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Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio admits to possibly taking over defensive play-calling

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio admits to possibly taking over defensive play-calling

The Oakland Raiders defense struggled again on Sunday, as they gave up 528 total yards to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's home-opener. 

In all, the Raiders defense has given up 1,033 total yards and 69 points in their first two weeks of the season, two numbers that both the coach and the players find staggering. 

"That's embarrassing," linebacker Malcolm Smith said. "We have a lot of work to do. We have no choice, we have to get to work."

The play of the defense became such a problem that head coach Jack Del Rio admitted on Sunday that he "might have" taken over the play-calling of the defense on Sunday. 

"There might have been a point where I jumped in on the last drive," Del Rio said after the game.

Either way, Del Rio is taking full responsibility for the defense's struggles. 

"I'd say if you want somebody to blame, just blame it on me. If you need somebody to blame, blame the head coach. I'll take it," he said after the game.

The veteran coach says that he takes the blame because his team looked like they weren't ready because of all the mental mistakes on the field Sunday. 

"A lot of mental [mistakes], which I take full responsibility for," he said of the breakdowns. "We have to make sure we're teaching it better and make sure our guys understand what we're asking of them.

"There's no dancing around the subject, it's not what it needs to be."

The Raiders defense will have a chance to rectify it as they take on the Tennessee Titans next week, an offense that is averaging just 339 yards of total offense after the first two weeks. 


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