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Report: Raiders to work on extension for Jack Del Rio soon

Courtesy of USA Today; Del Rio brings attitude and nastiness to the Raiders. That’s good.

Jack Del Rio has two years left on his contract, but the Oakland Raiders have no plans on letting their head coach go any time soon.

According to a report, the Raiders hope to begin contract extension talks with Del Rio “soon.”

Since Del Rio took over as head coach, Oakland has shown steady improvement.

In 2015, the team went 7-9. While that may not seem like much, the Raiders won seven combined games in the preceding seasons. In 2016, Del Rio ledĀ Oakland to a 12-4 record, guiding the Raiders to their first playoff appearance since 2002.

Oakland did all of this despite playing under the cloud of ever changing rumors as to where the franchise might end up. Generally speaking, location uncertainty has spelled doom for teams.

But Del Rio found a way to keep his young team focused and lead them to a place where they hadn’t been in over a decade. That makes him a viable option for NFL Coach of the Year, and certainly makes Del Rio worthy of a healthy contract extension.