Justin Tuck Praises Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff’s Intensity


Nov 30, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck (91) looks on from the bench during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Oakland 52-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran’s Minicamp is the first chance for the bulk of a team’s roster to get a feeling out process with the coaching staff, particularly in the case of a team like the 2015 Oakland Raiders who have an entirely new staff in place with the hiring of Jack Del Rio as head coach this winter. Making the past week an opportunity for the Raiders players to get a taste of how Training Camp and the rest of the season will be before the 2015 NFL Draft selections are made to throw the rookies into the mix.

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That process has been a positive one in Oakland, with players and coaches going through the honeymoon period as of now. Both sides having nothing but positive things to say in the months of positivity that is the lead up to the NFL season.

One of the players with positive things to say was veteran Justin Tuck, a Super Bowl champion who is now coached by a Super Bowl champion defensive coach in Ken Norton Jr. who came to Oakland from Seattle to get a defensive coordinator position after looking after the linebackers with the Seahawks. Tuck praising a coaching staff that he feels has the qualifications needed to take the Raiders to the next level.

Tuck, now on his second season at defensive end for the Raiders following his departure from the Giants where he won two titles in New York, called the coaching staff great in his minicamp availability. Excited that he will be playing for a coaching staff that has intensity as well as football IQ.

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“They’re [the coaching staff] very intense,” Tuck said to the media according to the Raiders official website. “We need some intensity. This staff is great. They’ve been around. They’re a very experienced staff with a lot of different pedigrees as far as 3-4, 4-3, no huddle, pro-style, whatever it may be. They’ve pretty much seen it all and coached it all.”

Tuck knows what it takes from an organization to be a winner, taking part in two of the most memorable Super Bowl wins of the last two decades in two classic victories over the New England Patriots. Now in the final years of his career Tuck is looking to help get the Raiders to that level he experienced in New York, and as of now he feels that the new coaching staff will be an improvement that will help Oakland see more success than in the 3-13 season of 2014.

It is going to take a great effort from all sides to turn the Raiders rebuild into a completed project, but the new coaching staff is one of the steps required to make that process quicker. Tuck knows that a proven group of coaching minds with playing experience and strong qualifications on the sideline is an upgrade, even if there is plenty of proving to be done when the regular season comes later in 2015.