Campbell and Cable Post Game Comments

Posted Oct 11, 2010

Jason Campbell and Tom Cable spoke to the media after the Raiders 35-27 victory over the Chargers. Campbell told the media how his mentality has changed since the start of the season and what went down in the locker room after Bruce Gradkowski's injury.

HC Tom Cable

On the injuries…

Two guys who did not finish the game: Bruce Gradkowski has got an AC sprain of the right shoulder, and Daniel Loper got an ankle sprain.

On the importance of the win and moving forward…

Obviously a tremendous win. You think about the start of the game, the two blocked punts. You think about, on the one-yard line knocking the ball out on defense and recovering it. The last two drives, offensively—16 plays, 13 plays. Lose your quarterback, Jason [Campbell] comes in the game. And then obviously, the big sack-fumble at the end there to close it. So, all that means is a great, great team effort, and tremendous win for us. It’s good to stop the streak, but as I said to them, let’s not make this a 24-hour feel good party. Let’s make this who we are becoming, and that’s where we need to go.

On the San Diego Chargers and starting 1-0 in division play…

That’s a heck of a team, and it’s been a nemesis for a number of years now, obviously, dating back to 2003. And I said earlier in the week, they have been the champs, and if you ever want to be that, you got to be the champ. So, it’s just a good win. We start out in the division 1-0, which I think is a very important deal for us, and, we’ll go to work tomorrow and get ready for the next one.

On the penalties…

We always address the penalties, but some of it, I don’t know if I agree with a lot of it. But it is what it is, so we won and I’ll worry about it in the morning.

On Michael Huff’s forced fumble at the end…

You just feel like you’re due one, one of these times. I saw him take his hand off the ball and start back with his arm, and I didn’t think it had started forward and I thought we had a great chance and sure enough, it went our way.

QB Jason Campbell

On the game plan to run the ball…

I thought my teammates played great. It wasn’t about me. I thought the offensive line came off and we ran the ball real successfully. And that was the topic. That was the topic coming into this week that we were going to run the ball. And when the game got on the line, I thought the guys came up and made a big play down on the goal line to get us in the endzone, and Michael Bush ran hard.

On teammates stepping up for the injured…

One thing that’s positive about this team is that when guys go down, other guys are going to step up and contribute and makes plays. With Darren having an outstanding season and Bush was able to come in and make some plays. And it was unfortunate for Bruce today. He still tried to go in the second half, and his shoulder was hurting. Like I said we’re all a team. We’re all in this together, and just got out there and just continue to try and stay positive.

On what’s change since the beginning of the season…

The main thing is just try and take what the defense gives you. Earlier in the season, I felt a little rushed. I felt pressured. As I said, back when I watched things over the last two weeks, I just kept saying you got to take what the defense gives you and you got to play your game. You can’t let people try to change you or make you into someone different. You got to do what got you here, and I just feel like it is one of my strengths. And the main thing is just getting into a rhythm and just getting comfortable and getting a feel for the game.

On taking over for Bruce Gradkowski…

At halftime we came in and Bruce told the coach he felt he could give it a go. And he tried to go back out there and give it a go. Him and coach ended up talking about, and coach just said, “J, you’re going back in.” So you have to almost reset your mind, but it’s so important just to stay in the game because you never know when you’re going to have to play or anything is going to happen. That’s the first time I’ve been in this situation since I was a rookie. And over the last couple weeks, I just had a chance to sit back and breathe a little bit and see things from the outside and get ready.

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