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Six Cold Hard Facts About the Loss vs. Oakland
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 19-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
“(It) sucks. It’s tough. Like we mentioned, (we) can’t turn the ball over (a) couple times there in the fourth quarter. I have to say, though, let’s look at the whole game. I understand you have to make those plays at the end of the game, but we made some mistakes early on. We missed some opportunities… We let them run the ball the first couple plays of the two-minute drive to go down there and move the football. Against a good team like we played today, you can’t make those mistakes. But it goes back to the whole game and not just the fourth quarter.”
“Too many errors in the kicking game whether it’s penalties, (bad) decisions, blocked extra point, kicking the ball out of bounds to start the second half. Mistakes like that.”
“Critical. That’s a critical mistake. Unfortunately, they kind of fumbled the one ball and then at the end there, when we’re trying for fourth and long there, in the situation trying to get the first down there, got forced into fourth and long… You want to be in the plus and unfortunately we were way behind that. We’ve got to protect the football. Kenny has done a nice job of that for the most part, but putting the ball on the ground is unacceptable. We’ve got to protect that ball. It’s an issue we’ve been dealing with all year long. I always say, there’s different reasons for each one, and then at the end when those are going to happen, it’s fourth and long, things like that and you’re trying to make a play, you’re going to force that ball in there”
“I thought we had an opportunity to hit some of those today and certainly you’re showing the offensive line that you believe in them anytime when you’re running the ball.”
“It was a play we dialed up and we’ve been practicing all week. So when we saw the coverage we needed to have, Philip threw it up and I had a chance to get up underneath it and score a touchdown.”
“I give all the credit to the coaches and players for believing in me. Having guys like Jahleel Addae trust me to go out there with the game on the line and cover a Pro Bowler like Michael Crabtree. I thank those guys for boosting my confidence and believing in me. It goes a long way. I can go out there and play free with nothing to lose.” Read