Prior to practice today, the Raiders gave access to both their offensive (Hue Jackson) and defensive (John Marshall) coordinators. Both were upbeat and at the very least seemed happy to speak with the media this morning. We’ll break it up with excerpts from Marshall, Jackson, Tom Cable’s daily, some practice details, and a quote from the ever-ready Tommy Kelly.
Just got back from watching the beginning of the Raiders practice. Here are a few observations:
The Oakland Raiders’ 17-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers did as much to demoralize the fan base as it did to wipe away any sort of momentum the team appeared to be building in recent weeks.
The Raiders will need to figure out what it is that prevents them from being a winning organization this week. The rule for getting over wins and losses is 24 hours — but that is for the players. Raiders fans most likely will take the entire week for this one, and 49ers fans will be sure to extend that sorrow for as long as they can.
After the Raiders 17-9 loss to the 49ers, Jason Campbell told Comcast Sports that he suffered through a knee injury for part of the game. He also mentioned that he’d be getting an MRI on Monday.
Michael Crabtree was a two-time (Fred) Biletnikoff winner in college and the Raiders needed a wide receiver with their first pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Nearly every draft prognosticator, and many in Raider Nation, who pegged the Raiders picking a receiver, had Crabtree going to the Raiders with the seventh pick of the draft.
That didn’t happen.
After playing in only six games in 2009, and getting injured just before finishing three quarters of play in game one, Robert Gallery may finally be healthy enough to get back on the field — he hopes for the rest of the season. It would probably help if the Raiders don’t turn the ball over too often.
Been helping one of the other writers with their Blackberry for a good chunk of the day, which has prevented me from putting up much so far. I’ll have the Cable presser and other quotes a little later tonight because of it. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out my story on Stanford Routt from this morning’s locker room session. My apologies…
The one thing to know about Stanford Routt is that he’s never afraid to answer questions of reporters — even when he’s not in the mood. Most players, when they see the contention of media enter the locker room, remember that they have things to attend to somewhere else and scatter faster than you can say, “Got a moment?”
Just in case you haven’t seen these videos of Chargers fans after the Raiders’ victory on Sunday. I especially love the kid wearing the Chicago Bears shirt: