HENDERSON, Nev. — Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther lamented that his defense has been decimated with so several players on the reserve/COVID-19 list and self-isolating this 7 days, forward of Sunday night’s recreation against the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
“I will not know how we can defeat these guys with a entire lineup at observe, let by yourself three-fourths of your lineup not in this article all week,” Guenther said Thursday in his weekly online video connect with with media.
“What don’t they have? We are taking part in the earth champs. What really don’t they have? They have a fantastic quarterback, wonderful receivers, good limited finishes, line is bodily. And they are coming off a bye, so it is a overwhelming endeavor.”
10 of the 11 Raiders gamers presently on the COVID-19 record are defensive players: linebacker Cory Littleton defensive ends Clelin Ferrell, Arden Key, Kendal Vickers and David Irving defensive tackles Maliek Collins and Johnathan Hankins safety Johnathan Abram defensive back again Lamarcus Joyner and cornerback Isaiah Johnson. Offensive tackle Trent Brown is also on the listing.
When only Littleton and Ferrell tested optimistic for the coronavirus, the other defensive gamers had been deemed high-danger shut contacts who need to quarantine for five days from most recent call. Need to they take a look at detrimental in the course of the 7 days, they will be eligible to participate in Sunday night.
The Raiders’ offensive line endured a comparable waiting around activity the 7 days prior to their match towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 25, with remaining deal with Kolton Miller, left guard Denzelle Excellent, centre Rodney Hudson and proper guard Gabe Jackson not getting cleared till recreation working day.
“Properly, it is really a little bit different,” Guenther mentioned. “The offense experienced one situation group that was kind of decimated for the week. We have fellas at all three stages of our protection that usually are not here and training and in the meetings in which you can look them in the eye. Or you can choose him via matters on the exercise area, very little tweaks or regardless of what it may well be that this crew does.”
As this sort of, the quarantining gamers are having component in movie meetings, though lacking out on live follow snaps.
Asked if he felt like Will Smith in the vacant-dwelling last scene of “The Clean Prince of Bel-Air,” linebacker Nicholas Morrow nodded his head and smiled.
“We performed them before in the period and had accomplishment,” Morrow mentioned of the Raiders’ 40-32 victory Oct. 11 at Arrowhead Stadium. “But when you enjoy a division team, every single time you participate in them it truly is a various team, ideal? They have acquired new gamers, like [running back] Le’Veon Bell. They have new offensive linemen. So, you have to alter your game approach and obtain your success that way.”
Explained Guenther: “I know 1 detail, we’re going to exhibit up at 5:20 [Pacific time] and we’re likely to give 100 p.c, because that is what we do. We will get these men ready to enjoy. Whoever is out there at 5:20, they will be all set to go.”