HC Dennis Allen alongside GM Reggie McKenzie. Photo: Tony Gonzales
It’s here, football fans. The dreaded weekend between the AFC/NFC Championship games and the Super Bowl is upon us, and personally, I am starving for a football fix. The good news is that you can tune into the Senior Bowl happening today at 3 p.m. EST on the NFL Network, where the nation’s top 106 football players will be on display!
With Raiders fans specifically in mind, today is a big day for Oakland HC Dennis Allen and some other Raiders staff. Allen will be coaching the North, while Detroit Lions’ HC Jim Schwartz will be leading the South. Today and this past week in practice will give these two NFL head coaches an in-depth look at college seniors entering the 2013 NFL Draft – as a Raiders fan, this is vital. Also as a Raiders fan, you should be watching today and keeping your eye on defensive backs in particular, just in my opinion. Allen will even be mic’d up, which could get interesting!
From the Raiders’ official website, staff have been blogging about Senior Bowl practice since day one. Here is an excerpt from yesterday:
AN ORGANIZED COACH: Showing his attention to detail, Head Coach Dennis Allen in a corner room at the Mobile Convention Center Friday night took time to address sideline organization. The space just outside the thick white sideline is reserved for coaches and substitutions, he said. Also, when units come off the field, they are to sit in specific locations on the two team benches. Quarterbacks, for instance, need to sit next to the press-box communications unit, which they’d use to talk to coaches upstairs.
Earlier in the day, Allen devoted a portion of the team walk-through to the pregame routine, and was sure to communicate clearly the exact locations and descriptions of drills, so every player knew where to go and when. He wants his team to look professional.
Allen also made sure the team knew the Saturday schedule, including breakfast, taping and bus-departure times.
He then reminded the team that the game would be played with NFL rules. For instance, two feet in bounds, not one foot, are needed for a completion, offensive players are not down until they’re down by contact, and in the passing game, contact farther than 5 yards from the line of scrimmage is illegal.
DL coach Terrell Williams & defensive quality control Eric Sanders from the Oakland Raiders take part in practice. Photo: Tony Gonzales
Read more about the full week of Senior Bowl practice (North) by following the link above or visit the “News” section of the Oakland Raiders official team website.
The Senior Bowl will kick off today at 3pm EST, 1pm CST on the NFL Network.