BRADENTON, Fla. – Derek Carr vowed to elevate Raiders practice intensity this week. The season’s on life support, with a massive winning streak required to save it.
That was palatable Friday afternoon, following three hard days work at IMG Academy. The Raiders are pushing hard for better, not going down without a fight.
“I wouldn’t say it was a training-camp level, but it was close,” strong safety Karl Joseph said. “The intensity was high.”
Carr wasn’t the only player pushing for better practice. The Raiders leadership council agreed they would be less tolerant of mistakes, and maximize minutes in an attempt to play better in games. The goal this week was to find small ways to do more.
“We were driven and focused,” edge rusher Bruce Irvin said. “It was two good days (Wednesday and Thursday), and normally that translates to quality play on Sundays. We have to make sure it does.”
Dire circumstances have strengthened resolve, but execution must improve with it.
The Raiders have been maddeningly inconsistent in all phases. That has to change to go 7-1 or 6-2 in the season’s second half, to attain double-digit wins required to push for the postseason.
“Everyone in the locker room knows we’ve got to go on a run,” Irvin said. “It’s past due. This game in Miami is a must-win. Every game after that is a must win. These are difficult circumstances, but we created them. That said, we’re confident we can work our way out of it. But we’ve got to get going right now.”