The Oakland Raiders opened their mandatory mini-camp today to mixed reviews from head coach Dennis Allen. The team has been in a transition period this offseason with so much roster turnover that the players are having difficulty getting into rhythm with each other. The good news for the Raiders is that there is still time to fix their consistency problems.
“Today’s practice really, at the end of the day, what we got to continue to work on is the consistency,” Allen said. “I thought at times we executed well. We made some plays both offensively and defensively, but the consistency with which we have to execute on a day-in and day-out basis we have to continue to work on.”
One of the main culprits when it came to the lack of consistency was the quarterbacks. It does not come as a huge surprise because Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, and Tyler Wilson all lack experience. That combined with getting a feel for their new offense and offensive weapons have left them with improvements to make.
“I think, like I said, it’s the consistency thing with the quarterbacks and the receivers, tight ends, getting in sync,” Allen said. “Understanding how to adjust to different route combinations based on the coverage that they’re getting. And then, obviously, I think we’re throwing some different looks at them too. All those things will help us when it comes time to open up the season.”
Despite the consistency issues, Allen will not get frustrated because he knows the players are working to improve. There will be two more practices this week in order to correct the mistakes. The Raiders are in a position where making progress is a win. As the gel together, Allen sees them getting better.
“I don’t allow that to frustrate me,” Allen said. “I understand where we’re at in the season. I understand that we’ve got a lot of new pieces, a lot of new guys working together. I don’t concern myself with that. I know we’ve got a lot of work to do, but the way our guys are working, we’re going to get to where we need to be.”
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