News, notes and analysis from the Raiders 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, courtesy of locker room quite sheets and information relayed by beat writer Steve Corkran:
— The most important player on the Raiders wants Tom Cable as his head coach.
Raider Nation, Cable’s your guy.
There is simply no other conclusion Al Davis can reach than to remove the “interim” from the job title of Tom Cable and make him the head coach of the Raiders for 2009 and beyond.
A few things to keep an eye on when the Raiders face the Bucs Sunday:
— A decent start.
Can the Raiders keep the game within a touchdown or less early on? Jon Gruden loves to get a lead and then sit on it with the run.
How NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to media questions regarding the Raiders and the state of Bay Area football:
Randy Moss is living the good life with the New England Patriots, where by all accounts, he’s been a team leader and professional enough to meet or exceed the exacting standards set by Bill Belichick.
The same Moss who used indifference as a weapon to get himself traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Patriots for a fourth round draft pick.
Wide receiver Jonathan Holland was signed off the practice squad Thursday and will be active for the game, which could mean Ashley Lelie, who missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday because of headaches, may not be available.
To make room, guard Dylan Gandy, signed Nov. 26, was waived.
Wide receiver Ronald Curry (ankle) and Chaz Schilens (ankle, Achillies’ tendonitis) have also been less than 100 percent of late.
More to come later . . .
The Raiders are headed toward the last quarter turn in need of a finishing kick if they hope to enter the 2009 offseason feeling as if they accomplished anything but another lost season.
Four more games, including Thursday night’s NFL Network telecast against the San Diego Chargers, who have beaten the Raiders 10 consecutive times dating back to 2003.