Boschetti signed, Williams renewed


While offensive coordinator at UCLA, an overachieving defensive tackle named Ryan Boschetti apparently caught the eye of coach Tom Cable.

Boschetti managed to hang on with the Redskins for four seasons, first as a practice squad player and later as a reserve. He’s played in only 22 games, but if this Washington Times story is any indication, Boschetti should raise the level of intensity at defensive tackle this training camp with the Raiders.

Maybe Boschetti can help light a fire under Tommy Kelly and Terdell Sands, two players the Raiders need to perform if they hope to improve their No. 31 ranked rushing defense.

Boschetti and Sam Williams showed up on Raiders.com on the Raiders transactions page as having signed contracts.

Williams, long considered an Al Davis favorite, has the size and skill set to be the perfect candidate for strong side linebacker but injuries and ineffectiveness have relegated him to a special teams player.

The Raiders moved up to select Williams in the third round of the 2003 draft. He was the first of two third-round picks that year, with Justin Fargas being the other.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • TrevJo

    #589 The Real MaddenRaider, I don’t think him being loyal makes him a good coach. I was just responding to the argument that the players believe in Cable. When you’re the new guy, people are going to give you the benefit of the doubt as long as you don’t crap on them (i.e. McDaniels/Cutler) or royally screw up right away (i.e. Bugel). That’s all. I never suggested nor believed that we should have hired Cable. I was simply giving a reason that the players could believe in a coach without him having proven to be a great coach.

  • La Milicia Negra

    # BabySlash Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 7:09 am

    LMN why are you so cocky and salty today, son?

    I just think it would help a lot to cut down on the redundancy…

  • Munoz, as long as you’re going to pull that ridiculous “i’m a bigger fan than you” card I’m not going to discuss this with you. I’ll just make my points and ignore you.

    Bo, seen the youtube yet, about Gruden? I find it hard to believe Al Davis was the sole “founder” of Jon Gruden when Gruden had already been in the league for about a decade, and when several teams were trying to get him as HC while the Raiders were.

  • Taber Corn

    Gruden accelled because he was complimented by a veteran QB, Gannon. You can give Al some credit for opening the wallet to the Balco gang, but you can’t deny that Gruden implemented a system that wasn’t Davis football.

  • La Milicia Negra

    # Trolls 35 Raiders 0 Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 8:59 am

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 6:22 am
    Trolls 35 Raiders 0…

    how do you keep score? how does it work? how will it be Trolls 36, Raiders 0… or how will it be Trolls 35, Raiders 1??

    LMN this is American football not European football 🙂

    Before the registration I could add 7 points to my score, 6 for a TD and 1 for a PAT. 💡 Once I got to 98 I would start giving the Raiders a minus in increments of 7 (same concept) 💡 If another poster would get me angry I would go for the 2 point conversion. 😈

    Bwahahhahaha… good stuff, LOL, talking about cocky =) LOL

  • Trevjo, it doesn’t matter that the players believe in Cable. The players have agents, and are looking out for themselves. Yes, you’ve got to have a happy home. But you can’t just let your players pick the coaches. The biggest loudmouths will just lobby for the coach that gets them the rock.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Here goes:

    1. Michael Oher, LT, Ole Miss
    2. Ron Brace, DT, Boston College
    3. Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina
    4. Mitch King, DE, Iowa


    what about Orakpo?

    and where is Tyson Jackson? surprised (but happy) you picked Oher over TJ

  • DMunoz26

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Munoz, as long as you’re going to pull that ridiculous “i’m a bigger fan than you” card I’m not going to discuss this with you. I’ll just make my points and ignore you.

    Bo, seen the youtube yet, about Gruden? I find it hard to believe Al Davis was the sole “founder” of Jon Gruden when Gruden had already been in the league for about a decade, and when several teams were trying to get him as HC while the Raiders were.

    Again answer the question on how you think a change of coach and philosophy helps the already young offense? You keep ignoring it but lets talk facts. A new coach puts us even farther behind these are not vets on O they are all young players still trying to figure out the game another offensive playbook to learn would have crippled their development, see Robert Gallery and every other offensive rookie we have had with all the coaching changes.

  • Taber Corn, I’m making the point that Gruden was available, and is far better than Tom Cable. I never said Al Davis didn’t deserve credit for Gruden’s success. All I said is that Gruden was the best coaching candidate available, and we passed on him and went with Kiffin’s o line coach. Not smart. I’ll check in with you guys later. I’m off to grab lunch. Hey, I no longer have to warn people of trolls posting under my name after I leave! I love this. Later.

  • MR, I can’t watch youtube at work. Pls synopsize (unless this is your tired rant about Gruden having multiple NFL suitors when in Philly).

  • TrevJo

    #606 The RealMaddenRaider, dude, go back and read my posts and Munoz posts again. I never said that it matters that the players believe in Cable. That was Munoz take, not mine.

  • Coach Sean

    Cable’s the best guy for the Raiders…right now. Talking about anyone else is borderline pointless for a couple reasons:

    1. Al Davis – love him, hate him, or otherwise, he has built a reputation for being impatient, demanding and meddling. Truth or not, it eliminates all of the ‘prime’ or ‘top notch’ candidates.

    2. Continuity – my god!!! How many coaches are we going to go through. The revolving door is embarrassing, and it simply stunts the growth of the younger players. With a young core like Russell and McFadden, namely Russell, continuity is a tremendous priority, especially after the Kiffin soap opera.

    3. Cable genuinely wanted this job. This is his dream job, and he might not be the best x’s and o’s guy, and he’s made some bad calls (Seabass on 4th and 10)…but he wants to be in Oakland. And by all accounts, he seems to be getting through to the team.

    He’s the best we could do, and in the end, he may not be such a bad choice. I will say, better than Gruden in one key department: developing young talent. Gruden CANNOT develope young talent…and with Russell being our franchise, and in need of some MAJOR development…Gruden would have been a bad call.

  • MR, ignore my “nobody” comment and address my point that Gruden’s (limited) success is inversely related to his level of franchise control.

  • blackdeath29

    SnBdefense,you can talk till you are blue in the face.alot of people don`t understand how important the nt is in the 4-3 under defense.they just blame the linebacker.

  • TrevJo

    #604 you are right. Gruden’s success was largely due to Gannon, but at the same time Gruden was the only reason we had Gannon in the first place. Cable is pretty much screwed because he’s underqualified to be a head coach in the first place, AND he’s going to be hamstrung with Russell & co. Two problems that Gruden didn’t have here.

  • OAKlifer

    Charlie Says:

    Fact: Our offensive line could not have pleased Cable that much otherwise we would not have brought in Barnes, Pears and Satele(letting Grove go)potentially introducing three new starters next season. We might draft somebody as well on day one for this unit.

    Fact: We can not ask the opposition to not run the ball as much. Our defensive line is bad. Offensive line improvement automatically helps the defense but 31st in rush defense having gotten worse for five straight years? Most rushing TD’s given up by any NFL team in the last six years.
    Richardson,Scott and Burgess at DE?

    That is a Dline talent problem that Jerry Rice in his prime would not help.


    Hey man those are great facts and your right about rice….!!!

    D-line for ’09

  • RaiderRockstar

    I just don’t like a WR at 7 this year we have far too many holes to address first. WR is a luxury for contenders and we aren’t a contender yet.


    I can live with that. Like you said, for a year.

    still pulling for Raji or did his drug use change your pick?

  • I can tell that’s the real MR he has always had man crush on Gruden.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can tell that’s the real MR he has always had man crush on Gruden.


    and Rosie O’Donnell

  • Taber Corn

    Raji’s positive drug test might make him cheaper at 7.

  • RaiderRockstar


    Cards signed FB Dan Krieder!

    it’s a slow news day in the NFL …

  • Coach on Wheels

    Determining Need. Let me ask. If you could replace 5 projected starters with 5 draft picks who would you replace in order starting with your highest priority –

    My list –

    Sands DT – Not good v. run or pass. Hurts TK and LBs.
    Burgess DE – Need a Base DE that lets Burgess be a passing down guy. That would help brittle Burgess stay healthy and help run D.
    Huff FS – Need a legit play making FS.
    Brown / Morrison LB – Either need a star SLB or a solid MLB to push Morrison to SLB.
    Barnes RT – Unless he is reborn here, only a slight upgrade to Green.

    For the Crab fans I had WR as #6 and RG as #7 in my need list. Overall I’m looking for a Defense draft.

    Your need lists?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raji’s positive drug test might make him cheaper at 7.


    anybody drafted in the Top 10 is going to make some serious cash.

    we might save money by putting a claus in his contract that states “you lose 1 game check per doobie” though?

  • blackdeath29

    i started pulling for jeramy maclin a few days ago.but the run defense still sucks.

  • Coach Sean

    #615 – anyone for that matter. How in the world can we as fans with what limited access we have determine whether or not Tom Cable is ‘underqualified’ to be a head coach???!!!

    That’s ludicrous!!! Simply the way he didn’t lose the team at the end of the year, told me that he’s got some qualifications, not to mention he’s BEEN a collegiate HC, been around a while, and that everyone who knows him or has worked, played or coached with him, says it was only a matter of time.

    Fact is, we cannot deduce any of that from our vantage point. The guy knows more football than all of us, because if he didn’t, any of us would be coaching and not farting around on this blog.

    Just to name a few that have had some pretty good success…what made them qualified to be head coaches? What is this all magical ‘thing’ that sticks out as ‘qualified’?

    32-year old John Madden???

    Jack Del Rio…oh wait, it’s because he was a special teamer as a Cowboy linebacker right??!!

    Jeff Fisher…Andy Reid…Bill Belichick…that stint in Cleveland, yep, that told all of us 3 Super Bowls are coming…right.

  • Coach on Wheels

    WB Coach Sean…been awhile. Good to read your take as always.

    Don’t forget we had a successful coach who took us to the AFC Championship and was dismissed prematurely. – Art Shell. Bringing somebody back doesn’t mean equal results.

  • DKnight007

    2 positive drug tests (1 at school supposedly), and missed a year at school for academics. Alarm bells are ringing.

    The way the NFL comes down on misconduct now, any team that takes him in the first better have a nice backup to cover him during suspensions. Character is important. It doesn’t matter what some of us think about pot, the NFL suspends players for testing positive for it.

    Warren Sapp turned out OK? Hooray!!!! How long ago was that?? The list of players with positive tests that turned into crap is a lot longer……

  • TrevJo

    Coach Sean, that’s my opinion. You don’t have to agree with it. Having “some qualifications” and knowing “more football than all of us” does not make him qualified to be an NFL head coach.

    Can I say definitively that he is underqualified? No I cannot, but that is my belief.

    All these other coaches have nothing to do with Cable. Although, the fact that Belichick struggled so much for 3 years in Cleveland before becoming the elite coach we know today tells you even more that experience helps.

    Why don’t I think Cable is qualified? I think he’s a Yes Man, I think his NFL coaching experience is underqualified, I think he does not have the connections or authority to hire a great staff of assistants, and I haven’t seen any evidence that he has mastery of some of the most complex aspects of the game. His positive traits as I see them are enthusiasm, an exceptional ability to coach run blocking, and a commitment to the running game. That’s not enough to me.

  • RaiderRockstar

    DKnight007: good post #627

  • Coach Sean

    I might agree with the notion or perception that he could be a ‘yesman’. However, there are ways to get things done without openly challenging the boss man (see Lane Kiffin v. Jon Gruden).

    I thought Madden, Brian Billick and Cable, for that matter make a good point about working with (for) Al Davis. It has to be a partnership. One can’t go in just demanding this or that, or trying to flex his might…instilling his own agenda without first proving his case and worth to the bossman. It doesn’t work in any other job like that.

    It’s well known that when things go well, Davis takes the credit, when it goes bad the coach gets the blame, and the more open that coach is about trying to fling that back on Davis, the uglier things get. But if that coach is there to coach, and win, and it’s not about his agenda, fame or otherwise…things can workout. Unfortunately, professional sports doesn’t seem to be like that much anymore.

    Frankly, I don’t care, as long as that coach gets the team to perform. I don’t need to see a HC at the podium with a monster ego (ala Shanahan, Parcells, quietly – Belichick)…I just want to see improvement, and pride in play on the field. I think Cable is starting to build that. How far he can take that will lie in Russell’s ability to succeed.

  • Coach Sean

    As for the other coaches I mentioned…it was simply to show that successful coches come from all walks, levels, etc. with regard to football. The most common theme with all of the good ones is their leadership ability, regardless of experience and knowledge.

    We shall see if Cable can lead over the long term. I do think he needs some time, as the team has holes. I would like to see him get a couple of years to build this thing. But he needs to show improvement in the W-L columns. 7-9 or 8-8 is a minimum for this year. Anything better is just a bonus. Anything worse, and we’ll likely be talking about our new coach this time next year.

  • TrevJo

    I get so tired of people justifying the Cable hire partially based on his ability to get along with Al Davis. Gruden and Kiffin certainly handled it differently but Cable is not handling it like either one. Gruden managed to do his own thing, not go out of his way to piss off Davis, and win enough to keep Davis mostly off his back, although is was a great hardship on him to put up with Davis and ultimately that drove him to leave. Cable is going to get along with Davis, but all indications are that Cable is NOT going to do his own thing, and if he doesn’t, he’s not going to win. A coach doesn’t have to have a monster ego (i.e. your Fisher and Del Rio examples), but in this franchise he has to have the authority and know-how to make fundamental changes for the better, and Cable does not.

  • TrevJo

    I agree that all the coaches you named have exceptional leadership ability, but I don’t see it in Cable.

  • Da Bears got Da Baby QB from Da Broncos.

  • Ryan

    Nothing makes me happier then to see Orton in a donks uni.

  • TrevJo

    Wow. Josh McDaniels is such an idiot.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nothing makes me happier then to see Orton in a donks uni


    is that really a part of the deal?

    I know Chicago holds the 18th overall pick in the draft

  • RaiderRockstar

    think he’ll unofficially retire like Jake Plummer after being traded from the donks?

  • TrevJo


    “The Chicago Bears pulled the big upset Thursday afternoon by acquiring Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, a source told ESPN.com.

    The Broncos confirmed the move.


    To acquire Cutler, the Bears had to give up quarterback Kyle Orton and first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, a source said.

    To complete the trade, the Broncos had to give back a third-round pick in 2009.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    so basically they trade Orton over for a 3rd round pick and gave denver two 1st rounders for Cutler?

    Orton had 2972 yards & 18 TD’s plus 3 rushing TD’s last year.

    still more impressive than Russell!

    not bad for a run first team like chicago …

  • RaiderRockstar

    see you guys tomorrow!

  • Coach Sean

    TrevJo…fair enough. But I still think Cable is the right guy for now. Only time will tell.

    Orton v. Simms for the starting job in Denver…hmmm. I love it!

    I’ll take Cable over McDaniels right about now.

  • Coach Sean

    I’m out for the day guys…later.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Cutler to the Bears for 2 1sts a 3rd and Kyle. Who got the better deal?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Pace signs with Bears

  • DKnight007

    TrevJo Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Wow. Josh McDaniels is such an idiot.

    Agreed! I’m glad also….they will regress with Simms and Orton at QB and who knows if draft right.

  • DKnight007

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    so basically they trade Orton over for a 3rd round pick and gave denver two 1st rounders for Cutler?

    Orton had 2972 yards & 18 TD’s plus 3 rushing TD’s last year.

    still more impressive than Russell!

    not bad for a run first team like chicago

    Orton has to learn a whole new system now under a 32 year old kid rookie HC….it took Orton how many years to hit those numbers under that offense?

  • Aussie-Sam

    I like cable. cable the coach and cable the TV.

  • Raider Dell

    SnB Defense Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    The positive drug test is disappointing and shows poor judgement and character. I have to be real here. Drug tests are a big red flag. Although, Warren Sapp was an idiot too.

    Therefore, I can understand passing on Raji now.

    However, the Raiders should be targeting Monroe, J. Smith or Michael Oher with the number 7 pick. Possibly look at trading down.

    Let’s look at some more.