ALAMEDA –- Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio announced his team’s four captains on Sunday afternoon, and the list reads exactly as you’d expect.
Quarterback Derek Carr, fullback Marcel Reece, defensive end Justin Tuck and safety Charles Woodson. Those four will affix a “C” to their chests this year, and deservedly so.
The selections make sense.
Carr steers the ship. Reece is an emotional leader. Woodson is a sage. Tuck is pragmatic. All four are savvy in their own way.
Together they’ll lead a group thirsty for improvement. The Raiders want to be emotional when appropriate, yet calm when things get tense.
“We want our guys to express themselves and be who they are and collectively buy into the idea of being unselfish and together on the same page fighting for a common goal,” head coach Jack Del Rio said.
Captain is a role Carr takes seriously, especially considering the honor was bestowed by a vote of his peers.
“It means the world,” Carr said. “That right there, for it to be something that other people say about you, that meant a lot to me. It really did. It meant a lot to me to see the other guys make it. I know it means something to them. I think that those guys that the team chose, those other three, were great choices, because those are our leaders.”
Reece was a captain last year as well, and was happy to retain the responsibility. Del Rio established an eight-man leadership council this preseason, which will continue to meet regularly, but the captains will be the public leaders, and often the spokesmen for the team.
“It means the most to me,” Reece said. “It’s an honor and it’s truly humbling.”