Oakland Raiders Quotes From Around the Web

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IOctober 29, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders hands off the ball during their game against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Defensive End Jay Richardson : “It’s about getting people to trust each other, and do their jobs.”

“I think [JaMarcus Russell] understands what it is to be a number-one pick. We all have confidence in him.”


Right Tackle Khalif Barnes : “There were definitely more runs to be had, and I felt like on a couple of runs, they could’ve been bigger. I’m sure [coach Tom Cable] wanted to call more runs, but that’s neither here nor there.”

“We need to take all the positives into San Diego, and turn all the negatives into positives and take them into San Diego.”


Defensive Lineman Richard Seymour : “I think we can set the tone on defense. It’s important for us to start fast. Once we start fast, we can carry that on throughout the game.”


Tight End Zach Miller : “We know we let one slip away in that first game. We don’t want to do that again.”

“It was very physical, a lot of guys getting hit, a lot of guys getting banged up. I think it will be more of that come Sunday.”


Quarterback Charlie Frye : “I think [Russell] was in here at 6:30. That’s step one. The thing’s he continues to need to do is stay the course and just maybe do a little bit more.”

“I went through the same thing that he’s going through right now—being booed, being benched, and it’s tough if you don’t have somebody there that you can talk to or just vent. You can’t hold things in.

"You have to work through this. This is probably one of the toughest parts of his life. If he can get through this, it will make him a much stronger person. I’m much stronger for what I went through.”

“For what had happened to him and for his attitude to get there that early Wednesday morning is impressive. That’s him taking the first step to fix what’s going on.”


Defensive End Greg Ellis : “Tony Romo was not a take-charge guy. If Tony were here right now, you’d all be mad at him because he’d be sitting here with a smile on his face. That doesn’t mean he’s not trying to win a football game.”

“Some guys, they take over. Troy Aikman was one of those guys that took assertiveness and was like a coach on the field. Tony Romo is one of those guys that is even-keeled and pats receivers on the back and says, ‘Okay guys, that’s all right. Catch it next time.’ Where Troy is like saying some words you probably don’t want to repeat to the guys. Both ways can be successful.

“One way is not wrong, one way is not right. You just have to make sure you’re doing all you can do as a player to help your team.”

“God blessed him with a lot of talent. If he does everything, un-turns every stone, then eventually he’ll be one of those great quarterbacks in the NFL. On the flip side, if he looks in the mirror and says, ‘I’m really not doing everything I can do to be the best I can be,’ then that’s on him.”


Quarterback JaMarcus Russell : “ There's a lot of things [to fix], whether it's staying on a guy too long, or whatever it is, putting the ball in a better place for a guy to catch or get us into the right checks, any small detail that can go for us being perfect.”

“[We need to] just clean up some things within ourselves. It's going to be okay, I promise. Just take my word. Rich said it before about the playoffs. But just take my word that things are going to get better.”

“I think the fans are fed up. It showed the previous week against the Eagles, when they were behind us. But when things are going good, you're going to have that. And we just have to get back to the ways that they like.”