Oakland Raiders head coach Bill Callahan decided to return to his roots during Monday morning's practice.
Callahan, who enters his second season as Oakland's head coach, frequently spent time during last year's training camp giving hands-on instruction to the offensive line in individual drills.
Callahan, who coached the Raiders offensive line from 1999-2001, had been spending less time with that group in this year's camp but that was not the case Monday morning.
"We just wanted to tweak them today," Callahan said. "(Offensive line) coach Aaron Kromer has been doing a great job with them. We just had a little added emphasis this morning. We're getting better but the improvements are incremental. These guys are prideful guys. They work considerably hard. We're trying to take that next level."
Callahan was not only with the group but was giving some rather verbally intense hands-on instruction.
"I think we take his yelling a little better than some of these other guys," said second-year offensive tackle Langston Walker. "I can't say it's fun but you learn a lot. I think it's already intense but having the head coach there adds something to it. He's usually a quiet guy but when he gets vocal your ears perk up."
Callahan was heard frequently uttering the phase, "upper-body violence." When asked what it meant, Walker casually said, "It is what it is."
The Raiders offensive line was a crucial reason for the team's success in reaching their first Super Bowl since 1983 but had their problems in a 7-6 win over St. Louis Friday night.
"He probably misses us," Right tackle Lincoln Kennedy quipped referring to Callahan. "He can't go too far away from us. He wanted a good practice. It's sad to say that we thought we were ready for the game but I guess we didn't play with as much enthusiasm as we should have. We can't take anyone lightly."
Callahan had been balancing his time with various groups during individual session this season. The Raiders are preparing for their CrossBay matchup at San Francisco.
"I've spread my time," Callahan said. "I've been pretty balanced in terms of who I'm watching and evaluating. I just know the line a little bit more. I've got explicit trust in Aaron Kromer to handle these responsible. We continue to get better but it's because of our work ethic and guys buying into what we're asking them to do."
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