PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : RAIDERS : Shell Tells Players: Forget Oiler Game
Coach Art Shell wants his players to take one last look at Sunday’s 30-point loss to the Houston Oilers and then forget about the game.
“I’ll tell the players, ‘Be honest with yourselves,’ ” Shell said. “ ‘See how you played and how you performed. Learn from it. Then put it in the can and go on to (the) Denver (game).’ It’s a 16-game season, and we’ve got 15 games left.”
Sunday’s 47-17 loss to the Oilers was the Raiders’ worst regular-season defeat since a 37-0 loss to Seattle in 1986. But Shell said one loss does not make a season, adding: “Just because we lost doesn’t mean we’re going to have a disastrous season.”
Denver, this Sunday’s opponent at the Coliseum, is coming off a 45-14 opening-day victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bronco Coach Dan Reeves, who once endured a 55-10 loss in the Super Bowl, knows what the Raiders are going through. “They’ve been embarrassed the last two games they’ve played, and they’re going to be like an animal you’ve got penned up,” Reeves said.
Two former Rams and UCLA Bruins, receiver Michael Young and tailback Gaston Green, have resurrected their careers in Denver. Young, acquired in 1989 as a Plan-B free agent, scored on a 52-yard pass play from John Elway Sunday.
Green was acquired from the Rams in the off-season for tackle Gerald Perry. Green opened the season with a career-high 116 yards in 24 carries.
The Broncos expect guard Sean Farrell to start Sunday. Farrell, sidelined last week because of a right hamstring pull, was replaced by Doug Widell.