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Head Coach Jack Del Rio Wraps Up Final Practice Before Mexico


Head Coach Jack Del Rio

The Oakland Raiders concluded their final practice of the week Saturday afternoon, and will fly to Mexico City Sunday afternoon. Following practice, Head Coach Jack Del Rio met with the media to share his final thoughts about the upcoming game with the Houston Texans. It was a "Fast Friday" of sorts, but after practice ended he recapped how the team felt coming out of the bye week, and what it was like to prepare in some brisk weather conditions Saturday.

Here's a look at the transcript from Del Rio's media session:

Opening Statement:"Yeah, we're ready to travel. Ready to head down to Mexico City and play a heck of a game against the Texans. Looking forward to it, you guys. Questions?"

Q: Sean Smith has been limited this week, do you expect him to play on Monday?

Coach Del Rio:"Our guys that are questionable, we had about six of them, I'm hoping they can all play. We'll just see how it goes."

Q: Besides the health aspect, did the bye week come at a good time in getting a real big win the week before? Or do you not look at it that way?

Coach Del Rio:"I don't. I mean, to me, you make the most of whatever situation you find yourself in. I feel like our team has really been pretty good about acknowledging what went well and what needs to be better and just kind of putting it behind us regardless. That's what we did. That's what we did after a big win. That's what we've done after a tough loss. It's going to be the same; there's a little bit of continuity. Our guys understand that. That's how we do it. That's part of the process. It helps you kind of focus on the next task. That's what's most important anyways, what you're doing next, so that's where we are."

Q: Did you get in a good practice today with the weather?

Coach Del Rio:"We did. I love to work in conditions. You never know when a storm might blow in. You end up playing in the wind or rain or whatever. Now we don't get much snow around here, so we'll have to work on that one live on the spot if we get some of those games later in the year."

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