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Still wait and see on Cable-Hanson

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 at 7:22 am in Oakland Raiders.

With any luck, the whole Tom Cable-Randy Hanson story will reach some kind of conclusion soon, but that’s not the way to bet.

Weeks after the story of an altercation broke, we have Hanson’s attorney identifying Cable as the attacker (as had been reported with unnamed sources as well as speculated) which left the defensive assistant with a broken jaw.

According to attorney John McGuinn, as reported by Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, it’s a “textbook case of felony assault,” and he goes on to say that Raiders defensive backs have been communicating with Hanson on the sly and hints that his client is partially responsible for a good opening game against San Diego.

The key phrase, of course, is “his client.”

It’s a lawyer’s job to make a case, just as it’s the job of a Raiders executive to belittle Rich Gannon if that is what the boss wants. So if the Raiders do make a statement in the near future, it’s not worth much unless it’s accompanied by the information that says either the case is closed or charges are being filed.

Fact is, we’re only slightly closer to the truth than a few weeks ago.

Hanson, according to the report, didn’t speak to Napa authorities until Friday regarding an event that took place Aug. 5 and was recognized by the Napa P.D. via its Web site on Aug. 21. The story was leaked weeks ago, an initial salvo fired by one side or the other interested in bringing the matter to some kind of resolution.

Hanson’s story still has to be found credible enough for a district attorney to press charges. Frankly, the claim that Cable broke his jaw seems more likely than the McGuinn’s assertion that Raiders defensive backs have been reaching out for Hanson’s help in his absence.

Listen to Raiders defensive backs for more than a few minutes _ particularly cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha _ and they’ll tell you playing in the secondary for the Raiders is not a complicated job. Mostly man-to-man responsibilities, a single-high safety . . . primarily the kind of “our players are better than your players” defense Al Davis is known for favoring and the philosophy espoused by John Marshall since he took over for Rob Ryan (who, not coincidentally, had the same philosophy).

When the story first became public, some defensive backs said they didn’t know Hanson was missing. Others said they assumed he was working back in Alameda. He was identified as a “defensive assistant,” and wasn’t the defensive backs coach, the job held by Lionel Washington, with Willie Brown also having considerable influence.

So let’s say I’m a little skeptical Hanson has been tutoring from a distance without the Raiders knowledge, or that the story is at least a little exaggerated. All that is missing is for McGuinn to say Hanson was only responsible for how the defense played in Week 1 up to, but not including, the final defensive sequence.

Correction

– Thanks to e-mailer Carlo Grossman, who recognized the error in identifying the Raiders attendance of 45,602 against Denver as the lowest since the 2005 regular season finale against the New York Giants. The Raiders actually drew just 43,687 for last year’s 27-16 win over Houston at the Coliseum on Dec. 21.

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  • 4evaRaider

    lol

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

    I actually feel bad for Cable. He seems like a decent guy when he isn’t breaking people’s jaws and spouting the company line.

    He is like the innocent guy promoted to CEO right before the Feds raid the company. He couldn’t handle it so he broke a guy’s jaw and is now facing jail time. He probably would never have done something like that prior to finding himself promoted to HC of the Oakland Riaders.

    But, at least he makes millions and once this nightmare is over for him this winter, he can take a job as o-line coach somewhere in the NFL.

  • LA to TheBay

    Cable won’t light a fire under Russell’s azz simply because he’s sort of doing the same thing. Collecting a paycheck. Yeah, he’d like to win some games but he’s towing the company line, kissing Davis’ azz, and doing everything he wants, right down to starting DHB and Russell at the expense of the rest of the team.

    BTW, how much of a professional is that cat Nnamdi? This guy is the consummate pro. To have all that talent and smarts, and having it just wasted in a dump of a team with players like Russell. A lot of other players in his position would be b1tchin right about now. Too bad his talents are being wasted tho.
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    Did you really just say that Russell and Cable are just collecting checks and that Nnamdi is a consumate pro?

    Seriously? Nnamdi could be on a contender that doesn’t pay him 14 mil a year. Nnam is collecting a check like everyone else. A much fatter check, actually.

  • DT42

    Rockstar

    your right about stats not showing the complete picture, but if your a Defensive Coordinator and you are going up against a QB that you know for a fact has been given a horrible game plan, a plan in which the QB is not allowed to audible out of a bad play, an offense that may send out only 2 receivers on any given play and a QB that is thinking more about the “new” way to throw a ball instead of throwing it the way he has since he was about 10 years old. Your are gonna have a field day. A Coaches job is to put his players in a postion to win.

    This years offense has abandoned cut blocking and refuse to throw anything short. No bubble screens, no hitches to Miller, no slants or slip screens nothing. No audibles for JRuss? fine at least package the plays to have some coverage beaters on each side. Maybe tag a couple of routes or something. Give this team a chance to score.

  • RaiderRockstar

    tunnell vision?

    Isn’t it “tunnell vision” to look at 2 games out of 20? I’m looking at the big picture buddy. You’re the one looking at a few plays in a few years …

    this is like the pot calling the kettle black.

    Let me ask you this question: If/When Russell continues to struggle this season, when do you pull the plug? do you give your franchise QB all 16 games regardless or do you give the owner, the fans and 52 other players on the field the best chance to win football games? it’s an honest question. take your time

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

    Thank god Nnamdi, much like the rest of you and Al Davis, were fooled into believing Cable was the guy by those two meaningless victories at the end of last season and re-signed with us.

    I’ll bet Seymour won’t be fooled into signing a deal with us.

  • RaiderRockstar

    This years offense has abandoned cut blocking and refuse to throw anything short. No bubble screens, no hitches to Miller, no slants or slip screens nothing. No audibles for JRuss? fine at least package the plays to have some coverage beaters on each side. Maybe tag a couple of routes or something. Give this team a chance to score.

    ***

    I’ve watched all 3 games this season. Sorry to tell you that this is 100 percent false. complete bs

    If you want to make a case that the playcalling is bad, fine. do that. If you want blame everybody not just JR, fine. do that.

    don’t make stuff up to try and prove a point. this isn’t a political blog

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

    Al’s Offseason to do list:

    BAIL CABLE OUT OF JAIL AND THEN FIRE CABLE!!!!!

    HIRE ANYONE BUT ART SHELL OR DENNIS GREEN!!!!!

    TRADE FOR KOLB OR MCNABB!!!!!!!

    DRAFT O-LINE AND LBERS!!!!!

    DON’T DRAFT S, WR, RB, CB!!!!!!!!!

    BEG SEYMOUR TO RE-SIGN!!!!!!!

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

    Since we can’t pass the ball, we might as well run another TE out on the field so that we have a chance to run the ball!!!

    Besides, Meyers is our second best receiving target right now behind Miller!

  • kidseven

    Good news: the coaching staff has brought in a child psychologist to do some regression therapy with players. Apparently during games Jamarcus reverts to the muscle memory of his childhood pattern of skipping stones on the bayou (underthrown passes) and knocking coons and opossums from the treetops (high throws). Hopefully they’re making progress in time for Sunday. Early word is that McFadden was a child star bowler, so he might need some extra work.

  • LA to TheBay

    tunnell vision?

    Isn’t it “tunnell vision” to look at 2 games out of 20? I’m looking at the big picture buddy. You’re the one looking at a few plays in a few years …

    this is like the pot calling the kettle black.

    Let me ask you this question: If/When Russell continues to struggle this season, when do you pull the plug? do you give your franchise QB all 16 games regardless or do you give the owner, the fans and 52 other players on the field the best chance to win football games? it’s an honest question. take your time
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    None needed.

    Tunnell vision probably a poor choice of words.

    What I’m trying to say is you’re looking at his performance in the last 3 games, and his career in general.

    Ok, when did they actually let him do anything of merit with some responsibility? Early last season? Nope.

    When the team started playing as a unit and Cable was calling good plays, Russell played well as the QB on a football team.

    He needs the other 10 guys pulling their weight and an opportunity from the coaches to have realistic play calling.

    When do I pull the plug?

    I don’t know, can Gradkowski or Frye throw 60 yards? They better if we stick with the current gameplan.

    Don’t pull Russell, pull the gameplan.

  • LA to TheBay

    Or get Lamar Odom as our WR…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nnamdi could be on a contender that doesn’t pay him 14 mil a year. Nnam is collecting a check like everyone else. A much fatter check, actually.

    ***

    couldn’t agree more. Nnamdi is an awesome player and I’m glad he’s on our side, but if Davis didn’t overpay him he’d be wearing different colors on Sunday … Same with Shane Lechler

    This wasn’t about loyalty. It was a business transaction.

    If the dump wanted to pay you $15 million per year and IBM wanted to pay you $10 million per year you’d probably work for the dump. Am I right?

  • DirtyBathWater

    Lamar Odor is soft, would want him no where near any ball

  • Raider Headbutt

    Well running DMAC on sunday isn’t going to get easier because reliant statium has natural grass so he is gonna trip all over the place

  • DT42

    Rockstar, so we just ran all over KC right?? In the SD game did we cut block? I only counted once. I see a lot of pounding McFadden up the middle. I see a lot of power plays.

    I don’t have to make any of this up, go back and look at the games. count how many times the back side O-lineman cutblocked? If i’m wrong i’ll admit it.

  • LA to TheBay

    I agree with most of you that our QB play stinks.

    I guess I have to play devil’s advocate, because very few of you are picking up on what I’m picking up on, unless I’m retarded. (cut and paste and add snide comment here ;) ).

    When I look at the games the coaching staff gave Russell the keys and said, ‘we’re counting on you to make some key throws. You’ll have the run support and the D will keep you in the game,’ he came through.

    There’s not much of a body of work to look at RRS, he’s been a starter for a season and change.

    The last two games, he had no chance.

    The first 9 last year (missing one due to injury), the game didn’t really go through him. And if it did, it’s obvious he started putting it together near the end.

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

    Dakota Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 8:36 am
    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 8:23 am
    Dakota was wrong about DMAC. I demand satisfaction.
    ___________________________________________

    Have some patience old man!

    Besides, I am not into that kind of thing….if you want “satisfaction” see your woman!

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    I meant beer, pervert.

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

    Cable—–6 blowout losses and counting.

    How many more do we need to see Al?

  • LA to TheBay

    OK, RRS, you have a point. He’s been missing guys that are open. Absolutely correct.

    And it looked really awful.

    Now if we can agree he played serviceable down the stretch last year, then what the hell happened?

    I know he didn’t just forget how to play QB.

    So we’re left speculating as to why.

    Most are willing to look at his numbers over 3 games and call him a dumb monkey and a bust.

    I think that’s

    1. deplorable
    2. not accurate
    3. premature

    What happened?

  • RaiderRockstar

    When the team started playing as a unit and Cable was calling good plays, Russell played well as the QB on a football team.

    He needs the other 10 guys pulling their weight and an opportunity from the coaches to have realistic play calling.

    ***

    this is the root cause of our disagreement. you blame the playcalling, I blame the execution. Cable is the same guy yesterday, today, last year and in college as a play caller. You’re willing to blame 10 other guys before Russell. I’ve seen the o-line play well the majority of the time for Russell, besides his first NFL start Week 17 against the Chargers. that was awful. I’ve seen open WR’s, TE’s and RB’s in every game where Russell didn’t even glance their way. I’ve seen him throw behind guys, overthrow them, throw at their feet, throw into double & triple coverage.

    I am willing to give Russell credit for one improvement though. his pocket awareness & ball security. he hasn’t fumbled the ball even once through 3 games against division opponents.

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

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I meant beer, pervert.
    _________________________

    lol

  • Raiderz

    Hey everyone! Been a reader of this blog for a few years now. I enjoy reading everyones comments daily.

    As for our team. I really can’t take watching Russell at QB any longer. You can blame the WR’s in part, but the truth of the matter is I feel Russell is getting solid pass protection and guys have been open. He just doesn’t make accurate throws. I don’t know whether that can be taught. Just like running fast or throwing hard. It is true timing with WR is important, but I don’t see that as a huge issue.

    As for defense, I don’t know how much I like seeing man defense on most plays, and rarely do we blitz. Seems like a bad combination. I am not saying man is terrible, just can’t be done every play.

    Here is a question though, didn’t we have a decent defense back in the Gruden/Gannon years, or was it just that our offense covered up any bad defensive play.

    Go Raiders!

  • RaiderKen

    Play calling is only part of it. fact is that Japorkchop is not accurate, cannot read an entire field, and is slow in his decision making. Believe me there is plenty of blame to go around, and if Japorkchop hit open receivers consistently and they were dropping everything I’d cut him some slack. Yeah right off his pork-belly. LMFAO!

  • DT42

    RR

    The Playcaller hasn’t changed, but the Playcalling has changed! You see “Open WR’s, TE’s and RB’s in every game where Russell didn’t even glance their way.”

    - Your right, Russell’s been limited by his Pre Snap Read and had the field cut in half.

    “throwing behind guys, overthrowing guys throwing at their feet.”

    - Passing mechanics were altered in the offseason.

    “throwing into double coverage”

    - pass plays with only 2 receivers and a frustrated QB.

    I like Cable and want him to to well. But i want the Cable from last year, not this year. He’s trying to change too much. Fix what was broken. Things like pass protection, RB’s blocking etc. Leave Russell’s mechanics alone. Shorten the routes and take shots deep when the coverage adapts. DMAC go hang out with Tiki Barber and stop fumbling. Allow Russell to attack the entire field!

  • wishbone

    Over the past 6 seasons how many different coaches and players have the Raiders had all with the same results???? One common factor that has caused this cancer. Al Davis is the cancer that has infected this organization to where it’s at today. Poor drafting, Coaches not being able to coach, no discipline, it goes on and on. Why have other players and coaches gone on to success elsewhere? Prime examples are Norv and Randy Moss. I hate both of them, but facts are facts. Al wants to win, but only Al’s way. He obviously would rather lose and keep losing than to have someone else help win. (See Jon Gruden). Those of you who continue to go to games and support Al Davis are just drinking the kool aid. It just like buying booze for an alcholic. Will never get better until the cancer is removed.

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  • Dmac20

    I don’t beleive hansons story of him being responsible for the secondarys play… The secondary is our strength, it’s our linebackers that are the crutch. He takes credit for the diego game but none else. This dudes a liar and is trying to make himself out to be a victim. Yea I believe cable hit him but I also believe he provoked him to do so, I find it hard to believe that cable would just hit him like that for no reason.

  • RAIDER76

    playcalling has nothing to do with it. all the other teams do the same play calling except they have playmakers that execute the play alot better.