Gannon realistic about Raiders' poor record

Updated: October 15, 2003, 8:26 PM ET

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rod Woodson believes the Oakland Raiders could easily be 5-1. Lincoln Kennedy knows the defending AFC champions could be 0-6. Rich Gannon insists the Raiders' 2-4 record is exactly what they deserve considering their awful play.

And anyone who believes otherwise, he says, is "sniffing glue."

"That just goes to show you the different perspectives that not only different players have, but then maybe a guy on the different side of the ball may have," Gannon said Wednesday. "I'm of the belief that what you see on the field is what you are. What you put on the field is what it is. I think we're 2-4 because of the way we've played."

And the Raiders have played poorly. It won't get much easier in their next game: A Monday night matchup with unbeaten Kansas City in Oakland.

Gannon hinted his teammates who keep making excuses might need a reality check.

Oakland, 0-4 on the road for the first time since 1962, had 19 penalties in its 13-7 loss at Cleveland on Sunday, including five straight flags for 35 yards during one offensive series in the third quarter.

That many mistakes won't win you many games.

"I'm not proud of it, I'm just being honest with you," Gannon said. "I'm a realist. If you go out and look at the film and you expect anything else ... in other words, if you commit 19 penalties on the road against Cleveland and you walk out of the locker room and go, 'We should have won,' then you're sniffing glue or something.

"I don't know what to tell you. You have to be out of your mind. That's not the way it is. I'm not trying to be funny, but that's the truth. I live in the real world. I look at the film and I see what we're doing, and I see the mistakes we're making. You can't win that way. It's that simple."

Gannon, the reigning NFL MVP, hasn't been himself so far. He's completed only 115 of 206 passes (55.8 percent) for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns and has a 76.8 quarterback rating. He's been sacked 14 times for 72 yards and intercepted three times.

The 37-year-old Gannon was sacked only 36 times all last season as the Raiders reached the Super Bowl. It makes things tough when he's got a beat-up offensive line trying to protect him.

The Raiders had 15 players listed on their injury report Wednesday, including 10 offensive and defensive starters.

Right tackle Kennedy has a torn left calf. Right guard Mo Collins has an injured knee, and left guard Frank Middleton went down with a partially torn right quadriceps in Sunday's loss. Kennedy and Collins were listed as questionable Wednesday and Middleton was doubtful.

Gannon says the Raiders' system isn't too complicated, they're just not executing.

"I've heard talk about our system and the audibles and the mechanics and the procedures and the mechanism at the line of scrimmage. It's all baloney," Gannon said. "There's no truth to it whatsoever. That's just the way it is. The reason we're doing it is because people are seeing what we're doing on film and taking advantage of it. It's good coaching, that's what it is."

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