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Cable on KHTK

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 2:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A transcript of Raiders coach Tom Cable talking with KHTK Sacramento hosts Grant Napear and Mike Lamb, courtesy of sportsradiointerviews.com.

On being immune to criticism regarding the picks of Darrius Heyward-Bey and Mike Mitchell . . .

Cable: Absolutely. We knew what we needed at the wide receiver spot. And we had obviously targeted that as a need for this team. And we needed a box safety, a guy that could give us a real physical presence in helping stop the run. So we knew the two types of players we needed and it was a matter of locating them the draft and would they come to us. And they did. You know, everybody’s going to question you, but the minute those guys start making plays, they’re gonna say, ‘Man those guys were geniuses and they were right all along.’”

On the advantage of having players in ‘NFL-ready’ offenses . . .

Cable: Well, in today’s game, it’s huge, because colleges are having so much success with the spread system. And rightly so — college is always ahead in terms of experimenting and trying new things and so you have to be careful; what’s the background of the individual and is he going to be able to adjust and do what you need him to do.

On an early inter-division schedule being spicy:

Cable: It is. And I mentioned this when the schedule came out, and I think it’s a good thing that we start out against San Diego right away and we’re coming off having won our last two regular season games and obviously feel good about ourselves and know we’ve got a long, long way to go to get where we want to be to compete for the division. But you’ve got to go play the best in your division right away, and it’s on Monday night.

On knocking Tampa out of the playoffs:

Cable: It was a lot of satisfaction to be quite honest with you. The week before we beat Houston who was arguably the hottest team in football. And we beat them the right way; we threw it with good balance, we ran it with good balance, we were able to close the game out running the football so we were able to win that game. And then you go out to Tampa and they’ve got everything to play for, they’re playing to get in the playoffs. And we talked all week that this is our last game and we have a chance to go back and learn something for the future — and that was our message all week: ‘You’re going to be in this situation, become a playoff team soon and you’re going to have to learn how to do it, how to live with it and how to handle yourself in that environment.

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  • NoMoreFargas

    RIP Captain Chaos!

  • centurionWR87

    What does everyone think of Sulak?

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning Dirt Lot, 4eva, NMF, OAKlifer …

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning centurion, Marley, MRD, Brown …

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think Sulak will actually challenge Ricky Brown for the starting OLB job.

    Norris will back up Howard.

    Alston, Williams, Nixon, Joseph, Condo & Ekejiuba will not be in the mix at linebacker. They will be useful on special teams though …

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Bob Marley Says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 8:29 pm
    We need to generate some sort of passing offense to help the run game become more productive and allow the Defense to be more aggressive.

    Look at the numbers last year:

    - The Raiders ranked 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and carries per game, but they ranked 28th in rushing TD’s and 26th in rushing first downs.

    - Despite the aforementioned top 10 running game, the Raiders were last in the league in 3rd down conversion rate (28%) and 28th in Time of Possession.

    That means our running game produces a bunch of “meaningless” yards between the 20’s and on 1st and 2nd downs, but when it comes to converting 3rd downs and scoring TD’s (which is when we needed most) we really struggle…and the lack of a passing game is the reason.

    How many times did we start a drive with a couple of good runs, picked up a 1st down or two…only to watch the drive stall around midfield because we couldn’t convert a 3rd and 5?.

    The Defensive playcalling gets more conservative as you don’t wanna give up big plays that lead to TD’s because you know your Offense can barely manage to score a few points each game, so you start to play with a bend but don’t break kind of approach in hopes of keeping the game close as long as you can.

    That’s gonna be the key next year, Tom Cable, Ted Tollner, Paul Hackett and JaMarcus need to develop a decent passing game as the year goes on, hopefully by mid-season we’ve become a balanced offense and we can close the year playing some solid all-around football.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Good analyses Bob. My thoughts on our passing and 3rd down weaknesses:

    > Russell struggles on 3rd down because he was weak at interpreting defensive alignments and did not audible.

    > Sure we get a lot of rushing yards on 1st and 2nd downs – kudos to the O-line. But when we get in the red zone or into 3rd and 5+, the D can key on the pass knowing Russell will not recognize the scheme, change the play or hit a hot receiver to counter the defensive attack.

    Russell’s inexperience is what is stalling our passing productivity. Thus, Hackett and Tollner are brought in to help the kid recognize defensive sets and audible to better plays. When that happens our 3rd down conversion rate will go up, both with runs and passes.

    In the NFL, if your QB cannot audible, long drives become scarce and your TDs will only come from the occasional big play.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Sulak? I just hope he isn’t a Sulaker.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Look at the numbers last year:

    - The Raiders ranked 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and carries per game, but they ranked 28th in rushing TD’s and 26th in rushing first downs.
    _____________________________________

    Hey, but I though Fargas was da man?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:39 am
    I think Sulak will actually challenge Ricky Brown for the starting OLB job.

    Norris will back up Howard.

    Alston, Williams, Nixon, Joseph, Condo & Ekejiuba will not be in the mix at linebacker. They will be useful on special teams though …

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    RRS, how many linebackers do we usually carry? You expect we’ll keep eleven?

    Locks = Morrison, Howard, Brown, Ekejiuba, Condo. It seems very unlikely more than one rook will make the team. My guess is it will be a SAM backup, either Sulak or Joseph. Williams should go, and maybe Alston too. Rest = practice squad potential at best, likely kept to help run the 3-4 in scrimmage.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Dakota Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:41 am
    Look at the numbers last year:

    - The Raiders ranked 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and carries per game, but they ranked 28th in rushing TD’s and 26th in rushing first downs.
    _____________________________________

    Hey, but I though Fargas was da man?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Yesterday someone said Fargas runs with his eyes closed, LOL. Could be true, but how would I know? When he gets the handoff I close my eyes too.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    M Lonetree, you out there today?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Bo,

    That wouldn’t surprise me about Fargas. That is even worse than being a cyclops!

  • NoMoreFargas

    I feel some one here would rather lose with fargas than win with bush , if fargas is such a harder worker maybe he should quit making albums in the offseason and start working on his hands he might get more than 1 td.

  • NoMoreFargas

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Dakota Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:41 am
    Look at the numbers last year:

    - The Raiders ranked 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and carries per game, but they ranked 28th in rushing TD’s and 26th in rushing first downs.
    _____________________________________

    Hey, but I though Fargas was da man?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Yesterday someone said Fargas runs with his eyes closed, LOL. Could be true, but how would I know? When he gets the handoff I close my eyes too.
    ———————————————————
    Bo you now have my favorite post, you close you’re eyes LOL!

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNBlack666

    Its not that people love Fargas its just that his work ethic and his attitude great and we all hope this influences the young guys on the team.

    Fargas is not as talented as Bush or DMac therefore he has to work twice as hard. Some other players should take note.

    That’s why we like Fargas and it’s not 100% his fault he didn’t get into the end zone enough. (other factors include blocking, play calling, offensive predictability etc.)

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Yep, Fargas seems like a good guy, good teammate, hard worker etc…which is all fine and good, but we need to win some games. If all three backs are healthy then he needs to be third string, where he can cheer-lead us to victory.

  • OAKlifer

    Whats good Double R???

    I hope Our Rook LB’s push all those guys like I said yesterday Competion is healthy cable will put the guy who wants it the most on the feild….which is good and bad see the fargas/bush debate. but as far as defense goes its different the guy who wants it most is usally the best fot the job.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    i hope that new safety mitchell knocks the piss out of fargas in practice so all this will be over !!! love him or not he should only play if there is something wrong with dmac or bush

    i do not want to continue losing with fargas just because he has heart.

    bush didnt want to play fullback and get stuck there forever and then he proved why against tampa bay

  • 4evaRaider

    Exactly TRIP666

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    NoMoreFargas Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 8:16 am
    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Dakota Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:41 am
    Look at the numbers last year:

    - The Raiders ranked 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and carries per game, but they ranked 28th in rushing TD’s and 26th in rushing first downs.
    _____________________________________

    Hey, but I though Fargas was da man?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Yesterday someone said Fargas runs with his eyes closed, LOL. Could be true, but how would I know? When he gets the handoff I close my eyes too.
    ———————————————————
    Bo you now have my favorite post, you close you’re eyes LOL!

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    TY, NMF. Fargas will never change his style, but more importantly Russell better learn to open his eyes before the snap. The sooner he learns to read defenses, the sooner we get to 8-8.

  • 4evaRaider

    I mean TRIP6

  • OAKlifer

    “I hope that new safety mitchell knocks the piss out of fargas in practice so all this will be over !!!
    ____________________________

    As much as I like fargas that was funny SH^&T LMAO…Hopefully M&M will strike fear all over that feild and teach guys like DHB how to come across the middle….

    Hey Mike if your listening….Please take it easy on our own guys!!! We know you hit like bonds on sterroids…ohh.. I mean a mack truck!!!!! YOUR THE MAN M&M!!!!!!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Even Bears’ reports aren’t buying their backtracking from Mitchell:
    ___________________________________________________
    David Haugh | On the Bears
    May 6, 2009

    I know the Bears have gone to great lengths to emphasize that Raiders safety Michael Mitchell misunderstood them. Mitchell told reporters after Oakland picked him at No. 47 that the Bears called to say they were going to take him at No. 49 — which they traded.

    Mitchell’s second-round selection was one of the most criticized in the draft, and the Bears’ efforts to clarify suggest they are sensitive to any link to that criticism.

    OK, so if I have this straight now, the Bears indeed called Mitchell during the second round Saturday. But only to tell Mitchell to stay by the phone because at some point Sunday, when rounds three through seven resumed more than 12 hours later, the Bears planned to draft the safety.

    Maybe it all was one big misunderstanding, but not even the cable guy asks someone to wait around as long as the Bears supposedly asked Mitchell.

  • M Lonetree

    Yes, Dakota, what’s up?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNBlack666

    Dakota

    I agree I am not one of these lets start Fargas fans. I think he would be a great cheerleader on the bench 3rd string.

    I have no problem with that, what I do have a problem with is other guys on the team not working hard and staying in shape during the off season.

    I want to know more about the off season conditioning of Russell, Sands, Kelly etc. Also how is OO and his rehab?

  • M Lonetree

    Guess all the pundits admire trophy wives. They have the measureables one is supposed to love, whether in fact you love someone else you’re supposed to pick the trophy wife because the pundits declare her fabulous. Screw that, and grow some sacks Chicago Bears, choose who you want if you can get it and move on.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    M,

    Yesterday I answered your Dr. Larry Agenbroad question, but after reviewing yesterday’s comments it seems to have disappeared.

    Sorry, I guess you will never know the answer.

  • 4evaRaider

    Yep and this is the whole ball of wax:

    When Fargas’s number is called he is ready

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    new post

  • 702Nation

    I am a huge fan of Justin Fargas but it is very true that he isnt a playmaker, he runs hard and we all love it but TD’s matter in this game, I would be pissed if we traded Bush and kept Fargas, Bush is going to be good and except for the broken leg he has no injury history, Fargas has been injured every year he has played since college.

  • 702Nation

    Just for the record Rob Ryan was a terrible DC if these guys can just be descent we probably will be a hell of alot better, i’m thinking they are going to use Huff correctly and thats why he is still here.

  • Jaysohn

    I listened to the whole interview and one of the things Cable mentioned as well when talking about the criticism was that when you take the guy that everyone thinks you should and it doesn’t work out they dump on you for that as well. Everyone expert and draft nik out there thought Robert Gallery was going to be a sure fire pick. The right pick to be an anchor at left tackle for a decade. Everyone thought that. When he didn’t workout everyone then said the Raiders drafted poorly. When Nnamdi was drafted in the first round everyone said that was a bad reach. No one had him positioned above the 3rd round and now he is considered one of the premiere corners in the game. Was Zach Miller a typical Raider pick on the height, weight speed meter? What about Michael Bush? Half of the picks in the first round turn out to be mediocre players or bust, its nowhere near an exact science. Bey could turn out to be great or a bust but either way lets not pretend that the draft isn’t a gamble for every team.

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  • Randall Minicola

    I have read a whole lot of input about how the Raiders made a bad choice regarding the draft…Well if you are a true Raider fan like alot of us you can stop the bickering and get on board because this is a new season baby and all the horse droppings you cast is pointless because the choices have been made…I can see good things in our future if we come together and get behind our team….As for the players its time to get down to buisness and have a great ” Training Camp “…Listen to our coaches and give a 110% percent…I’m counting the days and minutes until kick-off…Go Raiders…I hate the chargers and everyone else on our schedule…I’m tired of all that laughter and gang its time to Hit, Tackle & Swarm.

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