Cable stresses fast pace


Quick hits from Wednesday’s post-practice press briefing with coach Tom Cable and interviews with available players:

— Other than failing to recognize he was supposed to break down a special teams huddle at the beginning of practice and seeming confused when stepping to the microphone at the end, nothing seemed indecisive about Cable’s first day as coach.

“Hold on a second . . . do I start this?,” Cable said. “Bear with me a minute.”

Cable was told that since he’s the coach, he can do whatever he wants.

“Oh, really?,” he said with a laugh.

— With systems of football already in place and a quarter of a season in the books, there will be no dramatic changes. One minor change _ the practice of running plays over and over until they get them right that sometimes extended Raiders practices by 20 minutes or more under Lane Kiffin has been junked.

“I will say this to you _ we’re going to stay on schedule. Practice isn’t going to run over. If it’s scheduled to be an hour and 35 minutes or whatever it is, it’s going to be an hour and 35,” Cable said. “We’ll get in, get the work done right and get off the field so we can go in, teach and learn, and get better that way.

“The work will be tempo, tempo, tempo, as fast as we can go and keep pushing that, because I just believe, if you play faster than the other guy he’s going to give up somewhere in that game, so that will always be our deal, to keep pressing them. So, that may be the only difference. If it’s 10 reps, it will be 10 and be done. If it’s 15, it’s 15 and get done. Whatever the situation is, we’ll hold true to it.”

— Rest assured that if Kiffin had to go, the offensive line is on board with Cable as the replacement.

“Coach Cable is going to be awesome,” tackle Kwame Harris said. “He’s done a lot for me, just playing my position since the start of this year. I think what people can expect out of him is a very straightforward, honest, sincere coach who loves this game.”

Guard Robert Gallery said the “tempo” theme was stressed immediately.

“Once we got to the team portion of it, the tempo was a little faster,” Gallery said. “He made that a point this morning that when get in a situation, JaMarcus has been here long enough, he knows it, and the faster we get in and out (of the huddle), the easier it’s going to be on game day.”

— Said Gallery of the “distraction” factor: “I think everyone was tired of hearing about it. I don’t think it was helping us to come in and hear about it every week.”

— It’s doubtful you’ll hear Cable talk openly about his team’s shortcomings the way Kiffin often did. While falling short of Joe Bugel’s memorable “multiple Super Bowls” forecast, Cable is talking about playing in January.

“We’re a good team, we’re going to run for the playoffs, and that’s our deal,” Cable said. “We’re not going to back down, and we’re not afraid to say that. Because you have to if you believe in yourself.”

— Justin Fargas is in his sixth season and is playing for his fifth head coach. So he can be excused for shrugging off Tuesday’s events as just another day at the office.

When asked if it was the strangest day of his Raiders career, Fargas shrugged.

“I don’t know if it was the strangest. It was another day,” Fargas said. “Just shows that change can come overnight and you’ve got to move on and do your job.”

— Fargas, who became a 1,000-yard rusher under Kiffin last season, was sorry to see him go but ready to move on.

“From what I seen and I felt, everybody supported Lane,” Fargas said. “We were happy to play for him. There’s just a situation that happens in this business and you have to be able to move on and, like I said before, do your job. But, nah, guys liked Lane and guys like Cable too. So we’re going to play for our head coach and it’s Tom Cable and we’re going to play for him.”

— Cable doesn’t want any stragglers. He’s not big on team rules.

“What I believe in is be early, we’ll get done early, and you’re going to play your guts out for each other,” Cable said. “That’s all that matters. Be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there. That’s plenty of rules. We’re grown men.”

— The Raiders practiced in shells and Cable said the big emphasis was getting in a quick-tempo workout and getting people healthy during the bye week. Guard Cooper Carlisle (ankle) practiced and was limited after being inactive against San Diego. Cable said he thought Carlisle would be ready to face the Saints on Oct. 12.

Also limited were S Gibril Wilson (back), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder) and RB Michael Bush (quad), none of which are considered serious. RB Darren McFadden (toe) and Fargas (groin) were out, as was TE Ben Troupe (foot) and T Seth Wand (knee).

Fargas said he expected to be ready to face New Orleans.

— The Raiders practice Thursday before taking the weekend off and returning Monday.

Sapp sounds off

Former Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp held nothing back in assessing the Raiders situation in his role as an analyst on Showtime’s Inside the NFL.

“I remember the first two weeks I was there, we played a pre-season game. Somebody came up one time and said, ‘We’re going deep right here, dog.’ I said, how do you know? He said, ‘The phone just rang.’

“All the preparation that goes into a week of work is there, the practicing that you have to put in order to do these things, sometimes he (Al Davis) messed with that part of it and that’s what kills you.”

More Sapp:

On players signing on to play with the Raiders

Sapp: Nobody tells you how bad it is. I remember seeing Trace Armstrong after spending my four years there. I wanted to choke the life out of him. I wanted to kill him . . . and then Phillip Buchanon was there. I said, Phil, why didn’t you tell me this? I said, you all did wrong. Because any person that calls me on the telephone, (I tell them) do not go anywhere near Oakland.

On Lane Kiffin being fired, fair or unfair

Sapp: Way unfairly. He came in there with a change of mentality. The whole system. He changed how the locker room looked because it was going to take that kind of overhaul for Oakland to become the proud franchise we all knew it was.

On Al Davis

Sapp: He is the common equation. You take him out, put him at home watching film or whatever he is doing – you have a functioning football organization. But once he comes over the top, he goes and starts moving it around . . .

“Al Davis knows football – it’s just ‘60s and ‘70s football. That’s what it is. He’s thinking that Cliff Branch is outside and (Jim) Plunkett is dropping back and you can throw it 80 yards down the field – deep ball, deep ball, deep ball.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Sith Lord Davis

    LMN they look really close to me to being respectable. They have played teams with a combined record of 10-6 where say the Titans are 4-0 but the teams they played are 3-12.

  • La Milicia Negra

    “Take example guys like Tim Brown, Rod Woodson, John Madden & Jon Ritchie. that’s class”

    I predict, that roughly a year after al is gone, they all start running their mouth too..

  • La Milicia Negra

    # Sith Lord Davis Says:
    October 2nd, 2008 at 7:20 am

    LMN they look really close to me to being respectable. They have played teams with a combined record of 10-6 where say the Titans are 4-0 but the teams they played are 3-12.

    yeah and the guy responsible is now gone, at least the process will continue because we know Cable will continue the work started..

  • Sith Lord Davis

    Wrong, these guys responsible are still there, they look better inspite of Kiffin, not because of him. They could be 3-1 with Knapp calling the plays.


    It will be interesting to see how the play calling will change with Knapp in there. Getting back to running the ball and controlling the clock would help out. The next game will tell us the direction we’re headed, either back to the future or a step in the right direction.

  • La Milicia Negra

    well it won’t change much, I saw how Knapp called plays in Atlanta..

  • Please stop mentioning class when you talk about this organization. You can make any other statments of hope that you would like. Feel free to dream and say they will go the rest of the year undefeated and all of this other Disney Magic like stuff but don’t talk about who has class and who does not in this organization. This is a classless organization from the top down.

    I think the new players are blending in well but you can tell the whole team is scared to give their true opinions. The reasons guys let it all out when they leave is because they fill so controled while they are there. The pattern says it all, they suck!!!!


    we also need our RB to get healthy and our wr to start getting open.With kiffin gone i hope walker will start playing

  • So anybody who’s not critical of Al Davis has class and all of the guys who call him on his crazy BS are losers?

    Al Davis is the loser…look at his record since Gruden was shown the door.

  • Sith Lord Davis how do you know that things will be better with Knapp calling the plays?

    Did you see Micheal Vick in ATL?? He was a super star but only ran and threw to the TE.


    Al knows he made a mistake when he let Gruden go just by the look on his face when it was brought up in the news conf

  • R8…yeah Al looked like he was about to cough up a furball when Gruden was mentioned…

  • Senile Kings’ Aricept

    ……..Although Al Davis is a Shakespearian tragedy, you gotta admit it’s great theatre….
    Gruden was able to achieve 8-8 with less talent than this team has. Let’s see how Cable does…


    I think the trouble with al is he whats to win so bad all the time that he does not let a system take hold

  • qb killa

    Post# 558 – Well said.

  • Senile Kings’ Aricept

    …….Someone should tell Cable to mix in a salad once in a while- or he might end up as Candy did…….hey…..what if Cable…heaven forbid….had a massive heart attack on the sideline….would we, perish the thought, see A.D. on the sideline ? THAT would be more interesting than watching tonights’ televised execution of Sarah Palin……..

  • Los Malosos

    On Gannon: I think the man loves the organization and is pained by what´s been going on the last 5 years. That´s why he gives his opinion on whats not working and how to fix it. On Sapp: loudmouth that will be unemployed in 2 years…I don’t think the playcalling will change that much. I hope Jamarcus keeps improving, and Knapp is going to have to take care of him, the worst thing that could happen is JR loosing confidence ala Alex & Akili Smith.

  • Morning Nation?

    Is the sky still falling?

  • MaineRaida

    no sky falling today, it’s a neeeewwww mornin’…all we can do now is move forward. Al’s still a frickin jerk today tho, as always.

  • Raiderwoj

    Here’s where it went wrong:

    kiffin din’t have the personality to coach here, brash and unbending, conservative whiner. You don’t put your company and boss on blast and expect to keep your job-period. He knew this and wanted out. He wanted out last december(ark). He also did not have faith in his team or QB, he played to not lose, in the NFL you stomp on the guys neck or you lose. Go down swinging or go home, he’s home now. He did however have us moving in the right direction.

    Al Davis is the other half. He let it go on for to long. Pride got the best of him, didn’t want to have to have this press confrence again. He wanted the PC at the end of the year where he gets to state his and the Raider greatness. How great he was for hiring kiff and all the big free agants. At least he took resposibility for all the bad coaching hires. To bad he didn’t take responsibility for the other blunders by him.

  • qb killa

    How can people get on here and criticize Gannon like that? The guy was tough and, if anything, was a team player. He demanded a lot from his teammates. The Ravens game, he got ruined by a Siragusa swan dive (with no penalty I might add). Come on, man! Did you forget that?

    Not tough? The guy was known for avoiding the rush, keeping plays alive, and diving head first when needed.

    Injury prone? Give me a break. You’re revealing your ignorance.

    Someone mentioned that Tim Brown has class. Well he’s been critical of this organization too. So is he now off your list of people with class? What a joke!

  • MaineRaida

    wonder if Seabass will be practicing 70-yarders today, lol!

  • Raiderwoj


    you notice difference in play calling last game (partly) it’s cause kiff and knapp shared, can you guess who called second half and 4th quarter. thats why it will be different with knapp calling

  • madden for coach

    ten percent and a cach in two days….

  • MaineRaida

    I liked Gannon for how hard he played; however didn’t like seein him scream in Gruden’s face on the sidelines, on national TV…Gruden I’m sure didn’t like it either…a player yelling down the head coach, not cool in my book.

  • qb killa

    Post 574 – there wasn’t much difference between the 2nd half and 1st half in play calling. We were ruined on 2 pass plays – don’t you remember? The fumble by Russell and the INT off of McFadden’s hand.

    Those 2 plays ruined us and they were both pass plays. Sh1t happens. If not for those plays, we win. End of story.

  • A.D. Football, Inc

    Those of you who want the offense to open up, I have some questions…. Who will pass protect for this? Who will catch the passes? We had what you are asking for not as far back as you think. It was called Art Shell 2 years ago.

  • Cable In

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 2nd, 2008 at 7:17 am
    how many of you guys were mad that Dominic Rhodes, Chris Carr, Stuart Schweigert & Barry Sims ran their mouths when they got sent packing? I know I was.
    I appreciate their candor & it confirmed my worst fear that Al is destroying the team.

  • 408….I have liberated myself as well…….

  • Hopefully a new day brings new discussions……


    we win if not for a holding on a touch down and if miller doesnt slip on the break

  • correct me if I’m wrong but did we not see Greg Knapp calling plays in the San Diego game.

    that was his game.

    and I thought that the play calling was a little different. we came out with alot of passes and made some big plays, Jmac only had a few missed passes. one that was hugh.

    we lost that game because of special teams gave up a big run back, defense gave up the hugh run to LT, but by that time the game was over.

  • qb killa

    Post 582 – that’s true too. Dam, I wish Miller didn’t slip. I hate holding calls. They shouldn’t call it unless it’s obvious. Did you see the holding? I didn’t get a good look.

    I remember a ref being interviewed that once said “if we wanted to, we could call holding on every play”

  • Nick Bell

    Davis is a penny pinching egotist.

    He didn’t want to fire Kiffin before the season, because he would owe Kif the entire amount AND would need to hire a real coach at real pay during that time to keep the fans happy and paying.

    So he has his attorney watch for ‘transgressions.’ That way, in court later, it’ll be he said she said and they can settle somewhere in between.

    Davis wont pay have to pay the full amount.

    And he isn’t paying for a decent coach either. Probably gave Cable at a 20 percent bump if that.

    Just Make money baby!

  • qb killa

    We need a good mix of well timed runs and passes. I think they would have mixed in a little more runs last week if Fargas or McFadden were healthy. I though Bush was running too tentatively. He was holding on to that ball like it was his baby and running too upright.

  • lefty12

    re post 555;quit drinking the koolaide and take a reality pill.

  • Dickota Says:
    October 2nd, 2008 at 8:33 am
    correct me if I’m wrong but did we not see Greg Knapp calling plays in the San Diego game.

    that was his game.

    and I thought that the play calling was a little different. we came out with alot of passes and made some big plays, Jmac only had a few missed passes. one that was hugh.

    we lost that game because of special teams gave up a big run back, defense gave up the hugh run to LT, but by that time the game was over.

    I said the same thing during the game and people said no way Kiffin is calling plays……


    Killa it wasnt that bad he spun him and fell on him i think the guy slipped and they both went down like you said you could call holding on every play i think it was a chicken $h-t call


    Killa#586 we also need to move J-ROCK out of the pocket to give him more time

  • morning Chaos… yeah we lost I want to believe we can salvage the season but my gut says were about to start yet another downward spiral…. lets hope Im wrong!

  • Qb Killa

    Post 591. True. He needs to run more decisively too. I remember a 3rd and short play last week where he ran out of the pocket but instead of just running for it (there was some open field), he threw and missed.

    But yeah, I’m not sure what happened to the roll outs.

  • Al Davis got me with the hypno-beam the other day but its starting to wear off.. so now I’m like WTF did he do to my beloved team!

  • Charlie

    The Poole article today was on target although I think Mr Davis has been taking input from people he trusts long before Jon Gruden.
    The palace intrigue and paranoia that has surrounded the Raiders since the mid 60’s is not the problem.
    Poor drafts are the problem. Perhaps you believe Davis reads The Sporting News and drafts from that.
    I do not. There are alot of people in the process who have messed this up.
    None of us fans will know the details but the process needs to improve.
    Al knows he is the top guy and he has accepted responsibility for poor results. Other people in the organization need to do the same.

  • Senile Kings’ Aricept

    ……….Sarah Palin was right……..humans do indeed walk with dinosaurs at the Raiders HQ….

  • Stop the ignorance

    Post 594. He got a few folks with that beam. It’s funny – the media asks “why did he come out and say all those things”. I’ll tell you why – he realized that a lot of fans like you and I would be pissed about firing Kiffin mid-season like that. Davis keeps up with media and I’m sure he knew there was a lot of support for little Kiff. He was trying to win us all over. He can fool the ignorant real easy – some fans are like sheep, what can I say. But a lot of us saw right through the BS.

  • Filet o’ Fish

    Man! im so tired of the circus. i wears on me big time.

  • I think what it is, people want to understand both sides of the story. Most intellegent people can read through lying and truth, and he made a hell of a case against Kiff. The problem is that you can never tell who is lying and who is truthful unless they are debating every point face to face. Typically that is when individuals can not hide behind a lie.

    The problem with the presser the other day, is that there were too many facts thrown out there for people to soak up. It almost seemed like he had that hypno-beam pointed on everyone to be the one to take higher ground with supposed facts rather then here say like Kiffin was giving.

    Here is the part that sucks, Kiffin worked for him, and could not be 100% honest. I think the dude had ballz and was right in standing up to the tyrant for the better of the team……but he could not kiss and tell…because he would have immediately sealed his fate. Moving forward, we will never know the entire truth until the arbitration is ruled on by the NFL and Kiff writes a book, unless as part of the arbitration ruling, there could be a clause that Kiffin needs to keep quiet and not ruin the old man otherwise face a lawsuit.

  • He isgoing to get his money….there is no denying that, because the unions and the league is set up to deal with situations like this now a days…….and I can tell you that Davis does not want to take on the Coaches Union……he will not win that battle…so they will settle out of court by ruling of the nfl commissioner and lane will go silently into the night to coach elsewhere……….AND COME BACK TO HAUNT US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Charlie

    Regarding Sapp’s comments:
    Does the visiting owners box have a phone connection to his team’s sideline? If that is the case do you think other owners call plays?
    What a bunch of BS.


    Copenhagen_Fan Says:
    October 2nd, 2008 at 8:00 am
    Sith Lord Davis how do you know that things will be better with Knapp calling the plays?

    Did you see Micheal Vick in ATL?? He was a super star but only ran and threw to the TE.


    If all we do is run and throw to our TE we will be better off than just running like we have been. We have the best TE in the league next to J. Witten in my opinion. Like Cable said, lets get the ball into the hands of our playmakers (McFadden, Bush, and Miller and a bit of Higgins are the only ones to show up so far) and we can win some games. Get Curry off the field (sorry bro, i love ya but…), get Shillens some touches and we’ll see some points…