The Oakland Raiders defense has been looking a little rough as of late, but defensive coordinator Ken Norton says all the pieces are there for them to be a respectable unit – it’s all about… ahem… execution.
“There are a lot of plays that we have great communication on,” Norton said. “People just want to bring out the ones you had bad communication on. But at the same time, any time you have tempo or no-huddle, the idea is that you can’t communicate, but you can always make your checks and make your calls. Sometimes it’s not always as fast as it seems. You can play any defense, it’s about execution. You have to execute. You have to have your leverage. You have to tackle. It doesn’t change no matter what time you play ball. There’s no question that there’s some things that we need to improve on.”
“There are 16 games and you have to continue to being obsessed with improvement and that we are,” he added.
“We have a group of guys, a group of coaches and our leadership, everybody cares a lot. They come in early in the morning and they stay late at night working their tails off. I think that each time we go out, again we’re obsessed with improvement. The communication, the playmaking, the coaching, all of it has got to continue to improve.”