 55-7.
"That's one of the things we've got to look at," Allen said. "We've got to come out and play better to open up the third quarter, and part of that is we've got to play better in the first half.
"Specifically on third down. Convert third downs on offense, get off the field on defense.
"Especially on defense so we don't have to play so many plays so we don't get tired and worn down in the second half."
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour called for more attention to detail and offered a reminder that the Raiders must let go of the big losses and remember why they play football.
"One thing we've got to realize, any time you lose a game it's like a morgue around here," Seymour said. "You have to realize that you live to fight another day and we're playing a game that has to be fun, and you have to play it with passion.
"You have to be excited about what you're doing. You have to look at yourself in the mirror first and foremost."