Justin Tuck didn't raise his voice. He didn't make any gestures or stand on any furniture either.
Tuck was very calm and quiet while doing so, slipping it in while discussing how he and his teammates were going to get over their 52-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams the previous Sunday.
But he most definitely said the Raiders-49ers is going to be a "bloodbath" ... and, yes, he meant in favor of Oakland.
“I think the best thing for us now is to turn all of our attention and our focus to what lies ahead, and that’s this bloodbath that I think we’re about to have against the 49ers,” Tuck told reporters Monday. “Big rivalry game. Everybody in this area has been waiting for this game for a long time. I think that’s the best thing that could have happened after a loss like that, is to have this type of game where all of your attention has to be focused on the 49ers going forward.”
Everything Tuck said makes perfect sense, expect that one word, bloodbath. Maybe it was just on his mind because that's what his team just experienced the prior day in suffering the worst Raiders loss in more than 50 years.
More likely, he was just trying to boost the spirits of his teammates and the fan base and just got a little carried away with that one word.
Otherwise, it just makes no sense at all. The Raiders are 1-11 and just got destroyed by the 5-7 Rams. The 49ers are 7-5 and are fighting for a playoff spot. San Francisco has won the last three meetings with Oakland, which hasn't gotten a victory in the series since 2000.
It very well could be a figurative bloodbath -- for the 49ers.