Is Jack Del Rio Going Too Soft On Discipline?
Sunday was a rough day for Raiders running back Jalen Richard. On the stat sheet, the second-year running back was mostly invisible, but three fumbles and another bobbled punt could very easily have derailed the Raiders season had they lost to the Giants.
Richard was fortunate that each fumble was recovered by teammates, but the response to these mental errors is what’s most unsettling moving forward. Head coach Jack Del Rio continued to march Richard onto the field for punt returns on Sunday – very similar to the approach he used with Seth Roberts after a series of inexcusable mental gaffes in Mexico City.
It seems unfathomable (and almost unfair to the player) that Richard will be taking punts again in Kansas City, but even if he doesn’t, the situation has already been addressed poorly enough.
It’s concerning that Del Rio continues to take such a soft approach on team discipline and it’s hard not to wonder what other areas his ‘player friendly’ approach could be contributing to a surprisingly sloppy season.
Hopefully the head coach knows best and suddenly improved attention to detail is right around the corner, but it’s perfectly reasonable at this point to share a little skepticism.