After nine straight weeks without a rest, the Raiders will join Green Bay, New Orleans, and San Diego for the last bye week of the 2010 NFL schedule. In recent years, this off time has come much earlier for the Silver and Black, and some within the organization believe that it sometimes comes too soon.
Defense has ruled the day for the Oakland Raiders today. On Seattle’s first possession, the Raiders recorded sacks by Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour. The Raiders’ defense has been so good today that Seattle didn’t record their first first down of the game until there was just 2:29 to go in the half.
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.
Seymour is one-third of the Raiders’ defensive tackle roster going into Sunday. (Photo by Kelly Thomas)
Tuesday, the Raiders cut defensive tackle Jay Alford in order to pick up linebacker Bruce Davis. While doing so, they were able to strengthen their injured linebacking corps, but the net effect is that they now only have three defensive tackles — two of which have already struggled through injuries during the young season.
Miscellaneous post game quotes from the Raiders’ 24-31 loss to the Texans.
Tom Cable met with the media Thursday after practice. He talked about his new starting quarterback, his special teams, a new edition to the practice squad, and some of his next opponent this Sunday.
The following is the transcript of that press conference:
Erik Pears was back on the Raiders practice field, so even though the Raiders.com transactions page doesn’t show it, he’s be re-signed in place of Stevie Brown. Along with Pears, Walter McFadden (hamstring), Hiram Eugene (hamstring), Michael Bush (thumb) and Richard Seymour (hamstring) were all back and practicing.
Just one week ago it seemed foolish to expect Bruce Gradkowski to start a game at quarterback for the Raiders without an injury to Jason Campbell. Now, it seems foolish to expect that Gradkowksi will be riding the pine when the Raiders visit the Arizona Cardinals this weekend for their week three game.
If you watched the Raiders 38-13 loss against Tennessee on opening day, you know the play that brought you the most frustration with Raiders’ starting left tackle Mario Henderson. Most likely, it was the blind-side sack of Jason Campbell, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Tennessee, and nearly turned into a quick Titans touchdown. Had it not been for Titans safety Michael Griffin rolling into Henderson’s leg just after recovering the fumble, it would have been.
The one thing that Tom Cable has made loud and clear, since taking over the Raiders in 2008, is that he expects to win. Certainly he’s not unrealistic, knowing the old adage, “You can’t win them all,” but that doesn’t temper his expectations every day, every week, and certainly not for any game. Cable met with reporters today after the Raiders were finished with practice and he reiterated that same…