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Raiders rookie defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has a heavy workload during the bye week as he tries to correct what went wrong the first quarter of the season.
The Raiders (1-3) rank 28th in total defense, allowing 411.5 yards per game. They've allowed 31.25 points per game and are on pace to allow a franchise record 500. Tarver talked to reporters Wednesday after the Raiders' second and final practice of the bye week.
How confident are you that you have the personnel to get accomplished what you want to do? Is it possible you just don't have enough guys?
"You have two jobs as a coach. No. 1 is to help guys get better and No. 2 is to get 11 guys to play together. When 11 guys play together and they're nasty and they love playing defensive football together, you'll find a way. You'll find a way. Now, is it going to be perfect at every position? No, but is any team perfect? No. It's how they play and what they do together."
On the Demaryius Thomas fumble, when you see Lamarr Houston go 70 yards downfield to jump on a fumble, what kind of example is made of that during meetings and film?
"Big time. That's a great play. That's how you play the game. You got to love this game and you got to love to play, and when the ball's on the field, go get it. That's our job. Our job is to get the ball and give it to Carson (Palmer) and give it to (Darren) McFadden . We got to do a better job of that. But that is how you play football. That's outstanding, and that's what we need to play like."
Why haven't the blitzes been effective?
"Execution. Winning one-on-ones. Those would be the two biggest reasons. We got to do that all together schematically, player-wise, everything. We got to win our one-on-ones when we get them and make sure we understand where we're supposed to be and where everybody else is so that we can play fast."
On the flip side of that hustle coin, Rolando (McClain) was caught a couple times on replays jogging after plays. Not to call out one specific player, but is that something you have to address?
"We need 11 guys to run to the ball on every play."
The players were so positive about the scheme coming out of camp. Do you sense they still believe?
"Yes. We need to do it better, and we know we need to do it better, and we're working together to do it better, and they see us working with them. The corrections are the same corrections we've made. We talk the same way. Nobody's changed anything. It's a process. Winning's a process that ends in a result. You got to learn how to do it and you got to do it right. And then when it's third-and-7 on the third play of the game you got to find a way to get off the field. You got to cover the main guy he wants to throw the ball to. We didn't ... and they understand why. So now we need to make the adjustment next time when it happens. We need to get that done."
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