Cable: Everything will be fine


News and notes from Thursday’s practice as relayed by beat writer Steve Corkran:

— Raiders coach Tom Cable didn’t shed much light on the most recent reports regarding his alleged altercation with defensive assistant Randy Hanson, but didn’t appear to be overly concerned.

“Yeah, we’re still going to take care of it internally,” Cable said. “One thing I will tell you is this _ when all the facts come out, everything will be fine.”

When Cable was asked if the reason for his silence is personal or legal, he said, “We’re just going to handle it internally.”

If there has been any contact through the Raiders to make Cable available to the NFL or the Napa Police Department, the coach said he hadn’t heard.

“I don’t know any of that,” he said.

— Sounds like the starting running back should be able to be identified through workload over the rest of the preseason.

Justin Fargas started the first game, and Cable said Darren McFadden and Michael Bush would each get a start over the next two, without specifying which one would open against the 49ers Saturday night.

“I have a pretty good idea who the starter is going to be, and we’re going to lean on him from here on out a little bit more,” Cable said.

— Speaking of starters, Cable said the opening wide receivers against the 49ers would be rookies Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy.

— Perhaps it was a post-49ers practices hangover, or the amount of players (21) who sat out the session, but Cable said, “Both sides got a little lethargic at the end out there,” noting the team was deep into camp.

— Cable said most starters would play the first half against San Francisco. He said Jeff Garcia would enter the game at some point in the second quarter and get some work before giving way to Bruce Gradkowski in the third quarter and Charlie Frye in the fourth quarter.

— The Raiders don’t plan to do a lot of game-planning, with plays being called depending on how they help in the selection process.

“It’s the same idea we had going in to Dallas,” Cable said. “Our biggest concern is evaluating players.”

— So far, so good for tight end Brandon Myers, who was drafted in large measure because it was thought he could provide a complement to starter Zach Miller, who in theory would be more of a factor in the passing gam*e.

“Brandon has allowed us to do that,” Cable said.

With Chaz Schilens out, the Raiders could use more double tight-end sets in order to get Miller free more often as a move-the-chains option in the passing game.

— Javon Walker donned a full uniform for a post-practice workout Wednesday, in part because he wanted to get used to it, and, according to Cable, “because he’s just getting itchy.”

— Safety Rashad Baker, in his second day of his second term with the Raiders, made a nice play on a medium-depth pass from Garcia to Johnnie Lee Higgins breaking it up at the last instant.

— As the coaches were preaching `tempo’ during the first team session, JaMarcus Russell promptly fumbled the snap, forcing a do-over.

Russell also made some nice throws, including a 30-yard strike to Nick Miller between two defenders and and a sideline strike of some 40 yards to Murphy, who scorched Darrick Brown.

It was an encouraging moment in that it was the first time Murphy had made a big play since sustaining a hip injury on a big sideline hit against Dallas.

— With right guard Cooper Carlisle and right tackle Cornell Green not practicing, the Raiders’ first team was lining up like this _ Mario Henderson and Seth Wand (alternating) at left tackle, Robert Gallery at left guard, Samson Satele at center, Mark Wilson at right guard and James Marten at right tackle.

Henderson was alternating because of a sore back, Cable said.

— Upon closer inspection, 21 players sat out practice Thursday, with Carlisle, Green (eye) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly sitting it out.

As noted earlier, the others were CB Nnamdi Asomugha (heel), S Michael Huff (hip), Fargas, CB Stanford Routt, CB Jason Horton (turf toe), S Mike Mitchell (hamstring), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder), LB Thomas Howard (said he had back spasms on his Twitter page Tuesday), DT Gerard Warren, T Khalif Barnes, TE Zach Miller, Schilens (foot), WR Walker (PUP), TE Tony Stewart and DE Greg Ellis.

Barnes (broken ankle) appears to be progressing well, walking in a boot without a limp.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 4evaRaider

    RaiderDogg has just got 2B the best moniker EVER

  • 4evaRaider


  • Now you look at KK and he has issues with everyone on this blog. What does that tell ya?? Hey Kookie, ever see that movie “Grumpy Old Geezer”?? I bet you have it on video tape and watch it three times a day?

  • lefty12

    what altercation?sounds to me as if someone accidently bumped into his chair,he was knocked out of it,fell,and hit his big mouth on a cabinet.then Cable was trying to help him up but he was sniveling so much Toms hands slipped and went around his throat.

  • OG

    Right bro. You and I have ALWAYS been cool.

  • Richochet

    RaiderDogg Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Ricochet was on here saying John Madden was only inducted into the HOF because he was a good announcer and then tried to say that Madden had a losing coaching record in the NFL. I explained to him that Madden has the highest winning percentage in the history of the NFL for coaches that have coached at least 10 years in the league. Then he crumbled into a heap of nonsense and pathetic attempts at insults.
    NEVER stated he had a losing coaching record in the NFL.

    All I recall is YOU did exactly as you did now..bowed out.
    Now, stop with the lies.

    I’ll state it again. Madden got in because of what he’s done as an announcer, along with his coaching.

    Also will state AGAIN, that he hated Al butting in, and had ZERO TO DO WITH AL for a full 3 months..during the football season..in his LAST YEAR.

    I see you had NOTHING in reply to that..so shut up.

    Also noticed you, and the other clueless fools (see: Raiderfan who’s idea of being a fan is saying ‘I love the cool pirate on my shirt’) had zero to say about Villipiano reaming Al for how he treated Madden.

    Now..quick…bow out..just like you did before.

  • 4evaRaider Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    RaiderDogg has just got 2B the best moniker EVER”

    I was thinking the same thing about the moniker 4evaRaider. Being a Raider IS forever!

    If you ever make it out West for a game you best let your old boy know about it, even if you are just in the area. I got you, Northern Cali style…

  • Richochet

    RaiderDogg Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Right bro. You and I have ALWAYS been cool.

    Geez..what’s next? A tea party where you hold hands and sing Kumbaya? Kiddy circlejerk?

    Damn..how sorryass sad is the above? “you and I have ALWAYS been cool”..

    Like the playground back in elementary.

  • Ricochet

    Listen close cuz I am only going to say this once:

    I choose to refrain from having any discussions with people that are CLEARLY lacking any semblance of intelligence. Please feel free to continue with your MORONIC tendencies until you are blue in the face. Just know that I will not be reading your nonsense, I have no time for internet tough guys that pretend to have a clue. Grow up.

  • Richochet

    KoolKell Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Oakglenn “King of the Trolls” and Richochet were the same person.

    I’ve never seen a grown man who could spend so much energy & time on such juvenile bs.

    My advice to you is never insult me like that again.

    Of course, surprise me and indicate you’ve got a pair, and can actually defend the Raiders.
    So far the spine here is tantamount to a gumby.

    Business calls.

    Gives you time to make up some excuses why you “got busy” when I torch your weak comments.

    Yeah..read that again.

    I LOVE the fact that comments that make sense send so many of you into retreat mode..waving that white flag..reduced to sorry juvenile crap.

    I suspect you’ll just wave that white flag..won’t you?

    Care to bet?

  • 4evaRaider

    I would consider it an HONOR 2 HANG WID U DOGG

  • raidertay

    Still not ready to discuss the secret surgery, Walker did concede it was indeed performed outside the country — D. White

    Walker is a weird as dude. Who has knee surgery out of the country.

  • 4eva

    Right back at you bro. It will happen.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Richochet: so you’re a 49ers fan, huh?

    AZ Raider likes them too (secondary to the Raiders of course)

    do you think Smith, Hill or Huard should start?

    I think Tom Rathman is a great football coach. He should make Frank Gore an even better player (if he can stay healthy) sounds like his blocking has already improved

    Us Raider fans really can’t say much about the Crabtree holdout. Russell didn’t sign until 09/12 (after Week 1 of the reg. season) – Crabs still has 23 days to go before that date and Aaron Maybin just signed his contract today

    as far as Crabtree vs Heyward-Bey in thier rookie seasons: Heyward-Bey is signed, healthy and starting. He’s been to everything and he’s working hard. He drew high praise from Nnamdi Asomugha, best shutdown corner in the game and Davis drafted him to feature in a downfield passing attack. “Inconsistant hands” label has been removed since his 2nd week of camp.

    If you want to bash Raider fans regarding a draft selection stick to SS Mike Mitchell.

  • 4evaRaider


    Kool-Kell is twice the man you will EVER B

  • lefty12

    Tay,he does seem to be a little different,but if his surgery is successful and he comes back we shouldn’t care if he went to outer space,just be thankful it worked.at least he isn’t TO or Craptree weird.

  • RaiderRockstar

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