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


    Did all of you just start following the Raiders ? I guess this is the first time you heard Al Davis owns the team. Calling out Al Davis doesn’t win games. So do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time. Al will do what he feels is best for his team and that will never change.

  • LOL chaos big AL would rather spend the money in court than give Kiffin a dime!

    Best of luck Kiffin Thanks for trying to restore my beloved RAIDERS swagger….

  • Stop the ignorance

    He’ll get his money alright. That “with cause” BS won’t stand up.

    I think we need to take a step back before saying that “too many facts” were thrown out by Davis. How do we know any of the BS is true?

    For instance, I don’t believe for a second that Kiff wanted Walker. Not for a single friggin second!!! That deal had Davis written all over it and he tried to blame Kiff.

    Davis also made it out like Kiff had control of what calls would be made on Def. Bullsh1t!! Gruden also said that Davis was very involved and controlling of the defensive schemes. Would both Gruden and Kiff lie?

    He blamed Kiff for trading Moss. All deals go through Davis. He can blame himself if he didn’t like that deal. He also mentioned Collins. He’s delusional to imply that Moss and Collins could have had 20 TDs together here in Oakland. He’s crazy. Moss wanted out – he plays when he “wants to play”.


    B-#602 with kiff gone i hope walker will find himself and start making plays


    Walker is not our best reciever bud. Regardless of what he did in 2004. Higgins and Shillens are our only hope in that WR corps. I’d like to see Miller lined up outside at times too, but I’m not calling the plays…

  • #605…..All I was making mention to the “supposed facts” was that he was trying to make everyone think they were facts because he had them written down. Someone who makes a prefessional showing or case will always seem right. Come on the pomp and circumstance behind the presser was rediculous. Projector, all of the media, handouts…fuk you would think he tyrant had a circus coming to town…….oh wait, he is the circus!

  • I didn’t believe everything he said….not for a minute……..but I do have to say that he had his people do a good job of documenting everything…….

  • there is a possibility of this thing imploding but I still have high hopes, I liked Kiffin but he is just one person on this team. the offence respects cable so they will play hard for him. the defense plays for Ryan and they have been playing great football these last three weeks, at least for 10 quarters.

    I think they try to really open the offence up and see what jmac can really do. Kiffin had the team bottled up and for go reason, but I think he may have been a little to cautious with the passing game.

    i think alot will depend some of the young guy’s and the new ones as will. the ones that have been here for a long time have already moved on. so if the new guy’s can move on then all should be good on Oaktown.


    B-#607Ray charles can see walker is not our best reciever but if he would start playing it would take a little presure off the QB

  • Will you so called Raider Fans get over what the media is trying to portray and get back to supporting your team..who gives a flying F*ck about how Al looked, this ,what Mark Schelereth has to say, screw it all…I’m a Raider Fan, not complaining, and I LIKE what Cable is saying and I like the feeling he gives me..makes Lane look like a spoiled little rich USC kid

  • Go get ’em, Cable!
    No more soft little “I’m in” slogans…that stuff sounded sooo high school

  • I can’t wait for the game against N.O.

  • RaiderFan in Oakland Says:
    October 2nd, 2008 at 9:23 am
    Will you so called Raider Fans get over what the media is trying to portray and get back to supporting your team..who gives a flying F*ck about how Al looked, this ,what Mark Schelereth has to say, screw it all…I’m a Raider Fan, not complaining, and I LIKE what Cable is saying and I like the feeling he gives me..makes Lane look like a spoiled little rich USC kid

    Talk about whinning…..If you don’t want to read the fukkin posts, dont read them……..

  • I don’t have enough time to argue back and forth, I could care less about being right in this invisible BLOG, but know that I feel good about Cable, win, lose or draw



  • Dakota
  • Choas, you must be one of the “so called fans”…
    just shut up and watch the game, no one cares what you think..if they did Lane would still be coach..

  • ragin

    did someone say Poole was on target? That guy is so off target he couldn’t score in middle school basketball game…Poole right? Now I know the world has gone to heck…funniest thing I’ve ever heard…

  • We all wanted to like Lane, but we honestly knew deep down he wasn’t rough enough or aggressive enough for this here, so back to college or high school for you

  • Dakota


  • I like that dinosaur Dude! =) I wan to get 1 for my nephew!!!

  • People, the media always have to be right..they can’t be wrong..that’s why their is such a defesne to their stories, why SprtsCenter gets condescending towards whatever subject they are wrong about..and that includes a lot of members of the media..point is, your not going to convince anyone to like/dislike Al if they already like the man or they don’t..just like the presidential race…you either voting Rep of Dem, no matter the outcome of debates or whatever..therefore…
    Go get ’em CABLE!

  • RaiderTay

    I dont believe Sapp I honestly dont think Al was calling plays for Kiff. If that was the case they would not have thrown the ball three times during Buffalo.

    Sapp acts like the Raiders take so many shots down field. We rarily ever see long bombs.
    Maybe that was the case under Shell, but Tom Walsh was such a disaster I wouldnt blame Al for callin a few plays.

  • Dakota

    Just trying to distract all of you from the circus:


  • MR

    I see you brought up some of my previous posts, I have no problem with that. I thought the situation made no sense and I was right, it didn´t make any sense. It still does not make any sense the way Davis and Kiffin handled this thing.

    When I post here I do it in good faith, I´m just expressing my opinion, I maybe be wrong but I´m honest, I dont change my story to suit previous statements.

    Most of us come here to have a good time talking Raiders with fellow fans, you come here with your weird Al Davis fixation and you will say absolutely anything to try to “make” a point, it doesn´t matter if you lie or contradict yourself all the time.

    That´s the difference between you and the majority of the other posters on this blog.

  • M

    ‘Fear is the mind killer’. – Frank Herbert

    Afraid of the rest of the upcoming season and what it will bring? Afraid the O-line won’t block? (their man is now HC, they’ll block their a88es off for him) Afraid that Javon won’t make it up to speed? Give him time. Afraid of Knapp’s play-calling? (in Atlanta he did not have a QB, he had a runner with a great arm. Here he has J The Franchise Russ.)Afraid that the D will melt down? They’ve been playing quite well for a few weeks so I don’t see it.
    Cable has said that with few rules he expects that grown men will act as grown men. The onus is on the players to get it done. As it should be.
    So, don’t be afraid of speculation.
    Being afraid is what makes you leave the field with two time outs in your pocket.

  • MR

    And this is one example of what I´m talking about:

    – Here is what you said when Kiffin was hired:

    “MaddenRaider Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    We have the talent to be a playoff team as soon as this year.”

    – Here is what you said when we were 2-2 last year:

    “MaddenRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    There is no reason for this squad to not go at least 8-8 with the overall talent, if a good game plan is used.”

    * By the way, we went 3-13 after you said that.

    – You were taling playoffs whe Kiffin was hired, we had the talent you said.

    Then you said we should be at least 8-8, again we had the talent, we just needed sound game-planning.

    – But here´s what you said just a couple of days ago when Kiffin was fired:

    “MR Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Only Davis worshiping retards think we have the personnel.

    Kiffin can only work with what Al gives him, as Al makes the final call on personnel.

    With this personnel, frankly, I think 5-15 is actually good.”

    – Apparently and by your admission you are a Davis worshipping retard.

  • al davis has lost his luster when it comes to evaluating talent. The term committment to excellence no longer exists due to no committment to anyone but himself. Would you believe that Al Davis calls timeouts from the booth. he is only a phone call away. He is the reason why Angelo Hall gets chewed up every week because he changes coverages and dictates who plays bump and run.

  • HowLonguntilwefireCable

    Here’s the way I see it.

    Davis most likely lied to Kiffin when he hired him, telling him things like; You’ll be able to hire your own staff, have complete control over that. And also knowing how Davis works. I would not be surprised if Davis lied and told Kiffin that if he took the HC job that he would be able to make the first pick in the draft, or that Davis would take the player that Kiffin wanted. (Even Davis admitted that Kiffin didn’t want to draft JRuss) And to me that started the problem right there.

    First Davis Hires Kiffin, tells him you get the say in the draft based upon your knowledge of College Football. So then what happends Kiffin wants to a. Trade the pick b. choose Brady Quinn, or c. draft Calvin Johnson. But what happens the OWNER AL DAVIS decides he wants to pick JRuss. Less then 3 months on the job and Davis has already LIED to Kiffin.

    Remember the Davis – Kiffin press conference, remember what Davis said about Kiffins knowledge of College football and his recruiting ability? I would be 100% shocked if Davis didn’t tell Kiffin that he would be able to draft the players he (kiffin wanted) at least in his (kiffins) first draft. But like always AL Lied and did it his way. Then Al most likely lied when he allowed Kiffin to Hire Mark Jackson as his point man for contracts because Al doesn’t believe in contracts.

    Say what you want but in the End AL MOST LIKELY LIED at the very beginning, and therefore to me Al Loses all credibility.

  • RaiderTay

    You got my attention Dakota

  • remember that Kiffen only got the job because there were no other quality coaches willing to tolerate “dictator davis”. Part of the success from 2000-2003 was due in part to Davis being “committed” to Jon Gruden and the youth movement. We went out on a limb and signed Rich Gannon. Along with a young offensive line and veterans on defense, the raiders were set for years of success. Remember that Gruden wanted out so bad and was solely because of Al Davis and his antics. We all know what happenned since.

  • RaiderTay

    Kiff did hire his own staff on the offensive side.

  • M


    let he who is without sin…

  • i also agreed with Kiffen that we should not have drafted Russell with the 1st pick. Quinn was a better fit to run the offense but you know Al, he loves to throw the deep ball and wants to go back to those glory days. It’s not going to happen using that old school philosphy. Russell is talented but Quinn is a natural, pure passer with expanded football knowledge playing under Charlie and Notre Dame.

  • RaiderTay

    I like Cable’s “grown men” comment. Thats one thing I think Kiff didnt get. He acted like he was still in college. Holding guys out of the game because they didnt practive everyday. Thats college stuff.


    Did all of you just start following the Raiders ? I guess this is the first time you heard Al Davis owns the team. Calling out Al Davis doesn’t win games so we are stuck loosing until he croaks. So do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time. Al will do what he feels is best for Al and that will never change.

  • M


    ND media hype.

  • ragin

    Davis has no eye for talent? I guess everybody wanted to make a free safety from cal an NFL corner…nmamdi is the best in the league that was all al Davis…yeah he’s had dome busts but this guy just drafted jruss and dmac…trust me al knows football!

  • howlong…,

    Even if Al never directly lied to Kiff about the first draft pick, that is a horrible way to start your GM/Coach relationship. Bring him in for his knowledge of college players, tell him he can run whatever offense he wants, let him assemble the coaches to run that offense, then when it comes time to acquire the very first and most important player to the entire offensive system, Al just goes over his head and gets a guy that Kiffin may or may not have wanted (for his system). That is team sabotage at it’s finest right there, thanks Al.

  • Dakota Im diggin the booty shots.. Thought you were a rack man?….

  • ragin

    quinn are you kidding the guy can’t even beat out derek Anderson…,

  • M


    It wasn’t Kiffie’s money. Would you shell out $60 million for something you did not want? Sabotage? J Russ is a fine young man and looks to be a better QB each week.

  • M,
    Respectfully disagree. If Al wanted to run his vertical offense, that’s fine, it is his team. But he should have hired a head coach that was willing to run that offense. A West Coast Coach, with a big-armed pocket QB does not make sense for any of them.

  • What up nation. Good morning.

    408RAIDER I see you dropped the “NATION Collective” idiot tag. Good for you. Welcome back to reality, how does it feel?

  • Dakota…post 481.

    Just admit it, that´s you man….lol.

    I bet you put on the same outfit last night, except you were wearing your Henry Rodriguez Cubs jersey.

  • M,

    For the record I like everything I have seen from J-Russ as well. Great young man, with loads of talent, but assembling an NFL team is not like playing with legos: you can’t just acquire talent and throw it all together in a blender. Randy Moss should have taught Al that lesson, but sometimes old dogs don’t learn new tricks.

  • OG

    yeah I was just frustrated with big Al,but, he fired Kiffin so might as well go back to 408RAIDER from the NATION…

    Morning Dirty!

  • I don’t know where I was going with that legos analogy. Maybe it should be building an NFL team is not like making a smoothie, or building an NFL team is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces need to fit together. Whatever, that being said, I hope Al intends to build an offense around Jam from here on out, because we definitely got the horses.