After getting bum-rushed and losing a hugely important divisional game on Sunday, Jack Del Rio was still profoundly unhappy on Monday.
“Here’s what I know,” the Oakland Raiders coach started his remarks to the media, “as players and coaches, we’re as frustrated and pissed off about what occurred yesterday as you can be, as anybody out there is. Losing a game like that hurts. There are no words that I can say here today that are going to take away that pain or make those that care about the Raiders feel better. I’m really not going to try.”
He didn’t have an update on wide receiver Amari Cooper who left the game after aggravating a previous ankle injury. Cooper was hurt on a play where he was an important blocker. Del Rio defended the decision by saying “it’s football.”
The coach also said that Derek Carr still has confidence in his offensive line, batting away any indication that the quarterback is playing tentatively.
But he would like to see the team play more “boldly” more consistently.
“I’d love to see us just let it rip, OK?” he said. “[We] talked about hair on fire, talked about that kind of effort and energy, playing fast, that’s what I believe in, and I’d love to see it more often.”
Getting answers out of Del Rio during the Raiders’ disappointing 6-7 campaign has been difficult all season. And with the prospects of postseason success taking a major hit, the Oakland coach wasn’t keen on sharing details on how he plans to turn things around. He instead hinted the players are doing enough.
“I’ve got to do the things necessary to pry [intensity] out of our guys,” he said. “I’d love for it to just be what we do and how we do it. For it to just be part of who we are.”
But it hasn’t been this year as the Raiders struggle to replicate the success in close games they had last year.
Yet, due to poor performances across the AFC, the Raiders are just a game back from a Wild Card berth. They play the Dallas Cowboys — winners of two straight — in primetime on Sunday.