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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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  • Brien the General

    Shaughnessy isnt that great of a pass rusher. You talk about not getting any pressure have you not seen ol Matty boy try to rush the qb? He does squat against scrubs

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    Nnamdi getting props on NFL Network. Made the All-Maxim team along with former Raider Charles Woodson.

  • Brien the General

    Actually the RDE is suppose to be your smaller d-end. It wouldnt look so bad if Gerard Warren didnt stink so bad at NT

  • Brien the General

    Well I did see Scott make a good play on the first defensive drive against Dalls in the run game. does anyone remember that?

  • Thec07

    Brien the General Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    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

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    What happened with Scott he got pushed around. Not stong or heavy enough…

    Rattling is prob good on passing downs but on running plays he gets blown up period.

    Also Scott doesnt cost us 65 mil, we have to give JRUSS time, with scott we need to find someone to plug in. Not sure we are talking apple to oranges…..

  • Brien the General

    Trevor Scott is your best chance against the LEFT TACKLE. No one else unless its Ellis can do that job. Ellis is too valuable at LDE to move

  • Brien the General

    I understand the cost of the two is very different but he deserves a chance. Do you guys even know how he will fare throughout 60 minutes of a game? His athletic ability will be vital for the Raiders pass rush. You put any of the other scrubs out there then you are in big doo doo

  • Thec07

    How big is ellis?

  • Brien the General

    I use to see Jay richardson’s big ass get pummeled like Scott has in the run game so whats the big problem?

  • jhill

    The only time I’ve seen Trevor Scott anywhere near the QB is when we run our stunts. Other than that, he’s been handled rather easily from what I’ve seen. I was REALLY hoping he was the answer but he hasn’t given ANY signs that he is the answer. And believe me I am looking for signs.

  • Brien the General

    Ellis is listed at 265 and Scott is about 10 lbs lighter. Scott’s pass rushing ability demands he be on the field considering who we have on the roster at DE

  • jhill

    I don’t think one person has suggested Jay Richards at RDE. He is absolutely not the answer.

  • Brien the General

    Jhill, let’s see how his quickness wears on a LT thoughout an entire game. I bet you will be screaming something else mid way point in the season. You have no one else to play RDE

  • Thec07

    T Scott too light in the britches…. not the full time answer IMHO….. If its not someone on our squad we need to hit the waiver wire, or trade garcia, fargas, and who ever else….. No way Scott is the answer.

  • Brien the General

    Oh Jhill come on. You better read the last few did fixes by Jerry. People have suggested Richardson, Shaughnessy and even Desmond Bryant

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Will this be his wake up call? He can perform?

  • Brien the General

    Yeah well Dwaine Board,John Marshall and Tom Cable truly see otherwise. If not then he wouldnt have been penciled as the starter at RDE sincethe summer. You have your best pass rusher at RDE. Just you guys wait when we play SD. Scott is gonna get a hold of Rivers hicktown hillbilly ass

  • jhill

    Brien,

    Like I said, I want the kid to be the answer. I said so ALL off season. Whatever you are talking about with the pass rush, of which I agree, he has arguably been the worst person on the field defending the run. I hope Board can correct it pretty quickly. If not, lets see what the rookie can do.

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    Our current run D is predicated on the hope that either Tommy Kelly blows up his man and makes a play, or one of LB’s guess right and make tackle close to the LOS. Or lucking into a holding call.

    Other than that, it comes down to whether or not Hiram Eugene is going to make the tackle and stop the run at about 15-20 yards. Complete recipe for disaster.

  • Brien the General

    It is funny but you guys tell me to be patient with Russell….which he doesnt deserve, but a guy who was drafted inthe 6th round as a long shot to make the team leads us in sacks and now has been switched to the other side gets no love over two preseason games. Hilarious

  • Thec07

    Brien the General Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    Yeah well Dwaine Board,John Marshall and Tom Cable truly see otherwise. If not then he wouldnt have been penciled as the starter at RDE sincethe summer. You have your best pass rusher at RDE. Just you guys wait when we play SD. Scott is gonna get a hold of Rivers hicktown hillbilly ass

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    I wonder if they still think that…….

    I hope u are right about rivers though…. Got sacked 4 times on sat……

  • jhill

    Well we all SHOULD no better than to suggest Richards or Bryant at RDE. But Shaugnessy? He’s backing up the spot now, and looked good against Dallas.

  • Thec07

    Brien the General Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    It is funny but you guys tell me to be patient with Russell….which he doesnt deserve, but a guy who was drafted inthe 6th round as a long shot to make the team leads us in sacks and now has been switched to the other side gets no love over two preseason games. Hilarious

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    What part of him getting run on, using the same play is “hilarious”……

  • Brien the General

    Actually VR my friend it cant be predicated on the UT to blow up the run. That is crazy. The NT has to be able to shed the blocks of the LG and C. All run defense in the 4-3 depend heavily on the guy who plays NT to blow up the plays. The UT aka Kelly is the pass rushing DT

  • jhill

    Are you really comparing the QB position to RDE?

    And JRuss, by your own admission, is playing well.

    No one is saying cut Trevor Scott. Just saying maybe he needs to be put back in the position that he was so successful in last year.

    Or that he simply needs to stop getting pancaked by the other teams TEs.

  • Brien the General

    What part of Warren sucking as the NT dont you guys get? Outside of the garbage scheme, Warren is the main culprit. This is why guys like SnB wanted to draft a run stuffer so bad. We all recognize this guy aint it. He is strictly a pass rusher

  • jhill

    I guess they fixes the posting too fast crap ?????

  • jhill

    fixed*

  • Brien the General

    Haha Jhill come on bruh! This isnt old school football. Do you know teams will pass on 1st down alot more than they use to? You gonna feel mighty bad when the other guys play RDE on first and second down and teams decide to pass. See will see nada pass rush wise

  • Thec07

    I have wanted a run stuffer for the last 2 years…
    The last 2 years we could have gotten a supreame being, but no we draft skill.

  • Thec07

    QB looks up sees scott at RDE audible to run…

  • Brien the General

    I still find it rather interesting no one has even commented answered my question about Scott actually making a damn good play vs the run against Dallas. We all know against the run is he weakness. Hell he even said it!!! BUt you cant demote a guy at RDE for run defense whenthe other guys on the roster cant even rush the passer. come on guys

  • Brien the General

    Ok Thec and when he sees the other clowns he will audible to pass

  • jhill

    What I don’t understand is why Warren getting doubled would be any different from the NT of your choice getting doubled?

    Fact of the matter has been that Warren is getting doubled, and Scott has being handled by the TE.

    Kinda leads back to where is Alston or the S help, but Scott should be able to get off the TE, or should I say stay upright against a TE. He should win that matchup more often than not and it hasn’t been happening.

  • Thec07

    Okay Brien he did make a good play against dalass, not hating on the guy, the niner game was awful.

  • Terrapin

    DVR’d the game. Little eye-cathcers… Caught one of those sweep rights real good that came Ellis’ way. Alston really screwed the pouch. I was flabbergasted, bewildered as to what the hell he was thinking. He ran right into the pile up and didn’t stay in his lane! He had the angle. The run would’ve still gained positive yardage because the oline blockers was ahead of the dline but not as much as Coffee actually gained if Alston stayed in his lane. Coffee gained +10yds (i think).

    Next run left at TScott and Alston …TSott gets turned around inside and Alston again ran straight into the blocker taking himself out the play, instead of going kamikaze in the hole. (Maybe I give him a slight pass on this one b/c that could’ve been his duty on that play. But thats stretching it. He has to recognize that he had to opportunity to at least slow that play down for the cavalry to come. Coffee gains +20yds).

    Next big run Raiders went 3-4. They flooded the right side. THoward was in the right spot but played the hole wrong. He went outside rush and should’ve gone inside. He would’ve met him in the hole for loss yds to no gain. Write that off to preseason – no game planning no film study.

    Next 6 yd play at TScotts side again. They’re just lined up wrong for that play.

    A lot of this boils down to just smarter football. Then lack of strength at certain position. They just wouldn’t let off that right side of the defense.

  • Thec07

    Brien the General Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    Ok Thec and when he sees the other clowns he will audible to pass

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    lol, Good counter trey…..ROFL

  • itzSteve

    I would like to see them move Kelly back out to RDE and let Bryant and Boschetti see if they can be part of the rotation inside. Bring Scott in on passing downs.

  • Terrapin

    But Brien Ellis is rather light too for a LDE. So measure TScott by his stardard isn’t proper.

  • jhill

    I’m all for seeing what he can do with Brown at SLB, and a decent MLB.

    But Alston and Scott next to each other won’t work, and Brown next to Scott with Morrison in the middle won’t work either.

    Oh well, I guess it’s like you said, we’re just going to suck against the run this year. Hope we can score some points!

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    whats up nation brothers

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    Brien,

    You know better on the whole UT/NT thing than me. All I know, is that I see Kelly getting off the ball, getting some pressure and moving around his blocker and trying to make a play, with some success, albeit , not enough. The few times we stop a running play in the backfield, he always seems to be involved.

    I see everyone else on the other teams O-line getting their way with our guys. TE’s handling our ends. Warren may be getting double-teamed, but he is getting shoved 5-6 yards down the field. LB’s taking bad angles and missing occasional tackles. Just bad news.

  • Thec07

    Jerrymcd: Gorgeous deep out from Russell to DHB perfectly timed, then hits Murphy before DHB drops 15 yd strike over middle
    18 minutes ago from PockeTwit

  • Thec07

    1st team offense working vs. scout team defense, Garcia in, hits Javon Walker over middle, then JLH . . . lots of work to wideouts today.

  • Thec07

    When Javon not on field, has intern throwing him balls.

  • Terrapin

    I’ve suggested JRich. I know he’s not perfect but at least he can stay up! He’s the most logical option on run downs because he’s been there last year.

    I’m not so high on Matt …you’re right Brien, his pass rush sucks …I was not impressed …buy I’m not going to be too quick to judge. Still, at least he can hold his ground. I’ve seen TScott “on the ground” way too much.

    I’m not hatin’ on TScott but you just can’t keep him in there on run downs. You can’t go in the season like that. He’s getting handled out there. No push. Flattened by TEs. Thats not what you want vs the run.

  • Terrapin

    Oh Lord ..here comes Garcia …turn off ..I’ve seen enough of that game.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Brien, the Raiders have always played Raiders football. Be it a first series, first down, WR pass for 7, to a grind it out RB in your face game. The” Raiders” have never swereved from that type of game. There are people on this team that aren’t keeping their part of the bargin? Do I bitch slap them, or the managers?

  • Norco Bob

    hey brien.

  • Moose

    Nobody mentions Gunheim..is he any good