ALAMEDA — A day after the NFL halved Michael Crabtree’s suspension, Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio sounded less than thrilled with the outcome of the receiver’s appeal hearing.
“The league has to do what it has to do,” Del Rio said. “I’ll do my job and my job is to coach the guys. I don’t have to like everything they do. And often I don’t. So, this will be an example of that.”
Crabtree was nowhere to be found while reporters were allowed in the locker room and nor was Amari Cooper, who is dealing with a concussion and an ankle injury.
Cooper wasn’t out on the practice field on Wednesday afternoon.
“I think we’re going to go Wing-T. We’re going to run the triple option,” Carr deadpanned, when asked about the possibility of facing the New York Giants with both his top targets absent.
With Crabtree out and Cooper seriously questionable, tight end Jared Cook is poised to figure prominently into the game plan.
“It’s fantastic [to have him] because you need to have weapons — especially when things like this happen.” Carr said.
‘Sometimes you have to be the punching bag’
In the wake of the surprise benching of Eli Manning, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was ready to take the heat.
“Sometimes you have to be the punching bag and right now I’m the punching bag,” McAdoo said on his Wednesday conference call. “And that goes with the territory and I have thick skin. I can handle it.”
Del Rio, who was the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos when Manning’s older brother, Peyton, quarterbacked the team to Super Bowl XXXV, described himself as a big fan of the famous football family.
“That’s got to be a tough, tough deal,” Del Rio said. “He’s one of the all-time greats. He’s a two-time Super Bowl winner [and] a very accomplished player. So, I have a soft spot for that.”
Carr also has a family connection to Manning as his brother, David, was the Giants backup on two occasions. When asked about the demotion, Carr declined to get into specifics.
“They won a championship together. They were in the same room together for many years.” Carr said. “That’s a question I’d love to answer in the offseason.”
So long, Seabass
Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer, is done for the season, and very likely with the Silver and Black in general.
The team is allowed to bring back two players from injured reserve, and with cornerback Antonio Hamilton’s practice window opened Tuesday, the Raiders have now designated their pair of returnees.
Del Rio said Janikowski was never close to reclaiming his role.
“That wasn’t ever a consideration,” Del Rio said. “Giorgio [Tavecchio] has handled the job, done a nice job with it and there’s no reason to change at this point.”
Carr gushed about the Raiders’ place kicker/elder statesman
“I could talk about that guy — some stories and all those things — for hours,” Carr said.
“[As] a teammate, one of the best I’ve ever been around.”