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Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio Says OC Todd Downing’s Season Has Not Been Real Smooth

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was asked about offensive coordinator Todd Downing’s performance this year during a Wednesday press conference. He didn’t offer a vote of confidence, but he didn’t push Downing under the bus, Scott Bair of CSN Bayarea reports.

“Obviously a lot of things have gone in a negative direction, but I do know (Downing) is super bright and is going to be a real good coach in this league,” Del Rio said. “I believe in him. Those are not things that people want to hear right now. The reality is that we’ve underperformed offensively this year, so naturally there will be those types of questions. We all understand that. He understands that. I understand that, but it doesn’t change my belief. It’s what I know. But there have been some tough sets of circumstances and things have not gone real smooth.”

Players haven’t executed well offensively, and analysts have suggested design has at times been easy to defend. Quarterback Derek Carr had a down year, with issues up front and at several skill positions. Most of those players make big money, so Downing might be the easiest impactful move to make.

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