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Cable: We’re on brink of getting this thing going

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, September 28th, 2009 at 3:53 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes from Tom Cable’s press briefing and minimal open locker room access the day after a 23-3 loss to the Denver Broncos:

– “You guys write what you want, we’re on the brink of getting this thing going,” Cable volunteered at one point Monday as he answered repeated questions about a hugely disappointing AFC West defeat.

Putting up a brave front or merely delusional?

To be fair, Cable said similar things last year heading into the last two games of the season, with the Raiders winning both and earning him the job as head coach.

– Although never booed to the extent JaMarcus Russell was Sunday, left guard Robert Gallery was the object of scorn among Raider fans for failing to live up to his status as a franchise left tackle. He was booed when his number was called for penalties, and before the 2007 season, was booed at the Raider Nation Celebration.

So Gallery has at least some idea of what Russell is going through.

“As long as he can get up every day and look in the mirror and say he did everything in his power to be prepared to play, then it’s part of football,” Gallery said. “That’s kind of how I dealt with it when things were going bad. I knew I did everything I could to be the best I could be and things have obviously worked out pretty good for me now. He’s just got to do that.

“As long as he can get up every day and say he’s prepared, and put in the time that he needs to, then the fans pay the money to come and you’re going to have that. We want to win and they want to see a good show.”

– Since moving Russell to guard isn’t an option, as it was for Gallery, he’s going to have to remain a quarterback. Cable made it clear Russell is far from the only offensive player struggling and that he has no plans make a change to backup Bruce Gradkowski.

“I have to have faith in the guy going out there playing quarterback for us and I do have that faith,” Cable said. “It seems to be a roller coaster ride. I want to flatten that out and make it more of a smoother ride. Haven’t been able to get there yet, but we’ll continue to work at that.

“To me, it’s just too easy to blame one guy and say that’s a problem. Let’s top the run, let’s run the ball better, let’s tackle better, let’s be more explosive on special teams, let’s play better at quarterback, let’s have better ball security.

“I mean, when you start looking at the issues here and in particular to yesterday, there’s enough work here for all of us.”

– Part of the problem with the offense is the inability to convert even the most basic plays into the kind of meat and potatoes short gains which can sustain an offense.

“I think it’s just a matter of making the easy plays,” tight end Zach Miller said. “A lot of times we don’t make the easy pays, easy catches, easy throws. We’ve got to make sure we can do that and get in a rhythm. When our drives are successful we’re completing those easy underneath passes and moving the chains.”

Exactly why the Raiders aren’t able to walk before they can run is a mystery.

“It’s first-day-of-camp stuff,” Miller said. “We’ve got to make sure the receivers are doing the right things, then just being on time with the quarterback and in the right places.”

Said Cable: “I think we’re just pressing like crazy. There are so many easy plays that we’re not making.”

– Miller, being Russell’s favorite target is getting bracket coverage as teams look to take him out of the mix. Cable thinks Russell learning to go elsewhere will be good for the quarterback in the long run.

– Cable’s assessment of Heyward Bey: “I thought he was open a number of times. I thought he did some really good things. He blocked well. We just didn’t, obviously, get him the football.”

In other words, as “solid” as any rookie starting receiver in the league with one catch for 17 yards.

– Russell could have increased his yardage output by nearly a third if a 28-yard pass to Miller hadn’t been reviewed late in the first half. Russell broke free, rolled to his right and threw probably his best pass of the game to Miller along the sideline. Replay showed one foot was touching the sideline.

“I thought for sure it was going to be a catch because both refs said it was inbounds,” Miller said. “I’ve go to do what I can to keep my feet in, I guess.”

– Cable thought the Broncos did way too much damage on first and second down and gouged the Raiders defense with what he called “explosive plays,” which he defined as pass plays of 16 or more yards and running plays of 11 or more. The Broncos exploded like a trick cigar on the Raiders nine times _ twice with passes and seven times with runs.

“There was a lot of work done (by Denver) on first and second down,” Cable said. “Once they got settled in to what they wanted to do, I did not think we handled it well in terms of adjusting to it and making the stops.”

– Cable said he believes 90 percent of the roster “gets it” in terms of a standard of performance it takes to succeed and that “we’ve got 10 percent that we’ve got to get there as coaches. We’ve got to improve them. We’ve got to get them to a point where they can go in and perform like the other 90 percent.”

– Although Cable conceded Russell is part of the 10 percent, he rejected the notion that his quarterback isn’t doing what it takes to succeed in terms of preparation.

“His growth in the last year has been extreme with regard to his work ethic,” Cable said. “I want everyone to work harder and do more. I don’t think think he’s any different that way than anybody else . . . if he was where he was a year ago or even two years ago, I’d be pretty disappointed right now. But he has brought himself to another level that way.

“What I want to see is continued progress. I want to see it continually day to day, week to week. My belief is when you do that and stay the course, then you have your breakthrough and become what everyone wants you to become.”

Russell’s current passer rating is 39.8, which over a full season would be the lowest since Ryan Leaf had a 39.0 rating in 1998.

– Cornerback John Bowie is doubtful to face Houston Sunday with an MCL strain, and Cable said wide receiver Chaz Schilens was questionable. Schilens has been out nearly six weeks with a broken bone in his left foot and it remains to be seen what kind of shape he’s in after just starting to run recently. Wide receiver/punt return specialist Johnnie Lee Higgins (shoulder) is sore but improving, free safety Hiram Eugene (calf strain) remains questionable and Jonathan Holland had what Cable called “a little elbow issue, a dislocation, but seems to be OK and should be fine for this week.”

If a dislocated elbow equates to a “little elbow issue,” the sport in question is probably fooball, rugby or ice hockey.

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  • 24

    UP LOCOMOTIVE – Thats the strange thing. Why pay Walker all that money to sit on the sidelines? We desperately need a veteran presence out on the field and not 2 rookies. Murphy is pretty good but its just not working out for DHB just yet and thats ok but put in Higgins or Walker.

  • Crimedog

    I GUARANTEE WE BEAT HOUSTON THIS WEEK

  • 24

    Jerry – Your blog is broken just like Jamarcus Russell. How does that make you feel?

  • Richochet

    Dakota Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    Why the Seymour hate already? he looked to be playing hard yesterday…sure he pulled some hair, sfw?
    ==============
    Oh sure, because that’s just what NFL players do, on the field..PULL SOMEONE’S HAIR LIKE THEY’RE ON THE PLAYGROUND.
    It’s called crash and burn, Raider style.

    Speaking of crash and burn, raider style, how’s that crow taste regarding your “raider fan base’? lol.

    Lowest turn out since? What? ’95?
    A division game..and 45,000? Damn..and that’s with discounted tickets?
    Oh..THAT’S RIGHT..you pointed to a poll done by a handful of nobody’s as your belief that “Raider fans rock”.
    Throw rocks, maybe.
    Pull hair, maybe.
    Support the team? Not a chance.

  • utahraiderfan

    which was the worst pick Jawalrus Russell or Darren Macfumble ? Can’t either one of these guys get anything going ? and that isn’t even mentioning heyward bey. I don’t think he can catch a cold !! Cable and al need to have their heads and eyes examined if they can’t see what everybody else can see !!!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    860, didn’t you know that a WR and a SS would really help this year’s team instead of drafting, oh, say a tackle and center?

    Lol…for a team that won SBs because of its dominant o-line, it is hard for me to understand how we could just add a Satele and Barnes and call it good on the o-line.

    A good to great o-line would certainly make things easier for our QB, RBs and WRs…

    Maybe Al is still smarting from the Gallery-Grove draft. IMO, just because something doesn’t work out once doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tried again.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    “I think it’s just a matter of making the easy plays,” tight end Zach Miller said. “A lot of times we don’t make the easy pays, easy catches, easy throws. We’ve got to make sure we can do that and get in a rhythm. When our drives are successful we’re completing those easy underneath passes and moving the chains.”=\
    =======================================================
    Tell that to the clown coordinator that keeps dialing 9-routes!

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    Look at Jamhock he’s not in shape , looks unprepared , and has no sense of accountability . That said they probably win the Texans out of spite.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    HA HA!!!!

    You were on the brink of getting this thing going last year, too, Cable. Note: Teams on the brink of getting things going don’t typically look good on week, then regress. We got killed yesterday. I know I was big on Cable after last week’s game but forget it. This guy is nothing more than a puppet with a string hanging from his back. Herrera is telling him what to say.

  • 4evaRaider

    Like I said yesterday…

    Work Harder

    Dig Deeper

  • DMunoz 26

    You guys know what we are on the brink of? We are on the brink of seeing the stage version of Little House on the Prairie!!! And, I am stoked! Melissa Gilbert is going to play Ma. Can you believe that?! Here is a link to this exciting news:

    http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/goddess/melissa-gilbert-from-prairie-to-stage/283?nc

  • Crimedog

    He said it last year when his job wasn’t guaranteed so you’re statement is irrelevant.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    SNB, of course the root cause is Al Davis. The point I’m making is that Cable’s working at Safeway in a year, no matter what happens. He might as well make a run at it and just coach the team his way, and even risk being Kiffin’d for it. Overhead projector style, baby. If he puts up some wins, or even gives pro and college programs the impression that he’s genuinely trying to and that it’s really Al holding him back, he can parlay his time here into a head coaching gig somewhere else in the NFL or the college 1A level, like Kiffin and Gruden. He just sits back and let’s Al pull his strings, it’s “paper or plastic” in one year.
    =====================================================
    Real MR,

    Realistically. Cable is pulling down $1 to $2 million this year. He signed a two year contract I believe. So his other $1- $2 million is guaranteed unless he gets fired “for cause”.

    So be the yes man….his family is set for life. $4 million in the bank and he goes back to coaching O-Line…probably for Seattle where he will make about $300K….So there will ALWAYS be an ample supply of yes men….and if you can pull it off…then you get a better paying job because no one is going to blame you for the failure.

    Cable ain’t bagging no groceries man. That …. is rich!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Houston 34
    Raiders 9 all field goals.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Although Cable conceded Russell is part of the 10 percent, he rejected the notion that his quarterback isn’t doing what it takes to succeed in terms of preparation.

    “His growth in the last year has been extreme with regard to his work ethic,” Cable said.
    __________________________

    What, he went from super lazy to just kinda lazy? Not good enough.

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    Cable: We’re on brink of getting this thing going.
    =======================================================
    I get an image of a monkey porking a football

  • 24

    I will say this. I have been a Raiders fan since 1989. I have loved football all my life. When I’m dead and people speak at my funeral, they will all talk about how much I loved football and the Raiders. Some people say, switch to another team but I can’t. Its a curse but its all Raiders or nothing. Football is passion but this passion is seriously dying. Being a Raiders fan is like being in the worst relationship you can think of but you can’t break it off because you have too much invested into it.

    The Raiders have made football uneventful, unenjoyable and downright depressing. I keep waiting and waiting and waiting and nothing but not just nothing, its even worse than that. I just can’t believe we can be this bad sometimes. I am 27 years old. I was 19 years old when we went to the Superbowl in January 2002. I am now 27 since we were last good. Its un-freakin-real. I think I honestly hate football now and its all because of the Raiders. Heres the thing, I can’t be a fan of another team so my love for the game lives and dies with the Raiders.

    The sad part is…I think this team overall is pretty good but the QB is the future of this team and hes honestly holding the team back and its disgusting.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Real MR,

    Our antique defense is going to get eaten up by Houston unless they decide to….I don’t know…show some different looks and make sure that Morrison isn’t covering Andre Johnson

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    SnB, you’re right. You can’t turn down that kind of money. But hey, have you heard that Davis is going broke? That he really canceled his 80th birthday bash because he is drastically running out of money? And, that he’s also looking to sell another 10% of the team just to gain working capital? This isn’t good. The Raiders might not even exist anymore in a couple of years.

  • DMunoz 26

    Cable is the Skipper. Russel is Ginger. Al Davis is the millionaire. John Herrerra is his wife. McFadden is Gilligan. Nnamdi is the professor. Heyward-Bey is Marianne.

  • socalraider430

    10% doesn’t “get it” ……..and Russell is part of that 10.

    Really, Cable?!

  • socalraider430

    Figured out what Russell isn’t accurate………

    The diamonds in his ears are too damn big!!!!

    LMAO!!!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    – “You guys write what you want, we’re on the brink of getting this thing going,” Cable volunteered at one point Monday as he answered repeated questions about a hugely disappointing AFC West defeat.
    =======================================================
    This is a statement from a coach with $4 million in the bank!

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    Russell the skipper of the Minow

  • 24

    MR – Do you think that if the Raiders didn’t exist anymore that someone would bring them back the way someone brought the Browns back?

  • los raiders de don rober

    61 yards of passing offense…please bring back the bed & breakfast offense!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    In the immortal words of the 21st Century Athlete: IT IS WHAT IT IS!

    see ya

  • LA to TheBay

    Ricky, I think you’re just jealous because Seymour didn’t pull your hair, pumpkin.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    SnB, you’re right. You can’t turn down that kind of money. But hey, have you heard that Davis is going broke? That he really canceled his 80th birthday bash because he is drastically running out of money? And, that he’s also looking to sell another 10% of the team just to gain working capital? This isn’t good. The Raiders might not even exist anymore in a couple of years.
    =======================================================
    Real MR,

    Nothing is infallible. Nothing is not subject to the laws of economics. Ask Detroit (not the Lions). Davis isn’t winning games, wasting money on bust draft picks/free agents and getting no return, plays in an a dilapitated stadium and drives very little revenue outside of the T.V contract and limited ticket sales (which are sagging).

    He keeps losing money, he will have to sell a significant portion and eventually move the team.

    He isn’t running this show like Green Bay, K.C, Nashville or other small market teams. He’s running this thing like a shop out of the 1960s / 70s

    Unfortunately, Davis has some good. He is a maverick and is a football man. But once he loses the team, if revenues don’t improve, then the team will LA bound.

    A move to L.A instantly doubles the value of the team with a new stadium

    Davis is losing his fanbase and corporate support which is killing revenues. The team doesn’t win and the stadium situation is an embarassment.

    But he doesn’t care. My way or the highway….

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    24, considering Al’s relationship with the league? If he tanks, and refuses to sell his controlling interest? The Raiders are no more.

  • Raiderfreddddddd

    “I still feel good about this team…”

    Love:

    Tom Cable-Art Shell-Joe Bugel-Mike White

    As Roger Daltrey would say, “Who’s Next?”

    And how long will it be until Off-The-Marcus gets “injured” and they are “forced” to go to the back-ups?

  • socalraider430

    ooops….why, durrrr!

    socalraider430 Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Figured out why Russell isn’t accurate………

    The diamonds in his ears are too damn big!!!!

    LMAO!!!

  • Crow

    Russell got his payday. That’s all he’s interested in at this point.

  • DMunoz 26

    I changed my mind:

    Cable is the Skipper. Russel is Gilligan. Al Davis is the millionaire. John Herrerra is his wife. McFadden is Ginger. Nnamdi is the professor. Heyward-Bey is Marianne.

  • DMunoz 26

    Maybe we can Russel for Brady Quinn.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You guys know who’s really smiling right now? Jon Gruden. Tampa’s 0-3. Gruden’s feeling mighty vindicated right now, while he now has two former NFL employers struggling to find an identity without him.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I really am not blaming the players so much as the organization. All these 1st and 2nd round picks can’t just be bad on their own.

    Let’s go through the list of busts:

    1999 Matt Stinchcomb Tony Bryant
    2000 Jerry Porter
    2001 Derrick Gibson, Marques Tuiasosopo
    2002 Phillip Buchanon, Naploean Harris, Langston Walker, Doug Jolley
    2003 Tyler Brayton, Teyo Johnson
    2004 Robert Gallery, Jake Grove
    2005 Fabian Washington, Stanford Routt
    2006 Michael Huff
    2007 JaMarcus Russell
    2008 Darren McFadden
    2009 Darius Heyward-Bey

  • 24

    Quinn isn’t doing any better unfortunately.

  • LA to TheBay

    “The Raiders have made football uneventful, unenjoyable and downright depressing. I keep waiting and waiting and waiting and nothing but not just nothing, its even worse than that. I just can’t believe we can be this bad sometimes. I am 27 years old. I was 19 years old when we went to the Superbowl in January 2002. I am now 27 since we were last good. Its un-freakin-real. I think I honestly hate football now and its all because of the Raiders. Heres the thing, I can’t be a fan of another team so my love for the game lives and dies with the Raiders.”

    Wow, well said 24. I don’t agree that Russell is the only thing holding us back. Tip of the iceberg, really.

    But I do appreciate what you said here.

    It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even watch the Sunday night game after a performance like that because I want to get out of football mode and get my mind on something else.

    I watched two minutes of it and saw Freeney blasting Warner and just said f it, time to get back to real life.

  • raidertay

    Well said 24. Its really hard to watch football when your team is horrible. I cant believe that I waited 8 months for this crap.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    We should have drafted Peterson in ’07. Imagine if we had him. Of course, Al would mess it up somehow. I don’t know why we even bother with these hindsight scenarios with Raiders’ drafts. We can have a pro bowl roster and al will screw it up by meddling and killing any cohesiveness.

  • DMunoz 26

    I do think the Raiders are a better team than the Browns. I really think the Raiders would have beat the Chargers with Quinn as QB.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    DMunoz 26 Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Maybe we can Russel for Brady Quinn.
    =======================================================
    No way. Quinn is worse. Both of these guys deserve each other.. Both held out and sabotaged their 1st important years…and now they are staring Career Backup or Going becoming a footnote on a quiz game.

    Lesson: DON’T HOLD OUT THAT 1ST YEAR! GET IN AND LEARN RIGHT FROM GO!

    Brady Quinn and JaMarcus Russell…textbook way to screw your own career…but then again they both still got paid

  • DMunoz 26

    Why are home games so depressing? I wish the Raiders played every game on the road.

  • Raider Headbutt

    I really think this team is not going to win even 4 this year. I have this gut feeling the team is just imploding and something big id going to happen this year.

  • Mistabrown

    LMAO!!!!!!!!
    Right of Priest’s handbook..

    “You guys write what you want, we’re on the brink of getting this thing going,”

    -Tom Cable

  • tazZraider

    24 Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    I will say this. I have been a Raiders fan since 1989. I have loved football all my life. When I’m dead and people speak at my funeral, they will all talk about how much I loved football and the Raiders. Some people say, switch to another team but I can’t. Its a curse but its all Raiders or nothing. Football is passion but this passion is seriously dying. Being a Raiders fan is like being in the worst relationship you can think of but you can’t break it off because you have too much invested into it.

    The Raiders have made football uneventful, unenjoyable and downright depressing. I keep waiting and waiting and waiting and nothing but not just nothing, its even worse than that. I just can’t believe we can be this bad sometimes. I am 27 years old. I was 19 years old when we went to the Superbowl in January 2002. I am now 27 since we were last good. Its un-freakin-real. I think I honestly hate football now and its all because of the Raiders. Heres the thing, I can’t be a fan of another team so my love for the game lives and dies with the Raiders.

    The sad part is…I think this team overall is pretty good but the QB is the future of this team and hes honestly holding the team back and its disgusting.

    —————————–
    right on brother, i feel the same exact way. Im 33 and i started liking oakland in ’83. When they went to the super bowl i was 26 and my other daughter was born 2 years later and i have 2 boys and my other daughter,the oldest, and they haven’t had a winning season since. I feel every single thing you said and agree.

  • Raider Headbutt

    We are bottom 4 of the league does it realy matter if we are better than the browns? cuz they are right there with us? thats like wanting to know who has the smellier sh!t

  • raiderdav

    Cable must be smoking something good, hes obviously a puppett seing progress LOL where? Jalwarus needs to be dump back to alabama or wherever the hell hes from, this is just pure BS coming from his mouth, Grandpa told him what to say. The problem here is that they baby Jalwarus so much, hes like a spoil lil rich girl, I cant believe nobody in this team has the balls to knock some sense into hes no brain a$$. Tom Cable will not make it towards the end of the season, wait and see hes DONE, PAUL HACKETT will takeover the team and let the Circus start again, this organization is a f*ckin JOKE we are F8ckin morons for still supporting this crap year in year out.

  • LA to TheBay

    Munoz

    maybe because they’re getting booed.