Anthony Lynn on Preparing for Oakland

HC Lynn addresses the media about the punter transaction and initial thoughts preparing for Raiders.

Opening Statement:

“I tell you what, this is not your typical 1-3 team. This team could be at least 3-1 right now coming off their best game last week. The offense is moving the ball well. They have a lot of weapons. It just looked like this team was coming together, which doesn't surprise me under [Raiders Head Coach] Jon [Gruden]. Jon and I are close friends, and we talked a lot while he was out [of coaching]. I’ve known him for a while. He’s a heck of a coach and this is going to be one of our biggest challenges of the year, I believe.” 

On Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch:

“He looks better this year than he looked two, three years ago. You know, he sat out in 2016, came back last year and was a little rusty — but he's in rare form right now. He's just a very unsatisfied runner.”

On if he enjoys the challenge of facing good coaches:

“Absolutely I enjoy that challenge. The competition with the coaches, players, absolutely.”

On signing P Donnie Jones:

“I told you I was looking at the whole process — snapper, holder, kicker. We just felt like we needed to make a move at that position.”

On how Oakland is different from last season:

“Well, from what I saw just last week, they're clicking on all cylinders offensively. They have weapons everywhere. [Raiders WR Amari] Cooper had a heck of a game. [Raiders WR Jordy] Nelson had a good game, Marshawn [Lynch] went for over 100 [rushing yards]. Jon [Gruden] is an offensive guy and I think the offense has performed well.” 

On the chemistry between kicker and holder:

“Sometimes it's just chemistry between the two guys, you know? [Former P] Drew [Kaser] is an outstanding punter. It was a hard cut, but when you look at the big picture his job is also to hold.  We just wanted to change the whole dynamic right there with the holder and the kicker and make an extra point.”

On Donnie Jones’ history with K Caleb Sturgis:

“You know, we brought in a couple of guys. We just the thought that Donnie performed the best.”

On LS Mike Windt:

“Mike's a veteran guy. As far as I know, he hasn't had a bad snap since he's been here. I would rather have a veteran guy going down the stretch to be the snapper, to be honest with you. You know, everybody's positioned. The whole operation, if it doesn't improve, it will continue to change.”

On his relationship with Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden:

“You know, he used to come to New York all the time because he was really good friends with Bill Callahan, a good friend of mine that I coached with. He'd stay for a week or two at a time, and we just hit it off. We'd talk ball, we'd get on the board, do scheme. We gave him a lot of good advice, lot of pointers. While he was out and away from the game, he was never out of the game. He's been studying the whole game the whole time. He's prepared, he's ready to come back and I'm sure he wants to win another championship. You know, you would think, yeah, I'd be picking his brain, but he'd always try to pick my brain. It's just the way he is. He's always learning, he's always evolving.” 

On if he was surprised that Gruden returned to coaching:

“No, it didn't surprise me at all. It was just a matter of time.”

On T Russell Okung and T Joe Barksdale:

“Joe's questionable. He ran around for a little bit today. I wouldn't expect him to play this week, but he's getting close. Russell will probably be a game-time decision.”

On DT Corey Liuget:

“He was playing so well before he left and took his little break. Just having him back, have him defend the run, get a little push up the middle — it may take some pressure off the outside pass rushers.”