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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.

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  • suspect J

    SIGN A SOLID TACKLE IN FREE AGENCY AND LOCK UP NNAMDI IN THE LONG TERM THEN GET REY IN THE FIRST ROUND AND WERE SET. WR IN THE SECOND.

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  • suspect J

    SOLID RUN STUFFING NTACKLE IN THE THIRD ROUND NOW THATS THE WAY TO DRAFT.

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    Dakota,

    I didn’t say he was my boy. But I do have some people that I played ball with in the NFL and CFL. So I have an inside scoop.

    http://www.impactlab.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/hot-chicks.jpg

  • Dakota

    Buddy Ryan slugs Kevin Gilbride

    Jan. 2. 1994. There’d been a long feud simmering between Oilers defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. For example, Ryan repeatedly derided Gilbride’s “run-and-shoot” offense, calling it “chuck-and-duck.” The two hadn’t spoken to each other for a long time; and finally, the bad feelings boiled over into violence.

    The Oilers, on an 11-game winning streak and headed for the playoffs, faced the Jets. They’d eventually win, 24-0; but what got things going was a play just before halftime when the Jets sacked Houston QB Cody Carlson, who fumbled. Ryan, angry at the play-call, punched Gilbride in the jaw.

    Ryan explained himself later: “It’s a difference in coaching philosophy in the heat of the battle.”

    Broncos coach Wade Phillips, who had worked for Ryan in Philadelphia, saw the punch on TV and said it didn’t surprise him. “He has slugged people on the sideline before,” Phillips said . “Assistant coaches who were next to him got it. I was always up in the press box with the headset on, so I didn’t.”

    Said Gilbride the next day, “It’s a daily, ongoing thing. The comments, the sarcasm, the denigrating and disparaging remarks toward the offense. We try to just survive it. That’s what we’re going to do. My best way of handling it is to try to stay far away from the guy and try not to respond to his incessant remarks and just stay focused on who I thought the opponent was — the teams we play week to week.”

    ______________________________________

    Now that is some good stuff.

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  • suspect J

    1. RESIGN NNAMDI
    2. SIGN A SOLID FA OFFENSIVE TACKLE
    3. DRAFT REY MAUALUGA IN THE FIRST
    4. GOOD QUALITY WR IN THE SECOND ROUND
    5. THIRD ROUND GET THAT RUN STUFFING NOSE TACKLE AND WE HAVE ADRESSED PLENTY OF OUR NEEDS TO BE A PLAYOFF BOUND TEAM NEXT YEAR.

  • jhill

    folks are actually making a case for Gilbride, and good ones at that.

    one good thing I can think of is a Ryan won’t be on his staff!

  • RaiderRockstar

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

    ***

    MR: I think Madden enjoys life working in the booth with his best buddy. He’s 71 years old. I wouldn’t hire a GM under 60 years old, for fear they may risk a heart attack. This is a young man’s job. A tireless worker who knows current strategy and tactics. Al Davis likes to find diamonds nobody has ever heard of, then take all the credit when/if they succeed. I don’t think a hall of famer will ever work under Al Davis, nor will anybody who is or has been a proven Head Coach or GM.

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  • edward teach

    Huff… I got some of my chronology wrong, sorry. He was at SD after J’Ville. I also failed to mention that, while Gilbride was at Buffalo, Bledsoe threw for over 4000 yards, he had two 1000 yd plus receivers, and Travis Henry rushed for 1400 yards. All in the same year.

    With the young guns we have on our team now, who WOULDN’T want to talk to him?

  • jhill

    cowher said no to the browns, but is open to other opportunities in 2009 ….

    hmmmmmmm !!!!!!!

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    RaiderRockstar – You make a good point but I’ve gone sour on Kiffin. He hurt my good buddie Gruden by taking his father away from him and ruining his season. I will never forgive him for that. Haha. Our offensive lineman played better once that coach left for Kiffin so I think that turned out for the better.

  • suspect J

    suspect J Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:31 pm
    1. RESIGN NNAMDI
    2. SIGN A SOLID FA OFFENSIVE TACKLE
    3. DRAFT REY MAUALUGA IN THE FIRST
    4. GOOD QUALITY WR IN THE SECOND ROUND
    5. THIRD ROUND GET THAT RUN STUFFING NOSE TACKLE AND WE HAVE ADRESSED PLENTY OF OUR NEEDS TO BE A PLAYOFF BOUND TEAM NEXT YEAR.

    DOESNT THAT SOUND LIKE A SOLID OFF SEASON. WE WILL ADDRESS MANY NEEDS BY FUFILLING COMPLETING THESE TASKS.

    SHUT DOWN CORNER
    SOLID FREE AGENT PROVEN LEFT TACKLE
    MONSTER MLB
    NICE SOLID WR IN THE SECOND ROUND
    RUN STUFFING DT IN THE THIRD
    AND WERE IN BUSINESS.

    DOES ANYONE THINK THEY CAN DO ANY BETTER?

  • Dakota
  • suspect J

    suspect J Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    suspect J Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:31 pm
    1. RESIGN NNAMDI
    2. SIGN A SOLID FA OFFENSIVE TACKLE
    3. DRAFT REY MAUALUGA IN THE FIRST
    4. GOOD QUALITY WR IN THE SECOND ROUND
    5. THIRD ROUND GET THAT RUN STUFFING NOSE TACKLE AND WE HAVE ADRESSED PLENTY OF OUR NEEDS TO BE A PLAYOFF BOUND TEAM NEXT YEAR.

    DOESNT THAT SOUND LIKE A SOLID OFF SEASON. WE WILL ADDRESS MANY NEEDS BY FUFILLING COMPLETING THESE TASKS.

    SHUT DOWN CORNER
    SOLID FREE AGENT PROVEN LEFT TACKLE
    MONSTER MLB
    NICE SOLID WR IN THE SECOND ROUND
    RUN STUFFING DT IN THE THIRD
    AND WERE IN BUSINESS.

    DOES ANYONE THINK THEY CAN DO ANY BETTER?

    THATS WHAT I FEEL THAT WE NEED TO DO THIS OFFSEASON AND IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE WILL SPEND TOO MUCH THIS OFFSEASON.

  • Dakota

    Sounds like Gilbride can really get an offense going…does this mean we may not know who our HC will be until after the SB (if the Giants make it that far)?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I think Russell showed a lot of development this year, considering that Kiffin thought that throwing the football was a ridiculous thought with this crew. Except when he has Josh Mccown of course.

  • RaiderRockstar

    “It’s a daily, ongoing thing. The comments, the sarcasm, the denigrating and disparaging remarks toward the offense. We try to just survive it. That’s what we’re going to do. My best way of handling it is to try to stay far away from the guy and try not to respond to his incessant remarks and just stay focused on who I thought the opponent was — the teams we play week to week.”

    ***

    I wonder if that is what Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin & Tom Cable think of Rob Ryan, Buddy’s son?

  • vegas raider

    BHP told us all that there was going to be this huge announcement on the 29th (today), and we would all be suprised. I don’t think the Gilbride to interview announcement is what he had in mind. I’m never listening to him again

  • Florida Pete

    josh mccown was kiffie’s butt-buddy…

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    RaiderRockstar – Who is that quote from?

  • Dakota

    ESPN is reporting that Tom Cable is on his way to Seattle to interview for a position on Jim Mora’s coaching staff. OC or o-line coach?

    Looks like we have an answer to the Tom Cable debate.

    espn.com/nfl/oak/cable_to_Seattle

  • jhill

    kiffin … kiffin … kiffin …

    damn!

    Kiffin thought throwing the ball to starters Walker and Curry was the problem. Everyone saw JLH bumble through opportunities early in the season. we all saw harris and green at OT. we all saw oneal go down. AND we all know ryan is a horrible DC!

    but kiffin …. kiffin ….kiffin

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    I hope we hear very soon that Rob Ryan is not coming back. I wonder if Al Davis will let his New or current Head Coach make that decision?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Ah yeah,

    That Drama Queen will drag this out until Draft Week. My gawd he likes attention

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    Dakota – Maybe Tom Cable is just interviewing as well without a concrete word from Al Davis while AD goes through an interview process? Doesn’t hurt that Cable is keeping his options open as much as Al Davis right?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Russell’s mentors were Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Walter & Tui. His QB coach was DeFillipo. He had 3 different play callers this season, his first as a starter. Kwame Harris starting LT. WR injuries galore. RB & FB injuries galore. Zach Miller, the most reliable target always stayed in to block.

    Despie all these things, Russell still threw 5 more TD’s than INT’s. 13 passing and 1 rushing. 14 TD’s from your #1 overall pick isn’t exactly SUPER numbers, but I think we all saw a few solid outings from him. Next year he’ll probably pass for over 3000 yards. He passed for over 2400 this year, but no 300 yard games or 3 TD games. Maybe a guy like Kevin Gilbride can take him to the next level?

  • Dakota

    JUST KIDDING!
    ;)

  • vegas raider

    Got me to look for it Dakota!! Damn you

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    Our new DC should be Romeo Crennel, make it happen Al!

  • edward teach

    I don’t think Gilbride would be a bad choice. Everybody knows the Raider head coach is just a glorified OC anyway. If Ryan’s gone (please, God) it looks like there are plenty of qualified guys to help Al run the D.

  • Florida Pete

    introducing our 3rd round selection:

    Offensive Lineman
    Augustus Parrish, Kent State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 308.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.13.

    Could be RT or Guard…

    or a truly excellent blocking dummy…

    schit, it’s all a crap shoot…

  • edward teach

    Sorry, couldn’t help it.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    This is the guy that I want but Al Davis doesn’t hire Defensive Head Coaches.

    PFT.com

    LIONS GET PERMISSION TO INTERVIEW SPAGNUOLO
    Posted by Mike Florio on December 29, 2008, 4:04 p.m.
    The Detroit Lions have received permission to interview Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo for their vacant head-coaching position.

    Because the Giants have a first-round bye in the playoffs, Spagnuolo is available to be interviewed this week. Thereafter, he is off limits until the Giants’ season ends.

    Spagnuolo cannot be offered a head-coaching job until his current team’s playoff run ends.

    The Browns and Rams also are thought to be interested in interviewing Spagnuolo this week.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Maybe Tom Cable is just interviewing as well without a concrete word from Al Davis while AD goes through an interview process? Doesn’t hurt that Cable is keeping his options open as much as Al Davis right?

    ***

    my thoughts exactly. What is the difference in coaching for the Seahawks & Raiders? Cable is a Raiders fan and he’s already on staff. Raiders finished with more wins than the Seaturds and Cable knows the players here. There is always a chance Davis hires a HC and Cable will not be retained in any capacity though. I think Cable is preparing himself for that possibility. I guess it depends on whether or not the new Head Coach likes the zone blocking system. I think Davis wants to find out if he can get along with some other potential coaches, should they come here. Find out their plans and contract demands, what kind of control they’re demanding (if any). Davis knows what he has in Cable. He wants to find out what else is out there, before being saddled with Cable for the next few years.

  • darkknight01

    DT’s that I think should be targeted in round 2 or 3 barring any trade down.

    Evander Hood- he is a beast, but will probably go in round 1.

    Fili Moala- powerful player on USC’s d-line.

    Terrance Taylor

    Alex Magee

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    If he fires 2 Head Coaches in One Year, it would up the Stats to 6 Head Coaches in 6 years.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Stats don’t lie. Fargas should be placed on the trade block and cut if nobody wants him.

    Season numbers: RUSHING

    Fargas – 218 carries, 853 yards, 1 TD.

    McFadden & Bush – 208 carries, 920 yards, 7 TD’s.

    Season numbers: RECEIVING

    Fargas – 10 catches, 52 yards

    McFadden & Bush – 48 catches, 447 yards

    ***

    so Fargas has more rushing attempts than DMC & Bush combined, yet look at their stats compared to his?

  • Florida Pete

    our round six draft choice will be:

    Defensive End (and Burgess’ replacement)
    Derek Walker, Illinois
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 272.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.

    this guy will kick ass…

    i think.

  • #24 Aka Huff24

    RAIDERS FAN NOT APPRECIATED IN THE PEWTER HOLE
    Posted by Mike Tunison on December 29, 2008, 12:03 p.m.
    At the beginning of the season, the Buccaneers announced a policy that allowed fans to report any alleged wrongdoing by fellow attendees to stadium security via text message. It seemed ripe with opportunities for abuse, and lo and behold, one has surfaced.

    A letter a Raiders fan wrote to the NFL, the Buccaneers and the Tampa Sports Authority after being ejected from Raymond James Stadium on Sunday for cheering on his team was posted on the blog Consumerist:

    “Good afternoon,I apologize for the number of individuals included on this communication as I was unsure who to contact about this.

    I had a very negative experience at Raymond James Stadium while attempting to attend the Buccaneers/Raider NFL football game. My day started poorly as I was forced to go to three different entrance gates because I was ‘wearing the wrong colors’ before I could obtain admittance with my ticket to the game.

    The game went without incident up until the first score of the game by the Raiders. I stood in celebration, and before the extra point was even kicked, I was being led away by stadium personnel. Once out of the stands, I was placed in handcuffs, although I was not resisting the stadium personnel’s requests, or read my rights and placed under arrest. I was lead to a single person holding cell where my possessions were removed, and I was subjected to a full body frisking. After being detained for roughly 30 minutes, I was released outside of the stadium, and informed that I could not return to the stadium.

    As a long time fan and supporter of the NFL, I am greatly disappointed by my treatment at today’s game. I feel like I was personally singled out due to my team affiliation, and this was totally unwarranted. I was not intoxicated or found to be in possession of any illegal substances. I was not being verbally or physically abusive to any other fans or players. There were no requests to adjust my behavior prior to this either, which was not causing an issue as multiple witnesses can attest to.

    I understand the stadium has the right to remove any attendees as stated on the ticket, but my treatment today was completely unacceptable. I came down to Tampa Bay from New Jersey specifically to see this game, and then was stripped of the ability to enjoy the game. I would like to know if there are any options by which I may file a formal complaint against the personnel at the stadium? I wish I could provide you with more information as to the individuals involved, but they would not provide me with that information prior to my removal.

    Any assistance in this matter would be appreciated. Thank you and I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday.”

    Obviously this is one man’s account of what occurred and the fan, identified as “Steve,” could very well have been acting inappropriately, though I’m inclined to think that if someone knows they had been acting up, they’re not filing a complaint after being ejected. Either way, it’s another unfortunate byproduct of the Fan Conduct Policy.

  • Dakota

    Here is a look at some QBs and their first full seasons starting compared to Russell:

    Comp Att Comp% Yards TDs Ints Rating

    Farve
    302 471 64.1 3227 18 13 85.3

    P. Manning
    326 575 56.7 3739 26 28 71.2

    E. Manning
    294 557 52.8 3762 24 17 75.9

    Palmer
    263 432 60.9 2897 18 18 77.3

    Russell
    198 368 53.8 2423 13 8 77.1

    Russell did pretty well considering he had two HCs and three OCs. Couldn’t find the stats on fumbles…Russell really needs to work on maintaining possession of the ball, but otherwise I think he did just fine…of course the last three games saved his stats.

  • vegas raider

    You need 3 RB’s in the current NFL; how many times were our 3 RB’s all healthy in the same week? Not very often. Fargas has no trade value at all, maybe a 5th round pick at best, so keep him for the remainder of his contract, and then let him go.

  • Dakota

    Vegas, I would agree with you about Fargas, but only if he is relegated to third string behind McFadden and Bush. Will Cable do that? I doubt it, he likes loyalty over production. If Cable can’t get his mouth off of Fargas’ nutz, then we need to separate the two love birds.

    Personally I would rather see Cable go than Fargas.
    4-8…4 complete disasters (two of which happened this month!)
    How soon we forget once we get thrown a ray of light!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Bush, is really the only big back on the team. I can’t understand why they didn’t attempt to mix him in earlier in the year, along with Dmac. We saw what he could do in week 2.

  • edward teach

    Kell… re 977… are you talking about Al, or Brett Favre? Cuz I’m pretty sure Bretty-poo is gonna drag out the drama as long he can this year, too.

    At least he has a new excuse this time. Last year it was motivation, this year it’s the shoulder. And you can bet that the fine folks at BSPN will be all over every word.

    Somebody put that guy outta my misery. He can’t play anymore anyway.

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    1000

  • Florida Pete

    so there you have it…

    my choices for this years draft…

    2 defensive tackles…

    1 defensive end…

    1 middle linebacker…

    1 center

    1 offensive lineman…

    now that’s drafting!!!

    oh, i don’t care who we take in the 7th round… should be a wide receiver probably…

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    screw u pete!