OAKLAND – The Raiders are 0-6 and the only winless team in the NFL. With 10 games remaining, this may not be rock bottom.
It felt that way to many, including veteran free safety Charles Woodson following Sunday’s 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at O.co Coliseum.
“This is bad as it’s going to get through the first part of the season,” Woodson said. “We haven’t won a game. How much worse can it get?”
It can certainly snowball if the Raiders continue to lose and personnel start caring less about the cause. Woodson said he refuses to do that.
“You continue to work hard if it means something to you,” Woodson said. “That’s one thing I can show. It means something to me. Despite how things look and how bad these losses feel, you have to show up every day and work hard. In games, you have to sell out. That’s what the guys see from me. You have to see it from everybody out there. When you’re 0-6 it’s real easy to go through the motions. I won’t do that.”
The Raiders are a prideful bunch, with many not accustomed to losing in such volume. While veteran free agents haven’t helped the Raiders learn how to win, they insist lackluster effort won’t be tolerated.
“Losers are going to put their heads down,” cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “Losers are going to tuck their tails and pretty much say I’m done with the season. But winners are going to keep fighting and that’s all you can do. I can only speak for myself. I know personally, I’m not lying down; I’m not giving up. I’m just going to continue to fight. We just need that feeling of winning.”
Such rhetoric is easy to say, harder to carry out if things continue to go south. The Raiders have a winnable game at Cleveland next week, but that’s followed by back-to-back game against reigning conference champions.
The Raiders have played better, but still not good enough to get a win. They’ve promised to continue trying as this disastrous season wears on.
“We fight. We commit. We practice hard, but the result keeps coming out wrong,” defensive tackle Antonio Smith said. “That makes the fight that much harder. It makes it hard to keep everybody in it, but we’re going to do that. I’m not a quitter. I don’t think anybody on this team is a quitter. We will fight week in and week out. Something has to change. We’ve got to get some wins.”