Jack Del Rio not focused on the past

The Oakland Raiders haven’t made the playoffs since they went to the Super Bowl in the 2002 season and got routed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But that’s the least of new head coach Jack Del Rio’s worries as he works to right the ship of the Silver & Black team by the Bay.

“I’m really not spending a whole lot of time worrying about what was, I’m really focused on what needs to be going forward,” Del Rio said from this weekend’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Instead, Del Rio is focused on what he has on the team, both players and on his staff.

“Very excited about what I think is a very strong staff that I was able to put together,” Del Rio said. “I’m thankful that we were able to go get good people and that they were excited about being a part of our effort there.”

The veteran coach is happy with the coaching staff that he’s assembled, and now knows that he must evaluate talent properly.

“We’ll evaluate the roster; that is continuous,” Del Rio said. “We’re here because this basically begins the new year. You come here, you begin your draft preparations. You begin to bring your coaches in and close your draft preparation as you prepare for that day.”

At the end of the day, Del Rio just wants his team - both coaches and players - to compete hard.

“You acquire that talent and then you go out there and compete,” Del Rio said. “We’re going to have a very competitive mentality throughout our organization and everything we’re doing. We want to make sure that we’re competing to be the very best. The goal from day one is to win the division.”


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