Raiders can't explain losses piling up

The Oakland Raiders continue to put forth the effort but have failed to execute – at least that is what they believe on the heels of another loss.

--- Raiders coach Art Shell

"You can't play the game and make as many mistakes as we did and expect to win. We didn't do a good jog of tackling, screwed up the punt coverage, and just didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had.

"I don't question the effort, but I do question guys being assigned to do their jobs. On the special teams, we cant' let a guy run free and come in and block the punt. We're just not that good to do that. Yes, we made mistakes and yes, I'm disappointed.

"I did not expect to be at this particular point in the season. I expected to be competing much better in our division. We‘ve just got to keep on working. Our guys have got to get better and understand there are things that need to be taken care of."

--- 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was head coach of the Raiders the past two seasons before being fired by Oakland in January

"I have been doing it long enough and it's not about me, it's about these guys. The whole thing for me, we came off a rough week in Kansas City and I really think Alex is going to be a very, very special player in the league. I want to see him grow in the manner that he is growing and play the way he is playing, and if he will do that, everyone around him has a chance to contribute and make plays. So that is what was good for me today.

"I am human and I really learned that the team always comes first, and this group of guys is really special, but there are personal things and it feels good."

--- Raiders running back LaMont Jordan

"No disrespect to them, but we have better players than they do. We just didn't get it done today as a team.

"We have no one to blame but ourselves. This is the second week in a row that we had the lead at halftime and didn't finish. We should have won. We're just not playing very well. We need to play a full four quarters."

--- 49ers quarterback Alex Smith

"This win is important for a lot of reasons. First of all, being able to bounce back from last week's loss and, second, playing against our cross-town rivals who hadn't won a game yet.

"We just came out and did what we needed to do. To come out this week and take the opening drive down and score was nice. It shows the kind of character we have on this team with the guys bouncing back. We put in a lot of preparation earlier in the week and it paid off.

"The rest of the team made it really easy on me. We had great field position all day, we ran the ball so well, the O-line up front protected me well, and the receivers made a lot of nice catches.

"In the first half, we moved the ball well and stopped them on defense, but it didn't show on the scoreboard. After halftime, we didn't panic at all because we knew what we were capable of."

--- 49ers cornerback Walt Harris, who had three interceptions

"Once you get that first one, you always got it in your mind. Once I got the first one, I really settled down and then it was, ‘OK, I got another one.' Then you're just kind of just waiting on the ball to come in your area and you just know in the back of your mind you're going to make a play."

--- Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp

"It feels horrible. Anytime you lose like this, it hurts. We can't keep playing like this. We've got to get off the snide and win one. We're not making enough plays, plain and simple. Offensively, defensively - whatever. You've got to make plays. I've been in worse situations. I think we'll get better in time."

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