Postgame wrap


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.

“He brought us from one direction and took us up the ladder,” quarterback JaMarcus Russell said. “He always told us that deep down he thought we were a good football team. By him becoming (head) coach, he guided us in a different way. He talked to us about what needed to be done, we need to make some changes and within that, I think we did.”

— Cable on the chances of being named head coach in 2009: “It’s all I can do. It’s the best I can do. I want to be the head coach of the Raiders but it’s not in my hands. I know I put this team together and it’s going in the right direction, and today proved that.”

— Cable called the win what it was _ a game to build a season highlight film around.

He felt it was crucial to keep the game close early and “match the intensity of a team trying ot make the playoffs for the first 10 minutes.”

That accomplished, the Raiders set about building on last week’s 27-16 win over Houston, instead of tearing it down with another loss.

“We became a team, I thought, last week, and we proved it today,” Cable said. “The thing I’m most proud of is we lost a bunch of guys and we had someone like Michael Bush step up and run for so many yards against a good defense. The biggest thing is we stayed together as a team.”

— Bush, with 177 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns, sounded relieved to have shown his worth.

“It’s been a long year for me, so the offensive line did a good job,” Bush said. “Luke (Lawton) did a good job blocking and it just all came together. We wante dto ocme out with a win and we did a good job at it.”

— Regarding the 67-yard touchdown burst that put the Raiders ahead, Bush said, “All I know is I saw my line block a guy on the inside, and my guard Cooper Carlisle, had a good kick out block and I just hit it up in there,” Bush said. “I felt someone grab me, but I said to myself I can’t let someone bring me down with an arm tackle.”

The 177 yards rushing was the seventh best individual total in club history. He gained 129 yards in the fourth quarter, the third-most in the NFL since 1991.

“He turned his shoulders downhill to the defense and he really went after it,” Cable said. “He ran so violently, and that’s what you need.”

— The Bush option pass which went for a big 43-yard pass interference penalty was drawn up in the dirt on the fly, Cable said.

“Had he thrown a little sooner, it would have been a touchdown, but w egot what we needed out of it _ a big chunk,” Cable said.

— Cable on Davis: “We had good conversations. He was fired up for the game today. It was good. He was there. Believe me, he was there.”

The Raiders appeared to put the “woe is me” syndrome behind them in coming back from a 10-point deficit on the road. Cable said it was something the Raiders couldn’t have done two months ago.

“No chance. We didn’t trust each other, didn’t depend on each each other enough to do that,” Cable said.

— Asomugha’s neck injury got worse over night, according to Cable. He said it was hoped he would be ready to play at kickoff. Asomugha has been excused from the final team meeting Monday, while Shane Lechler is expected to attend.

Asomugha and Lechler, prospective unrestricted free agents represented by Tom Condon, had their lockers cleaned out Friday before the team left for Tampa.

— How far down the bench did the Raiders go?

That was Greyson Gunheim, a pracitice squad player for much of the year, sacking Jeff Garcia on the final play of the game. Tommy Kelly didn’t finish the game because of turf toe. Thomas Howard didn’t finish with an ankle sprain. Return specialist Justin Miller was playing cornerback.

Miller held up well other than being in primary coverage on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to Mark Clayton. Miller first chucked Ike Hilliard in the slot, then veered toward Clayton, who broke free down the sideline.

The seven-play, 61-yard drive which closed out the first half with Russell’s 3-yard TD pass to Chaz Schilens was their first successful drive inside of two minutes all season at the close of a half or game.

— Tampa Bay had what coach Jon Gruden termed “an emotional downer” when Carnell “Cadillac” Williams blew out his knee in the second half. He had 78 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns at the time, seemingly all the way back form blowing out his left knee two years earlier.

— Linebacker Derrick Brooks, hobbling around on one leg for much of the second half, was at a loss to explain how the Bucs couldn’t finish not only the game, but finish out a strong season after compiling a 9-3 record.

“I’m really apologizing because I don’t have the words to explain why we wer not able to do it,” Brooks said.

— A fabulous game by Lechler, who had a 47.7 gross punting average, a 41.7 net, and pinned the Bucs inside the 20-yard line three times.

— Linebacker Kirk Morrison, coming off a season-low two tackles against Houston, had a game-high 13 against the Bucs to lead the team in tackles for the fourth straight year.

“It was tough. We knew what we had all week long with Garcia,” Morrison said. “We wanted to keep him in front of us and limit his big plays. They go ta couple on us but we stuck with what we were doing and in the end it came out perfect for us.”

Gruden noted that the Bucs were depleted in terms of depth and affected by Williams’ injury, but said, “That’s no excuse. Everybody in this league has the same plight that we have but you’re the head coach and you have to take responsibility for it.”

— ESPN’s Chris Mortensen included the Raiders as a team executive vice president Bill Parcells is interested in should he void his contract with Miami after one year and $12 million.

If Parcells were to come to the Raiders, he’d be be working for a lot less than that.

— Another reason Cable makes the most sense _ do you really want to go through the process again of a new coaching determing he can’t work with Davis?

Rather than dread it, Cable embraced it, and not in the sort of Joe Bugel-esque fashion which caused his authority to evaporate.

— The Raiders will have the No. 7 pick in the 2009 NFL draft, just ahead of Jacksonville.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    In over three decades as a coach, Gilbride’s most memorable image may be a sideline incident while he was offensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers, which resulted in defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan throwing a punch at Gilbride. Another memorable event occurred during the 1992-93 NFL season when Gilbride was hospitalized with a rare form of kidney cancer and injured quarterback Warren Moon stepped in as acting offensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers.

    During his time with the Oilers, Gilbride ran a variation of the Run & Shoot offense. The team finished in the top 5 in scoring each year with Gilbride as offensive coordinator.

  • RaiderDogg

    KoolKell Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    The Thing is, he Porked Davis in the Super Bowl. The guy Davis “fired” porked him in the very next Super Bowl. Smacking the franchise down for years.

    KK, that is the pass bro. Al slapped him like the boy he is yesterday. Everybody who watched the superbowl that year all said Dungy left a good team behind. With Gruden’s own players, battling for a playoff spot, they got trashed yesterday. Stick to the present bro.

  • The White Frank Black

    What the heck is a hyperlink?

  • Nnamdi21

    Brandon Spikes

  • suspect J



  • Muhahahhahhah

  • The White Frank Black


  • darkknight01

    #24 Aka Huff24 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:33 pm
    Passing up on Rey could be like passing up on Ray Lewis. Lewis isn’t on the Ravens defense so he can cover people. The OLB’s and the Safeties do all that. What we need is a Hammerhead in the middle who can kill anybody who comes into his territory. Someone that smells blood. I don’t know if Rey can be that in the NFL but he has shown he can do it in college.

    ^ Exactly….Raiders don’t need a coverage MLB, they a hard working leader to can hit and will bring a whole new style and energy to the defense.

    Maeuluga is a Polamulu,Reed,Seau,Lewis, type of impact player.

  • MR

    Gilbride’s like Turner. He’s a coordinator. Can’t head coach. Same goes for Buddy Ryan, btw.

  • See you soon honneeee

  • MR

    You all will soon see I was right about JaRuss! He will be a bust!

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    LMN – I talked to him once but forgot to mention what you said about the soccer team because I’ve been sick. =)

  • Nnamdi21

    Oaklands decline came soon after because they were one of the oldest teams EVER.

    This rebuild BS took longer because of he 5 diff coaches since.

  • MR

    White Frank Black,

    Chucky would come here to build a winning team, and he’d clash with Al. Al Davis doesn’t build winning teams. He builds teams that fit his ideology of what a team should be, and will blame his head coach when they lose. Every head coach in the universe knows that now, which is why they’ll either come here to be puppets and collect a check (Fassell), or they won’t come here at all. Our only move is to hire a GM.

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  • MR

    It should have been Schaud

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    I also see Gilbride as another Norv Turner. Big mistake.

  • Charlie

    Ray Lewis threatened to retire three years ago unless the Ravens drafted a stud DT.
    They picked up Ngata in the first round.
    This kid out of SC would get knocked on his ass playing behind Warren and Sands.
    Draft a DT in round two. Rey is going to a team that already has a defensive tackle.

  • MR

    666 answer me! Minion!

  • MR

    868 not me.

  • Nnamdi21

    No one said we need a coverage backer, its been said he’ll struggle against pro level TE’s and RB’s in coverage.

    Who knows? He can rush the passer, maybe if left Morrison and Howard to do their coeverage thang.

    Still, no way he gets taken w/ pick 7

  • MR

    871 not me, either.

  • Florida Pete

    Here’s our 5th round draft choice…

    probably 2nd string center next year, full time starter the next…

    Dallas Reynolds, BYU
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 328.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.30.

  • MR

    Huff, Gilbride is precisely another Norv Turner. Buddy Ryan is nothing more than a coordinator, too, but on the other extreme. He had loads of talent in Philadelphia, and all he’s remembered for is putting a bounty on his former kicker.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    If anything, Al Davis will bring Gilbride in just to pick his brain and give him ideas on things hes not going to implement anyways. He’s just nosy and wants a piece of the action. I think he has interviews just so he can have someone to talk to. Maybe hes missing that special football dialogue and he wants to share the History of the Raiders with someone new because everyone else is tired of hearing it.

  • MR

    874 not me either.

  • # #24 Aka Huff24 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    LMN – I talked to him once but forgot to mention what you said about the soccer team because I’ve been sick. =)

    ahh oh well, get well soon, thats what important!

  • Nnamdi21

    Alright, MR and his bizzare ass want of SB666 plus the “I’d love to **** Rey!” fan club has gotten stale.

    Konichiwa Bishes

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  • MR, you know me.

    I know you.

    I know what you do with your life.

  • darkknight01

    we need a GM/Personnel man more than anything….then bring in Harbaugh as HC, let Cable be the assistant HC/O line coach and play caller.

    Keep Rathman, Lofton and Schnieder….let Knapp go…

    Let go of the underachieving Ryan and hire Sean McDermott, Mike Waufle or Eric Mangini as D-Coordinator

  • Nnamdi21

    Romeo gets brought in to fill the Rooney quota

  • well Im going to watch the last episode of TopGear..
    see ya, hope or pusher ave something ready for us when i get back =)

  • Turn around!

  • MR

    Huff, I think people make too much of this coaches having respect for Al Davis thing. I don’t think they do. They just pay it lip service. How much respect can they have for him when they absolutely refuse to work for him? I think they just get a kick out of him, and that’s it.

  • Dakota

    FB: Lorenzo Neal, Tony Richardson (if Oneal is out)
    Backup QB: Losman, Boller
    WR: TJ Housmandiddy, Antonio Bryant, Bryant Johnson
    T: Jordan Gross, Jon Runyan or Mark Tauscher
    C: Matt Birk, Jason Brown or Tom Nalen (old but might work short-term)
    DT: Haynesworth, Colin Cole, Ryan Sims
    DE: Peppers, Suggs, Canty
    MLB: Dansby, Crowder, Peterson

    Sign one or two of these guys and the Draft picture will clear right up. Obviously Hanyesworth, Suggs and Peppers are probably pipe dreams, but hey you never know!

    Realistically, if we could sign one of those MLBs and one of those big body DTs we could then address T, C, WR and DE in the draft…

  • edward teach

    Pete… good call on Brinkley. I had him going to us, I think in the second or third (?) in a post I made about a week ago. He’s got a little more sand in his britches than Laurenitis (who I don’t think is big enough to play MLB in the bigs) and apparently is a good run stopper. Plus, he can still run, which should satisfy those on this blog who think our MLB will be covering tight ends all the time. Not that he would be but, well, you know… did you check out Ron Brace? NT/DT Boston College 6-3/330; maybe a fourth rounder…

  • Dont go outside. It is rainin cats and DOGS!

  • Nnamdi21

    Listen Supect Gay, Oakland has done a FINE job of drafting LBs’ (Morrison and Howard) but there ain’t no way we take him no matter how “Gey for Rey” you are. Give it a rest…

  • Nnamdi21

    888. Dakota, Tauscher blew his knee.

  • darkknight01

    Dansby, Crowder, or Peterson would be great pickups…

  • Well Dogg #854

    Like I aid earlier or yesterday. It began with Tampa Bay, maybe it ends there.

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  • Dakota

    jhill Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    where do u have McQuistan playing next year?

    You would have to ask Cable, he seems to think McQuistan is not good enough to play RT, so I guess bench would be where he is playing.

  • MR

    Darknight, I’m thinking Madden as GM. Madden is the only guy who really does still respect Al Davis, for the fact that he owes his career to him. Madden’s been doing some uncharacteristic things this year. Missed a game for the first time in decades. He’s had plenty of deaths close to him over the years during the football season, and has never missed a game. So I don’t buy that he just wanted to be around the old Raiders. Something’s cooking. He’s scaled back his involvement with the video game, too. I’m thinking he goes to Oakland for a few years to get things straightened out, and name a successor for himself as he will then retire.

  • Dakota

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:55 pm
    888. Dakota, Tauscher blew his knee.

    Done deal then…Raider fo sho!

  • Nnamdi21

    889. Listen headward skeech, the point about coverage is valid.At least thats what 3 out of 4 sites that cover the NFL draft think.

    Mis interpret all you want, the fact is the guys NOT WORTH THE PICK.

  • MR

    John Madden knows today’s game as well as anyone. Certainly knows a world more about it than anyone currently employed by the Raiders, up to the owner.

  • Nnamdi21

    898. You know it! wouldn’t surprise me. “Hey, got him cheap!”

  • MR

    John Madden as GM is our only move. Any other move will be futile.