SRI continues to work in new writers. This post is courtesy of Chris Fedor of WKNR in Cleveland. About a week before the NFL season started, a big trade went down between the Raiders and the Patriots. Now normally trades happen in the offseason around the NFL Draft, or during OTA’s and sometimes even during mini-camps, but to have a big trade go down a week before the season is extremely rare especially when it involves a Pro Bowl caliber defensive lineman. Oakland realized that they needed some help on the defensive side of the ball, so they gave up a future first-round pick for Richard Seymour. Now this trade is kind of bizarre when you think about the fact that the Raiders gave up a future first-round pick for a defensive player that is set to hit free agency in the offseason, but then again, they are the Raiders after all.
Can you just imagine what Richard Seymour was thinking? He was playing for Bill Belichick on a Super Bowl contending team. Not to mention, it was team that he had played for his entire career and now he was being shipped to Oakland, a team that has moved in reverse since they made it Super Bowl XXXVII. He didn’t report immediately after the trade and it made people wonder if he was ever going to report to the Raiders, but he made it to Oakland in time for Monday night’s home opener against the Chargers and immediately made his presence felt on the field and in the locker room. Even though the Raiders lost to San Diego, they looked much better on the defensive side of the ball and Richard Seymour had a lot to do with that in his first game at the Black Hole. Seymour finished with six tackles and two sacks. Not too shabby for a guy that didn’t even practice with his new team before playing the Chargers. He may not be wearing the jersey of the team he expected in 2009, but Seymour is a pro and it looks like he will be a solid addition to a defense that really needed some help.
Richard Seymour joined Fox Sports Radio with Petros and Money to talk about how the trade went down, his feelings for the Patriots after being traded and why he didn’t report to the Raiders right away after he was traded.
On the trade that went down:
“No, it’s definitely a cold business. I had no clue of what took place. I found out Sunday morning before we got ready to play Buffalo heading into that week of practice. It’s been a whirlwind of events since that point, but at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, I’m glad I made the right decision in coming out to Oakland and being a part of Raider nation. It was crazy in the black hole on Monday night. It really reminded me of playing a pickup game in the backyard and just having fun with your buddies. You’re just making up plays in the dirt and just going out and having fun. My teammates really made it an easy transition for me. I never practiced with those guys and the only thing I did was have a couple of film sessions with them, so I have to give a lot of credit to my coaches and my teammates for really making that transition easy for me.”
On why he didn’t report to the Raiders right after he was traded:
“You have to keep in mind that this would’ve been my ninth season in New England. My family is there, we had a lot going on in the community and then boom, I was really caught off guard by all the events that took place and how it all happened. I have a two year old, a four year old, a six year old, a seven year old and we also have guardianship over my young cousin. His mom passed away and his dad’s not in his life, so we took on that responsibility as well to raise him in to be a man. I just had a lot going on. I didn’t expect it to happen. I had no clue it was going to take place that way, so I had a lot of soul-searching to do. I was always the type of guy that said ‘hey, wherever I’m at, that’s where my kids are going to be because it doesn’t matter what you do on the practice field, when you come home every day is a great day.’ I never want to come home to an empty house and my kids, my wife are 3,000 miles away. I don’t want to leave her with all the responsibilities that I should have as a father. We’re just making the best of the situation and I’m just happy to be in the silver and black now.”
On whether or not he has any hard feelings towards New England:
“I’m over and done with. New England has moved on and I’ve moved on. I wish them nothing but the best. We won a lot of games there, we won many Super Bowls there and it’s a new chapter in my life. I’m focused on the Oakland Raiders at this point and how I can get this team to a championship level. I’m excited about the pieces that we have here. On defense, man, these guys can run like deer. They’re fast and they can fly around. On Monday night, we just saw a small part of what we can do as a football team. I’m just disappointed that we didn’t get the win Monday night because I definitely feel like the way these guys fought and the energy we played with, we’ll win a lot of games around here if we continue that.”
On whether or not he was uncomfortable on defense on Monday night:
“Well, from one standpoint, we put in some blitzes and I wasn’t really sure where I was supposed to go and how I was supposed to do it. That’s where my teammates came in big. They really helped me on the field as far as saying ‘you rush the A gap or you rush the B gap or you rush on the guard on this play.’ I have to give those guys a lot of credit for making that transition really easy for me. Yesterday was my first day of practice, so I’m still learning the terminology and I’m still learning the defense, but it’s exciting out here. I was in New England and the weather was crappy, but I’m sitting outside now talking to you guys, so I’m definitely glad that I made the transition.”