Checked in with Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly late this afternoon, who not surprisingly provided some perspective on the first week of the strength and conditioning phase.
When I asked him if anything jumped out at him regarding the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen regime, Kelly, who arrived in the Norv Turner era, answered like a man who has seen his share of optimism gone awry. He’s looking forward to playing for coordinator Jason Tarver, however.
“We’re in the honeymoon stage,” Kelly said. “You’ve got to be around a person, get down to training came and game time to know what you’ve got. Coach (Tarver) seems cool, real young. Seems like he knows what he’s talking about. He’s got experience in the league and he had a pretty good defense down there at Stanford.”
As for the possibility of big changes on defense _ Allen publicly hasn’t ruled out a 3-4 defense _ Kelly doesn’t see his job changing much after attending the first week’s installation meetings.
“We’re going to do what we always do _ run four man,” Kelly said. “I’m just assuming. Heard he’s a guy that mixes it up, so you never know.”