The Oakland Raider had been sitting at he top of the AFC West until a loss to the Chiefs dropped them to wildcard status. Coach Jack Del Rio said that stepping up pressure on opposing QB’s as well as cutting down on penalties will be the key to improvement.
“I think we’ve been really good in key moments. We’ve been able to close games. We’ve been able to get off on third down. We’ve been able to do things like that, so not all we’d like it to be. I think that rush and coverage go hand in hand. We really haven’t had the effectiveness of the interior push with a couple of guys that are pretty good at it that haven’t been available. That’s one area where we could benefit by getting a little more interior push. The last time we played these guys, Stacy [McGee] had two sacks inside. It’s been there, but kind of sporadically. That’ll be an area where it comes. Obviously, Khalil [Mack] is getting his numbers, Bruce [Irvin] is a presence off the edge. I think our edge press is pretty good. I think as our interior pressure goes a little bit better and our coverage is a little tighter, I think those numbers will jump up. Hopefully that can start this weekend,” Del Rio said, via Raiders.com.
“Same thing. We’re working on everything. I’m not putting my head in the sand on anything. As a team, we want to continue to improve as we go throughout the year. We’re identifying some of the areas where we want to see ourselves grow. I think it’s fair to say that’s one of those areas. We expect to be better as we go and that’s one of the areas we expect to be better in.”