Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen talks with players during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility.
On the first day of training camp, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen made "Mindset and body language" the theme. He continues to press the players in the importance of those tenets. He sees his players' perception and how they carry themselves as of the utmost importance. It is a philosophy on which the team has not completely bought in.
When Allen has seen enough, he called the whole team together in the middle of the field and told them he wasn't happy with their body language. The exact words he used are not to be shared but suffice it to say, it was firey and designed to inspire motivation.
"I thought [body language] sagged a little bit," Said Allen. "I felt it was necessary to bring them all in together, let ‘em know what I was observing, and give ‘em a chance to get it corrected, and I think they did a pretty nice job of responding.
"Guys are a little more sore [after the first day]. Their legs are a little dead. But again, I thought we had pretty good tempo today. The heat got to a little bit and we had to kind of regroup ourselves but I thought we finished up pretty strong."
This emphasis on body language is a new thing for the Raiders in general who have always been known for being one of the most laid back organizations in all of sports. But Allen is determined to create a new attitude and that new culture of which they have talked about since day one of the new regime.
"We're going to do it our way," said Allen. "That's the only way we know how to do it. Reggie and I have a plan on the way we want to run the football organization and that's the way we're going to do it and we hope to have success doing it that way."