Oakland, CA – This time the Raiders might’ve finally gotten it right. Owner Mark Davis and General Manager Reggie McKenzie introduced their nineteenth head coach of the franchise, Jack Del Rio. Oakland knew, that in order to turn this organization around that they would need to bring in someone with experience and skill. Del Rio begins his second tenure as an NFL head coach.
He spent the last three years as a Defensive Coordinator for the Denver Broncos and was the former head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2011. When asked by the media if he considered himself a good candidate to coach without any experience on offense. Del Rio clapped back mentioning a few head coaches who were once on the defensive side.
“I think there are a lot of defensive coaches who are successful as head coaches,” said Del Rio. “Bill Belichick is a defensive guy and he’s doing a pretty good job with his offense. He’s gone through a lot of different coordinators and he continues to do a good thing. Pete Carroll is a defensive guy in his background, but he’s doing a pretty good job up there in Seattle with their offense and their team.”
His strong presence alone proved the Raiders might have a chance to snap this 4-12 losing streak. Del Rio run the team with more power than former head coach Dennis Allen. He’ll be able to select his staff with a sufficient amount of money available to bring in the best. Del Rio’s track record creates a long list of potential suitors lined up ready to work with the new head coach.
“I can assure you that we have a very strong group of people that are excited about coming here and joining this organization,” Del Rio said. “It was important to understand that there would be structure in place that would allow financial commitment that would allow us to get some of the top talent.”
There was no question that went unanswered nor did Del Rio shy away from what is needed for this franchise to becoming a winning team. Facing Oakland twice in the season being apart of the Broncos staff allowed him to see the weaknesses and strengths of the Raiders. He knows the record and is fully aware that changing the mindset of a losing team will take more than a coach coming back to his hometown proving a point.
“It’s my core beliefs that you don’t ever forget the about the fundamentals,” he explained. “We’re going to make it competitive and we’re looking for that mentality within our group, and we want leaders to emerge in the locker room. They’re going to hold each other accountable, and when we do things like that we’ll grow, improve, strengthen and we’ll win.”
“For the culture and the environment that I wanted in the locker room, all the questions we had in that regard, Jack hit it on the head,” McKenzie said.
“I knew it was time to bring a veteran coach into this system, and I’m quite pleased with our selection,” said Davis.