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Raiders try to make sense of opener

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 12:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

There was disappointment but not the sense of despair which so often accompanies an NFL loss, in large part due to the fact that 15 games remain.

Raiders players around during the open locker room session Monday weren’t happy about the way they played in a 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. There was no Louis Murphy non-touchdown to talk about, as was the case last year’s 24-20 loss to San Diego, or any feeling that this was one that got away.

There would be no moral victories this time, and the decisiveness of the victory meant there wasn’t anything more to do than go back to work.

“Just a mishap. That’s it. Nothing serious,” cornerback Stanford Routt said. “Nothing to go and think the world’s about to come to an end. It’s just football. It happens.”

“The world isn’t caving in on us,” echoed right tackle Langston Walker. “You know, we just go out there, we’re going to watch the film today, and correct it, then get ready for (St. Louis).”

So there you have it. The Raiders may be 0-1, but they’re still global.

More news, notes and quotes from the Raiders’ open locker room session:

– Tight end Zach Miller had one of the more remarkable theories on record from a team which has lost an unprecedented 11 or more games for seven straight seasons.

“We had a lot of confidence, maybe we were overconfident going into the season,” Miller said.“Maybe because of the things we did we thought we could just show up. Each guy has to take it on themselves, myself included, and look at ourselves today and see what we did wrong and evaluate ourselves as honestly as we can.”

Miller said despite the consistent losing, he is confident the team’s veteran leadership won’t allow the Week 1 loss to fester.

He also said the Jason Campbell interception which was returned 42 yards by Chris Hope was because of a route adjustment error on his part.

“That one kind of falls on me,” Miller said. “We have to be on the same page there and we weren’t.”

– Linebacker Quentin Groves felt the Raiders got away from what they do best, in part because of the magnitude of the situation.

“I think, gathering from the things I got from everybody today, man, we were somewhat nervous,” Groves said. “Nervous for the simple fact that with a young team, you never know how we’re going to handle expectations. There’s been a lot of expectations placed upon this team, and we handled it with nervousness, and that’s one thing we’ve got to get out of our system.”

By being nervous and trying to be too perfect, Groves thought the Raiders failed to play to their strengths, which he said was having fun, flying around, being aggressive.

– Defensive end Trevor Scott called it “a minor setback. It went down how it went down. We can only get better form here on out.”

– Wide receiver/return specialist Yamon Figurs said his game-opening fumble (recovered by teammate Ricky Brown) was unavoidable.

“The guy who hit it, he put his helmet right on the ball,” Figurs said. “It was a good hit.”

– Figurs, who didn’t finish the game because of a stinger, said he was fine and expected to be able to play against St. Louis. Running back Michael Bush declined comment regarding his fractured left thumb, which was out of a brace completely as he dressed in the locker room.

Wide receiver Chaz Schilens, wearing black support hose on his surgically repaired left knee and walking with the help of a crutch, came into the training area entering the locker room and then thought better of it when he saw the assembled media.

Raiders coach Tom Cable will brief the press at 2 p.m. . . .

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  • inonewordraider

    cable is dumb, ever hear the guy speak?

  • Plunketthead
  • Twocents

    CBS broacasts are really lame. Why show some poor soul in a wheelchair with a piss towel on his lap?

    What has that got to do with football?

  • RaiderRetribution

    There is one thing, one very important character flaw that AL & Cable have in common,pride; and only one has any credibility behind it.

  • RaiderRetribution

    doublepennyhead all networks they show each owner at least once a game

  • RaiderRetribution

    If we had any offense at all in the first half, cj never gets that long run in the first half.

  • Twocents

    That’s an owner? I thought they were trying to raise money for some charity.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Bleed to me, please, Al did it? WTF

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    RRet, Cable beats his wife, where is this going?

  • djohnnyg

    “We lose by 14 or more points in almost half of the games coached by Cable and you people still want to give him more time!

    lmao
    ———————

    I don’t! I think it makes total sense to FIRE HIS A$$ RIGHT FREAKIN’ NOW!!!

    To have your team come out “flat” on the first game of the season? A season as important as this one is? And then to get humiliated and not even remotely compete?

    I’ve seen enough. I don’t care how cute he is.

  • big pep

    why is it all sorry good for nothing players always say stuff like, its not the end of the world its just football, well if so give ur paycheck back and do i for free then a.h.

  • RaiderSam

    BoJacks Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    “I think this is an underrated stat. Remember the good old days with Gruden. Even though the team would get beat, I think they had some incredible streak of games without a double digit loss.”
    ============================================
    you would be correct. in the 99 season, they had 8 losses by 7 points or less. Gruden never had a losing season and he had less talent, and only 2 top 10 picks, Charles Woodson and Darrell Russell. Gruden did more with less. He also used double te’s often in running game. Wow, did Tim Brown make a difference back then.

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  • ddwight

    Just a mishap. That’s it. Nothing serious,” cornerback Stanford Routt said. “Nothing to go and think the world’s about to come to an end. It’s just football. It happens.”

    – Defensive end Trevor Scott called it “a minor setback. It went down how it went down. We can only get better form here on out.”

    – Wide receiver/return specialist Yamon Figurs said his game-opening fumble (recovered by teammate Ricky Brown) was unavoidable. “The guy who hit it, he put his helmet right on the ball,” Figurs said. “It was a good hit.”

    I noticed that the worst players (above) are treating this like it is nothing to correct as the above qoutes suggest;
    We are in trouble if this is the attitude of the majority of the team and coaches.

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