Dennis Allen preaches patience with McClain
However, the Raiders coach expects accountability and discipline from his players, too.
On January 30 2012 Dennis Allen was named the eighteenth head coach in Raiders history. And now it's time for us to turn our chronicle conversations. For months later I was gonna sit down a man in charge of the Raiders. Dennis Allen joins us here on chronicle live and he does so from Alameda. Think coach let's begin with that head coach Dennis Allen here for months into the job you're on the field -- OTA's what's it like in the man in charge. Not been great I'm really enjoy it. -- a chance to gather all the feel and in. Coach these guys have been real pleasure and you know it's interesting every day something new and and I love getting up in the morning go to war. Ought to jump on that something new every day because it's your first job as a head coaching you can go to as many mentors as you want. But my guess is every once in awhile a surprise will come up and bite yet what are the big surprises that may be -- come to you as a head coach. Well I mean I just think you know in general and most of time it's it's stuff that doesn't involve football it's it's the off the field. Deal dealing with personnel -- deal with situations in the building in and those -- the things that. You know every day those of them things have been the most challenging the football aspects actually -- Pretty easy and in a lot of fun. At your opening press conference general manager Reggie McKenzie said once he spoke to you we immediately called his wife and set I found my -- So here you are four months into the job we've gone through a draft and nine senior guys in the field how closely are you and Reggie McKenzie communicating now. Well I think very closely I mean we're we're continuing to talk every day. And I don't think there's a decision was made within the building where we don't at least communicate about it talk about it and in gather each other's information in and come to a good conclusion on what's best for the raider organization so. We've worked we worked really good together and and now reds he's been outstanding. Gotta work for. No matter where the Raiders are as they move forward as an organization there is one name that will always be attached and that's Al Davis your very respectful of Al Davis. And the raider organization that your opening press conference. -- wanna take that a step further though and ask you about Mark Davis he's the new owner of this team what's your relationship like with Mark Davis do you talk football with that -- Yeah our our relationship been good you know I haven't had a lot of conversations with mark -- The last time I talked to him was during the draft and he was excited about. Didn't start with the draft and -- who we were -- -- in. You know he's he's he's been real good as fours. You know kind of pushing back a little bit let Reggie and I take care of the football operations and and so that's been a great experience. Let's delve into the draft the little that you and Reggie picked some guys do well character would be the one word that seem to stand out. With every pick that you guys made how important as you formulate this team he had a vision for what the silver and black will look like. How important is character -- two guys that you bring into the organization. Well it's extremely important to me or were looking for guys that have both football character and off field character so. You know we're looking for guys that that when they come into the building they're going to be ready to work. They wanna put in the extra time to learn the game of football on as well as guys that you know have good personal character that are going to be a lot of problems off the field. You have one guy particularly right now does have some issues off the field that's Rolando McClain. The middle linebacker. As you talk about character being important these -- guys that former first round pick and a lot is expected -- How are the Raiders going to move forward with their middle linebacker. Well I'll say this about Rolando Rolando. You know he's part of our family he's he's on our football team. We're gonna let all the legal proceedings play out before we make any kind of decisions on what we need to do there. I've been nothing but pleased with the way the Rolando handled himself. Since I've been in the building in and really at the end of the day that's that's what's the most important. Aren't let's talk about what you see from your guys out on the field of maximum hopping around behind you right now would still get some extra work in as we have our discussion. And so what do you see I know it's OTA days but tell us about the guys you have in the field right now. Well let's say there were there working extremely hard to get better you know it's always a hard process to installing new offense new defense. New special team schemes and and the guys are really. Not taken to working hard to it to get better every day and that's a mess is that we've been trying to preach from day one is. But one step in front of the other in game get a little bit better every day don't worry about the end result because that'll take care of itself as long we concern ourselves with the process. There's one word associated with the Raiders in many occasions it's not the best -- -- penalties. What are you gonna do to try to shore up the penalty situation with a silver and black. Well we're gonna continue to preach discipline and hold guys accountable for doing their job and do it at the right way and then not. I think the biggest thing we got to do is is. Must show the players -- penalties that cost us football games and not at some point you know it's going to be up to the players understand that and and take heart that you can make sure that we get that corrected. It's not always fair to single out one guy during OTAs the let's do it a positive sense word is kind of leaked out the wide receiver -- Kreider is opening some lies there how is he looked. As you continue to evaluate your club. I stayed just like any other rookie I mean he has his good days -- -- is bad days obviously last Tuesday at an outstanding day. Made a lot of great catches the ball we're really excited about him now or respect and good things out having. But again nine it's -- build a one day at a time process for him he's got to worry about. On getting better every day.