Special Teams Coordinator Brant Boyer, 12.10


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Brian Costello, New York Post: What happened with Sergio (Castillo) and that one extra point on Sunday?
I was telling him after the game, I don’t think he’s finishing. He’s not keeping his eyes down enough, and that’s certainly one of those kicks that he’s got to make. It was talked about and it was discussed. He’s got to focus on every single kick, whether it’s one of those bunny kicks or whether it’s a game-winning 60-yarder. I have faith in him that he’ll bounce back this week, and hopefully, we can get it done.

Dennis Waszak, Jr., Associated Press: Is that something that’s easily fixed mentally? Is that something that a guy can refocus on pretty easily, in your experience?
I think so. I’m not saying that this is him, but I think a lot of people, when they get to those shorter kicks, they approach it a different way and take it for granted. I think a lot of kickers do that. And not saying that he did at all, please don’t misunderstand me. I just think that he needed to keep his eyes down, all the way through his follow through. And that’s what I thought the problem was on that specific kick.

Brian Costello, New York Post: How good has (Braden) Mann been with his directional punt set up? The last punt the other day, didn’t give them a chance to return. Just how good is that aspect of his game been?
Well, that’s something that we talked about and we’ve been really working hard on every time he punts. Early in the year, all young punters, they struggle with that a little bit, because they’re not used to doing that. But I think every game, I think you can see that he’s not allowing as many returns. His hang times are getting better every week. He’s improving every week. I think the sky’s the limit for him. I can’t tell you that the job he’s done with kicking off and everything when (Sam) Ficken went down, the extra load that takes on him and his directional ability is really improved. And so, I really think that he’s starting to come into his own. He starting to have confidence in what he’s doing, and like I said, I think the sky is the limit for him, for sure.

Brian Costello, New York Post: Brant, you’re seeing Seattle, Jason Myers, this week. Obviously, you know him pretty well. He’s had another good year. I know it’s a while ago now, but that decision to let him go seemed puzzling at the time. Is that one that still, it took you awhile to get over?
Oh, I’d be lying if it didn’t, right? That was a hard one. Him and Andre Roberts, they were really good players for us in that time and everything like that. But that’s part of this business, guys. It’s water under the bridge, and I’m just happy for him that he’s doing really well. He’s a hell of a guy, and just had a little baby. You talk to these guys, and you become friends with all these guys, and I’m just happy that he’s doing really well. I expected him to continue to do well. His mechanics are fantastic. His leg talent is fantastic. He’s doing a heck of a job, for sure. We’ve got a really big challenge with this group in Seattle.

Andy Vasquez, The Record: On the Raiders’ kickoff at the end of the game, how did you conceive that and how happy were you with the way that worked out for you guys to be able to get the ball at the 50 and have a chance there?
It was something that we work on all the time. I’ve just never had a chance to run it here. We finally got enough clock to where we could run that play and it ended up working out for us. The guys did a great job at executing what we talk about all the time, and it gives you an opportunity, at least, for one more play and a realistic play at the end zone. It ended up working out for us. I thought they did a great job executing it and got to give a hand to the players, for sure, for executing it.