By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 10:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Highlights from defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’ media session Tuesday:
On dealing with communication issues with so many starters out: On the back end, there’s more communication from linebackers to the (defensive backs) then there is to D-line. But what you want to establish is you want with the D-line, and we did some extra drills today and we’ll continue to do, is your fits, especially in the run game. You want to know when a guy gets singled how he’s going to fit that so you can fit off of him. So we do want to get Nick and Kevin and our starting linebackers behind our starting interior tackles
On Pat Sims getting up to speed with a limited amount of time left: Pat is a smart football player. I don’t think mentally he’s too far away from knowing his assignments. It’s more of a just getting reps . . . It’s about practice time. I’m not in control of all that other stuff. I’ll play him as many reps as I can based on the plan built by our trainers, our coach and our general manager.
How much Charles Woodson has left as a player: His burst surprises me every day. He’s an amazing athlete. He’s got a great feel for when the quarterback is going to release the ball and that’s still there. He’s practice all the way through camp and is still explosive out of his stance.
On how far Sio Moore has come: Sio was better in the second game than he was in the first game: Sio’s great thing is his position flexibility. Linebackers now need to be able to rush, drop, move, shed blocks, set edges, because of the spread offenses and faster offenses. The more you can do, the better it is. Sio has show those things in camp, in college and through the first two preseason game.