Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke with Raiders beat writers Wednesday morning and was more than complimentary of the Silver and Black. “I thought they were a talented team a year ago, they’re a talented team this year,” said the Steelers’ Super Bowl winning coach by phone.
The game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs yielded 27 penalties for 240 yards. While the teams were shy of breaking any NFL records for most infractions and yards penalized, so many penalties between two teams in a single game is not very common.
Rolando McClain hasn’t spoken to the local media in months. According to Jerry McDonald, it started after the opening day loss to the Tennessee Titans, but even during training camp McClain went out of his way to avoid the guys with the notebooks and pens.
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.
Sam Williams was very blunt about his feelings for the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders upcoming opponent this Sunday. In fact, Williams said that he’s not the only one in the Raiders locker room with these feelings. “We don’t like the Chargers at all,” said Williams of the divisional foe. “We don’t like anything about them.”
Tom Cable spoke with the media Monday, a day after his Raiders lost 31-24 to the Houston Texans in front of the smallest home crowd in over 40 years.
Cable is still not happy with how the Raiders are performing in the trenches and isn’t willing to lay any blame on key injuries as well. With the rule of thumb being 24 hours to get over a loss or beyond a victory, most of Monday was spent trying to figure out what it is they can do to avoid the same performance when San Diego comes rolling in this weekend.
Bruce Gradkowski spoke with the media today during the locker room session. Half the media peppered Gradkowski with questions out on the field while the other half went to the locker room for other players. There’s a limited amount of time that the Raiders allow for media access, so the small group was hopeful to maximize what little time there is.
The last time the Oakland Raiders faced the Tennessee Titans, (Oct. 28, 2007),Vince Young was still considered a future perennial Pro Bowl quarterback, Lane Kiffin was still Al Davis’ mini-me, and Raider Nation was debating between Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, or JaMarcus Russell being the starting quarterback for the silver and black.