Raiders news: Josh McDaniels pleased with offensive line progress
There is hope for a Las Vegas Raiders turnaround and one of the reasons is that the offensive line is starting to take shape.
The unit, which had 11 different line-ups, made progress, particularly, in the passing game and on the ground. Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels is pleased with the progress he’s seeing in the unit. He likes the tenacity he sees from the group.
“We want to be a solid and physical team. There is no shortcut to this. You have to do the hard stuff, you have to practice in the pads, you have to do the drill work that is required of you to improve in those areas,” McDaniels said. “You have to double yourself, you have to work hard for it. You can’t just say we’re going to be a tough team and then all of a sudden it happens. It’s a matter of hard work and you earn it. You’ve earned the right to be a tough team with what you do during the week. And I think our guys haven’t flinched at all since the start of training camp and really started talking about that identity and seeing if we can develop that in our team. I think we have a lot of badass and when you take a lot of tough guys who work hard and want that to be their own identity, then they have a chance to create it.
Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr praised the offensive line for persevering through a tough start to the season.
“I’m so proud of them, man. They were pushed really hard and that’s something we’ve talked about since OTAs and training camp,” Carr said. “We’ve had conversations about different people moving and all that kind of stuff, and I’m so proud of them. It’s never going to be perfect, especially in this league against the guys they’re playing against. But I’m proud of them, they worked very hard. [Carmen] Carmel [Bricillo] and [Cameron] Cam [Clemmons] did a great job of teaching and watching them grow was awesome because we started the running game, the passing game. Bags are going to happen from time to time, especially in this league, and all that kind of stuff. But they’ll be the first to tell you there are things they’d like to clean up, but I’m proud of the way they play and we’ll need them to do that and as we move forward.”
McDaniels knows the key is keeping Carr clean and the coach thinks he sees improvement in that area and he knows it’s a big key for the rest of the season as the 2-4 Raiders try to come back up in the race for the AFC playoffs.
“I think for the most part they protect the quarterback pretty well,” McDaniel said. “Again, there’s always room for improvement, but I think most of the time they do the right things there. And then the backs are given the opportunity to hit the line of scrimmage without that there are two guys in the backfield And so we talk a lot about not having negatives, not having hits or pressures or sacks from the quarterback, and when you go out of play and that there are only a few games where that was the case, so these guys usually do their job.”