The following words came from Antonio Pierce on Sirius Radio with Alex Marvez and Marty Schottenheimer.
"I do not like knocking teams," Pierce said. "But right now, they're struggling. We're playing that game the other day and, honestly, it felt like a scrimmage, like a practice. It felt like we were going against our offense [in a controlled setting] as far as the tempo.
"There was no vibe of trying or effort from the Raiders at all from a defensive standpoint against their offense. We're getting three-and-outs. You don't hear nobody [saying], 'Hey, let's go!' trying to pick the guys up, rallying them, getting guys fired up. There was nothing. It was quiet. A guy gets sacked or somebody gets beat, they just get up. It's not like there's yelling or no kind of [emotion] about the way they were playing.
"It was shocking to be out there in that game and get that kind of feeling."
Pierce added, "It's sad because I grew up a Raiders fan. That organization right now, they need some guidance. They need somebody to pick them up."
There is no way in hell that somebody would say this about Howie Long's Raiders or Jack Tatum's Raiders. When you wear that Silver and Black you represent not only yourself and your family, but you are also representing everyone else who has ever worn that jersey and given up the blood, sweat, and tears to make the Raiders one of the most recognized teams in the league.
The Raiders have to return to their nasty old selves and knock some people around. They need to return to that physical team that people hated. When teams were playing the Raiders, they knew it was going to be a fight.
The Raiders need that back if they want to make the playoffs.