Fargas: Making The Most Of My Chances

Raiders RB Justin Fargas talks with the media about how he got to be the starter for Oakland, what it's like playing for Lane Kiffin, how you adjust to multiple changes at quarterback, and more!

On if he is playing on Sunday...

"Yes, I'm playing."

On how things have worked out for him...

"Over the few years, I've had some tough years here, but I've continued to work and progress with my game so that when my opportunities came, I would be ready. This year, I've been given a great opportunity and I'm just trying to make the most of my chances."

On fighting his way up the depth chart and showing what he can do...

"It's been great. Even when I wasn't starting, I was always confident in my ability. I felt like I had something to offer this team and this offense. I was just really waiting on my opportunity to show what I could do. I've been blessed with the opportunity now and I just want to continue to work hard and continue to take advantage of it and just show what I can do."

On nearly reaching 1,000 yards and it meaning something after all he has been through...

"It does, it does. Winning is first and foremost, but it would be a nice accomplishment to get over that milestone of 1,000 yards. That's something I'm looking forward to and just going to continue to work hard to ensure that it happens."

On how tough it has been lately with the tradition and success of the Raiders...

"It's definitely been tough. I came in the year after they made a Super Bowl run and I was thinking we would be right back in the hunt. It hasn't turned out that way. We've had a lot of coaching changes and things like that. But it's still a prestigious place to play, a great organization and I just want to be a part of the organization when we get back on top."


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On what it's been like for him to adjust to the different quarterbacks this season...

"It hasn't been too difficult. I'm comfortable with all of the guys we have. The most difficult thing I think is just not knowing who is going to be the guy during the week. Week in and week out, it's kind of changed. But we're confident in all of our guys, so whoever gets in there, we expect to lead us and they're capable of getting the job done."

On QB-Daunte Culpepper this season...

"(He's) just been great. When he's in there, he's inspirational, a good leader. He plays with passion, plays with heart, he's a guy that will give it up for the team, and you have to respect that."

On playing for Lane Kiffin...

"I've enjoyed it. It was a nice change from what we had going on in the past. He's brought a good energy, and I think guys are feeding off that. He's a player's coach. He relates to his players pretty well, and I think guys are buying in and want to play hard for him. It hasn't shown too much in our record, we're not doing too well in that regard, but in the way that we're playing and the style that we're playing and the effort that we're giving on the field, I think it shows that we've come a long way."

On if Lane Kiffin's age helps him relate to players...

"I think so. It might be a little different for some of the older guys that are pretty much his same age or maybe even older, but once you get past that and you realize that he knows a lot about football, has a good plan for us and a good philosophy, guys buy in and respect him just because of the energy and the confidence that he has in us."

On if he feels he got a chance to play because of Coach Lane Kiffin...

"I wasn't on the bench last year, I played last year. He made it an open competition. It started off with LaMont (Jordan), and I think the plan was Dominic (Rhodes) was going to be the next guy. He rewards you for hard work and performance, and I just try to perform with every opportunity I get. The coaching staff made the call that I would be the guy, and that's all I can ask for, is to have coaches and a team that's confident in me. And in return, I'm going to give everything I have for the team."


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