Sunday, September 15, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
OAKLAND -- Observed in the locker room after the Oakland Raiders' 19-9 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Keeping perspective: As feel-good a loss as last week’s defeat in Indianapolis was for the Raiders, this home-opening victory over the woeful Jaguars was just as much a cautionary tale. Sure, players were happy, and they should be after getting an NFL victory, but too many times the Raiders played down to their level of competition.
A stark development: Tyvon Branch was lost in the first quarter to an ankle injury that coach Dennis Allen said looks to be “significant.” It was a stark announcement paralleled by the starting strong safety’s empty locker. “I just saw him in the trainer’s room, all iced up,” said safety Usama Young.
Media crush: It was hard to tell who was in the middle of a bigger media circus -- running back Darren McFadden, free safety Charles Woodson or quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Offensive lineman Andre Gurode, though, joined the media crush for Pryor’s scrum and yelled out a question: “Excuse me, everybody wants to know where you got that polka-dot shirt.” The nattily-attired Pryor’s response? “He’s jealous.”
Teaching moments: The game does not end with the final gun. Center Stefen Wisniewski and right tackle Tony Pashos emerged from the shower, with towels on, only to stop in the middle of the locker room to go over a certain alignment.