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More OTA notes, quotes

Additonal notes and quotes from interviews gathered following the Raiders organized team activity Wednesday:

– Here was how Tom Cable described JaMarcus Russell’s struggles:

“Just being accurate and understanding where to throw the football and when,” Cable said.

The good news? Cable likes his footwork.

Cable stressed that it was a learning “OTA” heavy in situational play, and that the objective was to have the players comfortbale with the system changes in July so they’d be ready to compete.

– Here’s how Cable responded to reports of Burgess being traded:

“I do expect to go in with him here. But we get inquiries all the time about players and this football team. That one was kind of a surprise. There was some talk during the draft obviously but we get, people inquire about players on this team all the time. So we listen to everything.”

– Burgess is left end Trevor Scott is a right end, but if Burgess is moved Scott could end up a starter since Jay Richardson flopped sides last year.

Scott is keeping the Burgess issue at arm’s length.

“As far as Derrick goes, he’s a great inspiration, he’s a great leader when he’s on the field,” Scott said. “I haven’t really been paying attention to what’s going on,” Burgess said. “I heard a bunch of hearsay but that’s all it is right now. It’s just speculation. Only Derrick really knows what’s going on. I try to stay away from that and let him figure things out.”

Scott, who played last season at under 250 pounds, said he is nearing 260.

“I came back about 258 now,” Scott said. “My strength’s through the roof. I feel great, I feel explosive out there. A lot of the run game, though, as coach Board’s been teaching us, is all about technique and stuff. I just need to keep my hands in and just fight pressure with pressure.”

– Jeff Garcia shrugged off inquries regarding his desire to start a few days after hinting in a Los Angeles radio interview he would be ready to be a starter if called upon.

“I don’t really know or think that there’s a competition there,” Garcia said. “That is something that has already been determined. I’m just here to show that I’m very capable, if needed, to lead the position and to help the position get better and get stronger and to get more confident. That means helping JaMarcus become a better player himself and as much as he expects out of himself, that means me trying to help him expect more and to push him and to be able to show, through my experience on the field, what has been successful for me and how I’ve been able to make it work.

“And I think that’s the main thing as far as just helping the position to get better. He’s got a great attitude. He’s working hard and I just want to help him just continue that path.”

– Garcia’s father Bob, wearing a baseball camp with his son’s initials on it, was a practice observer.

– Cable said the club hasn’t given any thought to trying Michael Huff at cornerback.

– Safety Tyvon Branch, lost to shoulder surgery early in his rookie season, said he is completely healed and looking forward to putting on the pads in July.

Together with rookie Mike Mitchell, if all goes according to play, the Raiders will pair two rising star safeties with a taste for contact.

“People are going to expect us to lay the wood,” Branch said. “When I get my chance, I will.”

Branch said he counts on being part of the solution to shoring up the run defense, and believes coordinator John Marshall’s attention to detail will help in that regard.

“We’re going to be a lot more disciplined in what we do,” Branch said. “that’s one thing he harps on is being in the right spot at the right times. He’s a stickler on that stuff. He counts mental errors every day after practice.”

– Marcel Reece, who made the biggest offensive play by catching a pass in the seam from Garcia, later caught a swing pass and threw an elbow into the face mask of cornerback Justin Miller.

– The OTA format is not conducive to gathering interview material. Locker rooms are closed and players can be approached coming off the practice field. Once they get in the locker room, they’re off limits, and the whole availability period lasts about 10 minutes until Cable addressed the media. By the time he’s done, it’s all over.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    no vegas…

    the system is this.

    hire 2 old dudes who know the air coryell offense, since Al Saunders refused to work here.

    draft a qb who can throw the ball 70 yards down field – doesn’t matter if he’s accurate

    draft a rb who can take it to the house – doesn’t matter if he’s durable

    draft a wr who runs the fastest 40 and send him racing down the sideline – doesn’t matter if he can catch or not

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Leave me out of it. I have retired from the political talk on here.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Oooh Vegas, you’ve retire from political talk on here? Is that just when I’m around to correct you?

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    In all fairness we do have a consistent “system” on D, it just isn’t a good one right now. Not creative enough and too “light in the azz” as KoolKell would say.

  • raidertay

    lefty12,

    All fans have a right to boo their team when they are not performing up to their potential. Why are the Raiders any different.

  • DKnight007

    yeah….by keeping Cable I was thinking the offensive terminology would stay the same which would help Russell continuity wise.

    But now after hearing this crap about “changing terminology when it comes to the vertical passing game”
    it pisses me off because it’s going cause Russell yeat again to learn new terminology.

    Lame….changing systems and terminology on a young QB every other year is NO GOOD!

  • RaiderRockstar

    KK – Obama isn’t popular anymore. you’re about 6 months late with your mouthful of garbage

    but thanks for sharing :)

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I get too involved KoolKell, not good for the blood pressure or work ethic.

  • DKnight007

    lefty12 Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 11:24 am
    you guys hate the owner,hate the coaches,hate the players yet you call yourselves fans of the team?

    ^^^^^^
    Yep…unfortunately….but the only one I can’t stand right now is the old stubborn senile man Al Davis.

    He is the one that is holding this franchise back from becoming great again.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    May 21st, 2009 at 11:46 am
    KK – Obama isn’t popular anymore. you’re about 6 months late with your mouthful of garbage

    but thanks for sharing
    ————————
    I see you’re about as well-informed about current affairs as you are about football. ;-)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Russell could have 5 years experience in the Kiffin/Knapp offense and still not grow as a QB.

    Hackett and Tollner are basically dumbing up their playbook to cater to Russell so that he can learn a few basic plays while improving much more critcal aspects of his game like footwork, accuracy, timing, pocket awareness and how to read a defense.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Hahahah, Rr, you’re funny.
    71% rating for Obama. When has ANYONE named Bush had that kind of approval rating. Michael excluded.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    nobody is comparing GWB and Obama.

    just a bunch of empty promises from a liar and a coward

  • RaiderRockstar

    I see you’re about as well-informed about current affairs as you are about football

    ***

    I’ll admit, I spend WAY more time reading articles and typing on this blog than I do watching CNN or MSNBC.

  • DKnight007

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 11:50 am
    Russell could have 5 years experience in the Kiffin/Knapp offense and still not grow as a QB.

    Hackett and Tollner are basically dumbing up their playbook to cater to Russell so that he can learn a few basic plays while improving much more critcal aspects of his game like footwork, accuracy, timing, pocket awareness and how to read a defense.

    ^^^^^^
    I can understand that….but it seemed like last year with Cable calling the plays and using that Cables terminology Russell was growing and the offense was scoring more points.

    I just hope this new Tollner vertical pass game terminology doesn’t screw up Russell more than it helps.

  • http://atm Raider O

    TW,

    #462
    Michael Bush!! That’s funny!! lol

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I’ll admit, I spend WAY more time reading articles and typing on this blog than I do watching CNN or MSNBC.
    ———————–
    But that doesn’t stop you from running your mouth about things you know nothing about, does it?

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    May 21st, 2009 at 11:46 am
    KK – Obama isn’t popular anymore. you’re about 6 months late with your mouthful of garbage

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Hackett and Tollner are basically dumbing up their playbook to cater to Russell so that he can learn a few basic plays
    ———————-
    You don’t know that. It hasn’t been reported as such. That’s simply your biased interpretation.

  • DKnight007

    Cheney and Rumsfeld are evil liars and war criminals.

  • RaiderRockstar

    But that doesn’t stop you from running your mouth about things you know nothing about, does it?

    ***

    Kell,

    You don’t know that. It hasn’t been reported as such. That’s simply your biased interpretation. and I’d say Michael Bush’s approval rating is pretty darn good after what we saw in Tampa Bay on Week 17

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Can you imagine the Pentagon being Dived-Bombed, with an American Civilian Aircraft, under Barack Obama. Dakota’s outrage would be overwhelming. ;-)

  • http://atm Raider O

    What do you guys think of David White? Is he a Raiders or SF fan?!

  • SnB Defense

    KoolKell Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 11:33 am
    SnB

    I think the Garcia signing is yet another example of Al Davis bringing in a player that doesn’t fit the system.
    =======================================================
    Yeah, Garcia doesn’t fit this system at all. But I think this is a Cable signing. Cable likes “do-right” guys and Garcia is one of those scrappy players.

    “Do-Right” guys are good to have on the roster….just not too many of them. The problem with a lot of “do-right” players is that they sometimes lack in the talent department and eventually that holds them back.

    Now the best of both worlds is when you get a “do-right” guy AND he has the talent to go with it. Then you get guys like Peyton Manning or Tiger Woods.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    David White is legit, I think he is a bigger fan than Jerry. But both of them are a bit jaded after years of reporting on a losing team. I really liked his “twittering” (?) during the OTA’s and mini-camps.

  • http://atm Raider O

    KK,

    Can you pls not Bomb, plane, or crash around me. I might disappear for a few years!!! ;)

  • http://atm Raider O

    KK,

    Can you pls not say Bomb, plane, or crash around me. I might disappear for a few years!!! ;)

  • http://atm Raider O

    BBB,

    Yes sir, I liked his ” twittering” too.

  • lefty12

    Darknight-they are also COWARDS.

  • Mistabrown

    Sure Kell, Obama can give JR cool pointers from his teleprompter. Sometimes the teleprompter makes a fool of the genius though. Like yesterday Obama called his Sec of Def William Gates instead of Robert Gates.

    KoolKell Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 10:51 am
    I wish Barack would give Russell a call, with Cool pointers.

  • lefty12

    KK-doesn’t the Garcia signing sort of remind you of having V. Evans as a backup for years?

  • DKnight007

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    David White is legit, I think he is a bigger fan than Jerry. But both of them are a bit jaded after years of reporting on a losing team. I really liked his “twittering” (?) during the OTA’s and mini-camps.

    ^^^^^^
    This is one of the few times that I think that stupid fad twitter is even useful….for MINI CAMP updates! LOL

    White sounded a bit to critical and negative of these guys (especialy Russell) for a freakin QTA practice??

  • Mistabrown

    71% Where did you find that ? The Rasmussen report has Obama at 36% approval 29% dissaproval. Even on inaugaration day he wasnt at 71%.

    FYI…Pelosis dissaproval rating is 55%.

    Link
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    RaiderTW Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 11:50 am
    Hahahah, Rr, you’re funny.
    71% rating for Obama. When has ANYONE named Bush had that kind of approval rating. Michael excluded.

  • Mistabrown

    Jerry new thread please we are talking politics and this wont bode well for the Obamacks.

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    lefty12 Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    KK-doesn’t the Garcia signing sort of remind you of having V. Evans as a backup for years?

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

    Vince Evans was the MAN! Played forever, and looked young when he retired…the black Blanda.

  • Mistabrown

    This is alarming.

    – Here was how Tom Cable described JaMarcus Russell’s struggles:

    “Just being accurate and understanding where to throw the football and when,” Cable said.

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    Mistabrown Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    71% Where did you find that ? The Rasmussen report has Obama at 36% approval 29% dissaproval. Even on inaugaration day he wasnt at 71%.

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

    Approval rating = 100 minus the disapproval percentage. Its a yes/no question, always has been. 100-29=71. Rasmussen is not the standard.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    SnB

    It would have been nice for the Raiders to bring in a “Do-Right” backup QB capable of playing in the system they are designing.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    the Rassmusen is a Repugnant Polling Organization. They water-board the polling sample.

  • Mistabrown

    Jerry how is Lechler looking ?

  • lefty12

    KK-the key to your statement is capable.there simply weren’t any.

  • Mistabrown

    Just 29% of Minnesota voters think the Minnesota Vikings should sign retired quarterback Brett Favre to helm their NFL team. Forty-two percent (42%) say it’s a bad idea, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state.

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