SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A last minute Tennessee touchdown dashed the hopes of Raiders fans Sunday, as Oakland lost 23-19 at home. John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew that the Raiders offense had done their job late in the fourth quarter.

“(Raiders quarterback Matt) McGloin led them on a good drive, threw a touchdown pass and got ahead,” Madden said. “And now it was the defense’s turn, and they just had to stop them… If you have good defense, you need your defense to play well when you have to play well to win the game. And the defense didn’t.”

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Madden said he expects McGloin to again be the starter when the Raiders play the Cowboys in Dallas Thursday.

“He runs the game plan. He does what they want him to do, and I think he deserves it,” the former Raider coach said. “When they needed a score to win the game, he got them the score to win the game.”

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In the second quarter, Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera was knocked out of the game with a concussion by a helmet-to-helmet hit by Titans safety Michael Griffin. It was the kind of illegal hit that Madden said should result in player ejection, not just a field penalty and a post-game fine.

“Because of the competitive issues, (the NFL) has really not wanted to eject players. They do it through the fine system,” John said. “I think we have to add a little more. I think there has to be some ejections.” (7:40)

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Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM. And catch John’s extra report at 9:15 am Mondays and Fridays on KCBS during the NFL season.
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