LB Matt Wilhelm
MW: I think obviously the Raiders -- who had the week off and had an opportunity to sit back and relax -- came up with a great game plan. They had a great scheme, some different looks defensively that gave the offensive line and LT things they hadn't seen, so they struggled at first. I think their defense held up with big plays the first half but, besides that, we were doing our part of the bargain.
In the second half, our offense adapted to what they did. On our defensive side, we survived on our turnovers, which I think was a big key to exposing our offense to be in good position to get some points.
JC: How is the team dealing with Shawne Merriman's absence?
MW: Guys are coming up with big plays. Marques Harris had that forced fumble and Jyles Tucker had a sack even though he pulled his hamstring on that play. But those are plays Shawne Merriman would be making. Tucker and Harris are just stepping in and doing the same. So, of course Merriman is missed -- he is missed as a leader, he is missed as a fiery teammate. We all love him out there and obviously we have had to adapt, but I think we are doing a great job so far.
Q&A with Antonio Cromartie
CB Antonio Cromartie
AC: There are some things we definitely need to work on, but our whole goal is to get better every single week. Everyone is working hard and doing everything we need to do to get to where we need to be. It's only the fourth week, going on to Week 5 now, so there are still some things we need to work on and that always makes the team better.
JC: You received two penalties towards the end of game. How do you handle those situations?
AC: The officials call the penalties and I just have to go by what they say. I always try and ask myself questions like, 'What was going on?' and [try to figure out] what they said I was doing wrong. Basically, I want to know the reason why they called it so I can correct it. That's the biggest thing.