Allen: Ford could have been better


Allen: Ford could have been better

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."

Four-time Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster announces retirement from NFL

Four-time Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster announces retirement from NFL

MIAMI  -- Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has announced his retirement midway through an injury-plagued season with the Miami Dolphins.

Foster, 30, tried to come back from a torn Achilles tendon, but was slowed this season by groin and hamstring injuries. He disclosed his decision Monday on the website Uninterrupted, and the Dolphins confirmed it.

The retirement is effective immediately.

Foster signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Dolphins in July after seven years with the Houston Texans. He holds the Texans' franchise record with 6,472 yards rushing.

This season he rushed for 55 yards in 22 carries. His playing time was curtailed with the emergence of Jay Ajayi, who tied an NFL record by surpassing 200 yards rushing each of the past two weeks.

Jaguars WR confesses to directing racial slur at Raiders

Jaguars WR confesses to directing racial slur at Raiders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee says he was flagged for using a racial slur in Jacksonville's 33-16 loss to Oakland on Sunday.

Lee acknowledged Monday that it was the reason for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the third quarter, a flag that seemingly started Jacksonville's fourth-quarter meltdown in which defensive tackle Malik Jackson and cornerback Jalen Ramsey were ejected.

"I got flagged for saying the N-word," Lee said. "It was back and forth. In the midst of the game, emotion is going from both teams. It just so happened the ref heard me, so therefore I got the flag. I've just got to fess up to it."

Lee said he and several Raiders were "going back and forth as far as the words and stuff." The fourth-year receiver from USC said he let his emotions get the best of him and said "it went both ways."

The NFL made racial slurs a point of emphasis in 2014, reminding officials that the league already had a rule against abusive language.

Lee jogged off the field after his 15-yard penalty and was clearly frustrated as he explained to coach Gus Bradley what happened and why.

"Throughout the whole game, we had a lot of players saying a lot of different things, but that's just the midst of the game," Lee said. "It's kind of hard when you have refs out there trying to limit what people say when you've got grown men hitting each other.

"You've got a lot of things that's going on that's flaring as far as in your mind. ... It wasn't intentional at all. I know he woke up the next day not worrying about it at all, just like I woke up not worrying about it. I feel like you're going to always have that issue because you're going to always have situations flame up and both teams are going back and forth and things are going to get said regardless if the ref likes it or not."

Lee finished with seven receptions for 107 yards.

The Raiders were flagged 11 times for 117 yards. The Jaguars were penalized 13 times for 112 yards.

"That's a reflection of me as a head coach," Bradley said Monday. "It's a reflection of our discipline. It's a reflection of how our culture is and how we talk and how we handle things. Yeah, that part of it, that hits home with me because obviously it's my responsibility, the demeanor of this team and how we approach things and how we play with poise.

"I take personal responsibility for that."

Jackson was penalized twice on the same play in the fourth, first for roughing the passer on a third-and-10 play, and then for using abusive language toward an official. He was ejected four plays later following another exchange with an official. Jackson ran to the locker room, seemingly eager to get off the field early.

"It's an emotional game and we have to go out here and balance playing emotions from when to say things, not when to say things and not when to do things," Jackson said. "It's just hard to balance. Sometimes you lose control, and I think that's what happened. We lost control, but I don't see this being a tendency. I don't see this being an issue, and we're going to move forward."

Ramsey and Raiders receiver Johnny Holton were ejected for fighting in the final minutes of the lopsided matchup.

"They probably don't want me to say this, but I'm going to just keep it real with y'all," Ramey said. "If I was out there nine more times, I would do the same thing. I don't think I should have been thrown out of the game for it. Neither do I think he should have been thrown out of the game for it, to be real with you. But I'm not going to be disrespectful."