Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio (Photo via Getty Images)
The JR Report Podcast, hosted by Ryan Lipton, dives into the Oakland Raiders 2-3 start to the 2017 NFL regular season and why it might be smart for the Raiders to move on from coach Jack Del Rio after the 2017 season.
Now isn’t the time to move on. If Oakland misses the playoffs owner Mark Davis should look hard at moving on from Jack Del Rio.
Del Rio prides himself on defense and attitude, yet the defense has been horrible and the team can’t show up and be competitive in must-win games. (Last year’s losses to the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans and this year’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos).
The race, which involved just two camp members sporting the Nos. 8 and 43, was neck-and-neck. At first, it was difficult to decipher who won the race due to the chaos that ensued as the two players approached the finish line.
After the sprint, Norton brought the camp members and other fellow Oakland players together for an intense team huddle. It is hard to understand the meaning behind what Norton was saying, but it seemed like the players enjoyed it by chanting along energetically.
Overall, the camp perfectly exemplified Norton at his best. Even though this was a meaningless camp with teenagers, Norton still brought an immense passion that seemed to light a fire under each player.
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The Oakland Raiders secondary last season was amongst the worst in the league giving up 257.5 passing yards per game (No. 24), a big reason for them using their first round draft pick on Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley.
When asked about Conley, Raiders coach Ken Norton Jr. mentioned that “Conley is one of the guys out there really competing,” via Oakland’s press release. However, there is no guarantee that he will get a starting position in the slot, for “there are a lot of guys who are very good” competing against Conley for the starting nickel position.
Last year, it was apparent Oakland did not have the talent nor the scheme necessary to be good in the back-end of the defense. Now, they added talent with Conley and get to have Raiders cornerback Sean Smith entering his second season with the team. Hopefully, the second season under Norton will help Smith improve with more knowledge of the defense.
Overall, it is good to see and hear that Oakland has a talented secondary. All they need to do now is put it together on the field by competing during each rep at practice. If they do that, the defense will be drastically improved en route to another playoff berth and lengthy postseason run.