Del Rio: Raiders 'outplayed, outcoached' in loss to Chiefs

Del Rio: Raiders 'outplayed, outcoached' in loss to Chiefs

OAKLAND – Raiders got beat soundly in a 26-10 home loss to the rival Kansas City Chiefs, and head coach Jack Del Rio made it clear no one escapes blame after this disaster.

What was the issue?

“We got outplayed and outcoached,” Del Rio said.

They certainly did.

Execution was poor on offense and defense. Play calls didn’t help overcome on-field issues, which left the Raiders listless as the game wore on.

Pointing the finger at one player, coach or position group would ignore a system-wide misstep in this key AFC West showdown.

Kansas City played Chiefs football, with steady defense, a dynamic run game and enough short/intermediate passing to keep chains moving.

The Raiders weren’t themselves on offense, scoring a season-low 10 points. The committed multiple turnovers for the first time all year. Derek Carr was erratic. The run game was not productive. Amari Cooper was taken away late and Michael Crabtree was invisible.

Carr didn’t know exactly what went wrong offensively.

Del Rio did.

“We got outplayed and outcoached,” Del Rio said. “Take your pick.”

The Raiders NFL-worst defense was porous yet again, though 406 yards allowed wasn’t mitigated by takeaways and strong third-down defense.

Raiders veterans were worried after last week’s win that all that yardage would eventually bite them. It did on Sunday.

“It can’t continue,” Del Rio said, “not for us to be the kind of team we have designs on being.”

Players were pissed after this one. They knew it was a missed opportunity to take control in the AFC West, which is now congested at the top. Denver and Oakland are tied for first, with Kansas City equal in the loss column.

Team captain Reggie Nelson’s takeaway from this one: “We need to get better.”

That’s essential to compete against the league’s better teams.

Del Rio found a positive in a game where nothing outside an opening touchdown drive went right.

“The biggest silver lining is that it’s just one day,” Del Rio said. “We didn’t get anybody hurt. … Good or bad, we’re moving on.”

Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order


Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith surrendered to police Friday on charges he violated a domestic violence restraining order.

San Francisco police said the 28-year-old Smith turned himself and was booked on three misdemeanor charges of violating a court order to stay away from a domestic violence victim.

Earlier this month, Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges and a judge issued a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Police said Smith violated the restraining order earlier this week.

Smith’s attorney, Joshua Bentley, did not return a voicemail message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Raiders released the linebacker days after his arrest on the domestic violence charges.

He had been on the suspended list since late 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster


Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster

The Raiders have a lot of quarterbacks under contract, certainly more than they’ll have come September.

That means the battle to be Derek Carr’s backup should be fierce. EJ Manuel had that title last year, with a shot to retain it after re-signing with the club on Thursday afternoon.

Veteran Josh Johnson signed up Monday, and those two will join third-year man Connor Cook behind Carr on the depth chart.

New head coach Jon Gruden loved Cook coming out of the draft, but the Michigan State alum failed to earn the backup job last season and must make a move up the depth chart to kickstart his career.

Manuel has a strong arm and starting experience, making him a steady and solid backup option. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two games when Carr was hurt.

Johnson might be a camp arm at this point, though he’ll be given a chance to compete this spring and summer.

Carr has been hurt for at least a small stretch in each of the last two seasons. Having Manuel in that spot might offer stability.

Gruden addressed last year’s backup quarterbacks last month at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gruden on Manuel: “I think EJ is a young, talented guy,” Gruden said. “He’s been in the facility working out on his own every day. There is a bright upside to him, too, as a young quarterback to keep working with. He’s a free agent, but the Philadelphia Eagles proved that’s a pretty damn important position, isn’t it? Right? So we have to address that and see where we are.”

Gruden on Cook: “I am kind of surprised Connor hasn’t played in two years, other than the playoff game he got in as a rookie. After Derek got hurt last year, they turned the ball to EJ. I don’t know where Connor Cook is. I am frustrated right now that I can’t spend any time with him, but, April 9th (when the Raiders offeseason program starts) will be an exciting day for me and Connor Cook.”