Locker room buzz: A star in the night

Wide receiver Ronald Curry, who recovered from left Achilles' tears in each of the past two years, was voted the winner of the Ed Bloch Courage Award as voted by his teammates.

Curry is Oakland's leading receiver with 57 receptions for 680 yards. He has 28 reception since Randy Moss was injured, a pace that would give him 148 receptions over a full season.

"There's always next year," Curry said. "Hopefully things will continue. But there's always changes. We'll see."

  • When the Raiders were searching for a defensive coordinator after Norv Turner was hired as head coach in 2004, Patriots defensive backs coach Eric Mangini was among the first interviewed by Al Davis.

    "He is a very persuasive man. It was an excellent opportunity," Mangini said. "It just wasn't the right time for my family and myself so we stayed in New England."

    Mangini's roots are on the East Coast. When he turned the job down, it went to Rob Ryan, who coached linebackers with the Patriots.

    "As you watch the Raiders on tape, I think defensively Rob has done a tremendous job," Mangini said. "I worked with him for four years in New England. I know how smart he is, how innovative he is. He does a great job with tendencies."

  • Defensive tackle Warren Sapp said he plans on talking to owner Al Davis and management about his role with the Raiders and their plan for making sufficient upgrades to be competitive, but said decisions regarding the head coach are not his business.

    "That's outside my pay grade," Sapp said. "How do you go talk to Al about running the organization that he's been running before you were born? How do you do that? How do you start that conversation?"

  • Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski has 155 career field goals and needs one more to tie George Blanda for second on the franchise list. Chris Bahr is the Raiders all-time leader with 162 field goals.

  • The Raiders are ranked 32nd in the NFL in the following offensive categories: Total yards per game, total yards per play, passing net yards per play, percent of passes intercepted, sacks per pass play and points per game.
  • Perhaps the most amazing number regarding Oakland's offensive ineptitude is the number of offensive plays it takes them to score a touchdown. With a league-low 12 offensive touchdowns in 899 snaps, the Raiders score a touchdown every 74.9 plays.

    It is the worst figure in the league by a considerable margin. The next-worst is Tampa Bay at 48.6 plays (19-for-923). Only five teams in the league average more than 40 plays to score an offensive touchdown.

    The most prolific offense belongs to San Diego, with 54 touchdowns in 954 snaps, or one for every 17.7 plays.

  • 505: The amount of rushing plays against the Oakland defense. No other team in the NFL is over 500. The figure demonstrates how persistent teams can be with the run because they don't fear the Raiders' offense.

  • "I really can't point out a game where the referees took it away from us. I can honestly say that we pretty much did a good job of losing games on our own." -- Raiders RB LaMont Jordan on Oakland's lost season.

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