Talk about adding insult to injury, NFL (please keep Rush Limbaugh out) and New York Giants Linebacker Antonio Pierce did just that to the Oakland Raiders after his team beat the Raiders 44 to 7 on Sunday. On Sirius talk radio Tuesday with Alex Marvez and Marty Schottenheimer, Antonio Pierce said:
"I do not like knocking teams," ..."But right now, they're struggling. We're playing that game the other day and, honestly, it felt like a scrimmage, like a practice. It felt like we were going against our offense [in a controlled setting] as far as the tempo.
"There was no vibe of trying or effort from the Raiders at all from a defensive standpoint against their offense. We're getting three-and-outs. You don't hear nobody [saying], 'Hey, let's go!' trying to pick the guys up, rallying them, getting guys fired up. There was nothing. It was quiet. A guy gets sacked or somebody gets beat, they just get up. It's not like there's yelling or no kind of [emotion] about the way they were playing.
"It was shocking to be out there in that game and get that kind of feeling."
..."It's sad because I grew up a Raiders fan," Pierce said. "That organization right now, they need some guidance. They need somebody to pick them up."
If that's not the kind of comment that leads to changes at the Oakland Raiders, I don't know what will do it. The team's not well-coached, but to read that it's not even motivated to play is shocking and this comes from within the league.