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Tommy Kelly calls loss to Dolphins ‘embarrassing’

The Dolphins may have earned their first win of the season with a 35-13 thumping of the Raiders on Sunday, but they still have a long way to go before gaining complete respect from their opponents.

Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who had four tackles including one for a loss, termed the loss to the Dolphins “embarrassing,” and had even more harsh words.

Upset that his team blew a 10-7 halftime lead, Kelly unloaded after the loss.

“In the NFL, you can’t fall behind too far. You aren’t going to dig yourselves out of a hole on this level,” Kelly said of the team’s 0-2 start, per Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times.

“This week was must-win. But, Miami, we’re supposed to have this one. I’m sorry. You take your hats off to them, but, hey, if we can’t beat Miami, it’s going to be rough. It’s going to be rough.”

Even though the Raiders suffered an “embarrassing” loss to the Dolphins and are 0-2, Kelly is still optimistic about his team’s future, saying that Oakland is “talented.”

For being such a talented team, they didn’t look too good to me on Sunday. They were outrushed 263 yards to 23. Either Miami isn’t as bad as Kelly makes them out to be, or Oakland isn’t as good as he thinks they are. I think it’s a little bit of both.

Kevin Kolb responds to Tommy Kelly calling him ‘scared’

Kevin Kolb’s preseason struggles continued on Friday night against the Raiders, and the Cardinals quarterback even had to respond to accusations that he’s playing “scared.”

Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly ran off the field after tackling Kolb in the second quarter and said, “That boy’s scared,” according to Pro Football Talk.

Kelly elaborated after the game.

“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly told the Associated Press. “Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is playing attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”

Kolb, who has gone 5/15 for 47 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and four sacks this preseason, didn’t appreciate being called scared.

“Scared? Scared of what?” Kolb said, according to the Cardinals website. “Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes Number 93 (Kelly). There’s a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don’t mind people criticizing my play. Don’t ever question my toughness.”

I don’t think Kelly was questioning Kolb’s toughness so much as he was saying the quarterback was too preoccupied with the Raiders defense to worry about anything else. That’s what happens when the pass rush overwhelms the offensive line — the quarterback becomes more focused on what’s coming after him rather than what passes he can complete. He’s probably right. Kolb has been a mess with Arizona and will likely lose the quarterback job to John Skelton. Arizona still needs a franchise QB.

Tommy Kelly on Matt Schaub: ‘Old Boy Choked, Simple as That’

When the Raiders defeated the Texans in Houston on Sunday, it was no secret the end result was more than just a win. Players and coaches were no doubt mourning the loss of their late owner, Al Davis, and were able to cash in on the “win one for Al” mentality. Aside from the emotional aspect of the victory, Oakland also proved it is capable of winning an important game on the road.

Enter defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who decided to make the win a little less graceful with his comments about Matt Schaub after the game.

“Old boy choked,” Kelly said while laughing according to the Houston Chronicle via CBSSports.com’s Eye on Football blog. “All he had to do was run it in. He choked, simple as that.”

As you probably know, Kelly is referring to the final play of the game during which it aappeared Schaub had a running lane from a few yards out but he tossed the ball right into the hands of Michael Huff.  That being said, defensive backs and linebackers tend to close on slow quarterbacks like Schaub pretty quickly, so it’s no guarantee he would have gotten in.

The poor throw is inexcusable, but Kelly should know better than to take credit away from his own team by ragging on the opponent.  Comments like those accomplish nothing.