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Postgame wrap

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 5:27 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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.

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  • Nnamdi21

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

  • http://none MR

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

  • suspect J

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:54 pm
    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…

    I HOPE THE CHARGERS DRAFT REY IN THE FIRST ROUND AND THEN WE WILL SEE HIM TWICE A YEAR AND WILL BE WHINING WHY REY AND THAT OTHER MONSTER THEY HAVE AT OLB/DE CRUSHES US BECAUSE WE WANTED CRABTREE.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Amazing to see the Raiders use the 2 min offense to drive down and score a TD before the 1st half!!!!!!

    That was new. I think Russell’s turned the corner.

  • http://view.playlist.com/12942502411/standalone La Milicia Negra

    # KoolKell Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Well Dogg #854

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

    what about the game where Gannon was scramled and ruined his neck? was that just 2nd act??

  • darkknight01

    MR,

    Madden would be an interesting choice.

    He would probbaly only be around for 3 years max IMO to help with player personnel, evaluation and the draft.

  • suspect J

    OUR DEFENSE IS SOFT AND YOU CAN SEE IT EVERY GAME. BUT WE NEED CRABTREE IN THE FIRST WHEN THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD WR IN THE SECOND AND THIRD ROUNDS.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Gilbride was 6-16 with a 0.272 winning percentage as an NFL Head Coach. No Thanks. Of course, he did coach for the Chargers and we all know the Chargers have always sucked and will never win a Superbowl so maybe every coach will look bad there?

  • darkknight01

    suspect J Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:00 pm
    Nnamdi21 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:54 pm
    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…

    I HOPE THE CHARGERS DRAFT REY IN THE FIRST ROUND AND THEN WE WILL SEE HIM TWICE A YEAR AND WILL BE WHINING WHY REY AND THAT OTHER MONSTER THEY HAVE AT OLB/DE CRUSHES US BECAUSE WE WANTED CRABTREE.

    ^Thats exactly what I don’t want to see! I can see the Dolts taking Rey also if he is there. J-Ville will snatch him after us I think though….especially if Crabtree and Wells are gone.

  • http://none MR

    No doubt Madden wouldn’t be here for too long. I’m thinking 3 years, to mainly do what you said, just straighten everything out, and then name a successor for himself.

  • http://none MR

    Madden knows as much about the modern day NFL as anyone Al Davis could hire as GM.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Also amazing that after Russell threw that devastating interception, they came right back and scored again.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    MR – It would be a scary thought marrying into Al Davis’ family because you’d expect to walk in and meet everyone and Al would grab you with his face in your face, talking about the greatness of the Raiders. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Raiders but please. He would end up pulling you away from everyone else and talking to you for the next 10 HOURS I bet. Its one of those situations where you try to be nice and listen but after the first couple of hours, you’re wishing for someone to come and save you and your girl walks in and says, Oh my, its so nice to have you 2 getting along and then she leaves you in there and the rest of the family is happy because you distracted him away from the rest of the family so they can talk about something else. Haha.

    Hes probably one of those people that has to stand in your face when he talks to you and everytime you take a step back, he takes a step forward so he stays in your bubble.

  • Joey Bee 1

    I want Rey Too!!!

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    MR – You and I both know that Madden is only a dream. There is NO WAY that would ever happen. Madden is too tired for all of that. If he wanted to do that, he would have done it a long time ago.

  • suspect J

    darkknight01 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:04 pm
    suspect J Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:00 pm
    Nnamdi21 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:54 pm
    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…

    I HOPE THE CHARGERS DRAFT REY IN THE FIRST ROUND AND THEN WE WILL SEE HIM TWICE A YEAR AND WILL BE WHINING WHY REY AND THAT OTHER MONSTER THEY HAVE AT OLB/DE CRUSHES US BECAUSE WE WANTED CRABTREE.

    ^Thats exactly what I don’t want to see! I can see the Dolts taking Rey also if he is there. J-Ville will snatch him after us I think though….especially if Crabtree and Wells are gone.

    AT LEAST SOME ONE IS WITH ME ON THIS ONE.

  • jhill

    kevin gilbride????

    never!

  • Joey Bee 1

    We need to unite and fight for Rey to come to town. He will solidify our defense…can you imagine Morrison, Maualuga and Howard. This will be the best LB core.

  • Florida Pete

    introducing our 2nd round pick…

    he starts day one:

    Defensive Tackle
    B.J. Raji, Boston College
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 325.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.12.

  • Joey Bee 1

    There will be plenty of WR available during free agency.

  • darkknight01

    UPDATE:

    Alabama LT Andre Smith has been suspended by Sabaen for the Sugar Bowl game.

    I would rather pick Oher or Monroe ahead of him anyway.

    His weight issues and character worry me at least for a LT.

  • Charlie

    Suspect

    Did you see the game yesterday?
    Why a WR?

    If you really follow the Raiders the thought of anything other than improving our line play in the draft should scare you.

  • suspect J

    WE NEED TO SHUT NNAMDI UP BECAUSE HE IS JUST DOESNT WANT AL TO GET A REAL HARD HITTING LINEBACKER. HE WANTS ANOTHER 4.2 CORNER ALONG SIDE NNAMDI SO WE CAN GET RAN ALL OVER WITH OUR SOFT COVERAGE LINEBACKERS WE HAVE.

    I NO ONE THINGS FOR SURE IS IF WE GET REY HE WILL AT LEAST HAVE ONE CHANCE TO HIT SOMEONE AND HE WILL MAKE IT COUNT AND LAY DEVASTAING BLOWS ON WHOEVER WANTS TO CROSS THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.

  • jhill

    then again, it says they want to interview him for a coaching position. that could mean a coordinator position.

  • RaiderInGA

    JLH and Chaz looked solid in the last three games.

    …and keep giving the ball to Bush. If Gilbride is hired, Bush will be a better version of Brandon Jacobs.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    I would rather sign Houschmandzadeh instead of drafting Crabtree because Housch is already extablished and he’d work great with JLH and Schilens. We can fix other areas with that 1st round pick.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    The Oakland Raiders are in the process of requesting permission to speak with New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about their vacant head coach position, according to a report from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

    As the Giants enter their bye week for the opening round of the playoffs, Gilbride is expected to take the opportunity to interview for the job. New York (12-4) is the NFC’s top seed and has home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

    However, Raiders sources tell Mortensen that interim head coach Tom Cable has a solid chance of retaining the post.

  • kirk

    If Fargas doesn’t get injured, we don’t win that game.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Suspect J – No need to yell. Seriously. If someone wants to read what you say, they will do it more without the caps. Believe me.

  • Florida Pete

    um…

    suspect j…

    no more coffee today, okay???

  • Dakota

    Oh boy….Al, Al I take it back Al…keep Cable!
    ______________________________________________
    Raiders hope to speak with Giants’ Gilbride
    ESPN.com news services

    Updated: December 29, 2008, 2:39 PM ET

    The Oakland Raiders are in the process of requesting permission to speak with New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about their vacant head coach position, according to a report from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

    As the Giants enter their bye week for the opening round of the playoffs, Gilbride is expected to take the opportunity to interview for the job. New York (12-4) is the NFC’s top seed and has home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

    However, Raiders sources tell Mortensen that interim head coach Tom Cable has a solid chance of retaining the post.

    Cable moved in to the role when Raiders owner Al Davis fired Lane Kiffin four games into this season. Cable won two straight games to finish the season and was 4-8 as head coach.

    Cable is expected to meet with Davis soon. The owner did not travel with the team to Tampa Bay for the regular season finale because of a leg injury.

    “I want to be the head coach of the Raiders, but it’s not in my hands,” Cable told reporters after Sunday’s game. “But I certainly know I put this team together and got it going in the right direction, and [Sunday's win] proved that.”

    The Giants promoted Gilbride from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after the 2006 season. The former offensive coordinator with the Houston Oilers, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Buffalo was a head coach for the San Diego Chargers.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Jhill – Gilbride would not leave as the Offensive Coordinator of the Giants, to the Raiders as the Offensive Coordinator. Teams cannot hire away assistants unless they get a promotion so the only way it would happen is if they put Assistant Head Coach on top of the Offensive Coordinator title and I still can’t imagine him coming here.

  • RaiderRockstar

    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.

    ***

    who says? Kiffin & Cable said McQ is more comfortable on one side, so they chose the left side for him. He was backup LT & LG before he got hurt and placed on IR. It’s not like he’s riding the pine right now, he’s on Injured Reserve! He backed up Cornell Green last year at RT, but not because Green is better. Green was familiar with the zone blocking system, McQ wasn’t. They said Mario Henderson wasn’t even challenging Harris or Green for playing time too, remember? He’s been our best tackle this season. They could be wrong about McQuistan too? Hopefully they’ll be able to figure that out before an injury occurs and he’s forced into the lineup, like Michael Bush & JLH too. Chris Johnson was better at man-to-man than D Hall. Eugene was a better FS than Huff (Huff only got 5 games though). Higgins & Schilens were more impressive than Curry & Lelie. The current staff can’t properly evaluate talent. Jon Alston & Trevor Scott could have gotten more playing time too imo. Could have gotten McFadden & Miller more touches, etc. Not sure if all of the above blame falls on Cable, Knapp, Kiffin, Ryan or Davis – but somehow we need to get better talent evaluators here. Not just to acquire new players, but to put the best players on the field at all times. not on accident, but on purpose.

  • darkknight01

    Heyward-Bey would be a solid choice in round 2 if he falls that far.

    He is big and is a play maker…he is faster than Crabtree also I believe.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Kirk – I completely agree. There would be alot more 3 and outs with Fargas in.

  • suspect J

    Charlie Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    Suspect

    Did you see the game yesterday?
    Why a WR?

    If you really follow the Raiders the thought of anything other than improving our line play in the draft should scare you.

    ADDRESS OLINE PLAY IN THE SECOND ROUND.

    I JUST DONT SEE A SOLID OT IN THE DRAFT.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Raiders | Russell wants Cable to return

    Steve Corkran, of the Bay Area News Group, reports Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell said he would like to see interim head coach Tom Cable return as the head coach next season. “He brought us from one direction and took us up the ladder,” 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.”
    ____________________________________________________

    Whatever Russell wants, I want.

  • http://Clownsrus Chaos

    #24 Aka Huff24 Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:14 pm
    I would rather sign Houschmandzadeh instead of drafting Crabtree because Housch is already extablished and he’d work great with JLH and Schilens. We can fix other areas with that 1st round pick.

    _________________________________________________

    Bro,

    Just an FYI. I know TJ, he played at Cerritos College when I was in school, and he told me recently that he is not coming to Oakland. He said that he was going to hit the market, but he wanted to go to a team that was a contender. He said most likely the Giants but it was too early to tell.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gilbride was 6-16 with a 0.272 winning percentage as an NFL Head Coach. No Thanks.

    ***

    Lane Kiffin was 5-15. If Kiffin stayed one more game and won it, they’d have the same overall record. So why is Kiffin good enough to stay, but Gilbride isn’t even worth looking at? Gilbride has experience in the NFL and he’s had success running an offense and mentoring a young QB into a pro bowler & super bowl champion. Not Head Coach material? maybe not, but I think you at least interview the guy if he’s interested.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Can’t we get another offensive lineman who WASN’T out for the year? I’d rather have more potential or a free agent come in to play RT than McQuistan. What happens if he gets hurt right away? We still don’t know whether hes the answer and hes got as much potential as Grove in my books and thats not saying much. I think we either draft a rookie with more upside or we sign a solid veteran. I’d be for McQ if he hadn’t gotten hurt but we need to get rid of these injury prone players like Grove and Fargas.

  • Florida Pete

    introducing our No 1 pick of the 2009 draft:

    uh, that is if he declares:

    Defensive Tackle
    Terrence Cody, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 365.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.50.

    if drafted i would have him outfitted with surgically implanted extra-skeletal knees…

  • suspect J

    WE REALLY NEED A SOLID TACKLE IN THE DRAFT. BUT I JUST DONT WANT TO BE DISAPPOINTED AGAIN LIKE GALLERY

  • edward teach

    Huff… Gilbride coached the Dolts back in 1997. Eleven years ago. Since then he’s worked in Buffalo for (I think) two years as the OC and then almost exclusively for Coughlin, who hired him in J’ville. The record with the Jags was a good one (they haven’t been as good since Coughlin left, actually) and Brunell went to the Pro Bowl while he was OC. Coughlin approached the Mara family and requested Gilbride specifically. He created the offense around Eli and Chris Palmer worked with Manning on his mechanics, etc. Houston (pre-SD), Buffalo and the Giants have all set franchise records for offense and scoring with Gilbride as OC. Jacksonville doesn’t count because they were expansion and every time you step on the field you set a new franchise record, but the stats and the preformances are there. Plus, he’s guided three different QBs to the Pro Bowl and those are definitely his accomplishments; Warren Moon was straight from Canada when Gilbride got him, Brunell was a nobody, and he started from ground zero with Eli.

    Eleven years (and much accomplished since the SD job) later he is running the offense for the defending SB champs, who are also the top seed this year in the NFC.

    One head coaching job eleven years ago does not a retread make. Hell, Fassel, Billick and Denny Green aren’t even EMPLOYED in the NFL right now.

    Can Gilbride be a HC? I don’t know, but he certainly has some impressive credentials since the SD job. A lot can happen in 11 years. He might be ready, he might not. I just think he deserves an interview.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Chaos – Well. If what you say is true and I could believe that because I wouldn’t understand why he would go from the Bengals to the Raiders, then that sucks but I certainly wouldn’t blame the guy.

  • RaiderRockstar

    As the Giants enter their bye week for the opening round of the playoffs, Gilbride is expected to take the opportunity to interview for the job.

    ***

    wow. i’m shocked. maybe he can convince Mike Waufle to come back here as DC?

  • jhill

    huff, forgot about that …

    then why the hell are we talking to Gilbride? is he a light skinned brutha who’s satisfying th Rooney rule?

  • Unknown

    Wow!! If Russell plays well it’s because his own doing. When he plays bad it’s because of Al!!

    And these are the same clowns talking about double standards in this Country!!! shhhh

  • DT42

    Ugh! not Gilbride! quick have Buddy Ryan go and beat ‘em down again just like the old days in Houston.

  • Dakota

    Chaos,

    Sounds like your boy TJ is tired of playing for losing, bottom-dwelling teams…he should probably stay away from Oakland if they retain Cable and/or Rob Ryan.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Russell “Look. Cable’s a good guy. I want him here. When I want a donut, he doesn’t just let me have a donut. The guy goes out of his way to get a dozen and he sits next to me in the film room and we polish off a dozen together, just like a family. See. We have alot in common. We like football and we like food. It sure is motivating when I know theres a pastry waiting for me at the end of a game. Cable says, “All I have to do is win, so thats what I do and mmmmmm, its so much easier to do.”

    I’m J/K. Its just fun to joke around.