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ALAMEDA -- The first practice back from an extend layoff isn’t always crisp. Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano was pleasantly surprised that Monday’s workout was.
The Raiders returned from a three-day break following Thursday night’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs focused on beating the St. Louis Rams.
"It’s contagious,” Sparano said. “Normally, you bring a team in here on Monday after a couple days off, you see lack of focus, lack of attention to detail. They were very focused today, very good in meetings and very good out there on the field.”
Now that the Raiders have one win, they want more and more.
The Rams are certainly beatable, and the Raiders enter this game week demanding more victories. The veterans especially don’t want one good moment for a season’s worth of work.
“They got a taste of something good and they want more of it and that’s natural,” Sparano said. "That’s a good problem to have. You can get into a funk of feeling that other feeling and we don’t want to feel that other feeling. As I said to them today, one of the things you’ve got to do, it’s okay to close your eyes and think back to the locker room a couple days ago and think about what that feeling is all about because you want more of it.
“It becomes something that possesses you a little bit when you win a football game like that. You want to be able to go out and try to get as many of those as you can right now, and teams that are making progress start to play well at this time of year and we’re a team that’s making progress.”