Q: They’re playing a rookie quarterback (Aidan O’Connell, a fourth-round draft choice). Did you scout him in the draft and what were your thoughts about him?
Daboll: “I’ve watched him here in the games he’s played (for the Raiders). He played the full Chargers game – comes down to the wire, (they were) down 24-7, brought them back, it was 24-17 and they had a turnover in the red zone (when O’Connell threw an interception on first-and-goal at the three with 2:33 left). He played in the fourth quarter (in Chicago), he played in the preseason and was a productive player; led the NFL in quarterback rating in the preseason. You watch the tape that he’s played in pro football right now. He hasn’t played a ton, but you watch all that tape.”
Q: What stood out in the tape you watched?
Daboll: “I thought he did a lot of stuff well in the preseason, pocket passer, they rolled him a little bit but threw on time, threw a good deep ball, good chunk plays. He did a good job. Turned it over a couple of times in the Chargers game in the pocket and then had the interception but he throws it to the right guy, has good timing. He knows when to take his checkdowns and has a good sense in the pocket, kind of more of a pocket passer, if you will.”
Q: They do have some standout players. I know you coached Josh Jacobs at Alabama; he led the NFL in rushing last year. He’s struggled a little this year. Is he the same type of runner now?
Daboll: “Absolutely. He’s strong. He’s got good power, he’s got quick feet, good vision, can catch the ball. I had him in Alabama, did a great job for me there. Thought the world of him and then he’s come on and played really well as a pro. He’s a heck of a back.”
Q: Davante Adams is one of the NFL’s best receivers, though he hasn’t caught many passes lately. They have Jakobi Myers and (Hunter) Renfrow, who had 103 receptions in 2021. What do you think of their receiving corps?
Daboll: “Good receiving corps. Davante is one of the best receivers in the league. I’d say Jakobi is a very good route runner and can make plays in the intermediate part of the field, catch-and-run vertical, has very good hands, obviously played in that system for a while. Renfrow is a productive inside player, can create separation, good safety valve for a quarterback to have. I would say three talented receivers, a talented running back. So, they’ve got some explosive guys that have been productive players for them.”