Sunday, October 27, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
OAKLAND -- Observed in the locker room after the Oakland Raiders' 21-18 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A lunch pail mentality: The Raiders have used a baseball bat in the past to foster a “bring the wood” mentality. Sunday, there in the middle of the locker room, was a silver hard hat and lunch pail. Right next to a bucket full of orange slices. Message received.
A popular man: Darren McFadden is in a contract year and his name is sure to get tossed around a lot before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. And after he rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns, the media swarmed around his locker, going about six reporters deep. Might it have been McFadden's swan song in Oakland?
First in, last out: The makeshift offensive line, which regained the services of center Stefen Wisniewski, was the last unit to leave the locker room, with Wisniewski and right tackle Matt McCants doing everything but turning off the lights.
A new trend? For the first time this season, quarterback Terrelle Pryor addressed the media at the podium, rather than at a crush at his locker. Then he joined former Raiders lineman Lincoln Kennedy for a radio interview in a small auxiliary room.