Oakland Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen
ALAMEDA, CA (AP) - After the Oakland Raiders set NFL records in 2011 for penalties and penalty yards, rookie coach Dennis Allen made it a top priority to get his team more disciplined.
Until recently, the plan seemed to be working. That's why several Oakland players were caught off guard by comments made this week by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.
Hali told a Kansas City newspaper that the Raiders are a "dirty" team whose players "cheapshot" opponents, and said it was a tradition in the games between these two AFC West rivals.
A few years ago that might have elicited a more profound reaction from the Raiders, but this is clearly not the same franchise it was when late owner Al Davis was calling the shots.
The Associated Press