Sunday, September 8, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Oakland Raiders’ 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
No moral victories: Everyone from coach Dennis Allen to the anointed starting quarterback in Terrelle Pryor to the last inactive player sang the same verse -- there are no moral victories in the NFL. And yet, the feeling of promise was palpable in the locker room after such a heart-wrenching loss to a playoff team.
Stimmed up: Tight end Jeron Mastrud cramped up on the second catch of his NFL career, a 41-yard pickup late in the fourth quarter, and went down in a heap on the play. He had electrical stim wires attached to both hamstrings as he conducted postgame interviews.
Some veteran advice: First-year punter Marquette King wishes he had two punts back, as well as his hold on place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski's miss from 48 yards. No wonder, then, he was listening intently to the counsel of long-snapper Jon Condo at his locker after the game. “It was kind of weird,” King said. “I got blasted; kind of a welcome-to-the-NFL hit.”
Pryor soaks it in: Allen announced Pryor would be the starting quarterback going forward and after his performance, in which he passed for 217 yards and rushed for 112 more, Pryor refused to gloat. He said he was disappointed in himself. Especially his two interceptions. “Geez, man,” Pryor said. “We almost had them. Geez.”