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Cable: Morrison should be ready Week 1

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News and notes from Tom Cable’s conference call with Bay Area media:

– Linebacker Kirk Morrison’s elbow dislocation was described by Cable as “a two-week deal.”

Morrison was injured during the first series of Saturday night’s 21-20 loss to the 49ers. Cable said Morrison would definitely miss the New Orleans game and possible the preseason finale in Seattle, but would be ready for Week 1.

He also said Morrison was leader to start at middle linebacker at the time of the injury, so it’s anybody’s guess how that will affect his competition with Ricky Brown. Brown remains a candidate to start on the strong side, although it seems likely most of his reps will now be in the middle with Morrison out.

– Cable’s most important job this week will be shoring up the two areas that will have a huge say in whether the Raiders ascend to contention in the AFC West or are headed for another season of double-digit losses.

Expecting to be one of the top rushing teams in the AFC, the Raiders gained just 69 yards on 18 carries and 14 of those came on a Charlie Frye scramble for a touchdown.

And, of course, the 49ers shredded the Oakland run defense for 275 yards on 47 carries.

“I just thought we did a poor job of blocking in the run game,” Cable said. “Again, we didn’t run it a whole lot, but when we did, again I just thought we were too high, not the right fits with the helmets.”

As a result, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik will have some company this week in meetings and on the field.

“I’ll get (the pad level) down this week,” Cable said. “That’s just me putting some attention to it.”

– Sounds like the coach thinks the run defense issues had to do with attitude and a lot of guys having bad games on the same night.

“We had a lot of guys not play very well,” Cable said. “One, we have to do a better job adjusting to it as coaches, and then, two, I think you have to at some point set your jaw and decide you’re not going to get your rear-end kicked like that.”

Strong side lineabacker Slade Norris was identified as one of the players with tackling issues.

– Surprise! JaMarcus Russell will be the starting quarterback, barring an unforeseen disaster, when the Raiders open against San Diego.

“I said it was his job and we’ll see how it goes. Unfortunately, Jeff (Garcia) hasn’t seen as much work,” Cable said. “We’ve been fortunate JaMarcus has improved. I think he missed two throws that could have made for a really big night for him because one would have been for a touchdown for sure.

“He’s progressing the way you want him to. Not perfect yet, but I’d say at this point he’s the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.”

Cable is happy to have Garcia back to give added incentive.

“It would have been nice to have someone really pushing him,” Cable said. “Maybe we could get him to improve a little more, and we’ll get to the next couple of weeks. It’s only halfway through the preseason.”

– When it comes to Javon Walker, it’s safe to stray from absolutes. Which is why Cable probably answered this way when asked if Walker’s scheduled practice Monday would go on as scheduled: “As far as we know, today, right now, yes.”

– The No. 3 quarterback battle between Bruce Gradkowski and Frye remains a dead heat two laps into a four-lap race.

“On one day it’s one guy, on one day it’s the next,” Cable said. “The next two games might decide it.”

– The Raiders have been pleasantly surprised by tight end Brandon Myers’ ability as a downfield receiver.

“There was kind of an unknown expectation,” Cable said. “He’s certainly proven he can do those things and that’s just who he is.”

– Cable wasn’t willing to brush aside Nick Miller’s fumbled punt as the act of a desperate rookie straining for extra yards in hopes of making the final 53.

“I don’t think you really get the benefit of the doubt when you turn the ball over,” Cable said. “He’ll learn from it, and we’ll move forward.”

– Cited by Cable as coming on include defensvie tackles Desmond Bryant and William Joseph. He also said Tommy Kelly was “much better” from Week 1 to Week 2.

– Players were off Sunday, and get an added bonus this week _ they’ll be off Tuesday as well.

The Raiders pracitce Monday at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and then have their final Napa training camp practice Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

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  • Norco Bob

    thec we dont need you as a twitter middleman.

  • DKnight007

    Manning Jr cut??

    He was one of few players that actually filled a running lane against the Niners and made a stick to stuff the run!

    Should cut Bowie ahead of Manning Jr.

    Freakin weird.

    I’m telling you guys the move that needs to be done on the D-Line, is to move Kelly to RDE, especially on 1st downs and 2nd downs and then move Boschetti in to replace him at his UT position. That means the front seven would be LDE Ellis, DT Warren UT Boschetti, RDE Kelly.

    That beefs up that front and should make it bigger and stronger against the run. Then on 3rd downs and obvious passing downs. Get Scott in there at RDE.

    They should also look to put Scott as a standup roving SAM in some instances as well.

  • Terrapin

    Kelly is too big to play RDE. He’s like 320+ now. When he played RDE he was 290. He’ll have to go on Slim Fast + + to lose all that weight. Just not an option.

  • omniscience

    I was embaressed by are inability to stop the run Sat. not to metion watching the game with some niner fans (family)but I believe alot of that stuff was outside we got good push up the middle but linebackers were always in the wrong place Warren&Kelly did not look to bad seen them in backfield alot also Nap pick-up may be good hope not because Kirk is more serious then reported The linebacker we picked up from Texans seemed to be tobe flying around

  • 860Todd Christensen

    EL DIRTY, you back? They said the 28th? Welcome back, Bro, good to see ya!

  • Thec07

    Norco Bob Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 5:22 pm
    thec we dont need you as a twitter middleman.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Just like we dont need u on this blog…

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Thec, keep bloggin, thanks….

  • Thec07

    860, dont worry BRO…. I could care less about the suicide ward……

  • Thec07

    860, Dirtbag is back. Talked to him today…

  • Kirk

    I have come to the conclusion that offensive tackle and defensive end are the two most important positions on the football field. Until Al Davis gets that, we will continue to s*ck.

  • Twocents

    Moose, Gunheim is a stud. Just like the rest of our front seven.

    This is what we have become, grasping for anybody… anybody.

    Christ Al, show us some mercy.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    How come nobody is talking about Napoleon Harris coming back?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Signed Napolean Harris and before that a guy from Houston. They better not let the Saints run all over them too. They aren’t even that good of a running team. We will see.

    Talent matters folks. Talent matters. Its disturbing to hear coaches, players, media and of course the rest of us still lament about the run defense.

    Especially when we KNEW there were gaps.

    No more signings. Good to battle with the army you got…not the one you wished you had.

    I hope DHB catches a ball or two next week.

    Is Mitchell or Shaughnessy playing?

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  • fenix

    I’ve been a long time reader of this blog and its comments, but have never posted myself. I’m moving down to SD for graduate school this fall and was wondering if there were any Raiders friendly sports bars, I could watch the games at. As fun as getting lynched in SD would be, I’d rather try to avoid it. Thanks for all your help.

  • tazZraider

    cuz harris was longtime news. but i don’t know why people are upset. dude was pretty good with our last superbowl team back in ’02 and he was productive in that season. If he returns to that form its a major upgrade. he can also play SAM.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Sorry guys. I know I will catch flack for posting this. Tell me in all honesty whether we have ANYONE that has done this. Also a comment about pad level at end of video clip.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81214432/Pre-WK-2-B-J-Raji-highlights

    Florida Pete….let me know what you think.

  • jhill

    Yo SnB,

    Have to give you credit, Raji would look pretty good next to Kelly.

  • Mistabrown

    Gunheim is a Pro-Bowler dont you know ANYTHING ?

    Ask Priesttj he will tell you..

    # Moose Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Nobody mentions Gunheim..is he any good

  • Kirk

    Someone who’s opinion Al respects should tell him to start drafting football players instead of track stars.

    Amy Trask?

  • Richochet

    raidertbone Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 5:33 am
    Hey Pete and 4eva:
    First of all, is Richochet gone?
    ————————–
    Wow.
    I leave at 11 pm..and here, at 5:33 in the MORNING you posters are missing me?

    You guys are just so….special..yeah..that’s it.

  • Richochet

    1. OAKlifer Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 6:29 am
    Morning Nation!!!!!!
    Stopping the run is a must….I hope Cable see’s this!!!
    ————————————-

    Lol..uh..you “hope” he see’s this?
    The whole planet see’s it.
    280 yds says even a blind monkee can see it.

    Then again, Cable doesn’t seem to be all that bright.
    Maybe you should text him, and ask him to check out this blog?

  • Richochet

    1. OAKlifer Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 6:40 am
    LOL…that was DHB…..man at times he looks real raw!!! but you cant teach ssize and speed….welll you can train speed but thats different you have to have it to train it!!
    ====================
    ====================
    Interesting.
    Seems someone else has been saying something to the tune of “He’s fast. But he runs bad routes. Has trouble catching the ball. But whoop dee do, he’s fast. Waste of a #7 on someone who, WHILE IN COLLEGE, has a history of bobbling balls, dropping balls, and running crap routes.

    Oh yeah. That was me who said that.

    Let me say it again.
    Niners have a player holding out, who was, without a doubt, the #1 receiver in the country. When he signs, he’ll continue doing what he did in college, which is run great routes, and catch balls.
    Raiders have a player who signed immediately, knowing he was the #3 receiver in the draft, and got #1 receiver money, who continues to do what he did in college, which is basically very little.

    I think I like the Niners option at this moment, don’t you?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    NT-UT whatever. The DT’s on the Raiders don’t do a damned thing.

    They don’t stop the run, they don’t push the pocket.

  • alisgod

    Anyone knows if Frantz Joseph signed on with anyone else. The biggest problem on our D is the inability to get off the block. It has been this issue for many many years.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    I agree with KK and that is freaking rare!!

    “NT-UT whatever. The DT’s on the Raiders don’t do a damned thing.

    They don’t stop the run, they don’t push the pocket.”

  • Mt.DavisIsUgly

    Jerry needs to post something new

  • Nnamdi21

    Not counting on it, but I flippin’ hope so…

    “Can Walker walk the walk?”

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/2009_pre_season

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Why is it that DHB get’s a starting job handed to him, and DMac has to “earn his”?

  • Mt.DavisIsUgly

    id rather see DHB start in the preseason than i would anyone else. Wouldnt be happy if he was the starter opening day, but starting in the preseason hopefully will bring him up to speed faster.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    come on Jerry make with the fix..

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    See rack-o-shit there are two problems with your “theories.” Problem A is the Whiners have NO ONE to THROW the rock to Craptree. Did you actually watch the game??? Alex Smith looked like the biggest POS on earth out there, what was he 3 for 9 for THIRTY YARDS AND A PICK!!! and Shaun Hill was only very marginally better. I’m sure once Craptree saw who was tossing the rock to him, he went FURTHER into hiding!!!
    Which brings up Problem B: Craptree is UNSIGNABLE!! It makes no difference if this guy is 9 times better than Jerry Rice. If he doesn’t sign, which hold on here, let’s look again….yup, hasn’t signed, then who gives a flying fook what he can do?? He ISN’T GOING TO SIGN! I told you three weeks ago, that’s why Davis passed on him. But then again, YOU were the one that said when first round prospects come in and meet with prospective teams they exchange cookie recipes, not talk money, structure, guarantees and the like. But, why would teams want talk money with these guys??? They are only going to invest $30-100mm in one guy?? Why talk about that?? What a moron.

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # KoolKell Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Why is it that DHB get’s a starting job handed to him, and DMac has to “earn his”?
    —————————————————-

    Because “Jivin” Walker is not ready yet and Johnnie Lee is best in the slot. Now that Shilens is gone, DHB is going to HAVE TO Step up. Has to.

  • Mistabrown

    Oakglen, can you complete a post with name calling? How old are you for real? If you’re 12 I get it I wont question you, but you aren’t 12 right?

    Craptree? rack o shit?

  • Mistabrown

    Did Cable announce starters ?

    DHB hasnt been handed anything. He doesnt have much in front of him 2 begin with. DMAC would have replaced Fargas last year if it wasn’t for turf toe.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Yes, but DHB was given a job before Chaz got hurt.

    Justin Fargas has 698 career carries & 7 TD’s. Why is he given the ball at the goal line?

    Gouged by the 49′s???????????????

    G-O-U-G-E-D!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gouged, Gouged, Gouged

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    missed-a-brain, you are a bonafide well documented Grade A moron. There are actually only a handful of posters here who I have absolutely no respect for. You are one of those. Hence the name. So is rack-o-shit.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    How’s SD been looking?

    Looks like it’s getting late early. N.O. Sat nite is getting important.

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    Kookie don’t mistake the preseason for the regular season. That was one of the major differences between the Raiders and the Whiners in the last game. Cable has been trying all kinds of different things. And he should. It’s the preseason for crissakes! This is the time where you see what DHB can do against starting corners. What Trev Scott does with the ones. Start a different RB every game and see if one completely emerges. What Singletary did in the last game was run one play over and over and over. Not work on what was NOT working, which was his passing game. Oh no. Why work on that?? It’s the preseason. Just run that counter trey play that was a Joe Gibbs staple over and over and over and over.

  • raiderjhawk

    Posted by “RaiderChile” on PFT:

    “As to the Niner fiasco Saturday, the defensive scheme is the problem. They are doing what they did last year. I don’t think the playoffs or 2nd in the AFC west will be attainable this year. I am looking for 7 wins for a good year. Will be a LONG TIME before the Raiders are relevant with Al at the top.”
    ———————————————-
    I’m so sick of reading crap like this from all these supposed “raider fans” especially on this site, do you rtards not realize that it is pre season? The Whiners scored 18 points in the 4qtr. when we had all our scrubs in, we went for it on 4th down 2 or 3 times and didn’t kick an ex point to tie the game back up. IT’s PRESEASON…. PRESEASON…PRESEASON, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PRESEASON…. PRE——-SEASON.

  • raiderjhawk

    And by rtards I am referring to everyone here who doesn’t know the difference between PRESEASON and REG. SEASON… AND everyone on here named Dakota and those who suck him off everytime he’s in here, raider fans used to not be pu**ies.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    More good stuff about the run defense. Courtesy of Tom Cable.

    ** Rookie Slade Norris doesn’t sound like a strongside starter, not after Cable named him as one of those perimeter players who did not hold the edge against the run game Saturday.

    Cable declined to name the others, but said there were others who played just plain awful.

    “I thought we had some guys not play very well and a lot of it really was, I think two parts. One we have to do a better job adjusting to it as coaches, and then, two, I think you have to at some point set your jaw and decide you’re not going to get your rear-end kicked like that.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/raiders/detail?&entry_id=46060#ixzz0PA19r7N3

  • raiderjhawk

    KK- I think your not very smart if you really think that DHB was going to start this year over Chaz, I thought you were smarter then that, and then there was the GOUGED post, wow! Ya I guess our third and fourth stringers should be pretty embarrassed of themselves, ohhh who cares they won’t be here after two weeks anyway.

  • raiderjhawk

    great place to go for your raiders news, I’m sure SFGAYt isn’t biased at all…

  • priesttj

    I have two kids, let’s call them A and B. Both know basic math, addition and sudtraction. (A) has to learn math all the way to calculus and (B) needs to learn math up to say algebra I. They both need to reach their goals in the same period of time. Say 3 years.

    Who has the tougher task A or B?

    Anyone can answer.

  • raiderjhawk

    I guess it was passed all the lil’ kids bedtimes in here, I’m so dang sick of reading these posts, I WAS HOPING TO BEETCH SLAP SOME OF THESE LIL’ POSER PUNK WANNABE RAIDER FANS… it’s about darn time some REAL RAIDER FANS TOOK THIS SITE BACK OVER.

    TO MANY PEOPLE IN HERE ARSE WORSHIPPING 14 YR. OLD KIDS OPINIONS.

    PRESEASON.

  • raiderjhawk

    explain yourself priest, what point are you trying to make and to whom are you trying to make it to?>

  • DKnight007

    # Oakglenn Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Kookie don’t mistake the preseason for the regular season. That was one of the major differences between the Raiders and the Whiners in the last game. Cable has been trying all kinds of different things. And he should. It’s the preseason for crissakes! This is the time where you see what DHB can do against starting corners. What Trev Scott does with the ones. Start a different RB every game and see if one completely emerges. What Singletary did in the last game was run one play over and over and over. Not work on what was NOT working, which was his passing game. Oh no. Why work on that?? It’s the preseason. Just run that counter trey play that was a Joe Gibbs staple over and over and over and over.

    ^^^^^^Exactly…..stupid on Singeltarys part to not work on different plays…..then again….I don’t think Marshall showed as many looks as he could have either.

  • Thec07

    NEW POST——–>