Cable pleased with practice rebound


JaMarcus Russell has met the enemy _ and it wasn’t the New Orleans Saints.

“You know how they say you shoot yourself in the foot?,” Russell said Monday following the Raiders’ practice session. “I think our foot would be off by now.”

Since the Raiders were able to practice without their entire team sidelined by self-inflicted buckshot wounds, we can assume the damage was only to their psyche. Coach Tom Cable was of the opinion he horror of a 45-7 beatdown in front of the home fans was motivation in itself.

“Right now I am excited about the fact that we really show a lot of remorse about, one,our effort, just a lack of attention to detail, all the things that we put out on the field,” Cable said. We talked about being embarrassed about it but we’re taking responsibility for it. I think that’s a big step for us.”

Cable said he didn’t need to remind many people of what happened.

“This was not like in the past, where it was been almost rying to pull it back out of ’em,” Cable said.

More news, notes and quotes:

— Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but Cable’s reaction when asked about the “chip fracture” sustained by Nnamdi Asomugha makes it sound as if it could be worse than it was portrayed following the game. Asomugha watched practice from the sideline, then was off to see a specialist.

“We don’t have any update. We should have something tomorrow,” Cable said. “(We) just want to make sure the chip is not displaced or anything like that.”

When asked if surgery was a possibility, Cable said, “We don’t know that . . . they’re going this afternoon with a specialist to see exactly what the procedure will be.

Cable caught himself whenhe realized how “procedure” sounded, and added, “When I say procedure, I mean in terms of rehabbing it so we don’t know anything it.”

Asomugha was injured making a tackle on the Saints’ second offensive play.

— Let’s go ahead and assume Samson Satele, signed to be the replacement for Jake Grove, hasn’t worked out as expected.

Not when Cable said Satele is in a three-way race with John Wade and Chris Morris to be the starting center. And Wade took the field for the first time since Aug. 13 after recovering from a stinger.

There are things that I like and there are some things I don’t feel like he’s getting it quick enough,” Cable said of Satele, noting that line calls have been a problem.

Said Satele: I’m comfortable. I’ve got the offense down, but I’m still learning on the way, still have a lot to learn, and I’m more comfortable than I first was.”

Morris said his first task is always to be ready at both guard positions and center, and that he’s entering his fourth season because of that versatility. But he also noted, “Shoot, I’m looking to start. That’s what all three of us are trying to do right now.”

Satele, as well as the right side of the line with Cooper Carlisle and Cornell Green, have been shaky through three games, although Carlisle and Green appear secure as starters.

— Safety Mike Mitchell, with one more good day of rehab on his pulled hamstring, could make it back to practice Wednesday. At least that what he’s hoping.

“I wanted to play this Thursday, but they said the opener is more important, which it is,” Mitchell said. “So, that’s now my focus. I’m for sure going to play in the opener. It’s been almost three weeks now, and I’m almost at 100 percent. I really wanted to try to get some game experience before that game, but it’s what I got to do. And I’ll be ready for it when it comes.”

Although Mitchell hurt his hamstring before his first Pro Day, in minicamp and again at training camp, he said he is not concerned it will happen again.

“I’m not going to be going out there worrying about my hamstring,” Mitchell said. “I’m going to go out there and play. If it happens again, it happens again. But the way I feel right now, I feel strong, moving good, I don’t see it happening again.”

— Exactly how Mitchell will be used, should he return, remains to be seen. He arrived to the Raiders late because his Ohio University class hadn’t graduated, and twice he’s been hurt.

Mitchell conceded he would probably get a lot of special teams work because Tyvon Branch has established himself as the starting strong safety.

Cable said it would be possible to integrate Mitchell into some specialty packages in the secondary before the opener.

— Sounds as if Chris Johnson has pulled away in the competition to start opposite Asomugha (assuming Asomugha is good to go for the opener.

“Chris has had a terrific camp,” Cable said. “Stanford has had a couple of struggles.”

— Cable said he hadn’t yet determined how much starters would play against Seattle Thursday night. He did say defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who missed both the 49ers and Saints games with a foot sprain, would get significant playing time.

— Linebacker Kirk Morrison put on his uniform and a cumbersome brace to protect dislocated left elbow, but didn’t practice in team sessions. He won’t face Seattle but expects to play in Week 1.

— The Raiders cut wide receivers Shawn Bayes and Will Franklin, defensive tackle Joe Cohen, center Jonathan Compas and guard Marcus Johnson. Teams have to be at 75 players Tuesday.

— Shane Lechler isn’t practice and won’t kick against Seattle but is expected to be ready for the opener. S Rashad Baker (stinger), LB Slade Norris (calf strain), CB Justin Miller (turf toe), RB Justin Fargas (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (broken foot), T Khalif Barnes (ankle) all joined Asomugha and Mitchell on the sidelines.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • OAKlifer

    is the word bust good when relating to cheerleaders of the NFL or is it all kinda the same???

  • Dickey: Raiders look historically bad
    By: Glenn Dickey
    Special to The Examiner
    September 1, 2009

    SAN FRANCISCO — After the last two exhibition losses, it’s beginning to seem that the six double-digit-loss seasons that have preceded this one will be regarded by Raiders fans as the good old days.

    I don’t pay much attention to a team’s win-loss record in practice games, because I know coaches are more interested in working on specific plays and issues than winning.

    In my first year on the Raiders beat, they lost exhibition games to Kansas City 48-0 and Denver 21-17 before starting the season with a 51-0 rout of Denver and a 23-21 win over the Chiefs.

    But even with that background, I find the last two weeks to be a dreadful predictor for the Raiders in the regular season.

    After humiliating the Raiders in a scrimmage at Napa, the 49ers ran wild against them in a game that weekend. Last Saturday, the Saints passed them dizzy. What else is there?

    The Raiders are completely disorganized. Well, what do you expect? Al Davis put a buffoon in charge, Tom Cable, and the players pay no attention to him.

    Greg Ellis, in his first year with the Raiders after 12 years in Dallas, hinted to a writer on Sunday that the Raiders were partying too much. Cable said he didn’t know anything about that, but he was probably too busy planning for his next punch-out with an assistant.

    Readers often ask me if Davis is senile, and my answer is always “No.” He doesn’t make many public appearances, but when he does, he speaks lucidly. When I was talking to Jim Plunkett before a Comcast sports show on which we both appeared, Plunkett said he sometimes sits in Davis’ box at games and is amazed by how Davis can evaluate players.

    But Davis has one problem that is common to men his age: The belief that things were better when he was young.

    It’s no delusion in his case. There’s no question the Raiders were better when Davis was younger. That’s when they had the great players, 12 of whom are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Davis and former coach John Madden. That’s when they won three Super Bowls — they’ve only been in one since the ’83 season, and they got smoked in that one.

    The problem is that Davis is trying to relive that past. As other NFL teams have brought more qualified people into the decision-making process, Davis has concentrated all the power in himself.

    His only confidants in the organization are chief executive Amy Trask and media relations director Mike Taylor — neither of them football people.

    On the field, Davis insists that the team play the same way it did 40 years ago, despite all the changes in the NFL.

    Rob Ryan was the whipping boy as the team’s defensive coordinator because he wouldn’t call up the blitzes that fans wanted, but that was the defensive scheme Davis wanted. That hasn’t changed now that John Marshall is the coordinator, and it won’t.

    Offensively, it’s easy to imagine Davis seeing Warren Wells and Cliff Branch in his mind’s eye, flying down the sidelines to catch deep balls.

    But what he has now is an inconsistent quarterback and inadequate receivers.

    The Raiders’ worst record since Davis arrived in 1963 was the 2-14 record in 2006. This team will challenge that mark.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I dunno OAKlifer. I’ve never seen an NFL cheerleader with a bigger bust than San Diego had (Ryan Leaf)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota: what (in your opinion) is a bigger embarrassment from Illinois? ob@ma or the cubbies?

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:05 am
    Dakota: what (in your opinion) is a bigger embarrassment from Illinois? ob@ma or the cubbies?


    RRS, eat some sh!t.

  • RaiderRockstar

    BSJ: no thanks

    doesn’t go well with coffee. so how’s your day?

  • RaiderRockstar


    This site is down for maintenance. Please check back again soon.


    WHAT ???

    how are we supposed to get through the day!?

  • R.I.P. 2009 Cubs….and the 2009 Raiders…

    might as well combine the wakes and save time…

    Rockstar…I am not going there today…

  • RaiderRockstar

    somebody get Darrius Heyward-Bey on the phone.. LaMarcus got cut !!!

    CB LaMarcus Hicks (Lions)

    that was a pretty funny post draft interview from DHB.

  • The biggest embarassment from Illinois, by far, is Ronald Reagan. As both an IL and CA resident, as well as a personal sponsor of the restoration of Ronnie’s childhood home in Dixon, IL, I can state this with certainty. He was a lying, demented, vacuous simpleton who led the nation based on astrology and old movies.

  • RaiderRockstar

    might as well combine the wakes and save time…


    the Raiders could probably use Milton Bradley & Alfonso Soriano. vet leadership

    probably don’t have “Raider speed” though …

  • Crisp morning air, cool breeze, a little more cloudy than usual….Fall is near…it is time for the NFL…ooops, I mean THE NBA!!!!!!

    goooooo Lakers!

    Man, I hope at least ND is watchable this year…

  • RaiderRockstar

    I wish Mike Ditka would have ran for Senate instead of barack. At least that dude has some friggin balls

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota: being a huge Notre Dame fan, were you pulling for us to draft Brady Quinn over LaMarcus?

    and would you be surprised if Gruden replaced Weiss next year?

  • NoMoreFargas

    75-7 Dakota or 34 in a row I want something special for this repeat. Good lord is Mitchell ever gonna play .

  • OAKlifer

    somebody get Darrius Heyward-Bey on the phone.. LaMarcus got cut !!!

    CB LaMarcus Hicks (Lions)

    that was a pretty funny post draft interview from DHB.


    Didnt catch that you have a link??/

  • Rockstar,

    I always wanted Russell over Quinn for the Raiders. I knew Quinn couldn’t throw a deep ball…when he tried at ND, he would throw it high and short and the WR would have to stop and jump backwards to catch the ball. It seemed to work against college DBs, but I knew that wouldn’t work in Oakland.

    The guy is a leader and I think he will be a good NFL QB in the right system. If Gruden was still our coach, I would have wanted Quinn over Russell…I think Quinn would be a perfect Gruden QB. But otherwise…sorry.

    And as far as Weiss is concerned, I think his big contract and easy 2009 schedule will keep him at ND for a while longer…but I would love to see Gruden take over ND.

  • Florida Pete

    if cable doesn’t get it together…

    Gruden will be here next year…

  • Florida Pete

    Mitchell’s NFL career is over…

    over except for the funeral…

    expect that notice sometime before the final cuts…

    let’s see… who could we have had at that spot in the draft???

    probably nobody any good, i’m sure…

    2nd round… what could be left???

  • Pete,

    Gruden would be smart enough to run the hell out of Bush, McFadden and Fargas…

    …but he would have to be told that Russell was untouchable, and that he would not be allowed to bring in John Lynch, Warren Sapp, D. Brooks, and Booger McFarland lol.

  • Florida Pete

    Florida Pete Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 5:19 am
    1 WR Maryland Darrius Heyward-Bey
    2 S Ohio University Michael Mitchell
    3 DE Wisconsin Matt Shaughnessy
    4 WR Florida Louis Murphy
    4 LB Oregon State Slade Norris
    6 DE Missouri Stryker Sulak
    6 TE Iowa Brandon Myers

    this is what we did this year…

    we drafted replacements for JLH and Schillens… better replacements… maybe… but not as much a position of need as say a RT or a DT… oh well…

    we drafted a safety… from a small program who had a great agent smart enough to put a highlight film on youtube… he probably won’t play this year… probably won’t play next year either, at least not for us…

    we drafted Matt Shaunessy… so what is Matt doing these days???

    we drafted Slade Norris… maybe he sticks… maybe not…

    we drafted Stryker Sulak… schit with a name like that… i might have drafted him… but we didn’t even sign him…

    we drafted Brandon Myers… hey… an acorn said the squirrel!!!

    now… what were our positions of need???

    let’s see… DT, DE, MLB, RT, OG, C…

    i got an idea… how’s about we draft people we need and will use right now…

    and another idea is… how’s about we do a little more than look at a youtube video before we think someone is worthy of a second round pick…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Didnt catch that you have a link??


    no man. I saw it live (TV)

    never read anything about it from a transcript or anything – sorry

    he said he was looking forward to catching some passes from “LaMarcus” though. LOL

  • Florida Pete

    i think we are woefully short in the talent department…

    getting Barnes back should go a long way to curing the O-line… where is Wade??? is he hurt??? if not, he needs to play… Satelle does not have it…

    here’s the draft picks i had in January…

    B.J. Raji, Boston College, DT, 1st Team DT Green Bay
    Ron Brace, Boston College, DT, 1st Team DT NE Patriots
    Augustus Parrish, Kent State, OT (released by the Saints) (I think I changed this pick before draft day)
    Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina, MLB, backs up EJ Harrington
    Derek Walker, Illinois, DE free agent picked up by the Seahawks (released by Redskins)
    Dallas Reynolds, BYU, C/G free agent signed w/Eagles, 3rd team C/G

    hey, did you notice that i picked 2 DT’s…

    a MLB, a DE…

    a center, and an OT…

    now… what has everyone been bitching about for the past 3 weeks…

  • RaiderRockstar

    not be allowed to bring in John Lynch, Warren Sapp, D. Brooks, and Booger McFarland


    I’d rather have McFarland, Chuck Darby, Kevin Carter, Brooks & Lynch than Sands, Boschetti, Norris, Alston & Eugene !!!

  • OAKlifer

    he said he was looking forward to catching some passes from “LaMarcus” though. LOL


    LOL ahhh post DRAFT…I thought it read post game…my bad I heard that as well…I thought he was trashing “LaMarcus” in the ‘aints post gamer….

  • OAKlifer

    Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina, MLB, backs up EJ Harrington

    !!!!!!!!!!!PREZ !!!!! Jasper

  • Florida Pete

    i wouldn’t want Sapp on this team even if his salary was paid by the broncos…

  • OAKlifer

    I think in order to bring JaMarcus back down to earth from contractland he should have to make a Kmart shoe just like Al Harrighton (nba) did “you dont have to be rich to play the game” almost choked on my cheerios when I heard that this morning..LOL…he should be advocating selling shoes to kids in East Oakland for 16.99 a pair……”the bomber” they could be black with white or sivler trim and come custome with a stash “snack” spot….

  • OAKlifer

    i wouldn’t want Sapp on this team even if his salary was paid by the broncos…

    Take that back….lol

  • By Adam Schefter
    Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is expected to be sidelined about two weeks with a chipped bone in his left wrist, according to a team source.

    Missing the time now will not be the issue. Just how debilitating the injury is will be a major concern throughout the season, however.

    Asomugha is the top bump-and-run cornerback in the league. If his wrist is bothering him, it’s going to be more challenging for Asomugha to grab wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.

    Asomugha is the least of the Raiders’ concerns after their dreary weekend against the Saints — just the latest one.

  • omniscience

    I think we should drop Warren and Sands FAT & LAZY rotate Bryant Joseph and Boschetti at least these guys hustle everyplay if we cant stop run with any one on this D- Line roster at least players that husle might make something happen on any given play.. Cut the Fat

  • OAKlifer

    wow…I just try an trade lee evans for chris henery in one of my FFL leagues and dude shot me down….Evans plays on a offense that has T.O. (he will get looks) Chris henry while looking good in the preseason is still buried on depth charts….Thought it was a good trade I guess trent Edwards is diminishing my WR!!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    OAKlifer: Russell doesn’t need K-Mart

    he’s already a sponsor for Jello Pudding …

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:54 am
    OAKlifer: Russell doesn’t need K-Mart

    he’s already a sponsor for Jello Pudding …

    …and Hooked on Phonics…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chris Henry is not a starter. He’s behind Chad Johnson and Lavern Coles

    Lee Evans is starting opposite T.O. and is currently still the Bills #1 WR

    Carson Palmer is still dinged up. Trent Edwards isn’t.

    whoever turned that trade down isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed …

  • omniscience

    Here we go with the Russell bashing again I am sure he gave up 45 Saturday

  • OAKlifer

    thats what I thought Double R the only reason I was looking to make the deal is I have T.O. on my team and need a bye week filler…I was going off a little preseason magic that henry has sparked but this dude is downing the Henry kool-aid….I think he wilol have a good not great season in Cincy if he is allowed to even play all 16 games…oh well Ill find a taker!

  • OAKlifer


    Brother actually on of Russells supporters here just think he needs to get his head out of the clouds thats all…and selling a shoe at walmart isnt excatly all bling and fur its real life oakland kids…….which is where he is

  • omniscience

    The Guy has played 1 year in the N.F.L who cares of what he is getting paid. everyone in the Leauge is getting paid Wilson and Hall are still getting checks and not even on the squad. If you had the Raider fans E.S.P.N N.F.L. channel and all the media hype waiting for you to fail so they can call you a bust like Alex Smith after 1 year. That would Suck….

  • RaiderRockstar

    Omni: Russell has completed 25 of 38 passes through 3 preseason games. 279 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble (lost)

    thats 65 percent of his passes. not bad considering we’ve been mainly pass happy to try and get the pass offense fully functional prior to Week 1 on MNF …

    also consider the drops, terrible pass protection, lack of run plays, no Chaz, Javon or Khalif. pretty impressive if you ask me

    we just like to have fun with the youngster. I like to call him JaWalrus 🙂

  • omniscience

    The kid is 22 if he wants to pimp fur & bling oh well as long as he is not getting caught smoking crack in the motel 6 or maybe betting on your local dogfight in Oaktown Who knows what he does for the Kids am sure he has some kind of Charity deal..

  • McRaider5150

    Well maybe russell just needs to throw the ball to himself, block for himself, stop the run, and play safety to help against the pass. it is unexceptable for a QB to all a team to score 45 point in a pre-season game. A QB can’t allow his WR to drop passes and for his line to get beat on blocks.

    Worse pick ever

    Ryan Leaf has nothing on Russ

    Leaf stats
    25 655 317 48.4 3666 5.60 0 14 36 65 377 50.0

  • omniscience

    It’s all good just hate to have defend my Boys aganist all these Niner busters who feed off what we give them. and all they ever say to defend there poor squad is we got five we got five Sad Very Sad….

  • Florida Pete

    McRaider5150 Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:15 am
    Well maybe russell just needs to throw the ball to himself, block for himself, stop the run, and play safety to help against the pass. it is unexceptable for a QB to all a team to score 45 point in a pre-season game. A QB can’t allow his WR to drop passes and for his line to get beat on blocks.

    Worse pick ever

    Ryan Leaf has nothing on Russ

    Leaf stats
    25 655 317 48.4 3666 5.60 0 14 36 65 377 50.0


    my god…

    people have been executed with stats better than that…

  • RaiderRockstar

    who was supposed to block Roman Harper on that safety blitz where Russell got clobbered and dropped the ball?

    everybody blames Cornell Green, but he can’t take on a DE like Charles Grant or Will Smith and knock a safety on his back at the same time. Harper should have been blocked by a RB, FB or TE. So who missed thier assignment?

  • The problem is not Russell.

    The problem is the structure, discipline that is lacking for a young QB in this organization
    No GM No VP of Ops No head coach with any authority, he only answers to Al Davis and nobody drinks more JaMarcus Russell Kool-aid than Al Davis.

    Look at Matt Ryan or Joe Flaco those are tightly ran organizations from top to bottom it is the kind of environment where a young QB can be successful.

    We do NOT put Russell in the situation to be successful with that patch worked O-Line and rookie WR’s. Seriously if he was the QB for the NY Giants (that offensive line)he would have a QB rating over 100.

  • omniscience

    Pass Protection exactley who is Mcray I heard that guys name Saturday in the backfield more than Russell.

  • RaiderRockstar

    even the Saints backup DE’s Paul Spicer & Bobby McCray (both former Jaguars) are as good or better than our starters …