OAKLAND – Sio Moore channeled Dennis Green following the Raiders’ 31-28 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
His message: The Raiders let ‘em off the hook.
The Raiders blew a fourth-quarter lead and fell to 0-5 following a game they could’ve and probably should’ve won.
It bothered the second-year outside linebacker to no end, a sentiment expressed in a passionate, emotion-driven postgame meeting with the press.
“We let them off the hook. It’s as simple as that,” Moore said. “We have to close games out when we get to that point. It doesn’t matter where they put the ball. We need to shut things down and we didn’t do that.”
“I don’t like this feeling. I don’t like this taste. I feel sick right now.”
Despite being at opposite ends of most power rankings, Moore didn’t think the Chargers were that good on this day. He saw a game there for the taking slip from his grasp, something that’s happened far too often in his fledgling NFL career.
“This can’t continue to be the sick feeling in this stadium after games,” Moore said. “You saw how energetic that stadium was. You saw how we played for most of that game.
“We can’t let a team that’s supposed to be a good team off the hook when they are not that good. I don’t care who the quarterback is or who the running back is. Give them credit for getting a win, but that’s not it. We should have closed that game out.”