"If Del Rio can get his linebackers to go at ball-carriers as aggressively as he tackled the Lynch story, maybe the Raiders defense won't give up yards as easily as they did in the first half of a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals", area sports reporter Jerry McDonald quipped.
And on Saturday, as the world watched Charlottesville, Va., descend into racist madness, Lynch sat on a cooler while the National Anthem played during the Oakland Raider's opening preseason game against Arizona.
"[Lynch] said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years-it's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said in a postgame news conference. "So it's a non-issue for me".
In response, del Rio said he strongly believes in "standing for the national anthem. But I respect you as a man and you can do your thing".
On the other hand, Raiders backup quarterback E.J. Manuel added that the rest of the team supports Lynch while noting that "Beast Mode's" decision was "more of a personal thing". At that same time, Oakland Raiders' running back, Marshawn Lynch made a decision to sit and protest the National Anthem.
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Lynch, who rose to National Football League stardom as a member of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks, initially retired after the 2015 season before applying for reinstatement.
Lynch did not clarify why he generally sits during the national anthem, as he told Del Rio.
Lynch hasn't spoken with media in Napa during training camp yet, and given that he hasn't stood for the anthem in over a decade it's unlikely he will do so for this matter.
Lynch was not among the players who kneeled during Kaepernick's protest last season, though he did praise the controversial quarterback for taking action during an appearance on "Conan" in September. "So my take on it is s-- has to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes to see that there's really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop".