Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
OAKLAND -- Observed in the locker room after the Oakland Raiders' 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Long gone: Neither running back Darren McFadden nor Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece were at their locker in the immediate aftermath of coach Dennis Allen’s postgame news conference in an adjacent room. All that was left in their respective stalls were bottles of Gatorade, water and game programs, and unanswered questions. Then again, both left the game because of first-half injuries.
Like solitary soldiers: While Allen took a seemingly extra long time in his news conference, the locker room was a virtual wasteland, socks and athletic tape strewn about the floor. But in the middle of the room were the player’s jerseys, being stacked on top of each other with care, like solitary silver and black soldiers.
Media crush: Of course, Matt Flynn had the biggest media throng surrounding him at his locker. Charles Woodson also had the usual gathering. Running back Rashad Jennings, who rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries, caught a game-high eight passes for 71 yards and blocked a punt that resulted in a Raiders touchdown, had three different waves of reporters come his way.
Something to smile about?: As a team, the Raiders had little to celebrate. And as units, very few stood out in the locker room ... save for the defensive line. No, the players that make up the defensive line were not laughing about in their corner, but they seemed to enjoy talking with each other in hushed tones. Nothing wrong with that, not when they seemed to give everything until being worn out late.