ALAMEDA -– The Raiders came to work Wednesday with the energy and focus unexpected from an 0-9 team.
The Raiders were able to move past a blowout loss to the Denver Broncos and remain committed to the prospect of getting the season’s first win.
“When the effort goes down, that’s bad,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “But the energy level is, honestly, like we’re 9-0. Guys are running around and still striving to do whatever they can to make this thing right. Hopefully it’ll be sooner than later. It’s going to happen one of these days and I’ll be excited to be a part of it.”
Credit interim head coach Tony Sparano for a solid work ethic. Players bought in to Sparano’s motivational technique, which has kept spirits high.
“We’re in the situation we’re in,” Sparano said. “Nobody else put us there. We put ourselves there. They came out and gave me a great day’s work today. I really love that group of guys in the locker room. I think they do a heck of a job. I was excited to get to work today, or Monday rather, and work on getting win No. 1.”
That hasn’t happened yet, but the Raiders continue to grind and try to improve upon troubling results.
“When the locker room extremely close, and the coach is delivering the right message, it makes things so much easier,” receiver James Jones said. “We just have to keep on believing in each other. Even though you’re 0-9, you have to try and enjoy what you do. You have to have fun while you’re working toward that win.”