Head Coach Jack Del Rio
Well, it’s not the start the team expected to have.
After opening up the season 2-0, the Oakland Raiders have dropped four straight games. Following the team’s 17-16 loss, Head Coach Jack Del Rio took the podium, and discussed some of the issues the team has been struggling with the past few weeks. It was a battle till the very end, but the Silver and Black were unable to hold off the Los Angeles Chargers in the closing minutes of action.
Here are the quick hits from Del Rio’s media session:
The Raiders Head Coach was concise in his evaluation of the team’s 2-4 record.
“I believe you get what you earn. That’s what we’ve earned so far.”
Del Rio touched on the return of quarterback Derek Carr and how he performed in his first game back.
“It’s good to have him back, I know that. He miss threw a couple of things, but I thought for the most part he was fairly sharp. It was a lack of communication on the first. Then we had two interceptions, which is unusual. We had a communication error on the first one, and the second was kind of a funky tipped ball. I felt good having him there, I know that.”
He shared why the offense has struggled to get rolling recently.
“Just productivity. Just productivity. We’re working hard. Guys look, our team is a proud team. We work hard. We believe in each other. It’s just off a little bit. We’ll just keep working.”
Del Rio talked about the confidence level of the team, and said he saw some improvement from last week.
“I felt it was a little better today, yeah. I thought we made plays, got off the field on third down. Philip [Rivers] does a great job. He’s always tough to defend. I thought for the most part we did a good job. The two drives that stuck out for me are the two drives where we didn’t get off on third down. That’s where he got his points and that’s what I thought was the difference in the game. You got to make plays on third down against this bunch.”
He discussed what went wrong on the Raiders final drive of the day.
“I saw an inability to line up properly, execute. We completed out for a chunk, it’s going to put us at second-and-short to start the drive. Instead we line up at first-and-15. That led to a three-and-out. That was a factor in us going three-and-out. I know that hook and ladder went for about a yard short. Bottom line is that penalty hurt us right there. We didn’t have a bunch. We haven’t been penalized a bunch, but we had a couple of real killers.”