Apparently Jack Del Rio is paying attention on Twitter.
ESPN Stats and Info tweeted out percentages regarding the Oakland Raiders decision to go for two instead of kicking the extra point, after their late touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. The tweet said the Raiders had a 51 percent chance to win if they kicked and a 44 percent chance to win if they went for two. Del Rio clearly didn’t agree with that department.
Good thing ESPN isn't coaching the Raiders https://t.co/X6tB1YlZ4d
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) September 11, 2016
Raiders quarterback David Carr capped off a 77-yard drive with 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Seth Roberts to bring the score within one point.
Del Rio then sent the offense back onto the Field and wide receiver Michael Crabtree used his greatest asset, his size, to snatch the pass out of the air to give the Raiders the lead.
Courtney Cronin of the San Jose Mercury News tweeted out that Del Rio said there was no doubt about whether or not to go for two and, didn’t ask for a second opinion.
“I didn’t really ask for any feedback there,” Del Rio told the media. “I let em know early in that drive I said ‘When we go score here we’re going to go for two.'”
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 11, 2016
The Raiders could not have started their season any better. They went into one of the hardest buildings for an opponent to play in, the Superdome, and survived a 400-plus yard performance from Saints quarterback Drew Brees to win their season opener.
Surely the rest of the AFC West had to take notice.