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TOPIC: Dwayne Harris is smart. He is very smart.

Dwayne Harris is smart. He is very smart. 1 month 2 weeks ago #28630

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As far as special teams players DeAndre Washington Jersey , you probably won’t find a more savvy player. Those smarts paid off for a 99-yard punt return for a touchdown in primetime against the Broncos.The Broncos first possession ended with a punt. Punter Colby Wadman boots one that is let go and dribbles toward the end zone where Broncos coverage team kept it out of the end zone. Harris then alertly scoops it up at the one, runs out right and weaves through Broncos players 99 yards for the touchdown. What a way to start the game. Nice play by Harris to spot the Raiders seven points before their offense has even taken the field.It’s important to give credit to his blocking escort which saw key blocks from Kyle Wilber, Marquel Lee, Nick Nelson, and Nicholas Morrow.This isn’t the first time we’ve marveled at Harris’s intelligence as a special teams maven. He made a play a few weeks ago against the Chiefs in which he stepped out of bounds before touching the ball which drew a flag on the Chiefs for punting out of bounds, giving the Raiders the ball at the 40.It’s plays like this that made Harris a Pro Bowler in 2016. It’s just too bad the Pro Bowl teams are selected with still two games left in the regular season or he might have a shot at it again after that play tonight.Follow @LeviDamien Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is not a coach accustomed to losing. A Mike Zimmer acolyte, his Bengals defenses were typically in the top half of the league. Last year was an..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Paul Guenther says 2018 was his ‘hardest year of coaching’New,40commentsPDTShareTweetShareSharePaul Guenther says 2018 was his ‘hardest year of coaching’Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsRaiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is not a coach accustomed to losing. A Mike Zimmer acolyte, his Bengals defenses were typically in the top half of the league. Last year was an aberration for him, leading a Raiders defense which was putrid and contributed heavily to Oakland’s 4-12 record.“By far my hardest year in coaching. I just felt like the kind of players we were looking for, we’ve added a lot of those guys throughout the draft and free agency. Guys that kind of fit what we’re doing. Right now in the NFL everyone [is saying Jalen Richard Jersey ,] ‘Oh, we’re going to surprise everybody.’ And all these great predictions. Right now everybody feels great about their team. I’m just trying to get them better every day,” said Guenther after Monday’s OTA practices.The Raiders defense last year was a patchwork one, made up of cheap veterans who were supposed to provide some leadership to the Raiders’ young talent. However, there were far too few talented young players who were healthy enough to play, and with the trade of Khalil Mack the defense faltered until late in the season. The unit looked improved in the last few weeks of the season against Pittsburgh and Denver, and Guenther himself learned plenty from last year’s debacle. “Well it starts with me on the defensive side, so I have to make sure when I come in this building I was in the right frame of mind. Going through a year like that and understanding, hey, this is what it was like, only helped me as a coach. It’s something that you don’t always want to go through Kelechi Osemele Jersey , having a rough year like we did, but obviously you start to learn how to build these things. How to build your lineup card and what it should look like and how you envisioned it. That was the positive for me. I always tell the players, if you don’t learn from failure, you’re making a mistake. You have to learn from what we did good and what we did bad and build off of that in the future,” said Guenther.Gone now are those short-term stopgap veterans, and in their place are some quality free agents such as Lamarcus Joyner and several promising rookies. Can Guenther put the defensive unit in a position to succeed? There was certainly more than enough failure last season to learn lessons from, but Guenther does have a track record of success and now has more players who fit what he wants to do. Perhaps last year’s circumstances were just too much to overcome. We are pretty sure the Raider offense will be more explosive this year, but if the Guenther-led defense can be even league average, the Raiders will be a force to be reckoned with. Guenther took his lumps last season, but there’s plenty in Oakland to build on defensively.
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