Jack Del Rio: I’d love to see us just let it rip

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The Raiders flopped in Kansas City on Sunday as they spotted the Chiefs a 26-0 lead before getting on the scoreboard a couple of times in the fourth quarter.

They cut the lead to 11 points, but couldn’t get any closer and the failure to start the game with the proper energy level was on coach Jack Del Rio’s mind when he spoke to the media on Monday. Del Rio called himself “frustrated and pissed off” about the way the team played and called on them to take a more aggressive approach against the Cowboys next Sunday night.

“I think that there have been many examples throughout the season where we have not played boldly to go make the plays,” Del Rio said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I would really like to see that … if you go halfway, it’s not good enough anyway. So I’d love to just see us just let it rip, OK, and go play. Talked about hair on fire, talked about the kind of effort and energy, playing fast, that’s what I believe in — and I’d love to see it more often.”

The loss to the Chiefs means that winning out guarantees the Raiders nothing other than a 9-7 record at the end of the year and anything less than that will make the playoffs a fantasy. That’s an urgent situation, so we’ll see if the team finds the requisite urgency to deal with it.

20 responses to “Jack Del Rio: I’d love to see us just let it rip

  1. You were letting it rip last year under Musgrave and then you got rid of him for some reason and gave the job to the QB Coach who had never been an OC before.

    This is classic “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, Jack.

  2. The Raiders were 12-4 when being bold and letting it rip. Then they chose to not renew their offensive coordinator. Look at the results. We all knew the defense would not be good enough to win without the offense scoring a lot….well everyone except Downing that is. Whoever made the decision to hire a new OC needs to be fired.

  3. In addition to letting a successful OC go, letting Murray go and picking up Lynch revealed a bad mindset, too, IMO. Lynch hasn’t been horrible but still, he’s more of a PR move than a football move. When you do things like that the message is that football isn’t top priority, and don’t think that message isn’t heard by the players, whether subconsciously or consciously.

  4. Isn’t that part of the coaches job, to get his team to play hard and Let it rip…. threw himself under the bus…see ya…

  5. Very overrated coach. From his Jacksonville days to Denver as a defensive coordinator. His teams have always underperformed.

  6. We already knew that Jack was just a pathetic head coach. The bigger concern should be the elephant in the room. The faiders are stuck with a boat anchor of a contract for a less than average QB, making 25m per. It’s all downhill from here.

  7. How about moving back to a power running team instead of a zone running team. I also see no urgency in this team. Derek looks scared and the offensive play calling is pathetic. I do believe there is way to much talent on this team to not win. I always wonder what Belichick would do with a offensive roster this talented. Who ever says there is no talent in this offense does not no football, All I see is terrible coaching from bottom to top.

  8. themediaisdumberthandirt says:
    The Raiders were 12-4 when being bold and letting it rip.

    The Raiders were 12-4 when they played a 15th-rated schedule of 2016 opponents whose combined record from the season prior was 128-128 (.500).
    I have no doubt that switching offensive coordinator hurt. But The Raiders this year are playing the league’s fourth-rated strength of schedule against opponents that were a combined 144.5-111.5 last season.
    Many factors have contributed to the Raiders’ slide, but a big one is that tougher competition is showing the Raiders aren’t the strong team they appeared to be in 2016. It more of a correction than a fall.

  9. well it was obvious by week 4 that this team had no rhythm whatsoever on offense, weeks later you fire Ken Jr, and let the OC continue being way over his head. There is no doubt Downing’s play calling is horrific, and is the problem. For every problem there is a solution- I am just not sure who you can bring in as an OC…Fact is best guys available are up for a head coaching job….Really the best guy for the job might be Brian Kelly at Notre Dame where he has the Irish avg approx 35 points per game, almost the highest avg in the schools history….that or maybe guys with Raiders tie like Harbaugh or Shaw.

    In other words its a lot easier to find guys to be defensive coordinators, then it is to find a good OC- I like you Jack, but the fact it took you so long to address this after watching this dismal offense is a reflection of your head coaching. Maybe you have another solution, but it just night have to be you have to get a new head coach.

    Bottom line, Go Raiders, Go Reggie!!!!

  10. Jack fixed the culture and is rah-rah guy at his core, but there is no real x’s and o’s coach on the team and it shows anytime they play a team with quality coaching.

    Downing is like a kid with all the legos in the world, but can’t build a thing.

  11. The 2016 Raiders had a lot of talent deficiencies but they went 12-4 because they were young-and-hungry, Mack was league defensive MVP and Carr’s heroics bailed them out of a lot of games late in the 4th quarter. This year Carr has been playing at an average-at-best level which is not enough to overcome a bad defense. Also the team came into the season overconfident (based largely on media hype). Lastly, there have been disruptions which this team is not good enough to overcome. Specifically, should’ve cut Penn during his holdout rather than caving in & I blame Son-of-Al 100% for forcing the team to import a cancer like Lynch who destroyed team chemistry and is a downgrade from Murray at RB.

    This team is not horrible like the 2003-2014 Raiders but is a lot like the 1990s paper-champion Raiders who talked a big game but were mediocre on the field.

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