Oakland Raiders: Notes And Observations From Week One

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Sep 3, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio reacts after the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Del Rio Tells It Like It Is

On the one hand, not having a coach stand up at the podium and blow sunshine up our collective backsides following a very humbling loss is nice. It’s refreshing. It’s a terrific change from head coaches in Oakland’s past who always accentuated the positives – even if they were very nearly non-existent, and really emphasized those silver linings in the dark clouds that surrounded the squad after their latest defeat.

That’s not Jack Del Rio’s style.

The Raiders brought Del Rio in not just because he’s a good football man, but because he’s got a plain spoke, no nonsense style about him. He’s not going to stand in front of you and spout useless platitudes and tell you everything is going to be alright when clearly, it isn’t. He sees the problem and he is vowing to fix it.

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  • He termed Oakland’s effort against the Bengals as “embarrassing” and said that sort of effort – or lack thereof – will not be tolerated. In his post game presser, Del Rio said:

    “I don’t care to share any bright spots right now. We’ll just deal with what we need to deal with here and put it to rest.”

    The Raiders didn’t bring him in to be a motivational speaker or a “rah rah” kind of guy. He was brought in to whip this football – and this organization – into shape and turn around a franchise that has been terrible for more than a decade.

    And that all starts with straight talk, tough love, and honesty. Those are things this Oakland team can use a little bit more of – along with a foot in their backside.

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