Head Coach Jack Del Rio
Following the Oakland Raiders penultimate Organized Team Activity [OTA] Wednesday afternoon, Head Coach Jack Del Rio held his weekly press conference at the team's Alameda, Calif., facility.
Here are the major takeaways from his time behind the microphone.
Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio has decided to join the Twittersphere.
"I just wanted to make a quick statement since I did elect to become a little more current. I did launch the Twitter [account] today, so I joined that, did it in front of the team first. That's why I talked to the guys. Just an opportunity to I guess be a little more current and share a little insight. Give you a little peek into what we're doing here and how hard we're working."
Wednesday's on-field work was more mental than physical.
"Today we brought the guys in. Had a good mental day. Backed it down a little bit, third day of the week. We'll go tomorrow, be full speed tomorrow, but we elected to do that for training purposes and working the guys and where we are with the program. Good work. We have to learn how to practice in shorts and sometimes with taking the helmets off and lightening it up. We have to be a team that understands what it looks like to maintain that mental intensity and back it down physically. We'll do that in training camp. It's just an opportunity for us to show them what it looks like."
While the intensity may have been ratcheted down, Wednesday was still a productive day at work.
"We worked a couple situations. We worked a couple different special teams units. We worked some backed-up situations, worked some red zone. We're able to get the mental work in, but just back it down a little bit. With this being a four-day week, back it down on the third day and crank it back up tomorrow."
The new additions to the roster allow the Raiders to be dynamic in their approach to the game.
"We're growing our package, things that we want to be and having a player like Sean, having good players, helps a lot of design come to life. Having guys like Bruce Irvin and Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson, those guys that are veterans, that have been there, that know what it looks like to compete at the highest level. Having those guys being a part of what we're doing right now along with the players we're developing that are here, that remain here, that are returning. We're hard at work getting ready, but certainly having a guy like Sean, having that veteran presence and that understanding allows you to take things to another level."