Last season the Raiders went from learning to compete to learning to win. In order to take it a step farther, the Raiders must make winning just something they do. It must be who they are and what they’re all about. Jack Del Rio and Derek Carr laid out three ways they are going about creating that culture.
“I think the biggest thing is guys don’t all have to get along. We happen to have a group that does get along real well,” said Del Rio. “I think it’s about unselfishness. Guys that are willing to sacrifice for the good of the team. Everybody has personal goals, but I think when you put team goals ahead of that, you’re able to do something special. That’s what we’re looking for.”
“What I expect is us to put everything we have out there every time we come on the field, walk out on the field,” Del Rio said. “I don’t spend a lot of time talking about other things beyond that. It’s more about the process of putting together good practices. Developing your skill. Working on things like being unselfish. I think you have to train yourself mentally to work at that. Building that mindset, we’re going to be a resilient team. We’re going to fight for 60 minutes. We’re going to scratch and claw and find a way as a team to come out with victories, and we’re going to enjoy it while we do it. We’re going to enjoy the process, coming in here every day and putting in the work.”
3. Respect without fear
“We always respect our opponents but we fear nobody,” said Derek Carr.
“It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s something that we’ve had to work on. It’s something that we’ve had to get out of people’s heads. We’ve put the work in. When we step on the field, we should expect to dominate. We should expect those things. And then stuff that all Super Bowl teams, all championship teams have that quiet confidence about them.”