NAPA -- Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he is seeing progress, but at least two areas were stressed once they adjourned to meetings after the Monday practice.
First, a few themes common to the Raiders of the past decade cropped up a handful of times.
There was a dropped pass by wide-open receiver Brandon Carswell and later by tight end Tory Humphrey. There were offside penalties by Lamarr Houston, Dominique Hamilton, Travis Goethel and Carl Ihenacho. And there was a fumble on an inside run by Lonyae Miller.
"Those are the things that cost you games," Allen said. "We're really preaching the message of how to win in the NFL. The first thing you have to learn is how not to beat yourself. Penalties, turning the ball over, those types of things cost you games.
"Until we get that corrected we're going to stand up here and say the same thing over and over."
The other problem was with the defense, one of the big reasons Allen was brought in to be the head coach. When the Raiders went to live hitting for the first time (except for quarterbacks and cut blocks) during a dozen short-yardage plays, the offense got the better of it.
Miller worked inside for gains, and quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart effectively worked the perimeter with swing passes. Leinart connected with Mike Goodson for big yardage down the left sideline.
"They got the better of the short-yardage, no question about it," Allen said of the offense.
King continued to hammer punts high and deep, interspersed with the occasional shank As for King's considerable workload, Allen said, "He's a young dude, man. He'll be all right."