More than 25 points per game and a top-10 ranking in yards per game are nice, but it's not enough in the eyes of Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson
"We want perfection," Jackson said. "That's what I expect from our football team."
The Raiders need 15 points against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday to double their point total from last season (197). Again, that would be great, Jackson said, but it doesn't mean much if higher goals aren't attained.
"We expect to be challenging for the playoffs, challenging for our division year in and year out, and we're not getting that done," Jackson said. "So, that's a disappointment. There's either first place or there's last place and there's no in between."
Jackson said his play-calling has been average, worthy of only a C in his estimation. He added that he expects better play from all of his players next season.
Jackson still isn't tipping his hand as to whether he intends to return next season or is hopeful of receiving one of a handful of coaching jobs that will be available once the season ends.
"Honestly, the only thing I'm worried about is the Kansas City Chiefs and winning this game this week," Jackson said. "That's the only thing that's on my mind, period."
Jackson said Dec. 16 that he wants to be a head coach at some point and won't necessarily spurn any overtures from other teams.
The Chargers placed Gates on the injured-reserve list Thursday. However, he still is eligible to play in the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl.
"It would be great," said Miller, the first alternate. "It's always been a goal of mine. I'm just happy I was voted as high as I was, even though I was playing with a foot injury. Obviously I want to be one of those guys picked on the roster, but with the injuries this year and missing time, I feel like I ended up with a pretty good season.''
"If you can answer that question for me, that would be great," Janikowski said.
Coincidentally, Schottenheimer is the person who gave Jackson his first NFL job as an assistant with the Washington Redskins.
"He put me in the league, so I have a lot of respect for him,'' Jackson said. "He taught me a lot of football."
Jackson laughed when reminded how much Schottenheimer dislikes the Raiders.
"He does hate the Raiders," Jackson said, "and on Sunday, I'm going to hate him. That's part of the business."
Raiders (7-8) at Kansas City (10-5),
10 a.m., CBS