"We're more balanced on offense, but we're not changing our philosophy," Wannstedt says. "We still want to win with the running game and defense, but we won't be stupid. We can make plays in the passing game when we have to."
The plays Fiedler made are usually the specialty of Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, the king of improvisation. The two chatted in the parking lot before Gannon, his stone-serious expression suggesting how difficult this defeat had been, walked slowly toward the Oakland team bus, leaving Fiedler to savor the notion that he had been asked to win a game rather than told not to lose one. "Give Fiedler credit," said Oakland safety Marquez Pope. "He did what a good quarterback is supposed to do. He made something happen."