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Postgame wrap

News, notes, quotes and analysis from the Raiders’ 23-3 loss to Denver Sunday at the Coliseum:

– Raiders coach Tom Cable said he never considered taking JaMarcus Russell out of the game and wouldn’t speculate about replacing him in the future if the quarterback continues to struggle.

“I just feel like we have to keep moving forward, trying to figure out what is going to help him be at his best,” Cable said.

Cable took the blame for Russell’s first interception, having him throw the ball out of his own end zone.

“I thought we could get them in a single-high safety and they bailed out to a two and Darrius fell down on that,” Cable said. “The bottom line is I could have called a better play.”

Former Raider Renaldo Hill intercepted that one. The second pick, to Andre Goodman, “was just an overthrow.”

– According to Russell, both plays should have been ruled pass interference. He said Heyward-Bey was “turned in” by a defender which resulted in what Cable said was an overthrow.

No flag was thrown on the first interception because by officials are not supposed to throw flags when receivers and defensive backs get their feet tangled.

– Asked about the booing Russell received, Cable said, “We have to play better. These fans deserve a better football team than what we showed today. How do they handle that? Obviously you hope it ticks them off and they deal with it the right way, they put more attention to the details during the week, that we demand more from them during the week and we play better on Sunday.”

– When asked if he was satisfied by his progression as an NFL quarterback, Russell said, “I am, but when you get tough looks like that, and a tough crowd, hey it’s the NFL, you have continue to progress yourself in becoming the person that you want to be.

“I know I’m not there yet. I know that. The best thing for myself is to keep preparing for Day 1 and go out and I’m going to keep on playing, until coach, we decide what we’re going to do, as far as, find a way, from coach on down until the last guy on the roster. We have to find a way to make ourselves better.

– My Web exclusive column about how the Raiders came up so small.

– Anyone seen a pass rush lately? Quarterback Kyle Orton (13-for-23, 157 yards) was not sacked and was not hurried.

“He sat back there all day. I don’t know that he was hurried more than once or twice,” Cable said. “Had some pressure there in the second half that was not getting there, where he would get the ball out on time. I thought they did a great job being able to stay on the field by running the football to keep them out of those situations.”

True enough. The Broncos hammered away with 45 rushes for 215 yards, which does a lot to soften up pressure.

– Pretty disturbing that with everything on the line Sunday _ a potential 2-1 start against the AFC West _ that Cable and Nnamdi Asomugha both cited a poor Friday practice as clue that the Raiders simply weren’t ready as they should have been.

“You win it before the game even starts,” Asomugha said. “Because you know what the team is going to do. You know how to attack them. You know how to play defense against them. I think those are the types of things we have to shore up and get better at. And then winning takes care of itself at that point.”

– Just as distrubing _ Denver is 3-0 but could fall to earth rather quickly over the next five games against Dallas, New England, San Diego, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Say this for the the Broncos _ Josh McDaniels has established a discernable scheme and style of play and tailored it to throttle the Raiders in every area.

As far as its stingy defense, keep in mind Denver’s last two opponents have been Cleveland and Oakland, two of the worst offenses in the NFL. It’s not like Mike Nolan has re-invented the Ravens in Denver.

– Running back Darren McFadden fumbled three times, losing one, and had 48 yards rushing and receiving on 15 touches as he he awaits the sort of breakout game which has been missing ever since his Week 2 rookie performance against Kansas City.

McFadden was long gone by the time the media came into the locker room, but did show up on a post-game quote sheet compiled by the P.R. staff.

“It was a rough day for us, just one of those days when we couldn’t get things done,” McFadden said.

Guess they forgot to ask about the fumbles.

– Defensive end Richard Seymour wasn’t interested in discussing his 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty against offensive tackle Ryan Clady, and some heavy-handed action by the P.R. staff made sure Seymour didn’t answer any questions about anything else, either.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat columnist Lowell Cohn approached Seymour and asked, “That particular penalty, I wonder if I could trouble you to tell me what happened.”

“Did you see the game?,” Seymour said.

Cohn said he saw the game and asked if the penalty was a “mistake.”

“Wasn’t no mistake,” Seymour said.

Cohn asked Seymour why he did it, and Seymour said, “Get out of here.”

At that point, public relations staffer Mike Taylor terminated the interview and said Seymour wasn’t talking to anyone about anything. He later came to the press box and told Cohn that before he stepped on the grounds again his paper would have to deal with him “inciting the players.”

Inciting, as in, “I wonder if I could trouble you to tell me what happened.”

Look this wasn’t Seymour’s proudest moment, and everyone does something they regret. But it seemed a little out of character for a guy whose reputation was as a leader who would inspire his teammates to greater heights.

– Javon Walker was inactive again as Russell threw seven passes to rookie starters Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey, with Murphy catching two for 25 yards and Heyward-Bey zero.

“All I know is I go out, I practice, I’m always the other team’s number one receiver,” Walker said. “This week I was Brandon, next week, going into Houston obviously, I’m going to be Andre Johnson.

“So, that’s how I get my work in and I give these guys a good look. I just let the staff and the organization make the decisions on however they want to make them.”

– Players that didn’t finish the game were cornerback John Bowie (an MCL issue to the left knee of unknown severity), Michael Huff (rib, quad) and Mike Mitchell (thumb). Defensive end Greg Ellis was still slumped in a chair with ice bag on his left shoulder after many teammates and already showered, dressed and departed.

– Rookie wide receiver Louis Murphy was on the field laughing and joking acquiantences on the Broncos following the game, but was declining all postgame interview requests.

– Saw Rich Gannon when I was coming off the elevator and he was getting on. We exchanged greetings, and he went up to the TV booth and did not come out. A member of a local radio crew tried to get in to talk with someone else in the booth and was told all non-essential personnel weren’t allowed in the booth and that it was a “high-alert” situation.

– The attendance of 45,602 was the lowest since a 44,594 crowd against the New York Giants on Dec. 31, 2005 in the regular-season finale with Kerry Collins at quarterback. That was 25 home games ago.

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  • wishbone

    No team in their right mind would give anything more than a ham & cheese sandwich for JaMonk.

  • DKnight007

    The thing that pisses me off the most is the lack of even attempting to HIDE their WEAKNESSES in a game as important as this one at home.

    After the KC game…..IT WAS FREAKIN OBVIOUS what the game plan should have been against the Donks….TO HIDE THEIR WEAKNESSES AND NOT FALL INTO BEING STUBBORN AND TRYING TIO FORCE THE ISSUE AGAINST THE DONKS and just FAIL miserably….

    Terrible game planning….terrible scheming…..terrible strategy…..terrible execution…..terrible EVERYTHING!

  • RaiderRockstar

    anybody with JaMarcus Russell starting on thier fantasy football team is a glutton for punishment.

  • Dmac20

    I was thinking of going to SF and get my hair cut just like pimp daddy JaMonk. Then I just remembered that the zoo is closed
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    Wishbone is that supposed to be a racist statement? Ja”monkey” is what your reffering to when you say jamonk right? that’s what the whole “zoo” comment is about correct? I know it is and I just have to say your real ignorant for that. Jamaracus is sorry but it has nothing to do with race. There have been plenty piece of sh.. white qb’s like delhomme,ryan leaf, joey harrington, tim couch, david carr, and many more but nobody mentions race with them. I know jamarcus sucks but lets leave the racism out of this.

  • TBuckey

    Raiderrockstar,

    it’s funny you said that b/c i drafted Russel to sit on the bench in hopes that he would do good with Schilens but he’s hurt and Russel sucks.good thing i dropped him and have M. Ryan to back up P.Manning.

  • Raiders4eve

    Can someone create a website demanding al davis to either sell the team or allow coaches full decisions on their rosters, I think Cable would definitely bench JR start Bush, Walker in place of DMC n DHB, he would do better job in playing calling with some freedom can anyone contact the media and start a rally!!!

  • LA to TheBay

    Cable was forcing it downfield, at the behest of Davis.

    No more babying Russell.

    If you see the same playcalling in Houston, know the season is doomed.

    Russell is not bad when he’s not being asked to throw 40 yards downfield every other play. Then they gave up on the pass and offense in general in the second half.

    The film does not lie.

    You guys keep looking at these last three, really last two, games in a vacuum. Look at the big picture. I suggest you watch last year’s games if possible and compare. What’s different?

    It rhymes with ‘hay falling.’

  • big chill

    ok there’s multiple people telling me things about yesterday’s game for one the low pass to louis murphy was low cause the lineback would on intercepted if it was high, on the WR”s they were consistently not open, bailed covered DHB so the 2 safeties stayed to murphy’s side, not all blame should be going to JR, the whole team sucked, he of course is the QB and needs to step it up, but so does the rest of the team, i mean 3 fumbles from mcfadden is ridiculous, and why aren’t they running the ball more, just give it to bush over and over.

  • The Big Banana

    Well, I guess lil Kiffie was right to hold Russell back a little. He knew this is what would happen. And many of you blasted him for not turning JaMongues Bustus loose. Well, look where that got us.

    I’m not a Kiffin fan. Actually, I’m not a fan of any of these head coach hires. Cable needs to be coaching the O-line and we need a real coach that actually has a pair!

  • Raiders4eve

    With JR as our QB I think we end up 4-12, with Gradkowitzki maybe we end up 6-10 or 7-9 so why isn’t coach Al Davis admitting that we got the worst QB in the NFL

  • Brien the General

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    # Brien the General Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hitler was crazy but he wasnt as bad as Stalin or Mao. Hitler was an amazing speaker and knew how to move the crowd. Too bad he was a mad man

    …………..

    Something you always hear from black people. Could there be anymore doubt as to your obvious whiteness? I used to think that maybe you were a white kid who grew up in the town, and has sort of a love/hate relationship with your black neighbors. Now I’m picturing Shilinger from Oz.
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    LOL so you know what black people talk about eh? Well all talk the same I bet right? That is ridiculous. That would be equivalent to me saying that all white people say the same things and I know for a fact that isnt the case. People in any so called color have differing views on things. Not all black people lived in the “hood” nor are all suburban people soft. I’m one who is racist? LOL, you have your nerve.

  • wishbone

    Dmac20 did you see any post of mine where I mentioned race??? I refer JaMonk that way because of his lack of intelligence not the color of his skin. I don’t give a rats a&& what color or race a player is. When someone is making that kind of money he needs to do his freakin job and his homework. JaMonk has done neither. You need to have a little thicker skin my friend and stop playing the race card whenever your dumba&& feelings get hurt. JaMonk is a moron as far a being a quarterback as was Ryan Leaf. Judge people on the quality of their character and so far JaMonk has very little in the football player department. At this point I think I would rather have the most athletic animal at the zoo playing QB for the Raiders instead of JaMonk. At least the animal wouldn’t make ridiculous excuses.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    Adam_SchefterBest headline about the Lions victory over the Redskins: “Washington Bails out Detroit Again.”
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    LMFAO

  • Brien the General

    Until Russell plays better he deserves the harsh treatment.

    Honestly, does Russell show pinpoint accuracy?

    Is Russell a guy who can escape pressure?

    Has he shown improvement worthy of a top overall pick?

    You people remind me of guys who go out to the club and blame the whole night on women being stuck up when in all actuality their game is just lacking. Stop with the excuses.

    Russell is the leader and his brigade just got their asses whipped and he acts as if it is nothing. 60 million reasons to believe that

  • Brien the General

    # wishbone Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Dmac20 did you see any post of mine where I mentioned race??? I refer JaMonk that way because of his lack of intelligence not the color of his skin. I don’t give a rats a&& what color or race a player is. When someone is making that kind of money he needs to do his freakin job and his homework. JaMonk has done neither. You need to have a little thicker skin my friend and stop playing the race card whenever your dumba&& feelings get hurt. JaMonk is a moron as far a being a quarterback as was Ryan Leaf. Judge people on the quality of their character and so far JaMonk has very little in the football player department. At this point I think I would rather have the most athletic animal at the zoo playing QB for the Raiders instead of JaMonk. At least the animal wouldn’t make ridiculous excuses.
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    Dont trip……there are a bunch of black people at the Raider games who think the guy sucks as well. Sadly it isnt 100 pct of them as it should be. My entire family knows Russell sucks. My phone blew up since 1:30 yesterday!!!

  • LA to TheBay

    If Russell’s the captain of the brigade, Cable’s the general, and he takes his orders directly from President Davis.

    It’s worse than ‘Nam.

    Sending unprepared youngsters into hostile territory with a lack of leadership, motivation, and strategy, and you’ll witness the result.

    Russell does need to be the leader of this team. He needs to be more discipline. He needs to be smarter, more dedicated and better prepared.

    He could use some help from the general, but the general is scared of the President.

  • LA to TheBay

    new post.

  • wishbone

    These past three games and most of last season I was not watching a black quarterback. I watched an unintelligent, unprepared, immature, uncoordinated, unpolished BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD quarterback. JaMonk could be purple and change his name to Barney for all I care. If he performs the way he is supposed to, the way he is trained to & the way he is paid to he will still be a black quarterback, but he will also be a good quarterback. Nobody cares what the color of his skin is. It just so happens the JaMonk flows better than say Ryanmonk.

  • Raiders4eve

    I think JR is as bad as Alex Smith. B Quinn also looks bad so it’s ok we should have drafted Calvin Johnson.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Brien the General Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    You people remind me of guys who go out to the club and blame the whole night on women being stuck up when in all actuality their game is just lacking. Stop with the excuses.

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    Jamarcus would be league MVP if it weren’t for them stuck up biotches.

  • Brien the General

    # Raiders4eve Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I think JR is as bad as Alex Smith. B Quinn also looks bad so it’s ok we should have drafted Calvin Johnson.
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    Should have just took Adrian Peterson with the roids and jacked up hairline as well. Always a good option with either guy I think

  • Brien the General

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Brien the General Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    You people remind me of guys who go out to the club and blame the whole night on women being stuck up when in all actuality their game is just lacking. Stop with the excuses.

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    Jamarcus would be league MVP if it weren’t for them stuck up biotches.
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    Bo you are such a racist lol

  • Raiders4eve

    Comcast sports channel broadcasting raiders press conference

  • steveandblack

    the Broncos won’t even sniff the playoffs… what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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