Tim Brown Offers Realism to Raiders Players Dealing with Loss
The Las Vegas Raiders released Henry Ruggs weeks ago after he was involved in a fatal car accident that killed Tina O Tintor, 23, and her dog.
The team had only recently recovered from the shock of losing head coach Jon Gruden when the Ruggs news broke.
Since the wide receiver was released, the team has dropped two straight games, and the offense appears to be a shell of its former self.
Derek Carr and Darren Waller, two Raiders players, have scoffed at the notion that the team’s poor performance is due to the drama and tragedy surrounding it.
It has, however, most likely played a significant role in the team’s current struggles.
When defensive back Stacey Toran died in a car accident a month before the season in 1989, Raiders Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown dealt with the loss of a teammate.
Although the circumstances aren’t identical, Brown has prior experience as a member of a team that has suffered a tragedy.
He took to Twitter to say that while the Raiders players claim to be “OK,” they aren’t.
He believes that it takes time for players to recover from such situations.
Everyone thinks they’re fine, but you’re not! You’ll be able to breathe again and move on one day.
Boys, keep fighting, a better day is coming!
16 November 2021 — Tim Brown (@81TimBrown)
Following Toran’s death, the Raiders started the 1989 season 1-3.
Despite a shaky start, they finished the season with an 8-8 record.
The situation in Las Vegas appears to be bleak at the moment, but the season is far from over.
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Is it possible for the Raiders to get back on track?
The Raiders had their best two games of the season after Gruden resigned, with dominating wins over the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles.
They aren’t the best teams in the world, but they are still formidable opponents.
Ruggs’ absence, on the other hand, has had a very different impact.
The team has lost to a bad New York Giants team and was blown out by a Kansas City Chiefs team that has struggled this season.
Given the Raiders’ disintegration in the second half of each of the last two seasons,
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