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Griffith done for the year

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, October 27th, 2008 at 2:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Fullback Justin Griffith will need knee surgery and is out for the year, coach Tom Cable announced at the Raiders weekly press conference.

Griffith has a torn ACL, an injury he sustained a couple of plays before before scoring on a 2-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell, with Cable saying it “gave way” on the touchdown.

With Oren O’Neal already lost for the season, Luke Lawton is the only true fullback on the roster. Michael Bush has the size of a fullback, but was less than thrilled when Lane Kiffin ran him out of that position occasionally during practice.

Cable said moving Bush to fullback may not be an option because of Darren McFadden’s on-going toe problems.

Instead, a new fullback will probably be brought in and trained as soon as possible, Cable said.

More to come later . . .

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  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER

    4eva

    Dirty got his sentencing pushed back till late Dec or early Jan..

    FF is fun being a rookie and in 2nd place got me talkin smack like a mofo… :P

  • http://www.letsbecomefamous.com/content/af/136-fighting-squirrels.jpg El Dirty

    408

    whats up bud good win this week

  • Cable in Deep

    Yabba Dabba DOO Says:
    October 27th, 2008 at 4:01 pm
    Cable in Deep,

    MR your shtick is old and tired, just like your mom whose basement your living in!

    MR? Try again I AM Mr. Cable or Coach Cable to you.

  • AZ-RAIDER

    My boy DeAngelo is slowly starting to show up to games. He’s been looking a bit more like what we thought we were getting the last couple weeks. Get those picks though homie!

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER

    Dirty

    Thax man.. Tour Next! Muhahahah

  • willie

    STR,Agree with you,we have two home games coming up,win them both,and we hit Miami at 4-5.I still think 8-8 will win the AFC West,keep the faith,nation!

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER

    * your.. Doe :P

    1 would think I would @ least double check when talking smack,but, Nooooo…. LOL

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER

    Willie It was all about Tequila on Sunday.. I needed the real stuff to shake off that loss

  • http://ibabuzz.com antispy3

    antispy3 Says:
    October 27th, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    Where to start?

    Intimidation definitely did it’s part yesterday. You gotta “man up’ in the NFL.

    Were they confused by the Ravens schemes? I realized going in the running game would be hard to establish & field position restricted the Raiders early game play-calling but, regarding the Raiders offensive execution, in the immortal words of John McKay well, I’m all for it.

    Is it the relative (youth) of the Raiders? For a truly competative (DRuss, DeAngelo Hall, Nnamdi, Huggy Bear Jr.) sort the bigger the challenge the biggger the juice. It’s just hard to take seeing a RAIDERS team being intimidated into submission. Their second half effort was better, but by then the damage had been done.

    Hard to concoct a fair determination of Coach Cable in the driver’s seat. On the other hand road efforts in New Orleans & Baltimore leave a lot to be desired.

    last week another blogger lamented future Raider HC candidates. The names included some of the “best & Brightest” of current NFL offensive & defensive coordinators.

    Knowing what we already know & especailly following the handling of the Lane Kiffin situation what would lead anyone to suppose an “up & comer” would be interested in coming to “Oaktown?” I surely would never wish my beloved Raiders any ill harm but it just hurts knowing there is a growing legion of coaching talent reticent in starting their HC career in Oakland.

    Supposedly Jim Harbaugh, current Stanford Cardinal HC, equipped with an NFL playing & coaching pedigree (that would satisfy Don Maynard. The Ex-Jet HOF WR spoke out about the dearth of NFL background in the predominance of current NFL coaches) would be amenable th heading up the Raiders. In the immortal words of the aforementioned ‘Kif, “I’m in”!

    Perhaps Kwame Harris is the long term answer to JRuss’s backside protector. However, if all goes according to script Al will hire a new coaching staff (on offense, anyway), retarding the growth of JRuss in particular & the offense as a whole as they adjust to yet another new scheme/philosiphy.

    With that in mind they really need to target Andre Smith, Alabama LOT with the first pick in next year’s NFL entry draft. I really hate to think that far in advance (a recent mid season activity underscoring the Raiders lack of on field success. Can you say exercise in futility?) but as of recent this seems to be the next “in season” page Raider fans turn to.

    If you are going to a new offensive philosiply you may @ least go to a talented guy cutting his NFL teeth than to a guy, regardless of his obvious intelligence (Kwame Harris) whom by that time will be going through his sixth different pro scheme. Unless somehow the incoming HC will inherit the zone-blocking scheme (the NFL blocking scmene de jour. Hate to loose Greg Knapp, tom Rathman, james Lofton & John DeFilippo. Continuity is the true toolof growth in the NFL & bouncing from one philosiphy to another is a recipe for disaster.

    Tom Cable is a good enough guy that has the “love” of the OL. Well, until the Raiders can sift through the minefield that encompasses the Raiders current offensive (apt word) tackle position I solve this debacle JRuss will have to do due dilligence to his cardio work (can you say “run for your life?” Run, JRuss, run!). However, methinks he is miscast as a HC & should remain an OL coach.

    Not to mention the sieve-like run defense. Oh, I just did. An argument for another day. Enough for the negativity spewing from my computer keyboard!

    Late

    antispy3

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    Rick the Hunter I agree I would be mad as a hive-o-hornets,not 2 mention EMBARRESSED. Good 4 you 408!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

  • http://ibabuzz.com antispy3

    antispy3 Says:
    October 27th, 2008 at 3:53 pm
    Dakota

    First you indicate the Raiders should exercise frugality in free agency next off season (which may be here sooner than we would like) then you list five candidates that were either franchise or transitional free agents last year (Karlos Dansby, Jordan Gross, Albert Haynewsorth, Julian Peppers & Terrell Suggs and a sixth (Lee Evans) that just broke the bank to the tune of a big time multi year contract extension.

    I did like seeing TJ Houshmenzadeh & Mike Peterson on your list.

    Charlie (posts 315 & 420); you are preeching to the choir. The Raiders achilles heel is getting punnished on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Or has nobody noticed the success of the Tennessee Titans & New York Giants is predicated on the OL & DL? The inclusion of Andre Smith while moving Kwame Harris, a fine run blocker, to either RT or RG (the chances of retaining Cooper Carlisle after this season have to be quite small) would enhance the Raiders OL. I’ve always been a Mike Roos fan. Too bad it was the Titans that got a clue when he was available.

    VegasRaider; here is Darrius Heyward-Bey’s write-up, compliments of the SportingNews “Warroom.”

    Is a huge receiver with rare athleticism; show quick footwork, agility and speed of a much smaller man. Accelerates to full speed in a blink quickly, and shows burst out of cuts to create separation. Uses body to cut off and shield defenders from the ball, and knows how to push off defenders to create a little space. Shows very good hands; when playing with good concentration, makes tough catches seem routine. Is a dangerous runner after the catch; gets started upfield quickly, accelerates to full speed, and shows elusiveness to make tacklers miss, as well as size and strength to maintain balance and gain yards after contact. Shows good feel for finding open spaces in defenses. When blocking, usually keeps targets from impacting plays.

    Weaknesses: Does not always maintain focus on ball, leading to drops on some easy throws. For a big receiver, does not go after throws aggressively in jump-ball situations. Does not run sharp routes, hindering ability to separate from defenders. Lacks elite speed to run by defenders and consistently gain separation deep. Must stay after blocks longer and become more dominant in that area.

    Bottom line: Heyward-Bey, a junior, is expected to declare for the 2009 draft; if he does, he figures to be one of the first receivers taken. There is little doubt he has the physical tools to be a legitimate big-play threat in the NFL. However, to join the ranks of the elite, he must improve his route-running skills and show greater consistency catching the ball. He will need some time to develop in those areas, but we are confident Heyward-Bey will become a very productive starter.

    Is a huge receiver with rare athleticism; show quick footwork, agility and speed of a much smaller man. Accelerates to full speed in a blink quickly, and shows burst out of cuts to create separation. Uses body to cut off and shield defenders from the ball, and knows how to push off defenders to create a little space. Shows very good hands; when playing with good concentration, makes tough catches seem routine. Is a dangerous runner after the catch; gets started upfield quickly, accelerates to full speed, and shows elusiveness to make tacklers miss, as well as size and strength to maintain balance and gain yards after contact. Shows good feel for finding open spaces in defenses. When blocking, usually keeps targets from impacting plays.

    Weaknesses: Does not always maintain focus on ball, leading to drops on some easy throws. For a big receiver, does not go after throws aggressively in jump-ball situations. Does not run sharp routes, hindering ability to separate from defenders. Lacks elite speed to run by defenders and consistently gain separation deep. Must stay after blocks longer and become more dominant in that area.

    Bottom line: Heyward-Bey, a junior, is expected to declare for the 2009 draft; if he does, he figures to be one of the first receivers taken. There is little doubt he has the physical tools to be a legitimate big-play threat in the NFL. However, to join the ranks of the elite, he must improve his route-running skills and show greater consistency catching the ball. He will need some time to develop in those areas, but we are confident Heyward-Bey will become a very productive starter.

    Height: 6-2 Weight: 206
    40-yard dash: 4.51

    You will notice, VegasRaider, that he has timed out in the “40″ @ the aforementioned time & not 4.26. Perhaps he plays to that speed on game day. However, the Warroom did mention his lack of “elite speed’ as a weakness. Seems the 4.26 you quoted is a bit of a reach.

    Here’s (B)ESPN’s take on his performance against Wake Forest. Keep in mind (B)ESPN ranks Heyward-Bey as the 31st pick overall in next year’s NFL college entry draft;

    Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Wake Forest CBs Alphonso Smith and Brandon Ghee
    Heyward-Bey caught 11 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Terrapins’ surprising 26-0 win over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons clearly respected Heyward-Bey’s considerable top-end speed because Smith and Ghee frequently gave him a healthy cushion. Unfortunately for the Wake Forest defense, Heyward-Bey and the Maryland offense did an excellent job of adjusting by attacking underneath instead of forcing the ball downfield.

    On the Terrapins’ first offensive play of the game, Heyward-Bey recognized zone coverage and settled into a soft spot before hauling the ball in for a 9-yard gain. Just two plays later, he caught a bubble screen and followed the block of WR Torrey Smith, who kicked out Ghee and led the way for another 9-yard gain. On Heyward-Bey’s fourth catch of the game, which came late in the first quarter, he ran a crisp 5-yard out and caught the ball in front of Smith, who was lined up so far off the ball that he couldn’t close in time to make the play. Heyward-Bey also did a nice job of getting both of his feet down inbounds on the play.

    Heyward-Bey’s touchdown came on his third catch of the game. He lined up opposite Ghee and, at the snap, ran a slant and got inside leverage on Ghee. Meanwhile, QB Chris Turner pitched the ball to RB Da’Rel Scott, who ran to the right before hitting Heyward-Bey for the 9-yard score. The most impressive aspect of this play was Heyward-Bey’s ball skills: He timed his jump well and aggressively snatched the ball out of the air, which was important because Scott didn’t get great zip on the pass.
    Just keeping it real!

    Late

    antispy3

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    and FREE DIRTY!!!!!! =)=)=)

  • willie

    408RAIDER,We got our ass kicked ,lets focus on Atlanta.Tequila reminds me of the ex wife ,stayed with Vodka and beer.Im thinking Ill have one now,hair of the dog

  • JaMarcus LEAF

    I AM A BUST !

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    jamarcus LEAF lmao =)

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER

    new fix

  • http://www.pge.com Someone with Intelligence

    Yabba Dabba DON’T. As in Don’t bother reading that drivel.

  • Grim Reaper

    Scottish Raider Says:
    October 27th, 2008 at 3:30 pm
    Raiders Mock Draft (Pick No 7):

    Round One: James Laurinaitis MLB, Ohio

    Laurinaitis is a leader, a warrior, a run-stuffer and just the sort of mad, maniac we desperately need to fire up this defense. Maualuga would be the alternative.

    JL won’t go to the Raiders unless wannabe Road Warriors in the Black Hole stop mocking his dad.

  • ggnringo

    how ’bout Madsen at FB???

  • The Molester

    Indy is done.

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