Raiders’ new head coach: ‘It’s time to win’
SAN FRANCISCO — Raiders coach Anthony Griffin, who took over the team as head coach on Dec. 12, has some strong words for his former teammates.
“I don’t want to get into too much detail, but it’s time for us to win,” Griffin said.
He also noted the Raiders’ defensive struggles.
As a team, we’ve struggled in the first half.
It’s clear we’ve got some things to get better at.
I don’t think it’s an excuse, but there are a lot of things we need to do better.
It’s not just one player, but the entire team.
We’re all trying to improve.
We have a couple of things to do that we’ve been working on for a couple years.
One of them is to get a better understanding of what we’re doing, and that’s what I think is going to get us better.
We’re not good enough at that right now.
We’ve got to get some of that information.
We need to learn.
I’m not saying it’s all bad news, but we need more answers.
We’ve been in a funk for a while, and we’re in a different place now.
But I’m optimistic, and I’m looking forward to getting the new coaching staff together, and getting us going again.
“Griffin said he’ll also take some time to rest up and re-focus.
I’m trying to get back in the flow of things, but that’s going to take time.
We have to get ourselves right, get back on the same page, and hopefully we can do it.”
He said he was proud of his players, saying they’re “really hungry.”
They’re really hungry, and the opportunity is there for them to win, he said.
I feel really good about the group of players we have.
They’ve got a lot to get to know each other.
I think we’re going to come together as a group, and it’s a great opportunity for us.