Quote Sheet: Raiders 24 Titans 21


On the fourth down play that gave new life:

Head Coach Del Rio:"Amari (Cooper) had a double move, the DB (defensive back) held him and we got the call."

On this being a gratifying win:

Head Coach Del Rio: "I am really, really proud of our guys. Real resilient.  Come on the road, a team that has been fighting, has been playing, has been doing some things and we get a good effort from them. Back and forth a little bit, and for us to stay in the fight, continue to battle we'll show that resolve to come in here and to find a way.  We wanted to end the week 1 – 0 somehow, some way, and I am really proud of the way the guys stayed in it. It was tough there, it was a reason to be discouraged. You're in control of the game, and you fumble it, and they go down and get a score and, 'Oh my gosh, what are we going to do?' Well, we are just going to go down and find a way to get it in there and get a score.  I am really proud of our guys on how they hung in there."

On wide receiver Seth Roberts improvement:

Head Coach Del Rio:"Yeah, he has done a great job. I just gave him the game ball in there. I thought he came up huge in the game the way he played, the way he performed, the way he bounced back. He took a shock there. I don't know how they picked it up but they did but he made the big catch at the end.  Great performance by him and overall, I thought our quarterback play well today.  They don't give up a lot of passing yards. I thought they did a good job of tackling."

**On the matchup for Seth Roberts:


Head Coach Del Rio:"They played some coverages that allowed him to have some opportunities and we counted on him to win some.  He did a nice job."

On how he thought David Amerson played in today's game:

Head Coach Del Rio:"He played great; he did a really nice job. He's been a great addition since he got here. He's really been a good teammate. He's fought hard every day and every rep and he's very competitive, so he got the start today. He played throughout and I thought he played very well."

On whether putting David Amerson in the game was to give DJ Hayden the chance to watch:

Head Coach Del Rio:"It's not so much about DJ (Hayden) as about rewarding players that have been playing the best. That's what it was."

On Khalil Mack's performance:

Head Coach Del Rio:"He was really good. I thought Mario (Edwards) was really good and impactful in the game, but Khalil (Mack) had a couple sacks, a couple tackles in the backfield, and he's a really difficult guy to block. He's a tough matchup for most teams. He played big for us today."

On how it was to see Amari Cooper respond today after a down game last week:

Head Coach Del Rio:"We did a better job getting him involved in the play, and I think the first play of the game, we got him involved right away. He's a good football player. He'll continue to do his thing, and we'll do our thing, and we'll have a great relationship. I like the way that young man approaches things."


On whether the penalties in today's game are teaching points:**

Head Coach Del Rio:"Yeah, you look at that game and there are a lot of opportunities to teach and we have to learn from some of the things that were going on. I've always told you, it's a whole lot more fun to meet the press with smiling faces after a heartfelt win."


On his feelings about the win:

Carr:"Oh man, we knew we wanted to come here and get a win. We had to get back on track, play football the way we know we can. Obviously we had to deal with the elements and those fun things, but at the end of the day it says win or loss. We knew that it didn't matter what happened we had to find a way to do it."

On the highs and lows of the fourth down play:

Carr:"That play right there has been the last couple of weeks for us. You know, you see the ball hit the ground, you see people dropping all over the place and I start yelling 'There's a flag,' we get another chance and we go win it. Finally we won today and it just feels good, it feels good to win again, you know, have a week where you won a football game."

On the fumbled snap:

Carr:"I hate that kind of stuff. I hate when that stuff happens, but it wasn't that we were trying to do anything different or trying to do something to make that happen obviously. It's just one of those things that happens."

**On if he noticed Donald Penn's reaction to the fourth down play:


Carr:"I just saw a whole bunch of bodies start dropping, because of how much time and effort we put into this thing. What we do to our bodies during the week that people don't even see just to get prepared and ready to play a football game, especially this late in the year. I can understand why he was so upset, but at the same time I saw the joy on his face when he saw the yellow flag down."

On if it feels good to win a game:

Carr:"Oh yeah. To be honest, we've won a lot of games a lot of different ways since I've been here my last two years. When you do it like this it feels good and in general winning in this league feels a lot better than the other."

On what a win like this does for the team:

Carr: "It just shows us that we're doing things the right way. You know, we get a message from coach, the captains distribute that message throughout the week and we just keep rolling. It shows us that what we do works. What we're doing and what we believe in, that stuff it works. You can win in this league with the way we're doing things, but now we just have to, it sound cliché, but continue to get better at doing it each and every week. You have to do it consistently in this league. It doesn't matter how you feel after a game, you've got to get back up win or loss and get ready again. As long as we can continue to learn how to do that and how our coaches are teaching us and doing it consistently, we'll be alright."

On the success of throwing the ball downfield:

Carr:"Yeah, we got some looks where we could take those chances, but they gave us some looks where we could take some shots and they made plays. The wideouts made plays. You've got to think with the pass rush that they got too, you've got to think that the offensive line has to hold up. A lot of stuff plays into all of that and my job is easy, I just throw it up to those guys and they go get it. Those guys made a lot of plays, but we got looks to do those kinds of things today."

On Seth Roberts play:

Carr:"I feel like he could have had 200 yards if he didn't run backwards. I felt like the dad taking the ball telling the kids to go inside when I kneed it. I love that guy man, he's done such a great job. He's like the hero story, you know, he's caught two game winners now. It's a guy who is undrafted. First day we throw routes it doesn't look as pretty as we wanted it to, but the guy has consistently worked his tail off to make the practice squad, then to make the 53, to be the starting slot and now he's making game winning catches. I think they'll write a Disney movie about him some day."

On if he liked the matchup with Seth Roberts in the slot:

Carr:"They did give us some opportunities to get him those balls, obviously, but we do like Seth in the slot. He's so quick, he's so fast, he adjusts to the ball so well and a lot of those throws down the middle if he doesn't even get his hands on them those are hitting the safety in the chest and people are booing me. So you have to give him so much credit to playing that slot position and doing the things that he does down the middle of the field, and in and out, and going outside doing things, it's not easy. What he does is not easy, so he deserves a lot of credit for the plays that he is making."


On getting Amari Cooper involved this week:**

Carr:"Now that we're past this game and he had a good game, to be honest we didn't think anything different, we didn't change anything or say we have to do this. That first play they happened to give a look where the ball was supposed to go to him. If they wouldn't have, I would have went somewhere else. He's the same guy every single day. He's his quiet self, he'll make jokes, but he's just going to work. I'm happy for him though, because he's been putting the same amount of work in the last four weeks, the whole season, but the last four weeks to make plays that way."

On if he made risky throws this week:

Carr:"Yeah, they look risky, obviously, and to be honest they probably are but I trust my guys to compete for the football. I know as long as I can put it in a vicinity where they can make a play that they're going to work their tail off to make the play for me. I told Andre Holmes at the end of the game when I threw it up to him and we got the holding call, I went up to him and I told him I appreciate you not letting him catch it and that's a big thing to me. I always let them know that because I'm always going to give them chances. I tell them every week, 'I'll give you chances to be on SportsCenter, just don't let me be on the 'Not Top 10' for some of the decisions and throws I make sometimes. They've done a great job of making plays."


On his game-winning touchdown and staying ready in his current role:

Roberts:"I just stay focused and keep believing and just be a team player. I feel like that is what I am. I don't think I am better than anybody. I just play ball."

On what he learned about this team after the win:

Roberts:"We have it in us. We didn't give up. We had lost three straight, but we bounced back on the road and in the weather. It was tough, but we got it done."


On what the defense wanted to prove today:

Woodson:"We just wanted to win. It isn't about proving anything. We are just trying to win. We were on this little skid for a couple of weeks and we had an opportunity to come on the road and get a win. As ugly as it may have been, when you get a win you feel good about it."

On David Amerson's performance:

Woodson:"He played well in what we call sticky coverage. He was sticky out there today and made some great plays and got an interception. It was an outstanding performance."

On Seth Roberts:

Woodson:"Great performance. The game was about opportunities. When you get your opportunity as a player – young or old – you have to make the most of it. Today was huge for him to go out and put together the type of game he put together. It saved us. We needed it."


On his mindset for this game:

Amerson:"I was just coming in here and playing my game. I am always dedicated to preparation. I kind of knew what they wanted to do to us and I kind of knew what was coming. It showed on the field."

On if he was playing with a chip on his shoulder after being claimed off waivers:

Amerson:"Definitely. I got released from Washington, and I felt like I had something to prove. I definitely feel like I am a good corner in this league and I just want to prove that."

On knowing that the Titans were going to throw his way throughout the game:

Amerson:"I am a big competitor. I like challenges and people that challenge me. I like to rise to the occasion."

On what the defense wanted to prove:

Amerson:"That we are a passionate defense, we go out there and compete, and we keep our offense in the game. We want to create turnovers and just be physical. That is the main thing. We wanted to be physical and tackle and not give up big plays."


On Seth Roberts:


Cooper: **"Seth (Roberts) is a really great player. He is really sound in his technique. He runs great routes and he is really driven. It was nice to see him come through for us today, and he will continue to do that because he is a great player."

On the flag on the final drive that led to the go-ahead touchdown:

Cooper:"It was the last down, so I thought we had a turnover on downs, but then I saw the flag. Penalties are a part of the game, so I was glad it was in our favor."

On feeling like the team had to win this game:

Cooper:"This is the playoffs for us. We are just trying to go 1-0 each week. Hopefully we can get that done."

On getting involved early:

Cooper:"It always feels nice to get involved early so you can have a groove and have that confidence."

On making plays against the Titans defense:

Cooper:"It just comes down to making plays in this league. You are going to have your opportunities. It is a passing league, so you are just going to have to make the plays."

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