For the true Las Vegas Raider fan, defeat is normal. You get used to it after a while. But for a home opener that looked in every way like a win, to end in a 29-23 overtime loss to the Cardinals, is a painful thing to digest.
Here are the best quotes from the coach’s Monday morning press conference:
“I’ve been through games where you can always look back and do something a little bit better and that’s no different with me for this one or any game that I’ve called really. You look at it and say, ‘Hey, could we have done something a little better here or there?’ The answer is mostly yes. But at the end of the day, you make a call that your players know how to execute, and we’ve got to go out there and try to do the right thing. We had a lot of good plays, and we are going to need a few more plays in key situations is what we are going to need.”
“I thought JJ [Josh Jacobs] ran hard yesterday. I thought he made some yards on his own, I thought we gave him an opportunity to get started. And we’ve got to do a better job of playing a cleaner game on offense. We had some runs called back too, a couple of big ones that were called back. Our hand placement, where we have our hands, the decisions we make – we had a couple of procedure penalties. So, we just got to clean up our whole operation offensively and stay ahead of the down and distance, and I think the running game will come to us.”
and to think, there are still 15 games left in the season!