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


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

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    DMunoz 26 Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:22 pm
    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.
    I think your crazy. We ARE NOT better than the Browns. We have the worst running back in the league in McFadden and his fricken fumbles….we have no receivers….they have Edwards…their O-Line is better and our defenses are about the same…AWFUL

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    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    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.
    He would have been Raiderized! 19 of our 22 1st and 2nd rd picks are busts…with one of those decent players being a kicker….so Peterson would be a plodding RB getting 10-15 carries and platooning with Fargas….His fumbles would be more accentuated in Oakland because of the antique offensive scheme and stupid coaching

  • los raiders de don rober

    damnn. los raiders suck. nothing more to say

  • tazZraider

    “He would have been Raiderized! 19 of our 22 1st and 2nd rd picks are busts…with one of those decent players being a kicker….so Peterson would be a plodding RB getting 10-15 carries and platooning with Fargas….His fumbles would be more accentuated in Oakland because of the antique offensive scheme and stupid coaching”

    Snb dogg antique is different and more classical, our scheme is medieval because its straight out dumb but other than that i agree with oyu. Jerry Porter wasn’t a bust and he produced when he was here except for a couple of years, hell jerry porter would be an upgrade right now because he can get open. i don’t think dmac is a bust.yeah he had three fumbles but its two early to call him that and cables running plays and al daviss meddling ruins what he can do.at least he actually shows heart and trys hard unlike russel who can care less. If he gets 20+ carries in more gamess he will breakout. There was games in arkansas were he would get into REALLY slow starts and then come back to life and pull of long runs and touchdown runs. Thats why hes a gamebreaker but we dont give him enough carries to prove he can. Watch if he gets 20+ carries i guarantee he will run wild I guarantee.

  • DMunoz 26

    That part about the laptop and tips sounds like BS to me.

  • raidertay

    I was just talkin to this chick who is a stripper in SF. She says Jamarcus is a regular over and is well known at the strip clubs in SF. Her girlfriends say he was there Sat night buying cases of champagne. Now thats dedication.

  • Raider Headbutt
  • raiderdav

    well it comes back to basic and the best players to be put on the field, thats the MAIN problem the right guys arent on the field, start Gradowski, Michael Bush the starter, and for gods sakes they are giving J.Walker all that damn money for nothing lets see what he still has, I dont think hes worser then DHB, but no the CABLE GUY thinks that they are on the Brink of getting stuff going LOL Please, hes talking like its the Pre-Season, grow some f*ckin balls you fat bastard.

  • Mistabrown

    If you heard G Radnich interview Tim Ryan today you would know JaMeatball is never going to make it in this league unless he does a 180 degree turn. He is not g committed and Cable is lying through his teeth about his progress.

  • raidertay


    McGuinn said that despite Hanson being barred from the Raiders facility, several players have continued to reach out to the coach and solicit his advice. McGuinn said players managed to get him a team laptop that previously belonged to Willie Brown, with the defensive backs in particular hoping he could help with game plans and give them tips.

    Said McGuinn: “Before their last preseason game several players contacted Randy and said they needed help. They said, ‘If we get you a computer can you help us come up with some tips?’ Randy worked with them and they played really well in that game, particularly the defensive backs.

    “So the guys asked him to do it again and he met with them before the Monday night game in San Diego (Sept. 14), and the defensive backs played well again. (Owner) Al Davis doesn’t know (Hanson has) been providing detailed coaching for these guys, and Randy has not gotten any credit for it.”

  • DMunoz 26

    Ottocrat, why would you want to watch it?

  • 24

    When it rains, it pours.

  • ottocrat

    Does anyone know how to view yesterday’s game on NFL.com? I don’t even know where to access it.

  • kidseven

    I hear they’re making a movie about this Raiders season. It’s called Black Hole and it has some pretty big name actors.

    Cable will be played by John Goodman (Tom Arnold had the part locked up Goodman allegedly knocked him out of his chair and broke his jaw before a screen test)

    Jamarcus will also be played by John Goodman (in black face with mohawk)

    SeaBass will be also be played by John Goodman.

  • Plunketthead

    MR—— Gruden ruined two franchises and left them in disarry.

    You better stay away for a few weeks and come back with a new personna and a new nick. You never had any creed but the past three weeks you licked the gutter and jumped the shark.

  • Raider Headbutt

    I really don’t want to see another skill player drafted high by us for a long time, especially WR. you can get them in later rounds by the dozen.

    Im telling you it starts from the inside out. You get a dominant line and you success rate will sky rocket.

  • los raiders de don rober

    Al Davis will be played by Rose Nylund from the Golden Girls…

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    Hell, Hanson is still on the payroll so he should be dispensing advice. Maybe he’s the smart guy. Would he be dumb enough to match Morrison on Marshall?

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    And who brought in Samson Satele? A 4th round swap and a 6th rounder for a guy that can’t even get on the field with multiple injuries.

    Stop drafting freekn skill players.

    19 of 22 1st and 2nd rd picks are busts…..and here’s something else for you guys.

    They should have drafted Raji!

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    Mistabrown Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    If you heard G Radnich interview Tim Ryan today you would know JaMeatball is never going to make it in this league unless he does a 180 degree turn. He is not g committed and Cable is lying through his teeth about his progress.
    Ok. You are right. So what’s next? You’ve got me on this blog for 6 more days…unless the Raiders pull a miracle with Chaz Schilens in the lineup.

    You win though. Hey, you get a prize! The Raiders are garbage just like you predicted. Whooo HOOO

  • Raider Headbutt

    wow it suddenly got dead in here…

  • 860Todd Christensen

    I’m here, still trying to assess why the O-line took the day off. Any help is appreciated.

  • kidseven

    Rose Nyland. Nice. I couldn’t remember who played Al Davis. I assumed he would just come on a speaker like “Charlie” talking to his Angels (actual voice would be played by John Herrera.)

  • alisgod


    for crying out loud you guys are a bunch of wussies. 2 weeks ago you are all on the bandwagon. last week you enjoyed a win and most of you were on here waiting for us to spank the Donkeys. I heard 31-13 predicted on here. They dropped an egg and now all of you are frickin crying for your mothers. The season is frickin 3 weeks old. We got some bad breaks to be honest. That would have been pass interference had that play involved a raider dback and you know it. The first safety couldn’t make the play because Jabustus put it only to where a 6-2 vs 5-11 would battle a jump ball. Unfortunately he got pushed and no call was made. a couple of breaks here and there and the game would have been much closer. You got a bunch of young guys on our team that will have to learn to be smart with the football and that schytt takes time. This is the first time in years we had a good offseason and making the right personel moves (most of it)

    You bunch of whiners should really go root for the Niners. They are winning and their bandwagon still got seats left for you. I bet after we win against Houston (if Chaz plays), you are all back on the stupid wagon.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Headbutt needs to visit Hanson, for some personal time together, the f’n RAT!

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    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:59 pm
    Raider Headbutt, I love how the Raiders are still paying Hanson while telling him to stay away from the team. Only the Raiders would think that keeping someone on the payroll would serve as hush money or a front that all is well. Al is living in the industrial mafia age. No show jobs. LOL. He doesn’t get it.
    That was the age he (Davis) was born into. The guy came from the streets of Brooklyn in the 40’s and 50’s.

    He’s been doing things his way for 50 years. Not going to change now. Just gotta hope that at some point even he gets sick of losing like this!

  • Raider Headbutt, I love how the Raiders are still paying Hanson while telling him to stay away from the team. Only the Raiders would think that keeping someone on the payroll would serve as hush money or a front that all is well. Al is living in the industrial mafia age. No show jobs. LOL. He doesn’t get it.

  • # los raiders de don rober Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Al Davis will be played by Rose Nylund from the Golden Girls…



  • I am giving serious consideration of doing something else next Sunday, instead of watching the Raiders flounder around for three hours and putting me in a bad mood. Never thought I’d EVER even think that. But man, it is getting painful to watch them.

    But, on the bright side. We could be the first team to have a head Coach with a mug shot. Things are looking up!!

  • Guys, AlisGod just called me a wussy. I think I’m going to call him a freaking butt hole!

  • Raider Headbutt

    If he is living in the Mafia age mayb some1 can wack him and we can have something to cheer about. Honestly, I was looking at all the drafts the last 10 years and its really bad looking at our players. makes me feel sick.

  • jhill

    If this Hanson story is true, where players are going to him dispite all of the suspension, I doubt we win another game.

    Zero respect for Cable if that’s the case, and he needs to be fired.

    This team won’t win until a coach who is respected in the locker room comes in. Someone who has enough clout to run his own program.

  • Raider Headbutt

    Agreed Jhill. If a person that has “caused trouble” last year with Kiffin and this year with Cable is still wanted for advice by some players, something is wrong there.

  • 88Alix

    What is going on here???? How can anyone think Jabusted is going to get anything done ever!!!!! We desperately need to BENCH this fool right now and talk to the Eagle’s about M. Vick!!! I feel we have some talented wide receivers in Heyward-Bey and Murphy. But if we keep this clown JaBusted in there he is not only going to ruin is career but he will drag a lot of our young team down with him!!! With such a young team with so much talent you need to have a LEADER and that is something JaBusted will NEVER be!!!!!!! I’m A DIE HARD Raider fan since birth and I have never been so uninterested in this team to the point that I dont even care to watch on TV let alone LIVE!!!! It’s a sad day or should I say years for the RAIDER NATION!!!!

  • alisgod

    you dont fcking get it. You were on the Cable wagon just Saturday and if I heard it right you were supposed to go to Arden mall to pick up a JR jersey,….and now you frickin crying again. You fckin wussy!

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    You talk about running to mothers…yet you elect to use derogatory nicknames like “JaBustus”

    Get off your high horse man.

    I am on board with next week. Its the last shot…hopefully Schilens is the difference maker.

    But this team (organization, players, coaches) has been a HUGE disappointment so far. Same ole crap from the last 6years. Can they turn it around. Yes if they:

    1. Run Michael Bush 20+ times

    2. Stop throwing deep with Russell…he can’t do it

    3. Bench HEyward-Bey…what good is he right now

    4. Play JLH and Schilens…get some freekn familiarity

    5. Turn playcalling over to Tollner

    6. Tell Davis to leave John marshall alone

  • 860Todd Christensen

    On the brink of getting this going = Hanson lawsuit?

  • riderm

    We sucks so bad. It hurts.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    On the brink of getting this going = Bama O-line?

  • DocsRaiders

    On the brink of getting this thing going???? Not with JR at the wheel!!

  • You call yourself “al is god”. Why should I take you seriously?

  • Mistabrown

    Simple, when you have a Qb this bad. Moral is down. His team mates dont believe in him, they know he dosn’t put the work in. JaMeatball is dragging the entire team down with him.

    Lets face it the Qb is the LEADER of the team, look at this half wit as a leader…give me a FK’n break!

    # 860Todd Christensen Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I’m here, still trying to assess why the O-line took the day off. Any help is appreciated.

  • Mistabrown

    Jerry, if you are not as lazy as JaMeatloaf and have some balls why dont you ask Cable why is he is handicapping Russell by benching J Walker?

    We all know AL is behind it I just want to see what answer they have programmed in Tom.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Mista, good call, they did their job well!

  • GalacticGus

    I really felt good about Cable and what he was doing with the team. I will not throw in the towel quite yet. However, if his play calling does not improve and he cannot find a way to get the best out of his players and we end the season with less than seven or 8 wins, I say we try and bring Gruden back, who is probably licking his chops for another go around at resurrecting the same franchise he brought back from the ashes a decade ago. .. that is if he doesn’t land Notre dame, he would definitely be itching to get back into the NFL and make something of this young talented Raiders team who will have another full year of experience under them.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Let’s face it, Hanson the RAT has spilled the beans, may not be true, but the damage is done. Cable is history, get ready for the golf cart on the sidelines, remember, you heard it here first!

  • The Big Banana

    Where are all the Russell homers that jumped all over Jerry Mac for simply reporting JaWalrus’ struggles in camp?

    Yeah, Jerry was just hatin’, wasn’t he? morons!

    If anything Jerry was being positive. If I had seen some of this same crap in camp, I would’ve told it like it is. Not with any sugarcoating, like “Oh, it’s only preseason”.

    Looks like that Niners scrimmage was very telling of things to come.

  • Mistabrown

    ***Post’s of the Year***

    # Oakglenn Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Alston is a savvy guy. He should play well for us.
    Oakglenn Says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Anyone with half a brain can see that Jamarcus Russell is a bonafide franchise Q.
    # Oakglenn Says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Mark Sanchez is a bust.

  • DKnight007

    Can somebody tell me why there hasn’t been ONE freakin WR bubble screen thrown to DHB yet to at least get him some easy catches???

    Kinda like the way Childress and Favre having been throwing some to Percy Harvin to get him some easy catches and get his confidence going??

    Freakin RIDICULOUS!!!

  • saraider

    Trade Jawalrus for Vince Young!! Now that’s a franchise QB!