Cable & Gradkowski Post Game Comments

Posted Oct 4, 2010

Comments from Head Coach Tom Cable and quarterback Bruce Gradkowski after the Raiders 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 4.

Tom Cable

On the game being lost at the line of scrimmage…

I thought the game was won and lost on the line of scrimmage. Period. I thought they came in here and did exactly what they’ve tried to do all year and that’s establish their run game, and they did a good job of it. We never seemed to get a handle on it or slow it down. And then I thought offensively, our inability to have some consistent pass protection. We got whipped on the line of scrimmage. That’s the bottom line.

Playing with “bite” in the 3rd quarter…

I just thought we were playing with a little bit more bite to us, particularly the third quarter. I mean, they came out and moved the ball and did with it what they wanted to. And then we got a score on offense and it seemed to kind of ignite our football team a little bit, and then we got a couple stops.

Line of scrimmage play makes it tough…

Bottom line is, when you give up that kind of rushing yardage and you can’t keep your quarterback clean enough, it’s tough to win in this league. And they’re a good team. I mean, that is a really good football team. But we’re good enough to win that football game. We just did not get it done on the line of scrimmage.

The improved attitude of the Raiders…

The character, the attitude, the want-to and all that of this team is different than it’s been in the pass. And that’s a good thing. There was an opportunity there where [the Texans] could have just blown the thing open. But we fight. You know, we sometimes tend to need something emotionally to do that, in terms of some big thing on the field. Whether that’s a score on offense or a turnover on defense, you know, whatever it is. You can’t be like that. You got to be consistent and be able to go out there and throw your best shot every snap, and we just didn’t do that and it shows. You know, we turn it over three times and then you get the ball run on you like that and it’s going to be tough.

Bruce Gradkowski

On the injury and treatment…

At that point, I think that [the training staff] just wanted to check me out real quick and me being able to take my shoulder pads off and just examine. I mean, I kept saying that I’m alright. But you know, that’s what they have to do. That’s their job. The trainers and the doctors, they do a good job with that. Our defense had the ball so I knew I had some time. So I just went back there, they checked me out and I told them I was good to go and just came back.

On learning from Sunday and moving forward…

It was a tough game. It’s tough. You know, some plays I just got to get the ball out of my hand. A couple of those plays I was about to throw it away and I take a handoff and then, you know, so. Those are tough plays. That’s where we just got to be detailed. We got to be more detailed. We got to study that film, see why it happened, what had happened, if it’s my fault, you know. And that’s the thing. That’s what this is about. It’s just learning. Learning and growing from it, though. You know, so next time it doesn’t happen.

Team has played tough the past two weeks…

I mean I love the way our guys are fighting and playing. Two weeks in a row just playing hard and tough. But we always have those quarters where we just stutter a little bit. You know, and you can’t do that against a good football team. This team’s a good football team and you give them a little breathing room and they’re going to take advantage of it.

On the desire and need to win…

I just want to win and I’ll do whatever it takes to win. But sometimes you got to say hey, they got us here, throw the ball away, get to the next down. Couple times, especially when I’m running, just got to get down. Sometimes it happens so quick that it just happens and forcing it to come out okay today. And like I said, we just got to keep learning, keep growing and got to find a way to win. I mean, whatever it is, we just got to win.

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