Best quotes from Coach Gruden, Nate Hobbs and more after LA win
The Las Vegas Raiders survived a close game in Los Angeles, going 17-16 against the Rams in a preseason thriller.
Rookie Nate Hobbs put in an impressive performance, filling in the stats sheet and winning a rare preseason game ball from Coach Gruden. The head coach discussed his game, as well as many others after the game.
Below are highlights from Gruden, Hobbs, wide receiver Marcell Ateman and linebacker Tanner Muse.
On Nate Hobbs’ performance:
“I don’t usually give away match balls for preseason wins, but Nate Hobbs had one tonight. Well deserved.
“I’m really proud of him. I’m really excited to see what he’s doing in his future. He’s got the It Factor. He rarely makes the same mistake twice. He loves football; he eats it. He’s there. ‘one of our defense energizers. He came in here and gave us a lot of skills that we can use, sure. “
On the development of Tre’von Moehrig:
“He’s made a few plays. He’s got some reach at the back. He can be a gum tackler. I think he’s a guy who can tackle in the open field against some of the great players in football. still have a lot to prove there, but we love the progress he’s made.We are young there. [Nate Hobbs] and Moehrig, they’re going to have a lot of playing time early in this league. Thank goodness we have Ron Milus, one of the best secondary coaches, and we’ve seen some progress from these two guys. “
Quarterback Marcus Mariota dropped this one:
“He’s just not ready to go physically. He’s competed against the Rams, but he’s limited. We’re not calling any games for him at the moment.… We think he has a chance to play. against the 49ers, but with the way he’s playing, we don’t want to put him in a live situation and let him go. He’s not ready. He was ready tonight in an emergency. “
“Crazy. Something I will never forget. I feel like I gain the confidence of the coaches. And they trusted me to play multiple places. I feel like when the guys fall, they can throw me in a corner to replace him. That’s all to gain their trust. “
As to whether his rising piece even surprised him:
“I don’t think I really surprised myself. I knew deep down I knew I could compete at this level. It’s just amazing to see the opportunity I had because a lot of people don’t have this opportunity so I just Thank God every day for the opportunities. I’m just trying to make the most of it. “
By rarely making the same mistake twice:
“I feel like trying to be a pro at what I do. If I’m a professional I can’t keep making the same mistakes. trust and they pay So I think if I’m a pro I can’t make the same mistakes.
Wide receiver Marcell Ateman
After being assaulted by his teammates after his 29-yard touchdown:
“I’ve been with Derek for four years now. All these boys, it’s so much love, companionship. I’m grateful for them, man; the love and support they gave me.”
“We just know the Raiders travel well. Especially LA. We won a Super Bowl here. Raider Nation is strong. We love to see them every time we come here.”
“This guy is really good, really slippery. He almost slipped away from me. But it was good to have my first bag, and you saw him on the pitch – I was ecstatic. It was awesome.”
On the atmosphere at SoFi Stadium:
“It was loud in there. It was loud when we needed it. I can’t thank them enough for traveling and coming to see us.”