Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio talks with field judge Gary Cavaletto (60) and referee Bill Vinovich (52) prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Denver. (Joe Mahoney)

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio talks with field judge Gary Cavaletto (60) and referee Bill Vinovich (52) prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Denver. (Joe Mahoney)

Del Rio’s wild gamble paid off

Jack Del Rio’s decision to go for a two-point conversion was more of a no-brainer than a head-scratcher.

It initially looked like one of the season’s strangest coaching decisions when the Raiders went for 2 following a touchdown that put them ahead by three against the Broncos in the fourth quarter Sunday.

But Del Rio really had no choice at all.

Long snapper Jon Condo had dislocated his right shoulder while recovering a fumbled punt moments earlier in the fourth quarter of the 15-12 victory. Condo’s backup, tight end Lee Smith, had a cast on his snapping hand.

When Derek Carr threw incomplete, the Broncos needed only a field goal to tie, but Brandon McManus’s hook let the Raiders off the hook minutes later. After nailing all four of his field goals in the first half, he clanked a 49-yarder into the south end zone high off the left upright.

“Things like that come up during the game,” Del Rio said, “and you made a snap judgment.”

The Broncos failed to make the Raiders pay by missing the field goal and several of Brock Osweiler’s passes — including a critical drop by ex-49er Vernon Davis. The bumbling offense ended up wasting a historically great first half by Denver’s defense, which allowed minus-12 yards.

One day later, the Raiders could be looking for a starter. Although Condo returned and finished the game, Del Rio said that tests revealed a potentially season-ending injury. A roster move could be coming later this week.

“It’s not great news coming back,” Del Rio said. “We’ll see how it goes. There’s a strong likelihood that we’ll have to make a move to bring another guy in.”

The 34-year-old Condo has been the Raiders’ long snapper since 2007 and has started 141 consecutive games. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Dallas in 2005.NFL

Just Posted

San Francisco health experts recommend that pregnant women should receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a booster shot. (Unai Huizi/Shutterstock)
What pregnant women need to know about COVID and booster shots

Questions regarding COVID-19 booster shots for pregnant people have been pouring in… Continue reading

Examiner reporter Ben Schneider drives an Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle along Beach Street in Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Could San Francisco’s tiny tourist cruisers become the cars of the future?

‘Fun Utility Vehicles’ have arrived in The City

Badly needed rain cooled off pedestrians on Market Street in The City on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Storm door opens in San Francisco — what will the rains bring?

‘Come Monday, fire season in Northern California should be done’

The so-called “twindemic” that public health officials in California and elsewhere warned about last year — the combined threat of influenza and COVID-19 — was largely eased by the wide use of face masks, physical distancing and reduced travel, experts say. But their concerns are back this year. (Shutterstock)
COVID and the flu: Is a ‘twindemic’ threat lurking again?

‘Because of so little disease last year, population immunity is likely lower’

49ers' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hopes to return to the field this weekend to lead San Francisco against the Colts. (Photo courtesy of 49ers)
NFL Week 7 picks: Niners face crucial matchup against the Colts

San Francisco could join Seattle on the brink of irrelevancy in the NFC West with another loss

Most Read