Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio wrapped Wednesday’s post-OTA press conference by breaking out a camera phone to capture his view of a media exchange.
He snapped a shot of several reporters on hand for his latest public comments heading into next week’s mandatory minicamp.
That might be considered odd, but not in this instance. He had a Twitter timeline to feed.
Del Rio joined social media earlier Wednesday morning, with a massive selfie including him and an auditorium of Raiders players.
Del Rio’s private about his football business, but wants to give some behind-the-scenes access to Raiders fans.
“I did elect to become a little more current,” Del Rio told reporters. “I did launch the Twitter (account) today, so I joined that, did it in front of the team first. That’s why I talked to the guys. It’s just an opportunity to I guess be a little more current and share a little insight, to give you a little peak into what we’re doing here and how hard we’re working.”
He had more than 11,000 followers within seven hours, an audience that will surely grow in coming days.
It’s tough to say anyone saw this coming. Del Rio can be old school when it comes to football, but he wanted to jump into social media starting this offseason. Don’t expect injury updates, but there should be some content from inside the building few get to see. He might want to make his password alphanumeric, using upper and lower case.
On Twitter, he goes by @coachdelrio.
“That’s my handle, right? That’s what I’ve been told,” Del Rio said. “First time I knew what that was. I’m learning, but anyway I’m having a little fun with it.”
His early tweets showed that:
Several players chimed in on this development, including punter Marquette King:
RAIDERS DIAL IT BACK
Del Rio chose to ease up on the team’s Wednesday OTA session with what he called a “mental day.” The Raiders wore shells and shorts, per team pictures, and didn’t have helmets.
The Raiders have a mandatory minicamp set from Tuesday-Thursday, sessions that will include more intense football activity. Del Rio said activity will ramps back up on Thursday.
“We worked a couple situations,” Del Rio said. “We worked a couple different special teams units. We worked some backed-up situations, worked some red zone. We’re able to get the mental work in, but just back it down a little bit. With this being a four-day week, back it down on the third day and crank it back up tomorrow.”