Bernie Parmalee is familiar with the Silver and Black, having played against the Raiders during his nine-year NFL career and then coaching with the Kansas City Chiefs for three seasons.
"We always knew it was going to be a fight, regardless of what the record was. It was like bad blood between the two teams," said Coach Parmalee on facing the Raiders. "You're in the same division. You play each other twice, and as a player, even the Raiders, there's a history there. Every time you step on the field, you know it's going to be a dogfight."
The Raiders new running backs coach is prepared to help bring the historic franchise back to its winning ways. "You know the history, you know everybody that has been a part of this organization, what it stands for," said Coach Parmalee. "To have an opportunity as a coach, to say, 'Okay, I was a part of Raider Nation,' and hopefully and, I know, we will turn this thing around, and then we'll be able to say we were a part of the reason why the Raiders came back."
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Coach Parmalee joins the Raiders ready to turn the team's running game around. "I'm hands on. I love to really get into the player, each individual," he explained. "Each one is different, so as a coach I have to figure out each individual, what makes them tick, what motivates them. As a coach, it's my job to find out what each one's trigger point is and how I can get the best out of them."
As a former NFL running back, Coach Parmalee comes in with extensive knowledge of what is expected from the position. "Attitude. It's about the want. We call it the grit," said Coach Parmalee. "Do you have that grit? It's a job to be done and you're going to do whatever you have to do to get the job done. You have some guys that have a lot of talent that don't have that 'it,' and you have some guys that don't have the most talent that have the 'it.' As long as you make plays. It's all about making plays. Like Jimmy Johnson said, 'it's a bottom line business.' When you step between the lines, it's all about production."
Coach Parmalee is studying the current players and assessing potential additions and he is excited about what he's seen from Latavius Murray. "He has toughness," said Coach Parmalee. "For a big guy, he has good vision, good feet, and he can get the tough yards, and he has big-play ability. When you look at a guy like that and he hasn't even scratched the surface of potential yet. When you're working with a guy like that, he's still young, not a lot of tread on the tires, a guy that has the right mentality, we're going to do some good things."
Raider Nation was fired up by what they saw from Murray and Coach Parmalee is looking forward to experience the fans at the Coliseum. "It's awesome. It's always awesome," he said. "I'm very excited about it and I can't wait until I see the fans. We're going to kick this thing off right."