What they're saying

The Raiders players and coaches took the season-opening loss to San Diego hard. Find out what they were saying in the locker room after the game in S&BI's What They're Saying.

"There's not enough words to describe what just happened. We came up on the short end of the stick but there's a lot of good things that we can pull away from the game, even though we didn't win. Guys kept fighting and kept pushing to the end. Since I've been here I seen a lot more on the field today than I have most times we've won a game." -- Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, reacting to the loss to San Diego

"For the majority of the game we were just playing tight out there. During a situation like that you don't want to play tight on them because that's when they're going to do those crossing routes on you and pick you. So we tried to go into more of a zone effect and see if that would work. I think that's what any team would do in that situation." -- Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, on the defense's performance on San Diego's fourth-quarter TD drive

"We had a situation where the receiver caught the pass in the air and as he is coming down to the ground, he is actually going to the ground. That's a defined term in our rule book, a player, a receiver who is going to the ground. The rule book says, if a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass, with or without contact by opponent – so that can be on his own; In this case, he got hit by an opponent – he must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or in the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete. That wasn't the case. What we ruled, what we saw in replay, was that he was going to the ground, as he came down the ball came loose, he lost control of the ball, the ball skidded along the ground, he eventually completely lost control of the ball. So, by rule, by what we saw in review, it's an incomplete pass." -- Referee Carl Cheffers, explaining the decision to overturn Louis Murphy's touchdown in the second quarter

"I had no idea I lost the ball, honestly. I came down, and when I was pushing myself up, that's the only time I really felt the ball come out, when I was getting up to celebrate. It is what it is. All my teammates said they thought it was a touchdown. Both feet and my rear end land in the end zone." -- Wide receiver Louis Murphy, explaining his view of things

"We didn't have a lot of penalties, we didn't get down when they took the lead. It didn't seem to bother us. It was back to work, back to work, back to work, and tha'ts where we're headed. We're going to be a much better football team than people think. I am not afraid to say that. I was not afraid to say that when I took this job. We still have some work to do. We're not there yet. That's a heck of a football team and we had a chance to get them." -- Raiders head coach Tom Cable

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