That’s not always an easy lesson for young players to learn, especially one like Abram whose hit-first-ask-questions-later style often leaves an opponent — or, more importantly, himself — laid out on the field feeling dazed and confused after a big play.
It’s a fine line, no doubt, but one that is critical for the Raiders defense which had Abram on the field for less than 30 minutes a year ago before an injury ended his rookie campaign.
“I think one of the things that he understands is there’s a time where you can take your shot and if it’s a real good shot, if a guy is hemmed up by somebody else and you’re coming to the stack,” Las Vegas defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. “But if you’re in the open field or you’re the last man to the party, whatever it may be, you have to come to balance, track the near hip and tackle the runner. There’s two different ways of going about it playing safety.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
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NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
From the SILVERANDBLACK.com Message Boards
S&BI continually scans the message boards across Raider Nation to see what Raider fans are talking about now that the 2020 season has ended for the Raiders. We chose some of the better posts and present them here.
Checklist for 2021
Now that the 2020 season has been put to rest for Las Vegas, the Raiders have shifted their focus to what figures to be a busy offseason as they prepare for 2021.
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