Raiders GM Mike Mayock shares ideas on 2020 group

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In a wide-ranging interview on the Senior Bowl this week, Raiders normal supervisor Mike Mayock shared his views on the group with Raiders beat reporter Vinny Bonsignore. Amongst subjects mentioned had been the draft and free company, the group tradition, the standing of quarterback Derek Carr and the connection between Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden.

Overview-Journal: A 12 months in the past you had been making ready on your first draft. Wanting again on it, after placing collectively a draft class that yielded a number of starters and key free brokers, how happy are you?

Mike Mayock: What Jon (Gruden) and I had been most completely satisfied about, the youngsters that we drafted had been who we’d hoped they’d be. And we’re speaking about each as folks and as soccer gamers. The work ethic, the toughness, the fervour for the sport. And I feel folks typically roll their eyes once we say these issues. Anytime you usher in a brand new coach and a brand new GM and so they begin speaking about altering the tradition, all people talks about it, but it surely’s so much simpler to say it than it’s to do it. You must be constant. You must have a dedication to it, regardless. And I feel that’s one thing Jon and I spent a number of time speaking about. What sort of folks can we wish to carry into this constructing? And the truth that these youngsters got here in, and I’ll use the phrase “competed” the way in which we needed them to compete. I feel that helps change the tradition and helps set that basis that we stored speaking a few 12 months in the past. And once more, folks can roll their eyes and say ‘eh, no matter. Change the tradition. Everybody says that.’ However that top quality was vital in that regard.

RJ: What’s the subsequent step for the rookie class?

Mayock: They’ve a problem now as a result of they performed a lot, and folks have tape on all our rookies and the previous saying is, you have got your greatest bounce between 12 months one and 12 months two. So the problem for our guys is ensuring that occurs. Don’t be fats and completely satisfied. Groups are going to recreation plan for you. Maxx Crosby will get 10 sacks. Hunter Renfrow has two consecutive 100-yard video games on the finish of the season. Josh Jacobs could possibly be the Rookie of the 12 months. Individuals are going to recreation plan for these youngsters. And it’s going to be a giant problem for them to take their recreation from the place it’s at at the moment and transfer it to a different degree.

RJ: As you have a look at your offense, there’s a evident want for a playmaking extensive receiver. How crucial is it to safe that participant?

Mayock: You want playmakers in at the moment’s NFL. And I don’t even assume you have to put labels on them anymore. That’s a number of the issues Jon and I speak about. Josh Jacobs generally is a playmaker. Darren Waller generally is a playmaker. Renfrow generally is a playmaker. However we don’t have sufficient exterior pace. Folks began to load up on Josh and Darren. Our offensive line is a giant, sturdy, robust group that we’re proud of. However let’s be trustworthy. If we’re going to take it to a different degree, that place has to get higher.

RJ: Can this draft yield that form of participant?

Mayock: It’s early, however I actually assume there’s a number of wideouts on this draft. It’s a deep extensive receiver draft. Now, you must watch out, particularly the upper you go. Do your self a favor and go have a look at (the historical past of the draft) and have a look at first-round extensive receivers over the past 10 years. It’s sobering. And I feel there’s some the explanation why school extensive receivers can wrestle coming into the NFL. So I feel you must watch out. Everyone thinks in case you draft a large receiver within the first spherical it’s rapid manufacturing. It doesn’t essentially imply that. Check out the numbers. So I feel you have got to concentrate on what you’re going through and I feel you must be sensible with what you’re doing.

RJ: How would you assess your protection?

Mayock: I feel we’re a great distance away on the personnel facet. We’re actually proud of our two rookie defensive ends, Maxx (Crosby) and Clelin (Ferrell) . We predict each will be massive, sturdy, highly effective gamers. Each of them are going to be 270-pound defensive ends. Lengthy. Robust. So we expect we have now a base in these guys.We predict (cornerback) Trayvon Mullen stepped up and obtained higher every week. Johnathan Abram, we expect, goes to be a extremely good security. However we’ve obtained to get higher. We’ve obtained linebacker points, folks know that. We’ve obtained to get higher at defensive deal with. We’ve obtained to get higher on the again finish. So we have now a number of holes to fill on protection.

RJ: How aggressive do you anticipate being in free company?

Mayock: I feel open-minded is an effective strategy to put it. I feel traditionally you must return and have a look at free company and say “Are you spending your {dollars} judiciously?” Yeah, we’d like to get two or three starters out of free company, for positive. However you must watch out. You’ve obtained to know what you’re getting and what you’re shopping for. Are you overpaying? What are you actually getting on the finish of the day? I feel the historical past of free company tells you it’s a little bit little bit of purchaser beware. And I feel we should be nicely conscious of that.

RJ: How a lot didn’t having Antonio Brown and never having as a lot explosiveness at that place impression your analysis of Derek Carr at quarterback?

Mayock: I don’t assume Antonio Brown or the extensive receivers actually change how we view it. I feel the problem at each place is to go in and consider the man and be truthful. Be truthful to the man and be truthful to the group. And what I attempt to inform folks, and it’s a boring reply but it surely’s the way in which I strategy my job, is that yearly I’m going to judge each place. And if we expect we will enhance that place, we’ll. And if we expect we will’t, we gained’t. And that’s how I have a look at the quarterback place. I feel Derek took a giant step ahead in 12 months two. Jon’s robust with quarterbacks. Jon calls for so much, man. And Derek’s obtained the psychological acuity to take care of what Jon’s asking him to do, which, belief me, places him in a small group. He’s obtained arm expertise. I feel he took a step ahead in 12 months two. His accuracy is over 70 p.c. I believed he did a heck of a job serving to develop Darren Waller, force-feeding some throws to him to present him probabilities to make performs. This 12 months was form of a stepping stone, I feel offensively. We solidified the offensive line a little bit bit. We ran the ball a little bit bit higher. Darren Waller grew to become a participant. And now we’ve obtained to maintain including to that.

RJ: Do you are worried that phrasing it that means could be interpreted as a non-vote of confidence for Derek?

Mayock: I don’t fear about it. In all honesty. I perceive the followers have a proper to their enter. However on the finish of the day we have now to do what’s greatest for our group. I don’t assume you must give anyone a vote of confidence at any place. We stay in a Darwinian world in soccer. If we will get higher at any place, we’ll.

RJ: Did the profitable draft and the strides you took create extra persistence to stay dedicated to being disciplined in the way you construct this group?

Mayock: It’s an fascinating query as a result of on the one hand, Jon and I do wish to do it the suitable means. Construct via a sure basis and produce the correct of child in and construct the form of membership we envision. However we had been 6-Four final 12 months and we misplaced 5 out of our final six, and I’d let you know that frustrates the hell out of me. We had been beat up and injured, however that’s a part of the NFL. So I’ve to do a greater job of serving to the teaching workers. And to me that’s one of many greatest issues. You begin taking a look at what do we have now to do to start out getting higher, and in my thoughts free company, the draft, we have to develop higher depth. The followers, the media, they wish to know who your first-round picks are going to be. I wish to go get one other Alec Ingold. I wish to discover one other Keisean Nixon. I wish to proceed to construct our depth all through the draft and free company. The followers love the first-round picks and the splashy strikes in free company, however to me it’s all vital. The seventh-round choose is as vital because the first-round choose. We’re attempting to do it the suitable means. We’re attempting to do it with a basis. Brick by brick. And it is a large offseason.

RJ: You’ve seen soccer from all totally different vantage factors. What was it like watching it from the overall supervisor’s viewpoint for the primary time?

Mayock: I feel, in the beginning, I needed pores and skin within the recreation. As a lot as I cherished what I did for the NFL Community and overlaying video games, there’s no substitute for being concerned straight and having Sunday imply a lot. And so actually, that was the most important factor for me. I didn’t wish to stroll out of the sales space after a Thursday evening recreation and say, “hey I feel I did a fairly good recreation” and then you definitely go residence and have a beer and also you go on to the subsequent one. The 3½ hours each Sunday now, you’re paying for. They’re exhilarating. They’re painful. They’re all the things. And that’s why you do it. So, being concerned with Jon, being concerned with constructing a workers of those that I feel have turn into — and I’m speaking in regards to the scouts that I’ve employed — already in a single 12 months, excellent. And managing folks. As a result of actually I used to be solely chargeable for my very own efficiency for 18 years with the NFL Community. Present up, do your job, do it nicely and also you go residence. Now I’m chargeable for lots of people, and to be trustworthy with you, that’s form of cool. You’re attempting to construct a group. You’re attempting to construct a group of scouts and also you’re attempting to construct a soccer group and a corporation, so to be all, that’s a part of the problem and it’s what I take pleasure in.

RJ: Did the management half come naturally?

Mayock: I feel I’ve all the time missed that. After I was in school I used to be the captain of the soccer group and the baseball group. In highschool I used to be the captain of three sports activities. I’ve all the time loved saying “hey, let’s get rolling right here, let’s get everybody collectively and get this factor going.” So I’ve all the time loved that position, to be trustworthy. I feel the phrase is invigorating to be concerned with a bunch of men which have a ardour for the sport of soccer and are attempting to get us shifting in the identical route.

RJ: How quickly did the synergy construct with you and Jon Gruden?

Mayock: There’s a distinction between figuring out a man for the previous 15 years — and I knew Jon and we talked a number of soccer through the years — however I didn’t know him in a piece sense. So, once I interviewed with him we most likely spent 4 hours sitting round his kitchen desk. Mark Davis and some different folks had been there. However fairly rapidly it simply grew to become Jon and I taking a look at one another, and all people else form of simply disappeared and the 2 of us simply form of locked in on one another. And it was “OK, what’s your imaginative and prescient? Nice, what’s your imaginative and prescient? How do you see it? What’s your course of? What’s your grading scale? How do you have a look at this a part of the sport or that a part of the sport?’” And it was actually cool as a result of actually, within the first couple of minutes we locked in and had been on the identical web page. We each simply felt it.

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