Good to hear stuff like this. Hopefully they back it up now.
Oakland Raiders DL Richard Seymour Sees More Disciplined Defense in 2012
submitted by Syndicated sources on June 22, 2012 - 7:32pm
Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour believes that the defense will be more disciplined this season. The addition of defensive minded coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie are emphasizing cohesion and execution to the players that will translate to games.
“Well, it’s obviously a good thing, but if you mess up, they know exactly what you did wrong as well,” Seymour said during mandatory mini-camp. “So I think for us, we’re just laying the foundation at this point. Everyone is trying to learn exactly what it is they want implemented and everyone being on the same page. I think they are letting us know now everyone has to know what to do and you have to execute under pressure. I think that’s one thing that they’re building and obviously as a veteran that you’re trying to filter down through the team as well. So I definitely think we’re headed in the right direction.”
Last season the Raiders broke the NFL record for most penalties in a season with 163 resulting in 1,358 yards. The three time Super Bowl winning Seymour knows what it takes to minimize the mistakes that result in penalties.
“Just developing practice habits,” Seymour said. “I think that’s one thing we’re trying to do at this point now. Coming in day in and day out, practicing our craft, working on it, fine-tuning it. I think Raider Nation has a lot to be excited about. We’re looking forward to doing big things this year. Like I said, it all starts here on the practice field.”
With his championship pedigree and veteran status, Seymour will need to lead by example for the young Raider defense. Last season the defensive end recorded six sacks in 15 starts, but has had his share of personal fouls in his time with the Raiders.
“We are definitely going to be disciplined for sure,” Seymour said. “We don’t want to lead the league in penalties or anything like that, but we definitely want to be aggressive. Not trying to take any of our aggressiveness away, but also just playing smart football. I think that’s one thing that since I came here, as a defensive lineman, you think of tough, physical, aggressive style defenses and we are definitely going to keep that, but take the penalties and things that aren’t helping us win, taking those off the field.”
Of course, if he runs Seymour into the ground by mid-season because he (GM) wants to be a hardass, said GM will be held accountable by the players, most of whom understand Seymour's role on this team.
I'm not sure that you Kinz understand that role. Seymour is not 22 years old and he does not weight 190 pounds.
The points he made about practice habits are gold.
I remember a friend once asked me why I practiced so hard.
I told him that if you don't put out in practice, you won't put out in a game.
Practice is where players develop habits so this is great to hear.
I know it makes sense to not have older guys practice all the time. But the point is that he and Kelly are older guys who are rapidly turning into guys who should be given lesser roles. I have said this many times before, and think the team should move in the direction of replacing them as soon as possible. Actually Kelly looks to have more left to me than Seymour.
And as far as Seymour's words, to me they are just that. Its pretty easy to talk about "its how you practice that counts" is gold from a guy that doesn't practice very much. Also, no reason he couldn't have been at the voluntary part, just held in a limited role. On offense I think Palmer was there, so was Carlisle, Barnes.
But talk from anyone on defense doesn't mean crap to me unless it is to hear someone say "I personally did not play well last year and will try hard to correct that". Our defense was inexcusable last year, and I have yet to hear a single guy take personal responsibility for it.
I agree Seymour and Kelly are getting older, and I don't think we're the only ones to notice. Hence drafting Christo and Crawford - while they were later rounds, if one turns into a starter that is $$. I would expect next years draft to have some earlier D linemen picks in it. I don't see Kelly or Seymour as pillars to the D line much longer.
Every year we hear there will be the end to the stupid penalties. Hopefully this year all of the talk will add up to actual change.
If he was looking in a mirror when he said that, it is good news."Richard Seymour Sees More Disciplined Defense in 2012"
I just want to remind the Richard Seymour "haters" that our last game of last season was the equivalent of a playoff game. Win and we'd have been in.
Seymour was not close to 100% and probably should have only played in key situations, if at all. But he played anyway because he wanted to do his job - get us into the playoffs and win a Super Bowl - and he was willing to sacrifice his body for the team.
Henderson didn't play. He's not here anymore.
Campbell(s) didn't play. They are not here anymore.
Bush was unable to carry the ball effectively, but he played and shouldn't have. He is not here anymore.
McFadden didn't play.
Huff didn't play.
McFadden and Huff are still here... but don't bet the house that they'll still be here at the end of the season.
Seymour ain't going anywhere else anytime soon. He earned his money and his 'All-Pro' honor.
Hope this clears up any confusion.
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