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Seymour says Bills loss one of most ‘heartbreaking’ of career

Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour has been a part of far more victories than losses during his 11-year NFL career. Yet, he has been involved with a fair amount of losses during that time, as well.
The loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl several years ago no doubt ranks at the top of Seymour’s list of tough losses. Oakland’s 38-35 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday made the list.
“I’ve been in many games in my career, and that’s one of the most heartbreaking ones I’ve had,” Seymour said Monday.
The Raiders squandered a 21-3 halftime lead and allowed the Bills to rally from 28-24 and 35-31 deficits in the fourth quarter.
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly has seen his more than his share of losses during his eight-year career with the Raiders. The Bills loss tops his list.
“That’s about the worst one since I’ve been here,” Kelly said. “In eight years, we ain’t never been up on nobody 21-3 and lost. We ain’t never been up on nobody 21-3 that many times since I’ve been here. Man, we just got to go back to the drawing board. It’s just a real tough pill to swallow. Real tough.”
Seymour and other players said as tough as it is to cope with the stunning loss Sunday, there isn’t much time to wallow. The undefeated New York Jets roll into town Sunday fresh from a 32-3 victory.
“It’s easy,” Seymour said in terms of getting over the Bills loss. “As a competitor, as a player, you want to get back on the field. I wish we had a Thursday night game this week, just to get back out on the field and redeem yourself, so to speak. We’ve got to come back and rally as a group and pull together.”

*Kelly and Seymour credited the Bills with designing an offensive game plan that called for quick, short passes that negated the Raiders pass rush.
More times than not, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had the ball out of his hand long before the defensive linemen got anywhere near him with their rush.
Fitzpatrick attempted 46 passes without being sacked, even in the face of a blitz from time to time. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain was penalized for holding the only time the Raiders sacked Fitzpatrick.
“Matt (Shaugnessy) or Trevor (Scott) told me about a couple of times they came scot-free and before they could even get there, it was gone,” Kelly said. “So, hey, they had a good game plan, they executed their game plan, so you got to give credit to the Bills.”
Seymour said the Raiders now have to figure out a way to defend against such an approach because future opponents are apt to do the same thing.
“I don’t think he ever held onto it longer than 3,” Seymour said. “(He was throwing) short, dink-and-dunk passes. We could have got our hands up to try to bat some passes down. But we give them credit. They game-planned us and they executed well.
“It’s a learning experience for us. Anytime you get beat, that’s a formula for another team to look at, so we have to look at the game plan and the film, and we have to get better.”

*Quarterback Jason Campbell said the Raiders did a nice job of building a 21-3 halftime lead, but they failed to keep down the Bills when they had an opportunity in the second half.
The Bills scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half possessions. That’s what can happen if you give a team a reason to believe, Campbell said.
“You’re on the road, you can’t give a team life,” Campbell said. “I feel like once we gave them life, gave them momentum, they caught their chemistry as well on offense, and it just became a boxing match. Like I said, that’s any team.
Once you get a team down, you got to keep them down. And once you give them life, all it takes is a couple plays, and they’re awake.”
Raiders coach Hue Jackson hammered home that point during his post-game speech, according to Campbell and other players.
Jackson won’t speak with the media at his weekly news conference until 2 p.m., so we don’t have any idea what his thoughts are about the game just yet.

*Cornerback Stanford Routt had another outstanding game for the Raiders. He intercepted a pass, broke up a couple of passes and more than held his own against the Bills passing attack.
None of that matters to Routt, he said, because he was part of a defense that allowed 35 second-half points and enabled the Bills to overshadow a superb offensive showing by the Raiders.
“You definitely don’t want to ever feel like you’re letting your offense down,” Routt said, “and yesterday we did. It was 21-3 at halftime or something like that. Anytime it’s a lead that big, as a defense, you have to go in and bring that home.”
Several players struggled in pass coverage and against the run Sunday. Cornerback Chris Johnson, McClain and strong safety Tyvon Branch also committed costly penalties in the second half.
Perhaps most glaring, no one covered wide receiver David Nelson on his game-deciding, 6-yard touchdown catch with 14 seconds left.
“I don’t think confidence is anything that lacks in the secondary,” Routt said. “I know you guys in the media, you all try to criticize or chastise a certain individual back there for getting beat on a play, but I don’t think we’re lacking in confidence at all.”

*Wide receiver Derek Hagan caught five passes for 61 yards in his Raiders debut Sunday. Rookie Denarius Moore added five catches for 146 yards.
Hagan said their performance validated what they did throughout training camp and Oakland’s four exhibition games. It also bodes well for the Raiders offense moving forward.
“We knew going into training camp we had guys that can get the job done,” Hagan said. “It just shows we have depth. It doesn’t matter who’s in there. A team really can’t focus on one receiver, and that’s a great thing to have because we all know we all can make plays, and Jason has the confidence to throw any one of us the ball, and he knows we’re going to go out there and make the play for him.”

*Campbell’s 50-yard touchdown pass to Moore came on a throw into tight double coverage. Yet, he feels as if he can take those kinds of chances when guys like Moore are so aggressive going after the ball.
“It was one of those trust issues,” Campbell said. “You see him getting behind the safety and you know he’s going to be pretty much one on one with the corner. (Moore) went up and got the ball at its highest point and made a play for you, and you look around the league, you see guys scoring points. Around the league, you always see guys making plays and that’s exactly what he did – he made plays. He made plays on one of the third downs, in the red zone, on a sideline catch where he went up and got the ball at the highest point. As a quarterback, you learn to trust a guy.”

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  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Yes, I been saying all day we didnt get to the Qb. You have to find a way to do something in 3 secs or every team from here on out is going to 3 step drop us to death.
    ______

    alex7 Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Mista,

    did you read the article?

    There were plays when the Raider DLineman went UNTOUCHED at Fitz and the ball was out before he could get there.

  • raiderkoolaid

    It’s saying something when you can’t even cover recievers for two seconds to give you DL a chance to get there.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Local radio has called out Jc all during the off season and especially after the Thursday night opener rodgers vs brees.
    They claimed “campbell cant do that”.

    Today i have been texting and trying to get them to admit they were wrong, or at least acknowledge his performance, they simply gloss it over and act as if it didnt happen.

    maybe some of these locla radio guys are secretly on this blog under known jc hating handles.

  • morilla

    Dbs need to do a better job of jamming the receivers at the line to throw off the timing.

  • raiderkoolaid

    It’s for sure that every team we play will do the same thing until we show we can stop it. The NFL is a legue of copycats.

  • Pretty Rick

    We blizted but it was just Terrible to say the least. I saw a bunch of players running into a pile,,,no creativity at all. If they’re gona blitz like that then it’s not even worth it.

  • DKnight007

    165.MistaBrown Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 2:10 pm
    Chaz, DHB, Miller = dead weight

    If Hue doesn’t wakeup to this its going to be a long year!

    Thankfully our div is weak as hell

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yes. Thank christ the AFC West is weak!

  • DKnight007

    Chuck B is a PO chit!!

    Just like most of us thought when old man Al hired is crappy azz!

  • LTR

    DHB Ford and Moore starting Sunday. Just as they should be. Hagan, while productive didn’t do anything that DHB didn’t do last game. Moore is really going to help open the offense up.

  • Raiders for life

    Who’s holding Pryor’s spot? I got a bad feeling it’s gonna be Hagen. Miller is too golden for some fkn reason.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    will some one please explain why chuck b is taking heat. he had guys in spots to clinch the game and alter it in are favor sevarl times and they whiffed, how is this chuck b’s fault

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    chuck b called blitzes mixed zone and man, he did evrything but get on the field, the players failed to execute, no excuses fro their miserable play

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    211.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    will some one please explain why chuck b is taking heat. he had guys in spots to clinch the game and alter it in are favor sevarl times and they whiffed, how is this chuck b’s fault
    ——————————————-
    5 TD’s in 5 second half posessions, dumbass. You’re looking for a signpost to argue with, AGAIN!

  • SharkCatcher

    morilla Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:04 pm
    Dbs need to do a better job of jamming the receivers at the line to throw off the timing.
    ———–
    This guy we used to have named Nnamdi was the best at doing that.

  • SharkCatcher

    KoolKell Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    211.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    will some one please explain why chuck b is taking heat. he had guys in spots to clinch the game and alter it in are favor sevarl times and they whiffed, how is this chuck b’s fault
    ——————————————-
    5 TD’s in 5 second half posessions, dumbass. You’re looking for a signpost to argue with, AGAIN!
    ————
    Any D Coordinator would be feeling the heat. its not personal.

  • Silverandblack666

    “5 TD’s in 5 second half possessions”

    Pretty much says it all!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # KoolKell Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    211.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    will some one please explain why chuck b is taking heat. he had guys in spots to clinch the game and alter it in are favor sevarl times and they whiffed, how is this chuck b’s fault
    ——————————————-
    5 TD’s in 5 second half posessions, dumbass. You’re looking for a signpost to argue with, AGAIN!
    ==============

    Dumbass? what about players being accountable. On every one of those drives there were chance to get off the field and stop the bleeding or take the ball away. Chuck b had them in the right spots and the players failed.

    can you counter this fact?

  • Silverandblack666

    “Any D Coordinator would be feeling the heat. its not personal.”

    So true!

  • saladfingerz

    mcclain not the answer at mlb.
    draft vontaze!!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    assante samual, rodgers cromartie and namdi gave up 35 points last night too, so i guess that isnt the difference.

  • Silverandblack666

    “Chuck b had them in the right spots and the players failed.”

    Sure that happened some of the time but how do you know that every play he had the right formation or scheme to prevent the play at hand?

    You don’t so get off your high horse and go write some more emails to the local sports casters!

  • Raiderbenz

    I know Heyer was out and we did not miss him. Can anybody break down the rest of the O Line performance. We “obviously” are going to need to score a %&&%# load of points with them.

  • saladfingerz

    vontaze me bro

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    Well some people like stats, others don’t. But so far the Raider O-Line is ranked #3 in the NFL………

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?archive=false&role=TM&offensiveStatisticCategory=OFFENSIVE_LINE&tabSeq=2&qualified=true

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Skimming thru the posts, and noticed that a lot of YOU PEOPLE have been awful harsh on Chucky B…

    We all need to take a deep breath, and cut him some slack…

    I mean how do you expect him to make correct adjustments. When OBVIOUSLY he has his head so far up his backside, he’s oblivious to what’s going on around him…

    Bresh. will be fine. As soon as the Doctor can remove his head from his azz….

  • jmcclain

    I love all this monday quarterback stuff goin on in this blog. I dont see anyone in here coaching are owning a nfl team. Everyone knows what plays to run how to cover on D. What recievers to start. I believe in this coaching staff and yes the owner. Amy die hard raider fan will support this team i dont see that here. Lots of complaing everyone has there fav players on the team then other than that everyone else sucks. I love this team we have other then miller. All i got to say is support this team and its players, coaches so on if mot raider nation dont need you.

  • inonewordraider

    loss feels alot like last years loss to the jags except that loss severly damaged our playoff hopes and this is the 2nd game of the season. beat the Jets and the bad taste is gone. Go Raiders

  • kokomo

    KoolKell Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    Well some people like stats, others don’t. But so far the Raider O-Line is ranked #3 in the NFL………

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?archive=false&role=TM&offensiveStatisticCategory=OFFENSIVE_LINE&tabSeq=2&qualified=true
    ——————————————–

    Seattle is ranked 31st… So much for the Raiders losing their exceptional line coach in cable and the best lineman in Gallery.

  • Mum-O-killowe

    KoolKell Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    141.Mum-O-killowe Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Can’t keep blitzing when your guys still arnt getting pressure.
    ————————————–
    You have to get pressure, any way you can! But you have to get it.

    Very true Mr. Kell

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    ClaytonESPN John Clayton
    Robert Gallery, guard for the Seahawks, is out four to six weeks because he needs groin surgery

    who didn’t see this coming?

  • Raiders for life

    Funny how everyone seems to forget that when Chuck was brought back to the Raiders org. he didn’t even have a title. He was on ice for what…2 months while the org tried to find a DC. Nobody but Nobody wanted the job. Not even Waufle. Chuck’s fault? Yep at times but the Raiders organization’s failure to hire a qualified DC seems to be a minor issue.

  • Silverandblack666

    “Everyone knows what plays to run how to cover on D. What recievers to start”

    “I love this team we have other then miller”

    So apparently its “OK” for you to be down on a player but the rest of us are just retarded?

  • alex7

    Mistic,

    I think there’s a little more shame in giving up 35+ points to the 4-12 Bills than to the playoff Falcons.

    Also, between the Eagles and Raiders, only one of those units is constantly in the top-10 overall Defenses, and can look at 35 points allowed as an aberration.

    It isn’t us.

  • alex7

    Raiders for Life

    I was talking about the value of a D-Coordinator last year on here. Making the point that, honestly, I’d pay $5 to $8 million a year just for Dick Lebeau, he’s THAT valuable to the defense, AND SAVES money being able to plug in average talent and get above-average results without having to pay TOP MONEY for top talent like we have to in our scheme.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’ve just got to wonder with the media being all over the Bill’s nutsack for being 2-0, what happens if D-WOW comes down with that Hail Mary? Would my beloved Raiders be getting those same props? We had been leading the game 15 seconds before that. Soup moved us close enough to heave a bomb into the EZ with one tick left. Based on D-WOW’s performance in the game, he had every chance of coming down with it. I feel like if the defense can get it alittle more together, we can beat the Jets AND the Cheats.

  • Silverandblack666

    “Robert Gallery, guard for the Seahawks, is out four to six weeks because he needs groin surgery”

    I told my brother who lives in Seattle when they signed Gallery, that he is a “play 3 or 4 games and then miss 6 games” kind of player.

  • http://www.flynnlives.com/ Kevin Flynn

    Two questions:

    1. Do we beat the Bills if we still had Asomugha?

    2. Is Rolando McClain just a Kirk Morrions version 2?

  • http://www.flynnlives.com/ Kevin Flynn

    Morrison

  • inonewordraider

    wasbanned Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    ClaytonESPN John Clayton
    Robert Gallery, guard for the Seahawks, is out four to six weeks because he needs groin surgery

    who didn’t see this coming?

    Our Oline doing the job. Mcfadden is what 2nd in rushing and Jcampbell has all day

  • Raiderbenz

    The big news was they cleaned up the pre-snap violations – like no kidding -and allowed JC time to throw the deep ball.

  • alex7

    man to man needs 11 TOP-PAID top-performers to make it work.

    3-4 zone mix needs about 4 high-paid guys (NT, 2 LBers, Safety) and a bunch of average, solid parts to make it work.

    We run an EXPENSIVE yet ineffective D scheme. Double Whammy.

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    When you get a team down, especially a bad team, you have to stomp them while they’re down.

    Chuck Bresnahan goes to a prevent D.

  • alex7

    I like that Chuck is playing more zone than I’ve ever seen.

    I DON’T like that Raider players have RARELY practiced it much and thus aren’t that good at it yet.

    .
    .
    Which of course means Al will ask D-Coordinator to scrap it, fulfilling the crazy cycle.

  • Silverandblack666

    “We run an EXPENSIVE yet ineffective D scheme. Double Whammy.”

    Which is why we cant pay a D coordinator good money to come here.

    Good point Alex7

  • alex7

    McClain in college was an ILB in a 3-4.

    That meant slightly less field to cover, more strict assignments.

    With Oakland’s 4-3, he’s being asked to range more, and he’s not doing it well.

    I like his pass D, but run D…ehh, he needs to be in a tighter 3-4 attacking D, not a 4-3 wider react D.

  • luvmarvhub

    On any of those 5 second half Bills’ TD’s, just one important play by the D could have, would have won the game. Just one play by any one of the 11 Raider d-men on that last Bills’ drive would have won the game. There is no way we can lay the blame on anyone other than those eleven.

    That’s a given. We lost. The D’s fault.

    On another subject, the other team passed over 40 times. How many offensive holding calls? What are the odds on a game with this many passes, the o-linemen didn’t commit a hold?

  • ghostraiders

    Miller is the #1 candidate to get the axe after t. Pryor serves his 5 game suspension. … that dude sucks… apparently some people believe him as a versatile commodity. …. LOL.. that’s hilarious. …

  • http://www.flynnlives.com/ Kevin Flynn

    Chris Johnson needs to go back to “Prime U” and get his degree, at this point he isn’t even better than a beauty school drop-out.

  • jmcclain

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    “Everyone knows what plays to run how to cover on D. What recievers to start”

    “I love this team we have other then miller”

    So apparently its “OK” for you to be down on a player but the rest of us are just retarded?
    ————————-

    ur seriously gonna use miller to make ur point. Sorry but he’s awfull you dont need to have nfl smarts to realize that.

  • Raiderbenz

    Also did anybody notice Hue J. drinking the gatorade and no headset on with the clock winding down in the first half. At that point the head coach has got to be real focused worried about a let down after the half we played that would have been the number one thing to go after in the locker room. I’ll bet the rookie coach learned that big time. No the coaches can’t make the plays but they are 100 percent responsible for keeping people’s heads in the game all the way through. Most importantly the captains and the high priced guys. You have got to reach them because inside everybody was relaxing including them. I’m just sayin…