It was not a great day for the Raiders on Sunday, falling 17-6 to the Panthers and losing their starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, for the season with broken ribs and a bruised lung after Carolina's Greg Hardy speared him in the back.
But what really upset Oakland defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was there was no penalty called on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton when he apparently kicked Kelly after being sacked by Kelly. Kelly retaliated, and the Raiders were the ones called for the personal foul.
That incident probably added to Kelly's desire to knock Newton out of the game.
“You don't ever want to see your quarterback get put out of the game,” Kelly said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “So, personally, we try to put their quarterback out of the game. You don't try to do nothing illegal but you see someone put your quarterback out, it kind of makes you want to put theirs out.”
The Associated Press story made it sound like Kelly was screaming for revenge -- which caused a bit of a stir late Sunday night -- but the Chronicle's Vic Tafur ran the quote in its entirety (which is in the preceding paragraph) and then wrote this: “Kelly was not angry, not out for revenge, just being honest about what he was thinking when Palmer went down.”
Kelly, though, was displeased about Newton's alleged kick. The fact Newton later bumped into referee Jerome Boger and wasn't ejected probably didn't ease Kelly's anger, though CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that Newton can expect a fine from the NFL.
"We're trying to change the culture, and what we have to understand is we have to keep our composure in those types of situations because nothing good comes out of it,” coach Dennis Allen said, via the Contra Costa Times.
With only one game left in the season, that should be a message Allen tries to impart in the offseason.
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