It's the first day of Raiders mandatory minicamp boy it was an ugly one. Nothing seemed to go right for the offense. There were bad snaps, dropped snaps, wobbly passes, dropped passes, you name it. At some point it was downright comical.
The players and the coaches find themselves reminding everyone that it is still June and this offense is learning a new scheme with some new players as well. One important new player is Matt Flynn who had his share of mistakes on the day.
"Each and every day we're going to want to come out and complete every pass and throw 10 touchdowns," said Matt Flynn. "But realistically right now everyone is still learning, everyone is learning each other, everyone is learning a new playbook. Things are coming. Things are formulating. But we have a long time until game one. I've seen a lot of improvement just in the little nuances in what guys are doing, how guys are speaking, how guys are doing something in the route concept. They're understanding the concepts a lot better. As an offense, we're growing. We still have a lot of work to do. That's something we all know and we're all striving to do. Guys are putting a lot of hours in around this place right now trying to get there. We have a lot of work to do and we're going to keep doing it."
Dennis Allen sees the team struggling. The last time they looked this bad was the OTA practice week 2 which was written off as Memorial Day hangover. There is no such excuse for today.
"What we got to continue to work on is the consistency," said Allen. "I thought at times we executed well, we made some plays both offensively and defensively but the consistency with which we got to execute on a day in and day out basis, we got to continue to work on. But the good thing is, guys are out there, they're competing, they're working, they're doing everything that we're asking them to do to continue to get better, and we got a long time before we got to open up and play a game that counts for real. Overall, I was pleased, but we still got a lot of getting better to do."
While the hope is players in shorts in non-contact drills should be able to perform well, there is no need to push the panic button. This is a precursor for a big break and the first day of the only mandatory minicamp practices this newly formed team has. Allen is chalking it up in that fashion for now.
"I don't allow that to frustrate me," said Allen. "I understand where we're at in the season. I understand that we've got a lot of new pieces, a lot of new guys working together and I don't concern myself with that. I know we've got a lot of work to do, but the way our guys are working, we're going to get where we need to be."
There are two more days of minicamp for the offensive players to try and head into the month and a half break on a high note. They certainly realize their play today cannot continue.