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The Oakland Raiders took the field for their 10th practice of Training Camp 2014, presented by the California National Guard. The Silver and Black are approaching their first live action of the season when they face the Vikings in Minnesota on Friday.
Today, the team spent a noticeable amount of time on red zone offense and defense, an area the defense needed to improve on from last season. The defense looked dominant during Tuesday’s practice and Head Coach Dennis Allen noticed.
“It looked like the defense got the better of the offense today,” said Coach Allen. “So we’ve got a lot of improvement that we’ve got to make and really a short time to get there. The guys are continuing to work, but we’ve got to be able to execute better than we did today.”
The players recognize their need to improve in all areas before game day, but are particularly aware of the importance of the red zone. “Red zone is huge,” said S
Whether it’s offense or defense, the key to success in the red zone is the same – chemistry and trust.
“We’ve got a dog mentality on defense,” explained LB
The same can be said for the offense, who rely on that trust, as well as timing, to get their job done. “I think the overall success is just timing and trust,” said WR
The team camaraderie seems to be at a new level from past years – something Moore has noticed in his second year in Silver and Black. “From last year to this year, I can say that’s probably the biggest thing that I’ve seen all the way from the whole offseason program. Guys were hanging out together. We were going out to eat together. When we were back out in Oakland, Antonio [Smith], [Justin] Tuck and I and Wood [
That feeling is what could propel the Raiders defense, and the offense, to success. “[Team chemistry is] huge. It’s actually a big part of it,” said Ross. “You have to know and trust that guys are going to be where they’re supposed to be based on what the offense is doing. If you trust that whole-heartedly and do your job, it’s going to be pretty hard for teams to score.”
The Raiders will have the team’s first chance to test the work they’ve done throughout the offseason and training camp this Friday in Minnesota. Will the camaraderie and bond they’ve built change the outcome on the field? Stay tuned.