By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 6th, 2009 at 5:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Great story relayed by left tackle Mario Henderson in talking with reporters after the game.
On the Raiders final drive, Henderson looked up at the big screen to see how he had carried out his assignment on the previous play.
“Bruce was like, `Stop (bleeping) looking at that thing and get your mind right,’ ” Henderson said. “I looked at him like, `You talkin’ to me?’ . . . I was like, `OK, you’re right. You’re right. You the man. You the man.’ ”
Langston Walker, who said he hadn’t lined up at guard since the night in 2003 when Brett Favre lit up the Raiders on Monday NIght football, said his first time on the field with Gradkowski was impressive.
“Bruce is fiery,” Walker said. “He’s yelling at us, screaming at us, running around like a banshee, but it’s all controlled. That’s how he gets it done. You saw the result.”
Added Cornell Green: “Bruce had something about him today. I don’t know if it was being home or just letting it all hang out, but he took control of the huddle. He’s cursing at people to hurry up. He brings that to the team. He brings that fire and that’s good.”
Gradkowski said it’s all part of the job description.
“When I am out there, when I am at practice, it is my offense and that is how I’m going to lead,” Gradkowski said.