Josh Jacobs tore his team apart Saturday night after a 13-10 loss to the Steelers in which the offense could never really budge.
“Yeah, man, that’s bullshit, for real,” Jacobs said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s bulls–t. And it’s on us, you know? Everyone wants to talk about the front defense. They made their saves when they were supposed to. Shit, we have to help them. And, you know, I’m sick of saying we have to help them, and it’s just frustrating.
The 6-9 Raiders had just 58 rushing yards and 201 total yards on offense while Jacobs was limited to an abysmal 44 yards on 15 carries. Despite that, Las Vegas had a 10-6 lead late before Kenny Pickett’s 14-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens with 46 seconds left gave Pittsburgh the lead.
The 24-year-old running back is in the final year of his rookie contract and looks ready to step out of the dodge.
“I’m tired of dealing with this,” Jacobs said, by The Athletic. “Everyday I come here and break my ass and I see guys breaking their ass and the result isn’t there. For me the last four years the result hasn’t been there. And frankly, I don’t know what else to do.
Last season was the only time the Raiders made the playoffs since 2016, when they went 10-7 before losing to the Bengals in the wildcard round. Under Josh McDaniels this season, they have struggled to find consistency on either side of the ball and look set to miss the playoffs.
On Saturday, Jacobs, who leads the NFL with 1,539 rushing yards, was particularly frustrated with the inability to run the ball.
“We still had chances to make plays,” he said. “I feel like at a time when we were close and felt like we were about to hit the jackpot, we drifted away from it. And the passing game was working early, so that’s what it is, but to win these games, especially in the stretch, especially [when] you’re against a team like this in the cold, you have to run the ball. So it’s a factor for everyone involved, top to bottom.