Raiders coach Jack Del Rio tells Jim Rome, `I’m not very patient, so we’ll have to turn it around quickly.’


Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was a guest on the The Jim Rome Show Monday. A transcript of the interview:

Q: Since you’ve been hired I’ve spoken to a number of former Raiders who are excited about you being hired, how does it feel to be the Raiders head coach?

Del Rio: It’s a little bit of a dream come true. I grew up in Hayward, which is about 10 miles away. So being able to come home to a storied franchise like this, and the welcome that I’ve had from the Raider Nation, it’s been awesome.

Q: What made you think this would be a good spot for you?

Del Rio: I just feel like this is an opportunity to come in here and put my imprint and develop this team and bring ’em back. It has a rich tradition. The cupboard is not bare. There are some good players here and certainly we’ve got work to do to bring in more competition and more talent and then to coach ’em up and get ’em ready. but I’m excited about the challenge.

Q: What kind of an attitude will Jack Del Rio’s Raiders play with?

Del Rio: We want to have a smart, tough football team that plays with a lot of passion. I’ve been a part of this league, this great league, for almost 30 years now and for me that’s what it’s all about. There’s a mentality, there’s a mindset that you have to have when you go after people on Sundays and you do it together, and when you get that going, you can become more the sum of your parts. You’re going to add up, you’re going to get people, you’re going to collect ’em, but it becomes a team and when you share a vision and when you go out there and you fight together for each other you can accomplish special things.

Q: At 3-13 it would seem like the team is a long way from where you want it to be. Is that the case or do you see this thing turning around pretty quickly?

Del Rio: I’m not very patient, so we’re going to need to turn it around quickly. I don’t expect to come in here and look for excuses why we can’t get it done. I’m going to look for reasons why we will. I was visiting with Kenny Norton, and obviously we got Kenny done and got him here and I reminded him of how we were in Dallas in ’89 when we were playing together and that team was 1-15. And if you look at how many players three years later were hoisting a Super Bowl trophy, a good number of those players were on that roster at that time. So you just can’t look and come into a situation like this and dismiss and say there are no players there. There are players on every team across the league that can play. Our job is to add to those players, some quality, some competition, some structure, and then strive for the excellence.

Q: Mark Davis said when the two of you sat down, you gave your assessment of every offensive player, so as an opposing defensive coordinator, when you watch film of Derek Carr, what did you see?

Del Rio: First of all, it wasn’t just the offense, it was the entire roster. It was the defense, it was special teams, it was everything. So I prepared for that meeting. Obviously having played against them twice, it helped in terms of knowing what their offense was about. Carr is a special young talent. He’s got a really quick release. He’s a good decision maker. He shows some of that grit we’re looking for,. that toughness. And so he’s a guy that we feel like we have an opportunity to build around.

Q: You said after nine years in Jacksonville you needed a little rejuvenation. What did you mean by that and what process did you go through personally?

Del Rio: You invest so much. You put your heart and soul into something and it doesn’t pan out the way you had hoped. So just getting a little bit of time. It was enough, to get a little time, to kind of collect myself, to be in Denver and be with a tremendously successful organization and be part of the last three seasons, a lot of victories, a lot of happy Mondays. That was very rejuvenating. It brought me back, reminded me why I do this and what I love about this, going and competing every Sunday and now there’s a new opportunity in front of me and I’m very excited about it.

Q: You pointed out Bill belichick and Pete Carroll were better after their first stints as head coaches. How much of that was about them ending up in a better situation perhaps or how much was it them philosophically learning and growing and does it apply to you?

Del Rio: I like to think it will apply to me. I do believe that you learn in life, you learn from experiences you have in life. Certainly I think it’s been proven that those two guys adjusted to things the second time around. I plan on taking full advantage of the experience and the opportunities, some good, some not so good. Some that I’m proud of, some that I’m not proud of. But you learn from it and you understand where you made mistakes, where you did things well and you build on that. Going forward, anybody that’s been through those experiences should benefit and be able to impart some of that wisdom to the franchise.

Q: Did the topic of where the franchise would ultimately be come up with Mark Davis? Any chance you might ultimately coach the L.A. Raiders?

Del Rio:: Those discussions absolutely came up. My question was, `Are we going to stay in Oakland?’ He said, `my intent is to keep the team there.’ Look, I’m from this area. That was exactly what I wanted to here. He’s trying to keep the team here and hopefully that will happen.

Q: Any issue if you have to move to L.A.?

Del Rio: I went to school at Southern Cal. If that has to happen, it has to happen. But right now we’re here, committed to being here and I’m looking forward to getting the Raiders back to where they belong.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Guest123

    Next your gonna tell us Musgrave is a QB whisperer? LOL

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    If you and Vegas both said it, is it gospel?

  • scooboy

    Terrible verse

  • Jack Hammer

    done that last month. time 2 move on

  • JR92

    Kendrick points out that it’s hypocritical for some black people (gangbangers, murderers, etc.) to be outraged when white people/police kill young African Americans, when they’re doing the same thing.

    I think he’s pretty smart.

  • R8der4evr

    Capt Jack
    Will bring the Raiders back

  • Jack Hammer

    might as well be. we don’t agree often

  • RaiderCDE

    Steph’s behind the back move is the best in the league..

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I miss seeing a bb player who can run to the top of the key and sink a jump shot, a jump shot where he actually elevates over his guy. I always think of Gail Goodrich or Rick Barry. These guys are so into threes they can’t seem to fast break and pull up hard and elevate, shoot, 2 pts. Curry expends a hell of a lot of energy dribbling, juking to get free for the shot. He won’t have a long career, I fear. There’s a lot more wear and tear on the knees doing that.

  • RaiderDirt

    Welcome Back Rod Woodson..

    Once A Raider, Always A Raider…

    One Nation

  • RaiderCDE

    Marcus can focus on the safeties, Rod on the CB’s . Nice mix

  • R8der4evr

    Bird was deadly too.

  • JR92
  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yes, there were a whole lot of others I could have mentioned but I think I first thought of Goodrich because he wasn’t tall, yet he could elevate. So could Barry. Bird got position more than elevated because we all know Larry couldn’t jump!

  • R8der4evr

    Now bring back Big Wiz
    Keep Little Wiz.

  • Raider O


  • R8der4evr

    Well that’s true.

  • scooboy

    Except Sapp

  • RaiderDirt

    That would be nice, but i think jack is done with his line-up for 2015

  • RaiderCDE

    Keep an eye on Dowling. Kid has talent just needs to be coached up. Seems like he has the want to. Polian called him the ‘steal of the draft’..

  • RaiderDirt

    Sapp is still looking not to pay for that 2 for 1 special…

  • JR92

    The kool aid is kicking in. I think our defense is going to surprise a lot of people next year. #MackforDPOY

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m happy for Rod Woodson. The guy went on NFL network and said goddbye the last go around…said he always wanted to be a coach and how it was a great opportunity for him…then he gets let go after one year…and now he’s back.

  • Jack Hammer

    i compared him to Kam Chancellor pre-draft. Oops!

  • RaiderCDE

    Staff is complete! Upgrades at every spot?

  • Chris in NY

    I thought that was a great pick at the time too. Kind of a non-factor last season though, even in preseason, so we’ll see.

  • R8der4evr

    Nice to finally have a HC who gets us respect.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Both Raiders and Warriors have “high character guys.”
    Let’s hope it pays off for the Raiders this year as it did over the last few for the Warriors.
    Character + talent = results….so now, add talent.

  • R8der4evr

    McGill too

  • M.Shorter

    New Post. Rod MFing Woodson. Hell yeah!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    There it is. BloGGospel.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    But Big Wiz isn’t back.

  • LAto_TheBay

    Look at who he had in the defensive backfield though. Plus Chuck B defending Megatron with MLBs

  • inonewordraider

    very bright, besides him immortal technique and atmosphere, only lyricist i’ve liked since the 90’s

  • Rick Worth

    And Moss & Jafatso?

  • LAto_TheBay

    Hopefully he gets more out of DJ than DVD

  • Rick Worth

    Not me they have to stay in Cali I think.

  • R8derdiehard

    Why not hire Ray lewis as lb coach, you KNOW that guy is going to be a great coach

  • JLofty

    ok perhaps that was misstated…

  • LAto_TheBay


  • Juice

    A little Jungle Karma can’t hurt.

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  • Dave Poidomani

    I love how he wants to get the ball rolling … Experienced coach with success that knows what demands from his players … Interesting to see where they go in the draft I think they need a wr but there’s so many … I like cooper … Strong who’s 6/4 from az state and a sleeper in green – beckham who’s 6/6 reminds me of an green go up and get it kind of player he might fall cuz of his off the field problem … Strong is a. Beast to