The Hilarious Transcript From The Raiders Locker Room After They Nearly Blew Their First Win With An Early Celebration
Eric Goldschein 12:55 pm, November 21st, 2014
The Raiders nearly got called for an insane offsides penalty late in their game against the Chiefs last night. After Sio Moore sacked Alex Smith on a third-and-six (with help from rookie Khalil Mack), the Raiders celebrated in the backfield for about 30 seconds... while the Chiefs lined up and prepared to run a play to draw the penalty:
If not for the quick thinking of veteran Justin Tuck (and/or coach Tony Sparano), the Chiefs would have extended the game and had a chance to win it. Instead, after the time out, Smith threw an incomplete pass and the game was sealed.
You have to imagine that the veterans would tear into the young guys (Moore is a second-year linebacker, Mack a rookie) in the locker room for their idiocy. And they did. But in good humor, because this was the Raiders' first win in over an entire calender year. Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News has the transcript from the locker room, and it's great:
Moore: “Don’t you ever scream at me like that again.”
Tuck: “I wanted to fight you. No, I did. I wanted to fight you. You know how your brother starts a fight and comes and gets you and its six guys waiting to fight? And you don’t want to fight them, you just want to fight the brother that got you in this mess? That’s how I was. I wanted to fight you, not them.”
(I then went over to Khalil Mack to get his take on Tuck screaming at him)
Mack: “There was a lot of that going on. I’m still learning. …We got the win. Nobody cares about that play anymore.”
On the moment of bliss he and Moore was clearly caught up in …
Mack: ”It was surreal, man. We knew we wanted to get there. It just so happened we did. The rest is a win.”
On whether he knew the timeout had been called.
Mack: ”(Smiling). We gone say we did. We gone say we did. That’s what Sio said? Sio said we knew? … Yeah, we knew the timeout was called.”
Moments later, out of nowhere, comes Charles Woodson. He walks towards Moore.
Woodson: “Man, what heeeeell was y’all doing?!?”
Moore’s head drops as he smiles.
Woodson: “What the hell was y’all doing?”
Tuck: “Did you see me? I (wanted) to punch them right in the face.”
Moore: We was doing the handshake.
Woodson: FOR TEN MINUTES????
Moore: For seven minutes, yes.
Moore: “Hey. I turned around and he (pointing to Tuck) was yelling at me. And (Alex Smith) was like this (Moore squats like he’s under center).
Woodson: “Because they was about to go!”
Tuck: “I called timeout twice.”
Moore: “You know how they say act like you’ve been there before? I haven’t!” (eruption of laughter)
Woodson: ”You better be glad we won or we would’ve been fighting.”
Tuck: ”I’ve been in this league for 10 years. C-Wood been in this league 18 years. We’ve never seen anything like that. Ever. You know how you say ‘I’ve seen it all’? I’ll never say that again.”
All's well that ends well. If the Raiders had lost, this might have gone down as one of the biggest blunders in NFL history. Instead, it's a footnote in an otherwise depressing season, highlighted by the first win in Week 12. Hooray.