Cable mulling options at left guard


When Robert Gallery missed a series with a back injury in the opener and then went down with a broken left fibula against the Chiefs Sunday, the solution was the same.

Move center Chris Morris to left guard and put Samson Satele at center.

Gallery, Cable said, will be out four to six weeks after having surgery Monday (or possibly sooner if he’s a fast healer).

“He’s a great player and hopefully he has a quick surgery and gets back,” Morris said.

Gallery has started the last 34 games for the Raiders at left guard and made 36 consecutive starts. The only time in his career he didn’t play 16 games was in 2006 when he had a groin strain, a calf injury and an elbow dislocation and missed six games.

With Gallery out, Cable wouldn’t commit to making the same Morris/Satele move made in Weeks 1 and 2.

“I want to sit down and really think that through this evening and tomorrow and make a good call,” Cable said. “We’ve got to look at it like the plan to fix the next month where we can be productive that way. That may be the right way to do it. I just want to make sure as I look at the big picture.”

Cable said other options include Erik Pears, Khalif Barnes or Paul McQuistan at left guard, with Morris remaining at center.

More news, notes and quotes:

— Cable said game balls were awarded to kickers Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski, safety Michael Huff, defensive end Greg Ellis and long snapper Jon Condo.

“Our two kickers, in my opinion, they put this team on their back and carried us yesterday,” Cable said.

Janikowski kicked field goals of 48 and 54 yards and was 4-for-4 recording touchbacks on kickoffs, meaning the Chiefs opened every drive at their own 20 after a kickoff. Lechler averaged an incredible 56.9 yards on seven punts with a long of 70 yards and a net of 45.9.

Correcting an error I made yesterday, Janikowski is 23-for-26 for his career at Arrowhead Stadium. He missed two field goal attempts in his first game at Kansas City _ winning it with a last-second field goal _ and then had one blocked in 2002. He has made his last 17 field goal attempts in Kansas City.

“That punter of theirs, I don’t know you punt the ball that far,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said.

On Oakland’s first two three-and-outs, Lechler had punts of 66 and 70 yards, putting the Chiefs back at their own 16 and then their own 21.

“I thought he single-handedly changed field position by himself,” Cable said.

— Cable wanted the offense to take a hard look at the issues in the passing game which resulted in JaMarcus Russell going 3-for-17 going into the final drive.

“We each have to do, in my opinion, a lot more work,” Cable said. We have to invest a lot more time in what we’re doing every day on our own with our books, and note taking, and film watching, and all those things because I think it has to get so ingrained in your mind that failure is not an option.”

That includes Russell, of course, but is not exclusive to Russell.

“I think that he’s just part of everyone on offense,” Cable said. “This entire offense has got to do that.”

— Doesn’t sound as if there’s much of a chance Chaz Schilens will come to the rescue of the passing game this week.

“I would say very, very little, although he is out of the boot and moving around,” Cable said. “As we talked about last week, he’ll do a little more this week. But, as they told me Thursday, we’ll see.”

— Cable said Johnnie Lee Higgins shoulder sprain was improving and that he would be “questionable” for this week, while safety Hiram Eugene is also questionable with a lower leg strain outside his calf.

Although Eugene’s injury could mean a return to the starting lineup for Huff, Cable said he would be inclined to leave things the way they are if Eugene is healthy. Huff has intercepted three passes in two games and had a breakup on the game’s final play.

“I don’t think there is any reason to change it or do anything crazy like that,” Cable said. “If we had to due to injury that’s one thing, but I think we’re right where we need to be in regards to that.”

— Cable, who benched Huff last season in place of Eugene, said he never got any sense of bitterness or bad attitude after he made the decision.

“Michael Huff is a man’s man,” Cable said. “You don’t get any baloney from a guy like Mike. He’s what you are supposed to be about.”

— The NFL Network’s Deion Sanders had this to say about Huff on the air: “It takes some players a little time to mature in this game and understand what the NFL is all about. He has now hit that point of maturity.”

— A week after catching six passes for 69 yards, tight end Zach Miller was blanked against Kansas City. It was his first game without a reception since Week 3 last season in Buffalo.

“They were paying extra attention to me, a little bit of bracket coverage, making sure a guy was trying to jam me or wall me, that kind of thing,” Miller said. “They made sure that I wasn’t too involved.”

— Richard Seymour, moved up and down the line at different points in the game, was not as conspicuous as he was in his debut against San Diego, but Cable felt he was still very effective.

“He played very well again. Did he have the sacks and all that? No. But it was probably the reason Greg Ellis got a couple, it’s the reason some other guys made the plays they did,” Cable said. “We said when we got him that he had been exposed to a lot of football in his career and so it’s nice to have a guy like that on your team. Tight ends really struggled to block him.”

— Ellis has three sacks in two games _ three more than the Dallas Cowboys have in two games. The Cowboys released Ellis in the offseason.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer



  • SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    For those of you who watched the Dolphin game. Compare that to what we saw last wk. Notice the commentary…

    “McFadden….there’s a block by Henderson…a missed tackle by Brown and that’s a Raider touchdown a five yard run THEY’VE TAKEN THE LEAD!”



    Good morning Nation. Just saw this link from SnB, but you guys should watch it and look at the job DHB does blocking on the D-Mac TD. Hines Ward would be jealous. What a great job by the rookie.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Whatever happened to us against the world, teams will struggle. How long were the Pats bad, hell look at the Chargers the supposed next champs they look terrible on D. We all know that defense wins championships, look at the Cowboys Romo has the fans killing him right now. Jake delhomme looks terrible and those fans want his head. I know we want Jmac to blame the WR for not running crisp routes like Cutler does, or maybe we want the WR to blame the QB like T-owens. Why dont we just sit back and witness the greatness that is the Dolphins wildcat. The greatness of the Lions, the next superbowl champs Redskins and there 100million dollar man and coward CB D-hall. How about the monster offense of the KC chiefs and there 0-2 record… are we getting the point here.

  • hwnrdr

    Dirt Lot, I agree on the Randy Moss quitting and False Start Simms… For a fellow season ticket holder, it got frustrating for years. Finally we see a little discipline! 13 penalties in 2 games…and we overcame them to score! Usually we have 13 penalties in one game. Cable has done a good job in that area. i hope it continues!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Dirt-lot you have the right to boo true, but what do you get out of it besides a headache and getting to our own players heads. The point of us fans is to boo the opposite team making it misserable for them not our own players. True you pay good money to make it to the games as do i although i dont go to all of them. This is our team they should be able to count on us fans for support when there down, get them motivated get them pumped up.

  • I still wonder why Watkins can’t return punts. Being a WR, he should be a “good catcher” as well, with a little more wiggle than Eugene.

    Also, D-Mac was an excellent kick returner in college, if Darren Sproles can return EVERY punt and kickoff for San Diego, D-Mac can return SOME kickoff’s. Lou Rankin doesn’t seem to have the right style for kickoff returns.

  • hwnrdr

    R8dr4lfe21…I think the boo birds will come to a cease this season! I believe this year!!! Maybe not the playoffs but i believe once the O clicks, we will make a push!!!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    With the trade deadline coming up, do the Packers have a decent RB, if not how about a trade involving M-bush for say maybe C-Woodson, just a thought. How many of us would welcome him back. Of course it would never happen cause we dont have cap space for it, but would we welcome him back?

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Honestly i saw more positive post after the Charger loss, then i’m seeing right now after a win. Mind boggling.

  • hwnrdr

    I am a Michigan fan and have been for a long while (I grew up in Hawaii, so besides UH, Michigan was my other team) and was actually ecstatic when Woodson was chosen in 98. With that being said, I would welcome him back! But…how much more does he have? I know he had 2 int’s and one returned for a TD, but…I don’t know about trading Bush for him, though.

  • hwnrdr Says:
    September 22nd, 2009 at 7:09 am
    I am a Michigan fan and have been for a long while (I grew up in Hawaii, so besides UH, Michigan was my other team) and was actually ecstatic when Woodson was chosen in 98. With that being said, I would welcome him back! But…how much more does he have? I know he had 2 int’s and one returned for a TD, but…I don’t know about trading Bush for him, though.


    First: GO BLUE!!!
    Second: Cwood is a non-practicing primadonna. A bad influence on our many youngsters, and we don’t need another expensive starting CB. We need depth, especially at nickle. I would, however, go after Kampmann in a trade.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    You take away the best WR from any team, and what does there offense look like? not very good. When we get our #1 back look out the field will be more spread open and DHB will flourish with the coverage shifting to Schillens. Does the D double DHB for the fear of getting beat deep, or do they double Schillens for the fear of him being the chain mover and possible deep threat that he is. Not to mention Murphy when we go 3 wide, no more 8 or 9 in the box.

  • Thec07

    Nation, What Is UP???????

    The Raiders put a hurtin on the supposed super bowl aspirations of the San Diego Chargers. The head coach Norv turner in a press conference threw the team under the bus, saying the chargers arent that good yet.


    Whats more interesting is that the fan base from san diego recognize that we beat the hell out of them.
    They are jumping off the bandwagon in droves.

    S.D. will not win the west… 7-9 at best.
    Next time we play te chargers we will finish the job…

  • Thec07

    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    September 22nd, 2009 at 7:08 am
    Honestly i saw more positive post after the Charger loss, then i’m seeing right now after a win. Mind boggling.


    Its funny but the charger fans are saying the same thing how they held up against a better balt defense.
    But if i look at the two games, rivers had better success throwing against the ravens than he did against the Raiders.

    Rivers wont make it to the end of this season. He is taking alot of punishment…

    The team has proven they cannot run the ball. They are a one dimensional team. Cant win without a running game.

  • Charlie

    Please do not call for more blitzing from our DC ever again.

    This weekend was a text book example of how the blitz can kill you against a good QB.

    Brees lit up the Eagles who are a heavy blitz team and they do it well.

    Peyton, with a 30 minute time of possession DISADVANTAGE beat the fish with the game winning play coming on an all out Dolphin blitz.
    The Colts played it smart at the end and rushed four with only one five man rush on the final drive.

    You must pressure with four, keep the play in front of you and tackle exceptionally well to beat guys like Manning and Brees.

    Blitzing is not the answer.

  • Nnamdi21

    Jerry says:

    “Gallery has started the last 34 games for the Raiders at left guard and made 36 consecutive starts. The only time in his career he didn’t play 16 games was in 2006 when he had a groin strain, a calf injury and an elbow dislocation and missed six games.”


    Pretty sure Gallery missed the season finale in 2005 with a broken fibula.

  • Thec07

    I actually won money…The line was 10 got a sap to give me a touchdown, and he went for it. A lot of people bought into the idea that we were going to get blown out….

    The new orleans pre season game was a sort of an aberation, IMHO… new orleans is doing that to everybody so far… payton and brees are light years ahead of the NFL from an offensive perspective…

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Rivers is getting hit alot, i agree i dont think he will make it to the end. My UPS driver is a big time Charger fan, i lost a bet to him and he said F’it dude dont pay me we lost that game you got screwed lol. I bought him lunch anyways though. I got more pleasure out of him saying that.

  • 4evaRaider

    Like I stated yesterday…That was a BIG BIG WIN 4 us yesterday.It wasnt pretty but it sure was GRITTY,imo.The Defence is now becoming a PROUD DEFENCE with a bend but dont break feel.And I just cant say ENOUGH OO is back OO is back OO is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He is truly jmacs best friend out there,IMHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thec07

    We did not blitz san diego… we were getting pressure with four all game, but our D was gasses the last 2 possessions. Also of note they were playing against linemen with fresh legs. Rivers was not getting pressured, we could have sent someone, gave hime a diffrent look or something.

    tom brady got blitzed last week by the jets…..

  • Thec07

    Nam21, Thanks Bro….

  • Woodson was a cancer in the locker room and thats why we traded him to GB.

    Charger fans are fair weather fans just watch when we play them at Qualcomm we will have more fans in the stadium than them.

  • Nnamdi21

    372. Kudos my man

  • Thec07

    4eva, what up Brethren???

    How is the fantasy league going….

  • Nnamdi21

    Word press!! Aaaaargh!

    Those who remember the Raiders beyond the last decade know the Raiders used to play in ALOT of close and ugly games.

    One of the reasons Seabass was taken…

  • 4evaRaider

    Morning Thec!!!

    I’m 0-2 in one league,lost by 1 point last night =(

    I’m 1-1 in the other =)

    In my 0-2 league I have the 4th highest amount of points,so when I hopefully get a win next week I will JUMP WAY UP in the standings!!!I will get em!!!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Can anyone name 1 Deon Sanders protege that is any good. He hypes his guys so much and gives them a false sence of greatness ALA Crabtree, P-Buhcannon. Deon was great no doubt but he was challenged every sunday some success some not but he was challenged. I remember his comment about tackling not being his resposibilty. I think Nnamdi is and will be the greatest at his position when it’s said and done.

  • 4evaRaider

    word presssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • LA to TheBay

    What’s up, AM crew?

    Norv Turner says his team isn’t as good as the media makes it out to be?


    This just in: Norv Turner also quoted as saying that the sky is blue and that 1+1=2.

    Can’t wait for the matchup in SD.

    There are a lot of Raider fans in SD, but you must remember that Raider fans all over the Southland flock to Qualcomm to watch that game.

    Next Sunday will be a true test of this team. We were in position to take the AFC West early in 07 I believe and squandered the opportunity.

    The Broncos are coming off of one very unlikely win and one predictable win. They will be pumped up. We need to match their intensity rather than come out flat like the KC game.

    Crucial, crucial game.

    Murphy, Bush and McFadden need the ball early and often. Russell needs to get his head and his heart in the game.

  • Thec07

    This denver game is monumental…. we win we aqe tied for firat. But more importantly we will be 2-1 against division opponents.

    I will be finding a few suckers to bet on the miami SD game. Sd is a 6.5 point favorite. I will get someone to give me 6, doesnt matter miami wins this one outright. SD is lousy in the red zone, they kick field goals all day…

    Miami will put up over 250 yards on the ground, on that awful run D of the chargers….

  • LA to TheBay

    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    September 22nd, 2009 at 7:46 am
    Can anyone name 1 Deon Sanders protege that is any good. He hypes his guys so much and gives them a false sence of greatness ALA Crabtree, P-Buhcannon. Deon was great no doubt but he was challenged every sunday some success some not but he was challenged. I remember his comment about tackling not being his resposibilty. I think Nnamdi is and will be the greatest at his position when it’s said and done.

    Actually, Chris Johnson works out with Neon Deion in the offseason and credits Sanders with drastically improving his game.

  • Thec07

    we win we aqe tied for firat.


    What language is that???

    We win we are tied for first.

    Damn Thec07 use spell check, and proof read first…

  • hwnrdr

    I agree…this game is a must win especially in front of the home crowd!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    We new what you ment thec07 all good.
    Deon is a loud mouth just like Sapp, there whole demeanor is based on being louder then everyone else. Look at Faulk and R- Woodson easy calm no need to yell to get there point accross. The media loves Deon and Sapp cause they bring in the viewers, not me i mute them whenever they open there mouth. Looks like i have another mute coming also with R-Harrison

  • Mistabrown

    I think our D will shut Denver down, probably under 10 points. I think JaMeatloaf will improve a little bit but not much. He will get booed!


  • jhill

    To answer both of your questions with one guy …

    #37 for the Raiders.

    Don’t need C Wood back, because CJ is making Prime look pretty good.

  • 4evaRaider

    word pressssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • drray

    if the wildcat was made to utilize mcfaddens talents, and it does seem to work in the nfl- see dolphins- and we have mcfadden and bush- its only a matter of time before the coaching staff gives it a shot—- I hope its this week

  • 4evaRaider

    Grenn is a good run blocker…I know I know he drives me nuts with his drive killin penaltys.Even tho it dosent seem 2 bother Jmac when it counts most.Must be that precieved lazy attitude we all complain about =)

  • 4evaRaider

    Thats GREAT Thec get em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Good conversations in here this morning…that’s why I love the morning crew…
    Gotta go…have a good day Nation!!!

  • After watching that game last night, I am even more disappointed in Cable’s play-calling. He needs to take a cue from their OC and find innovative ways to get our best 11 players on the field at the same time. Right now sans Gallery and Schilens; that is Henderson, McQuistan/Barnes, Satele, Morris, Greene*, Miller, Meyers, McFadden, Bush and Murphy.

    *It’s sad that I had to admit that, #1 priority in 2010

  • whoops, that is only 10. Of course J-Russ would be the 11th, it’s just easy to leave out his name, when you are thinking of the “best” players on offense.

  • SistaBrownEye

    You are WRONG!!

    Here is the quote from the most recent Jerry MacDonald article. You were in here on Sunday screaming like a little girl all night long about how Cable (supposedly) said Gallery was our BEST O-lineman(most consistent would have been the correct answer you stupid douche.

    “He was regarded by Cable as the Raiders’ most consistent offensive lineman last season.”

    Check your facts before coming in here making a fool of yourself please I am getting tired of spanking you and the other uneducated idiots in here.

  • Mistabrown

    BART, put yourself in Cables shoes. They are putting 8/9 in the box and his franchise Qb cant execute a screen pass. What plays do you call ?

    Its easy to second guess the coach but they prepare and put together a game plan and you have to take what the defense gives…problem is JaMeatloaf cant take what they give him!

  • I wonder if Al would consider hiring David Lee as OC. He worked with McFadden at Arkansas, was the guy who turned him into the beast that he was in the SEC, and he is currently the QB coach at Miami, so it would be a promotion for him. Seems like a good fit for a team, that needs much more creativity in the play-calling, but no more egos in the room.

  • 4evaRaider

    my lap-top clock is 4:20 AGAIN.Sorry Thec,I tryin 2 answer you,I wouldnt ignore you but this computer clock is diffrent than Ibaba,I guess.So now I wait 2 post this and hope you are still there =)

  • Charlie

    I would suggest some rollouts for JR next week.
    Passing out of the two TE formation with Bush and McFadden in the backfield would be interesting as well.

    Teams are obviously trying to take away Miller and the run.

    DHB/Murphy will continue to improve but they are still making mistakes. Passing to WR will be a low probability option until the young guys get better and Chaz returns.

  • Is it too early to talk 2010 draft? I really like the youth movement on this team, but as I watch on Saturdays, I can’t help but notice players that might interest Al and Cable.

    I know it would seem like a bad choice, considering our crowded backfield, but I have to believe that Al is looking at Jahvid Best real hard. 1. Track Star 2. Local kid from Oaktown 3. Runs behind the zone system put in place by our current line coach 4. potential Heisman candidate 5. Cal player. What’s not to like?

    … I am thinking he aint coming out until 2011, but I am still excited about Jake Locker. We know, both Al and Cable seem to like the Washington players, and Al is a fan of Sarkisian. Would love to see the Raiders get Locker as an insurance policy against Russell.

    …and finally the most obvious choice of all, if we are stuck in the top 10 again, I am almost certain that Al selects Taylor Mays if he is still there.

    Anybody following any nasty RT’s that we might draft next year?

  • Denver = another must win game

    Actually, we gotta win the next two games to have a chance at 7-9.