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Cable: Morrison should be ready Week 1

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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  • RaiderRobG

    Excuse me, but who’s bringing up the race card? If you’re going to have an intellectual discussion, stick to the topic, and do something about the diarrhea of the mouth.

    We’re talking guns, and my own belief that it is the means by which I choose to protect my family, my home, and my castle if you will.

    I am not of the illusion that I can be all places at all times but that being said, my family is well protected.

    If you want to argue diets. I don’t take my kids to fast food. They don’t eat processed food loaded with chemicals and artificial unknown substances. So we are in agreement on the shitty quality of food, and think it’s a bad thing that parents choose to feed their kids garbage.

    Same difference. Choose what you feed your family, choose how you protect them. Bottom line, there’s the beauty of our representative government. Choice.

    You make yours and I’ll make mine.

    I choose guns and great grub.

  • Thec07

    based on the responses in this blog the controllers will have there hands full trying to confiscate anyones weopons in the event of a mandatory
    “weopons confisaction”………..

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Did anyone notice we are 3rd in the league for PF? There is a lot of good in Raiderland, critics be dammed, we’re just sorting them out. BTW, Raiders are favored by 7 over SD in the first week in NY. Haters will love this!

  • Thec07

    Jerrymcd: Javon Walker in uniform and off PUP, going through drills with WRs
    1 minute ago from PockeTwit

  • 860Todd Christensen

    New Post, Thec?

  • Thec07

    Raiders are practicing as we speak. Hopefully jerry gives a good report on walkers return. Would also like to know whats up with the run D

  • Thec07

    860, you talking about the twit from jerry, yeah thats new….

  • 860Todd Christensen

    I’m thinking it’s only pre-season and not showing all the cards. Who the F are the 9ers! lol. We made them look stupid, they did have more heart to win a pre-game, but we learned a lot about where we are at, and will plug the holes, IMHO.

  • Thec07

    860, I hope so. Our right side was gtting hammeed by the same play. I am surprised that SF didnt pass more.

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Your precious little white kids are going to get shot by one of their classmates that got picked on too much, not by a black gang banger. And the odds of that even happening are practically zero. You want to protect your kids, lock the food cabinet.
    —————————————————–

    Why do I believe MR IS that lunatic white kid that got picked on too much???

  • Terrapin

    I’ll be interested to see how much Walker is put through today and how he does

  • Thec07

    Walker needs to earn it not given it…..

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Oak, the mods in here stir up too much under other peoples nic’s to really give a care for. I caught and punished one, one evening, and have nothing but respect since. Don’t believe that who you see as posting is that real person. Go by that person’s real postings and go from there. This has been a problem here for a very long time. TRUTH!

  • Thec07

    Just FYI, if some of you guys like to get a fix before the reports you can check twitter for a play by play of whats happening.
    twitter.com
    jerrymcd
    bydavidwhite

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Thec, we were using our 2nd and 3rds. That is what PRE is about. We learn, we go on, we execute, we are the nation, we don’t worry about PRE season!

  • RaiderRobG

    What madden, you’d prefer I’d list them all? I love when you give a few of the many example and some FU(K tard acts like those are the only cases.

    You guys need to pull your heads out of your ass and realize there’s a difference between state and federal gun laws. The Feds aren’t going to be beating down my door to enforce a states law. NOTE what I said…to enforce state law.

    California can take it’s gun regulations and it stick up up there ass.

    People get confused a lot when they think about having in gun in California. California requires a federal background check and to have your hand guns registered. It’s not a federal requirement to have your guns registered that’s just crazy fascist California law.

    In any case. My choice will always be to be judged by twelve than carried by six.

    POSTING TOO FAST IS LIKE CALIFORNIA GUN LAWS…LAME!

  • Thec07

    Fargas out with hamstring….

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Setting the stage…………………?

  • Terrapin

    Man, watching the SF game and that play that DMC fell on …he was about to bust in wide open likely for a TD …only one defender was left and Murphy was on him

  • Thec07

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    Setting the stage…………………?

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

    Looks and Sounds like it…..

  • Thec07

    The play i keep seeing is Smith decleeting ellis…

  • Thec07

    Terp, You tivo the game?????

  • Thec07

    Hold the phone……
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
    Jerrymcd: New player, No. 96, D-lineman. Victim could be Ricky Manning Jr.
    less than a minute ago from PockeTwit

  • Thec07

    New D line help No 96???????

  • Thec07

    bydavidwhite: Ricky Manning was leaving field without workout clothes. Not sure what’s up on that.
    4 minutes ago from mobile web

  • Thec07

    Hey is anyone blogging today….. WTF

  • Twocents

    Terrapin, that play made me sick. Same with Russell stubbing his toe. When is this team going to start living up to it’s potential. You only get so many chances in a game and we seem to screw it up about 50% of the time.

  • Thec07
  • jhill

    Wassup Thec,

    Nap Harris back with us?

    I actually like that. Wonder if he gets a look at MLB or SLB.

  • Thec07

    Harris signs, manning cut….

  • Thec07

    Jhill, what up Killer??????
    Prob MLB……

  • Thec07

    Twocents Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    Terrapin, that play made me sick. Same with Russell stubbing his toe. When is this team going to start living up to it’s potential. You only get so many chances in a game and we seem to screw it up about 50% of the time.

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

    We are, the worst enemy. with penaties and the stupid foot stuff. makes you wonder…..How many points did we really leave on the board, and how does that translate to wins and loses.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    We have a very good, young team. Guy’s its only PRE season, things do happen, much is learned, you do not show your cards at the table. We need to get behind our players, stop the bickering, close up together and put on the Raider show. This is just a run through, the season awaits, we will win the WEST!

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

    I guess Ricky Brown is not going to just get handed the job.

  • jhill

    It would be cool if he could get in there at MLB and slide Brown back to OLB.

    Alston and Norris were incredibly bad this weekend, and we could really use Brown back at that spot.

  • Brien the General

    Nap Harris sucks. My god this move aint about shhit

  • http://atm Raider O

    Yes!!!!
    Yes!!!!
    N Harris!!!!!

    Dude can play MLB and SAM. I hope he makes the final cuts.

  • Brien the General

    Jhill the front is still garbage. The linebackers will be good in coverage but suck vs the run. This will be a teeter totter ass defensive year

  • jhill

    LOL, B

    I think the point is that so does the way Alston and Norris are playing.

    Anyone out there better than ole Nappy?

  • jhill

    Especially if we are going to stick with Scott at RDE. We need to move Brown back to SLB, and shore up the MLB spot. might not be the answer, but we certainly can’t stand pat.

  • Brien the General

    Alston was never good. Even roided up the guy still sucks. Harris will be missing tackles just like our others LBs.

  • Brien the General

    Jhill you better keep T Scoot at RDE. Bringing Jay Richardson or someone else will be a mistake man

  • Thec07

    Brien the General Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    Alston was never good. Even roided up the guy still sucks. Harris will be missing tackles just like our others LBs.

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

    ROFLMFAO>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Thec07

    Scott is too light in the A$$ at RDE…

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Brien, is Harris in stone?

  • Brien the General

    yeah Harris is back in Oakland………….to do absolutely nothing

  • 860Todd Christensen

    SHYT

  • jhill

    Jay Richards is the last person I want at RDE. He is in his perfect spot as a backup LDE.

    I’d like to see what Shaugnessy can do.

    Outside of that, Scott better be a full time project for Board. He shouldn’t be getting tossed around like he has been. It’s ridiculous.

  • Brien the General

    Scott is light and then you want some heavy fuker like Richardson back at RDE. Yeah I remember how the run D fared when he started at RDE. It was still garbage. Scott is your best bet at RDE. Bryant,Shaughnessy or Richardson would be an even bigger disaster. You guys love to hold out hope for Russell but yet dont wanna give this guy a fair shake. Funny but mark my words you will see what I mean later on in the year. He gives us the beast chance to rattle a LT during a game. The other guys wouldn’t do shhhhhhhhhhit

  • Thec07

    Scott to light in the britches…