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Head Coach Jack Del Rio Kicks Off Chargers Week

Posted Oct 11, 2017

Prior to practice Wednesday, Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio met with the media to kick off Week 6.

Head Coach Jack Del Rio

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio was noticeably upset Sunday following the team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but that game is behind us now, and he’s determined to get his group back on track. The Silver and Black will host the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for their Week 6 matchup, and Del Rio spoke with the media Wednesday about the impending game.

Here are the quick hits from his presser:

Del Rio stressed the importance of winning a divisional game, especially at home.

“I know for us, it’s a division game, which makes it big already. Obviously, we need a win. For me, it’s about us preparing, coming out there and playing good football. That’s all we want to be about is play good football. Whatever it takes to get you motivated, for us, we recognize the need. We need it pretty bad. If there’s a desperation meter, we want it pretty bad.”

He shared that he’s not surprised by the talent of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.

“I’ve seen him long enough. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I think he does a heck of a job. Even when he’s had receivers hurt in the past, he’s just always remained very dangerous and really a capable guy. Now, obviously he has receivers all healthy and they’re doing a great job once again. He leads the way with the way he can read defenses, get them in a good play and throw the ball.”

Del Rio briefly touched on the status of quarterback Derek Carr.

“Always watch our quarterbacks very carefully. We think he’s ready to go. We’ll see how practice goes and monitor as we go through the week, but I think things are encouraging.”

He also praised the pass rush of the Chargers, pointing out their versatility and effectiveness.

“[Melvin] Ingram and Bosa both are big challenges. Different styles. Sometimes the pair them together and they work together in combinations, but they’re both very good at what they do. To me, they’re two guys you need to know about.”

Del Rio reflected on last week’s game against Baltimore, and felt as though there were some positive takeaways.

“There were definitely good things that occurred that we want to build on and go forward with. I think for us, we started to move the ball on third downs, better conversions. You convert on third, you’re going to get more opportunities to run it. I thought for the most part, we did a better job of running it. Even despite getting down in the last game, I thought we stayed with it and didn’t abandon the run, which was good to see.”