More Q/A’s from the press:
Q: What about the mistakes in the red zone?
Coach McDaniels: We had some opportunities. We definitely were able to move the ball. But when you get down there, you have to either run it in if they’re going to play coverage or find some single matchups because they were double teaming a couple of our guys at times. Just overall execution. Had a few penalties down there that hurt us, and we’ve got to eliminate those obviously before we’re going to be able to put it in. Situational football … it hurt us in the red zone."
Q: How frustrating was this loss?
WR Davante Adams: "Frustration is OK. It’s not the end of the world to be frustrated. I don’t think anyone in here should be happy and content with losing, especially when you have the type of men we have in this locker room. Like I said from the beginning, just because we’re good on paper doesn’t mean we’re going to be great as a team. We’re still working toward that. It’s still early, but we have to start establishing who we are as a team. Frustration is OK, as long as you do something about it."
Q: Is the team playing with mental toughness enough to win?
Carr: "Not for what it takes to win. With the penalties down in the red zone and the other stuff, we have to get better. If not, we are going to have a sucky feeling after every game. You try your best to do it the right way in practice, and if you don’t do it right in practice, then you can’t expect it to go right in the game."
Q: How do you come back from an 0-3 start?
TE Darren Waller: "Very frustrated, which is felt a lot of times, whether it be in football or life. The results aren’t going our way, but that doesn’t mean we don’t go about the process any differently. We need to find a way to work through it and stack good days and bounce back from adversity. I’m excited to see how we respond."
Q: Your thoughts on receiver Mack Hollins’ career day?
McDaniels: "I thought that was a great play that he made and then being able to re-establish himself quickly to down the punt in there, inside the 5. Had a lot of single coverage and made some plays in the passing game as a receiver, too. Mack always works hard. I think that’s why he was voted as a captain. His effort and the way he performs has been a bright spot."
Q: Our some of the drops found late in the game a cause for concern?
Everybody points to the last play or the 2-point conversion at the end, whatever it is," Raiders coach Josh McDaniel said
"There’s more opportunities in the game in all three phases that could easily have swung the game one way or the other. So we have to look at each opportunity, regardless of when it happens, as an opportunity to gain an advantage in the game and ultimately win. It doesn’t have to come down to the last play or the last drive or the last series."
So we have to learn to play all 4 Quarters?!?!? Tough ask...
"There’s three or four plays in every game that change the outcome," McDaniels said. "And those plays might happen in the second quarter or the third quarter."
I believe every game has a few plays that bring the teams a shift in momentum. Maybe that’s what Coach is talking about..
"Our execution from the beginning to the end, that’s what we need to work on to try to improve and make winning plays all four quarters."
I still hold up my hand w/ four raised fingers in the final Quarter. It’s a reminder to all to save your best for the last few minutes.
"There’s no shortcuts," he said. "There’s no pill we can take to solve that. We have the answers. We are the answers. We just need to go out there and do it with one another and for one another."
Are we making strides, Coach?
"We know we can make better progress here as we go forward and we know we can do it quickly," McDaniels said. "I have no issues with the way we work and compete. That’s clear. You can see that every Sunday. We’re battling right to the very end."
So we’re just a few positive plays away from Victory?
"For that, they need to be commended for their effort and attitude and their competitive spirit. We just need to make a few more plays as we go along through the course of the game so we can start turning in some Ws."
At least the Defense grabbed a pick. Duron Harmon came up big with an INT in the 2nd half. Of course, he was still depressed about the final score...
"It was disappointing we didn’t come out and play the way we needed to from the beginning," Harmon said. "We’ve seen when we do things the right way how hard it is for teams to move the ball on us."
Anything encouraging about how you finished?
"It’s not encouraging at all because we lost," Duron said. "I’m tired of being encouraged. We’ve been encouraged from our effort three weeks in a row with a loss. It’s time to win. It’s a lesson we have to learn, but we better learn fast. We can’t keep learning lessons from losses every week. We need to start learning lessons from wins."
Any reason we shaped up in the final Quarters?
"We just played better together," defensive end Maxx Crosby said. "We took a deep breath and said, ‘Let’s just take it one play at a time.’ That’s what we try to emphasize, not overthinking it or overdoing it, just executing each play. … If they make a good play, it’s not the end of the world. It can’t lead to other big plays."
Any other lessons learned from the O?
"You have to look the ball in," Waller said. "You have to secure the catch, first and foremost. I didn’t do that. I tried to turn up and make a play at the goal line. You can’t do that, especially in key moments of the game. We preach fundamentals all the time, and that was a fundamental error by me. But I don’t hold myself to a standard of perfection. I’m going to mess up sometimes, but I know I’m going to bounce back. I know one day or one play can’t define me."
There were a few plays I wish he had back…but I know Darren will redeem himself in the Weeks to come.
It also appeared we had more substitutions on the O-Line. Alex Bars was called up from the practice squad and started at left guard, the 12th start of his career and first with the Raiders. Rookie Dylan Parham filled in again at center for Andre James, who missed his second consecutive game with a concussion. Right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor shifted to right guard, with rookie Thayer Munford at right tackle. Guards John Simpson and Lester Cotton operated in reserve roles.
"We’re trying to find the right formula, the right five guys that will go out there and play dependable and do it right over and over and over again," he said. "I thought they did a decent job against a good front. All was great until wee had some holding penalties on some key plays. Hopefully, they’ll also grow into a better unit in the days ahead.
TURN THE PAGE, RAIDER NATION! WE HAVE SERIOUS WORK TO DO! I NOW WANT YOU ALL TO FORGET THE PAST FEW WEEKS AND FOCUS ON ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY…THE DENVER BRONCOS!
RUSSELL WILSON MUST BE PRESSURED AND BURIED ON OUR TURF! COURTLAND SUTTON MUST BE CONTAINED! JAVONTE WILLIAMS MUST BE HIT AND HIT HARDER THAN CHEWIE HITS TROOPERS! I NEED YOU LOUD WHILE THE BRONCOS ARE ON OFFENSE AND QUIET AF WHEN OUR O IS ON THE FIELD! DISOBEY MY RULES @ THE DEATH STAR AND I WILL SHOW YOU THE TRUE MEANING OF THE DARK SIDE!!!!!!
AHEM! BTW JUST WIN BABY!!!!!!!
EXCELSIOR! LORD OF THE SITH, MASTER OF ALL EVIL
"I thought they gave Derek an opportunity to have some time to throw."