Sapp wants out? Who wouldn't?

Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said there is nothing to the sideline conversations he had with Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp on Saturday.

  • During a couple of timeouts, Sapp ran to the Chiefs sideline and engaged Edwards, who coached Sapp as an assistant when the two were in Tampa Bay.

    "Just pleasantries," Edwards said. "It's the season of giving."

    The speculation was that Sapp was asking Edwards to get him out of Oakland, an in-game strategy that former Raiders DT Chester McGlockton once used to get the Chiefs to sign him.

  • "Again ..."

    That was the first word from Raiders coach Art Shell following a 20-9 loss to the Chiefs, and he didn't really need to use any others.

    The Raiders failed to score touchdowns -- again. Oakland has not scored a touchdown on offense in seven of 15 games.

    The Raiders turned the ball over -- again. There were five more giveaways against the Chiefs, three lost fumbles and two interceptions.

    The Raiders gave up sacks -- again. Quarterback Andrew Walter was dropped four times, bringing the team's NFL-high tally to 70.

    The Raiders lost -- again. It was the eighth loss in a row and marked the second consecutive season they were winless against the AFC West.

    "All I can say is we're just as disappointed as the fans are," Shell said. "We really are. We don't go out and try to lose games. We work very hard to try and give the fans what they want. The majority of the fans here, they're faithful fans. They'll keep the faith."

    That remains to be seen as the Raiders fell for the 13th time, the most losses in a season since 1962, when Oakland was 1-13 the year before Al Davis arrived.

    The Raiders are at a low point in franchise history, and the offense gets a disproportionate share of the blame. Oakland's defense gave up two touchdowns, one on a short-field drive, but has discovered that in order to win, it has to be perfect.

    Perfect the Raiders aren't, as evidenced by Larry Johnson's 145 yards rushing on 31 carries.

    But the Oakland defense is at the very least above average, unfairly saddled with an offense that is going out as meekly as it came in.

    Oakland, which opened the season with a 27-0 loss against San Diego and a 28-6 loss to Baltimore, has not scored a touchdown in its last 23 possessions and 132 offensive snaps.

    At home, it's even worse. The Raiders have gone 31 possessions on their own turf without a touchdown, a span of 184 snaps.

    "We moved the ball," Shell said. "We just couldn't get into the end zone. It hurts."

    Raiders offensive players can do little more than shrug their shoulders and recount their errors. Defensive players have done their best to keep their thoughts to themselves regarding the offense, but as the year nears an end, the frustration is beginning to seep out.

    "A team goes up on us by six points, and they go into their four-minute offense, trying to run the clock out," safety Stuart Schweigert said. "They run screens, draws. You give Larry Johnson the ball that many times, he's going to break a couple."

  • QB Aaron Brooks was sidelined by a neck injury that got progressively worse from Wednesday through Friday, so QB Andrew Walter got his first start since Nov. 12 and failed to lead the Raiders to a touchdown.

    Walter was 27-for-37 for 226 yards. He was intercepted twice by Kansas City S Jarrad Page and lost two fumbles.

    "Andrew is still a young kid," coach Art Shell said. "He's learning on the run. He's going to be a better quarterback down the road."

  • WR Ronald Curry became the sixth Raiders receiver to catch 11 or more passes in a game with 11 receptions for 106 yards against Kansas City.

    The last Raider to do it was Jerry Rice (11 receptions, 94 yards vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 15, 2002). Tim Brown caught 11 passes a game four times, TE Todd Christensen did it twice and WR Art Powell once.

    TE Dave Casper and Brown had games with 12 receptions, with Brown setting the franchise record with 14 on Dec. 22, 1997, against Jacksonville.


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