Raiders' focus shifts to future
He was inactive the first 11 games before dressing the past two weeks without playing. While Carson Palmer will remain a starter barring injury, Allen does want to give Pryor some playing time down the stretch.
"We've got a package of plays that we've had up and available the last couple of weeks to get Terrelle in the game," he said. "I think at some point we'll get him in the game and have a package of plays for him to run."
Allen is getting backing in this difficult year from an unusual spot: the AFC West rival Denver Broncos. Allen was defensive coordinator in Denver last season and is still highly thought of in that locker room.
After the Broncos' latest win over the Raiders, some of Allen's old players said they believed he was still the right person to get the Raiders turned around.
"Once they get their personnel that they want, that coach Allen wants, things will start working out. It starts from the top," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "He did some good things for us. He did some good things here. I have to give him a lot of credit. He earned that job. He deserves it. He's a good football mind."
Allen helped Denver win the AFC West last season and knock out Pittsburgh in the wild-card round before getting the Raiders job. His defense in Oakland has not been nearly as good.
The Raiders are last in the league in points allowed per game (30.9) and fifth worst in yards per game (390.2) and are on pace to allow the most points ever in a season in franchise history.
"It's just his first year," Denver linebacker Von Miller said. "I'm sure they'll get it cooking. For us we got it clicking with coach Allen. He's a great coach. I'm sure the wins will start coming soon."
Notes: Allen will leave the team to attend his father's funeral on Monday. He will decide when he returns whether to reinstate LB Rolando McClain from his two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Allen said he has not talked with McClain since the suspension was issued Nov. 30. ... Allen said RB Darren McFadden was walking without pain a day after re-injuring his sprained right ankle that sidelined him for four weeks. ... X-rays on CB Michael Huff's injured wrist were negative. He also was undergoing an MRI but Allen did not believe the injury was serious.
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