Raiders DE: We've Stuck Together

Jon Gruden has the Raiders knocking on the playoff door

Tiki and Tierney
November 20, 2019 - 8:40 am

From parting ways with Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, to signing Antonio Brown – and enduring the circus that ensued – the Oakland Raiders were seemingly headed toward another lost season. 

But then a funny thing happened: The Raiders started winning. In fact, Oakland (6-4) has won three straight and five of seven and now trails Kansas City (7-4) by just a half game in the AFC West.

If you’re surprised, well, the Raiders aren’t.

“We’ve always believed in our team from the start,” Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby said on Tiki & Tierney. “Coach Gruden kept emphasizing no matter what everybody is saying on the outside, we have to stay together as a team. Obviously we’ve had a lot of changes and new guys coming in and out, but establishing that culture prior to having these guys come in makes it a lot easier for free agents and new guys to come in the building and just get fast-tracked and get a part of the program real quick. The coaches do a great job. They’re constantly preaching about energy and just staying positive in any situation.”

Crosby, a fourth-round pick out of Eastern Michigan, has been a menace off the edge. He has 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his rookie season.

The Raiders had a brutal stretch from Weeks 3-8: at Vikings, at Colts, Bears in London, bye week, at Packers, at Texans.

“We were on the road for like six, seven weeks in a row and we went to London – we’ve been all over the place,” Crosby said. “But we’ve stuck together, and it’s been awesome.”

The Raiders play their next two games on the road against the Jets (3-7) and Chiefs. Kickoff from East Rutherford is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.