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Head Coach Jack Del Rio: "I'm Seeing A Lot Of Encouraging Signs"


Head Coach Jack Del Rio

It's been roughly 24 hours since the Oakland Raiders were defeated by the Los Angeles Chargers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, and the group now owns a record of 2-4. While the return of quarterback Derek Carr was a pleasant surprise, the Silver and Black still didn't seem like themselves on offense. Back at the team's facility in Alameda, Calif., Monday, Head Coach Jack Del Rio recapped the game, and looked ahead to Thursday's game with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Here are the quick hits from his press conference:

Del Rio talked about the addition of linebacker NaVorro Bowman, and what he's been able to accomplish since coming in the league.

"Well, he's a veteran guy. He's played a lot of good ball over the years and we're excited to have him. We're a little green at the linebacker position, so to add somebody with the experience that he has, we think it's a nice addition for us. We'll get him up to speed and see how quickly we can get him there and on the field."

He shared his thoughts on the running game Sunday, specifically the performance from Marshawn Lynch.

"I liked the way the first half went, aside from not having the points on the board that we would have liked to see. Yeah, I thought we ran it fairly effectively. I thought we ran it better early than we did late. But, that was definitely something we can build on."

Del Rio kept it positive during his presser, stating the team will continue to try and get back on track.

"You can't let adversity or things not going your way affect who you are. We're defined by how we conduct ourselves, how we carry on in the face of adversity. It's easy when things are going well. So when you're strained and it's tough, can you remain a positive force for us? I'm seeing a lot of encouraging signs. We're going to continue to work at it. That's what I believe in."

**He broke down what he's seen from wide receiver Amari Cooper recently.


"I would say he's been creating separation. I think the ball found him a few times. I would like to see that continue. We had a couple called back. A couple of nice ones, 18-, 19-yarder late in the game which would have been nice. Then obviously that big conversion earlier in the game. A couple big ones called back, but he's key to what we're doing."

Del Rio discussed quarterback Derek Carr's performance, and his decision making against the Chargers.

"I don't know that I would say getting rid of the ball too quickly. I think he will play better. I think he did some things well, and a couple plays I'm sure he'd like to have back. For the most part, he's a quick decision maker and doesn't spend too much time patting the ball back there."

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