Allen: Ford could have been better

Allen: Ford could have been better
August 14, 2012, 10:31 pm
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Having viewed the film of his team's exhibition debut, Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen saw little if anything, that changed his mind on what he witnessed live the night before.Speaking to reporters in an eight-plus minute conference call Tuesday afternoon, Allen reiterated what he liked and what he disliked in the Raiders' 3-0 defeat to Dallas, as well as saying he expected injured running back Mike Goodson to practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a scary-looking neck injury last Tuesday.A sampling then: On center Stefen Wisniewski's right calf injury: "We'll be monitoring that as we go along, day to day."On what the film told him: "That we've got a lot of things to clean upwe've still got a long way to go to get to where we need to get to."On what the film told him about rookie receiver Rod Streater: "He executed like he's been executing all camp, caught the ball well, was able to get up the field, and not a lot of wasted movement."On why rookie defensive end Jack Crawford, who was active, did not play: "He's still not ready to go as far as that foot's concerned. There's still a little soreness there so we just thought it was best for us to hold him and not play him in the game."On what the team can accomplish with such a short week and playing in Arizona Friday: "We're still in training camp mode, and there's still some things we can work on from an execution standpoint, and that's going to be my message to the team -- to execute the little things better."On what specifically jumped out to him on the film as positives: "Darren McFadden was obviously very explosive, two explosive gains in the three touches he had. And then I thought the first-team defense, I thought they played exceptionally well."RELATED: McFadden flashes speed
On what specifically jumped out to him on the film as negatives: "From a special teams standpoint we had a couple of tackles inside the 20-yard line, we muffed the punt, two punts actually, and then we didn't have the good operations on the field-goal attemptsoffensively, I think the dropped passes were a big issue and then I thought our tempo in and out of the huddle in the second half wasn't where it needed to be."On if he was surprised by McFadden's showing: "Not a surprise, but obviously felt real good about it."On if Jacoby Ford needed to fight more on Carson Palmer's long-bomb interception: "It was a middle-of-the-field safety, so it wasn't a double-coverage situation. It was a thing you coach a quarterback to do, to take a shot when you get those situations. I think Jacoby might, could have been a little bit better at the end of the route there just trying to break that thing up. Overall, you're going to take that shot and we want to be aggressive there. We want to take a shot and get a big play. It didn't work out for us."On if he wants to increase McFadden's work load with each preseason game: "Were going to look at how the week plays out. Darren needs to get his touches so that he goes into the regular season ready to go, and thats the most important thing for him is to make sure hes fully ready to roll when the opening game comes off on Monday night."On which of the injured players he expects to practice Wednesday: "Im not really sure yet whos going to be back. I would hope that we might get a couple of the guys back. I think Mike Goodson will probably be back tomorrow. Ill look at that again this evening, sit down with the trainer and find out more about who we might have back at practice."On if Goodson might play against the Cardinals: "I think if hes able to practice this week, well get him in the game and let him play against Arizona."