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09-26-2004 - Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Jon Gruden

(on the reception in Oakland) "I don't mean any disrespect. I wasn't greeted very nicely. I've got a full understanding of Raiders fans and the Black Hole. God bless them. ... It was a great feeling for me. It is one of the more exciting times in my career to go back where I came from. We lost a couple of key players. We probably lost Charlie for the season. I'm not going to make any projections about where we're going or what we're going to do. Obviously, [Michael] Pittman will become a key cog in what we're trying to get done. It's part of life. You've got to deal with adversity. Again, put things in perspective. We've got some adversity back in Florida. We've just got to do the best we can to rally around one another."

LB Derrick Brooks

(on the loss) "We can't make the mistakes we're making and expect to win. When you're in a position to make a play, you have to make the play. Play one down at a time. It's easy to say, man, and hard to do. But that's the only way you're going to pull yourself out of the whole, one play at a time."

(on the defensive struggles) "Yeah, we gave up some plays that we normally don't. You've got to hand it to the Raiders. They came out and played better football than we did, and they got the win."

(on if he had any exchanges with Warren Sapp) "No, not really. We had a few words after he tackled Charlie [Garner]. He got up and said, 'I still can run.' He made a good play on that particular play. Those were really the only words we had. After the game, I wished him well the rest of the season."

(on if the team was prepared for Kerry Collins) "We've faced Kerry Collins before. He came in and executed the offense, ran the plays. He executed it well. He didn't make any mistakes."

QB Brad Johnson

(on the team's start) "In my wildest dreams, I never thought we'd be 0-3. I don't know if there's really an explanation for it. The thing about it is, we fought hard and we gave ourselves a chance in every ballgame. We just didn't come through; there were some breakdowns along the way. Tonight, they capitalized on them. This team never gave up and that's what we're going to have to stick to right now."

(on the offense's lack of balance) "I thought in the first quarter we had a little rhythm. We didn't have big runs, but we had some runs for first downs. In the second quarter, we didn't get any long drives going. In the third quarther, they just dominated the game and in the fourth quarter we got into a passing frenzy. That was pretty much it. But we've got to be a more balanced attack, and we've got to play with leads. We did a great job on our opening drive, scoring. That's what we've made a big emphasis on. We did a great job from that standpoint but just didn't finish things.

(on the interception) "I just didn't see him clear. There were tackles in the way. All I could see was [Mike] Alstott out in the flat. I thought he was wide open. The corner did a great job of jumping underneath it. I thought he was wide open when I threw the ball, and unfortunately it was seven for them."

WR Tim Brown (on his 100th touchdown catch) "The record was the furthest thing from my mind. Obviously, to get 100 in front of the Raider Nation, there's no better place."


Head Coach Norv Turner

(on the game) "We wanted to be the more physical team today, and I believe we were in all phases.''

DE Warren Sapp

(on the Raiders' victory against his former team) "Big buildup, great game and the right outcome. It felt like deja vu at times. ... There's nothing like wanting to go after them. I've always said I played big in big games, and I really have. If I was on offense facing that defense, it would be something different because they would know everything about me. But [Matt] Stinchcomb and Derrick Deese and those guys, I've never played with them, and I don't have any love for them. It was a matter of me calming my emotions."

QB Kerry Collins

(on coming into the game) "I just tried to keep my emotions in check and tried to lean on my experience. Fortunately, it happened fairly fast, so I didn't have a lot of time to think about it. As the night wore on I felt like I was finding a little bit of a rhythm. I know this, Rich Gannon is a tough guy, and if he's ready to go next week he'll be in there. I'm just glad it wasn't real, real serious. Any time you get hit in the head like that, bad things can happen. I think Rich Gannon will be back before we know it."

CB Charles Woodson

(on RB Charlie Garner's injury) "That's my guy. My prayers are with him. It looks like a pretty serious injury."

LB Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

(on the matchup) "We knew there would be a lot of headlines coming into the game and we were knocked out of the national spotlight except for this game, and we showed that we're tough defensively and offensively."

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