Inside the locker room with Aaron Brooks

Oakland Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks never envisioned a 2-11 start, one that has him without a win to his credit, but he remains committed to the cause of changing the losing ways of the squad.

On if he envisioned the Raiders having a 2-11 season

Aaron Brooks: Not at all. Before I got here, I thought it was going to be the most wonderful thing I was going to be a part of, now it's almost the most disastrous thing I'm being a part of. But that's just sports. That's the game we're in. That's the business we're in. What can you do?

On being excited about the possibilities in Oakland due to their tradition

Aaron Brooks: I was extremely excited just about the mystique and the tradition that this team has. This team is known for winning. I still feel that with a few adjustments, that we can still turn this thing around next year and have an awesome season. As it is right now, we've just got to continue to keep working, and keep working to find out what the hell is going on. It's tough, but I've been through worse things before.

On being sidelined in the second game of the season due to injury

Aaron Brooks: It was tough, it was tough, because every time I tried to set a goal to come back, my body was just like ‘no, you're not ready'. It just came to a point where I couldn't fulfill the goals that I was setting, and I just had to be patient. It was all in God's hands until it was time for me to come back. I was patient enough and fortunate enough to be able to come back this season.

On Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett meaning a lot to his career because he served as New Orleans head coach while Brooks was the their quarterback

Aaron Brooks: Not only Coach Jim Haslett, but Mr. Benson gave me an opportunity to be the player that I am today. They gave me that opportunity to go out there and showcase my talent throughout the league and I'm very thankful for that. The only thing that I'm bitter about is that we could have done more. Unfortunately, we didn't and we had to move on, due to obvious reasons. It's going to be great going against him. It's going to be a challenge for both of us because he's a defensive minded guy and I'm a quarterback. No matter how much he wanted to blitz me in practice, he couldn't do it. Now he has the opportunity to do that, so I think it's going to be a huge talent for our offense and their defense.

On Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett

Aaron Brooks: He was pretty cool, he was pretty stern, and he had a little fire to him. He was a player's coach for the most part, but he could be difficult at times, but that's part of being a head coach. I thought he did the best job that he could have done with what he had to work with and we just tried to make some things happen, but unfortunately they didn't happen for us. I have no ill will against the guy and I thank him and Mr. Benson for the opportunity, and here we are about to face one another.

On the changes that have occurred since John Shoop was named offensive coordinator

Aaron Brooks: There are a couple of changes going on, but we're pretty much running the same system. We're just having a lot more opportunities to win football games now that I'm out in the game. It's a good deal and I think the coordinators are doing their best to get a victory, but we just haven't gotten one in such a long time and we're looking forward to getting one.

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