OAKLAND RAIDERS POSTGAME QUOTES
OAKLAND RAIDERS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
August 28, 2011
Head Coach Hue Jackson
ON THE GAME
I saw an offensive line protect. I saw a quarterback who I think is making huge progress, Jason Campbell, leading our team. We discovered a young runner in Taiwan Jones, which I thought exactly what he was he is. Derek Hagan stepped up and made some plays like I thought he could. I've seen improvement in our offense. There were some good things there. Obviously, there are still some things we're leaving on the field, but I thought there was some improvement from one week to the next.
ON SAINTS PASS PLAYS
It's an issue. I couldn't tell you if it's scheme or assignments. Obviously, on that side of the ball we have some work to do. But we'll do the work and we'll get it done. As I said a week ago, thank gosh this is not the regular season. We have some fixing to do and I understand that and we'll get it done.
You go to work. There is no substitute for hard work. This is just work. It's taking a unit, grinding on them, and getting them to do it, and they will. I know what is in that locker room. I know exactly how we need to play and I think they do too. We just have to keep working.
ON DEMARCUS VAN DYKE
He has to learn from it. He's a rookie and he's a very talented young man and he's learning the NFL game. Until he starts making those plays consistently and he made some and he missed some, but until he makes them consistently, if he's out there, he's going to get targeted. I mean that's the way this league is. Wherever you're bleeding, people are going to scratch that area. We have some things to fix. I'm not discouraged by any stretch of the imagination because I know what's in that locker room.
ON DEREK HAGAN
I think the young man can play. He's proven that week in and week out. He's a veteran player; he works at it. I like all of our guys. I like the guys that are out there competing and playing and trust me, we have some very talented individuals. He's done well. He's represented himself well. Until we get everybody back, this young man has a chance to play. We're down still a couple guys and until that unfolds as we continue forward and shape this team to our vision, then he's going to have an opportunity.
ON PLAYING DEFENSIVE PLAYERS LONGER IN SEATTLE
I think this: I keep saying this, what I see in practice is not what happens in the games. I think what I need to do is, we're going to go back, and reevaluate what we're doing because I think we're doing some good things. I just think we're off a little here and there, but the most important part is that we're going to go to work. We're going to keep working at this because I think we have a legitimate chance. I know everybody doesn't see what I see, and I respect that, I totally do. I know what's in that locker room, I know what they're capable of doing and I'm going to get these guys to play football.
ON TONIGHT'S STARTING OFFENSIVE LINE
We'll see. I need to watch the tape, but I was excited that early in the game, this team is a very good defensive team that brings a lot of pressure. I thought our protection for the most part did a good job. We responded after they scored. We responded in the second half, we had some other opportunities. We had a play right before the half, very unfortunate, we took a shot in the end zone and all of a sudden it got picked. But I thought those guys battled, but again, I need to watch the tape to truly understand exactly what was going on. But I felt good about it, but again we could still improve and get better in those areas.
ON TAIWAN JONES
He did it. That's what I talk about. It's about performance. What you do in practice needs to show up on the field and that's what the young man did and that's what I'm looking for. When I talk to our team, that's exactly what I need to see. Those things you do in practice, they need to show up in the game. For that young man tonight, he did it.
ON NO HUDDLE OFFENSE
I think we're a team, as I've told you, we're going to be multiple, we're going to do whatever it takes to score points. I have a pretty good idea of how we need to do that. There are things we do to camouflage certain things, but here's the deal. We're going to be a very good offensive football team; I truly believe that. We have some guys that aren't playing just yet, who will get back out there. I think we're very talented on that side of the ball and we need to get better. I think we're very talented defensively. I think this team just needs to keep playing. I'm not discouraged, disappointed, but not discouraged because as I tell you, I know what's in that locker room and I know exactly what this team is going to do.
ON ABILITY TO WIN CLOSE GAMES
If that's what it takes. If that's what it takes, we'll do whatever it takes to win. As long as we have one more point than the other team, then it's going to be a win, so I feel very comfortable with whatever it takes once we get to the regular season, whatever we need to do, we're going to do.
ON STARTERS IN LAST PRESEASON GAME
I can't tell you, it's too early to decide that. I need to watch the tape and get going through the week and see where we are and go from there.
ON MCFADDEN AND FORD
I made the decision last night that I wasn't playing those two young men. I wanted them to come out and warm up and put them in cellophane, just like I told you I would. I wrapped them up and kept them over there.
I'm not going to make any excuses about the way we're tackling. We need to tackle better. You guys watched the game just like I did. I saw every play from one to the last so we need to tackle better; it's as simple as that. We need to go tackle better.
ON RICHARD SEYMOUR
To me, Richard, not so much an injury, I think we needed to keep Richard under wraps too. I get to reserve the right to keep some guys down and I did that because I just know what we've done in practice and where we're headed. I didn't want to take the chance and put him out there, but Richard is fine.
ON TERRELLE PRYOR PLAYING IN LAST PREASESON GAME
There's a possibility for anything. We'll see when we get there.
QB Jason Campbell
ON THE GAME
I thought we came out and moved the ball really well against a very good defense. We had a lot of success, but once again what killed us were penalties. They put up more points then us in the first half, but I thought guys came out in the first half and moved the ball really well, our receivers made plays. Hagan and 17 (Denarius Moore) made great plays. We are going to continue to keep improving week to week, but overall we are disappointed because we didn't achieve what we came out to accomplish, which was get the win and we didn't make all the plays we envisioned making as a team. It's not about individuals or first team, second team, third team. We are all in this together and we need to help each other and make plays.
WR Derek Hagan
ON THE GAME
I thought it was ok. I felt like catching the ball was a positive, but when you look at the bigger picture, we didn't win the game plain and simple. It's not about me, it's about the team and obviously I'm trying to help this team win. When you don't win it's not a good feeling even though it is preseason. You just want to get a victory, period. You want to know how winning feels early even before the regular season. Hopefully on Friday when we play Seattle, we will fix the mistakes we made today and go out on Friday and make plays and not leave anything on the field.
LB Kamerion Wimbley
ON THE GAME
Well, obviously we did some things that were better in the run game and we still need to get a lot of stuff cleared up first. The amount of yards that they had was unacceptable and we have to get back to work in correcting these mistakes.
RB Taiwan Jones
ON THE GAME
I was happy just to get in. The fact that I was able to score in front of the Oakland fans felt pretty good. The hardest thing was trying to slow myself down. I was so anxious and excited that I was able to showcase my talent against another team, but I was a little too fast sometimes so I had to slow things down, take a deep breath, and try to be patient.