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Postgame wrap

News, notes and observations from the Raiders’ 29-6 loss Sunday to the Texans in Houston:

– So you want Tom Cable’s head on a platter. Al Davis, given his track record, is on some level probably considering the same thing.

There goes your head coach, offensive coordinator, play caller, and de facto line coach, gone in an instant, and a new victim served up on the road to the New York Giants.

Now what?

Your suggestions, of course, are welcome and encouraged.

– The Raiders defense made a lot of plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. They had four sacks with their beloved natural four-man pressure.

Absolve the defense from the blame for Sunday’s loss would be to shrug of offensive yardage on the “explosive plays” Cable talked about following last week’s 23-3 loss to Denver. He describes an explosive play as any run of 11 yards or more and any pass play of 16 yards or more.

In the first half, Houston had runs of 11, 11 and 32 yards from running back Steve Slaton, the last one for a touchdown. Ryan Moats added a 12-yard run. That’s four rushes for 77 yards.

Meanwhile quarterback Matt Schaub had a 62-yard completion to Andre Johnson, 41 yards to Ken Walter, 44 to Owen Daniels, 18 to Slaton (for a touchdown) and 17 yards to Joel Dreessen. That’s five completions for 182 yards.

All told, that’s nine plays totaling 259 yards _ 28.8 yards per snap during a half in which the Texans took command of the game with a 20-6 lead.

All that happened before the Raiders should have been worn out by the offensive struggles, so pay little mind to the “on the field for too many snaps” talk. Most of the damage occurred when they should have been relatively fresh.

Yes, the Raiders held Houston to 47 net yards in the second half. But there was more than a little 2006 in that figure, with the Texans killing the clock and keeping it conservative, secure in the knowledge the Raiders weren’t going to score if they played until Tuesday. With that in mind, Cable’s crediting the defense for the second half performance rings hollow.

Did the Raiders get physically pushed around? No, but they blew enough coverages and assignments to make things far too easy for Houston.

– Justin Miller didn’t get outside the 20-yard line until his third kickoff return. Jacoby Jones returned a booming Shane Lechler free kick 95 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders gave up a first down for having 12 defenders on the field for a Houston punt. Johnnie Lee Higgins returned one punt for a minus-3 yards and then essentially a drop-kicked one to the Texans on his final return.

On the opening kickoff, Sebastian Janikowski’s onsides kick attempt was recovered by Houston, and a later pooch attempt set up the Texans with good field position. Seabass converted two more field goal attempts and hasn’t missed this season, and Shane Lechler punted for a 53.4 average and a 45.9 net, pinning Houston inside the 20 three times. As JaMarcus Russell said earlier this season, sometimes the best play is to throw it out of pounds and turn it over to your all-pro punter.

– These are Russell’s first four games _ 12-for-30, 208 yards, 1 TD; 7-for-24, 109 yards, 0 TDs; 12-for-21, 61 yards, 0 TDs; 12-for-33-128, 0 TDs. He’s got four interceptions. Time for one of those stats services to determine if a quarterback has ever hard four worse games and retained his starting job. He’s throwing it out of bounds and giving it back to Lechler far more than anyone intended.

Russell was 6-for-20 to wide receivers. The Raiders have gone eight quarters without a touchdown.

Pick a maligned Raiders QB of your choice _ Marc Wilson, Todd Marinovich, Donald Hollas, Kerry Collins _ and try and find four worse games played consecutively. Collins looks like Dan Marino about now by comparison.

Since the Raiders dropped by Cable’s count nine balls, it’s not as if Russell got a lot of help. It may have been _ gulp _ his best game. That’s how low the standards are at this point.

– It’s officially open season on the Raiders strategy to go heavy on the passing all through training camp, convinced that their running game would be just fine.

After a nice first half in the season opener against San Diego . . . pffft.

The Raiders bottomed out running the ball against Houston, gaining 45 yards on 22 carries, with 20 of those yards coming on a 20-yard reverse by Darrius Heyward-Bey, who more than doubled his season offensive output on consecutive first half plays when he had an 18-yard catch preceding the run.

Or try it this way _ remove the Heyward-Bey reverse, as well as a 7-yard loss by Louis Murphy on a reverse, and take away the 13 meaningless yards by Justin Fargas to kill the clock in the first half and the Raiders had 18 yards on 18 carries.

Fargas got his most extensive time (his violent running was supposed to be a spark) and he had 24 yards on 10 carries. Michael Bush had 10 yards on three carries and lost a fumble after catching a screen pass. Darren McFadden, who had three fumbles last week, lost three yards on six carries, had no gain longer than four yards, and appeared to have his “lead back” status stripped because of ineffectiveness.

The Raiders were 2-for-15 converting third downs and their possession chart (not including the end of the first half) read punt, punt, field goal, punt, punt, field goal, punt, fumble, safety, punt, punt, downs, fumble, punt.

– Yes, the above statistics are evidence the offensive line had its worst day, with converted tackle left Erik Pears getting the worst of it at Robert Gallery’s left guard spot.

“I don’t think we blocked anybody, we’ve got to say it like it is,” Cable said. “We didn’t play well up front offensively.”

– Even through the frozen pixels and stop-and-start status of my home DirecTV, it was one of the more active games from defensive tackle Tommy Kelly that I can remember. Sure enough, he finished with 13 tackles (nine tackles and four assists).

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  • JB

    Repost

    Russell didn’t lose this game for us today. That honor goes to the O-line. Russell on the other hand didn’t do anything to win the game either. He needs to be benched, to at least the end of the bye week. He needs to study the complete playbook and learn it – not to play again until he knows it cold. For now use one of the back up QB’s and implement the dink & dunk offense to open up the running game. Hold open auditions for O-linemen. WE need a new C, RG & RT NOW. I don’t know where they are to come from but until that’s done we are not winning another game this year. OK, maybe we can slip by KC but that game is still a toss up. I predict a 2-14 year. That means top 3 pick in next year’s draft. We need to upgrade both lines and find a real MLB while we are at it. Keep Super Mario & Gallery and trash the rest.

    To think, over the past years, we could have had Adrian Petersen, Calvin Johnson,Cedrick Ellis, Glenn Dorsey, Ryan Clady, Eugene Monroe,B.J. Ragi. Brian Cushing, Alex Mack, Percy Harvin, Michael Oher, Jerod Mayo, Joe Flacco, Chris Johnson, Joe Thomas, Levi Brown, Patrick Willis, Jay Cutler, Haioti Ngata and the list goes on & on & on. How did our scouting staff miss all these playmakers? Our ability to draft quality people is in serious question – especially in the first round. No wonder our team is not worth a schit. WE CAN”T DRAFT TALENT. WE CAN ONLY DRAFT FAST! Therein lies a big piece of the problem.

  • RaiderRey

    Disgraceful… our offense is a joke

  • Brien the General

    Anyhow I’m outro. At ya fellas later. Since I’m a supposed racist,lol giggity, its time to go to my klan meeting with Bo,Mista and Dakota.

  • JB

    Repost

    Russell didn’t lose this game for us today. That honor goes to the O-line. Russell on the other hand didn’t do anything to win the game either. He needs to be benched, to at least the end of the bye week. He needs to study the complete playbook and learn it – not to play again until he knows it cold. For now use one of the back up QB’s and implement the dink & dunk offense to open up the running game. Hold open auditions for O-linemen. WE need a new C, RG & RT NOW. I don’t know where they are to come from but until that’s done we are not winning another game this year. OK, maybe we can slip by KC but that game is still a toss up. I predict a 2-14 year. That means top 3 pick in next year’s draft. We need to upgrade both lines and find a real MLB while we are at it. Keep Super Mario & Gallery and trash the rest.

    To think, over the past years, we could have had Adrian Petersen, Calvin Johnson,Cedrick Ellis, Glenn Dorsey, Ryan Clady, Eugene Monroe,B.J. Ragi. Brian Cushing, Alex Mack, Percy Harvin, Michael Oher, Jerod Mayo, Joe Flacco, Chris Johnson, Joe Thomas, Levi Brown, Patrick Willis, Jay Cutler, Haioti Ngata and the list goes on & on & on. How did our scouting staff miss all these playmakers? Our ability to draft quality people is in serious question – especially in the first round. No wonder our team is not worth a schit. WE CAN”T DRAFT TALENT. WE CAN ONLY DRAFT FAST! Therein lies a very big piece of the problem.

  • Dude

    Russell played “ok” for Russell. He played bad by normal NFL QBs.

  • Thec07

    Brien the General Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    Thec………..am I lying?

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    No you not lying, but that is the state of most money grubbing fake churches…….

  • jhill

    Brien the General Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    You said Russell played okay today Jhill. That is giving that fat punk a pass. He was awful.

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    Ok, if YOU say so, it must be so.

    I thought after what I saw the last 2 weeks, Cable and Russell were much better than they have been. Russell was accurate and confident, and Cable had some good plays going there.

    I know your rage for Russell the person has you on a course that is what it is. Today’s game was lost becasue Murphy and DHB couldn’t hold on to the ball, and the Oline couldn’t block anyone.

    Next weeks game is already over. Pears, Morris, Carlisle and Satele vs the Giants Dline? We won’t even get to talk shyt about Russell, DHB, or Fargas. I guarantee you our line gets worked over just like they did today.

  • Thec07

    Truth the “ORGANIZATION” has put another losing product on the field…..

  • Brien the General

    # Dude Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Russell played “ok” for Russell. He played bad by normal NFL QBs.
    ********************

    Hell has frozen over! Me and Dude actually agree for once hahahahahaha. Go figure. LOL Good nite!

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    AFTER WHAT NEW ORLEANS DID TO US IN ONE QUARTER IN PRE=SEASON I AM SCARED TO THINK WHAT THE 4-0 GIANTS WILL DO.

    FEEL LIKE A COLLEGE SCORE COMING ON.

    C’MON NAPA POLICE WHERE ARE YOU ????

    LOCK UP JAPOATROAST, BIG AL, AND THE WHOLE O-LINE WHILE YOUR PICKING UP CABLE.

  • raiderrej

    One more thing… Isn’t it obvious when Russell Audibles it turns into a Run play???

  • JB

    The Chargers are getting REEMED, 35 to 14. 4Q 7 minutes left. Go Steelers. Misery loves company.

  • jhill

    Dude Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Russell played “ok” for Russell. He played bad by normal NFL QBs.

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    LOL!

    Agreed. Most normal NFL QBs don’t have the Raiders Oline and rookie WRs.

    I just wonder how long Murphy is going to continue to get a pass while DHB catches hell. Murphy has been playing like shyt ever since the preseason game against NO.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    jhill

    the reason murphy get’s a pass is because as a rookie you expect some of those growing pains but he show’s his talent and potential it seems like you can tell he is going to be a good player he just makes some rookie mistakes

    dhb on the other hand………

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    new post

  • priesttj

    Any football fan who’s capable of assesing this mess, knows tha if the running game isn’t wrking with the HB’s we have and the QB’s under considerable pressure SHOULD know that it starts up front. The last 3 games it has been very obvious that our Oline is very subpar.

    An astute football fan would look at the Oline and start with the center. When you can’t run simple A-gap an off tackle plays you look at the center position and work outward. Our center is getting hammered.

    I argued long and hard about the criticism of Grove when he was here and everyone especially Brien said hews the worse center in the league, well he’s performing very well for the fish. And we don’t have a running game. Now it was very unfortunate when he left but if he were our center we would at lest have running game.

    When you can’t run in this league you better have a superstar at QB and very talented WR’s an we have neither. Now everybody wants to blame a very young QB with rookie WR’s lol now there’s an astute football fan for ya’. NINE drops and not one single big play ad it’s the QB?? pure genius!!!

    Peyton Manning would have atough time Qbing this team. Anyone wit half a brain could see that, let alone a young QB struggling to learn the game.

    Cable has been blind at best in establishing the a running game as an anchor for this offense. Until they biuld this offense around MBush they will not get this offense off the ground……….period.

    Start Mbush and run him 30 times a game with Fargas DMC in the slot and he can occasionally help at HB. It’s no ones fault but TOM CABLE who doesn’t know his own team and I’m not saying we would’ve won any of these games I’m just saying at least you’d have something that resembles an offense.

  • Random Drug Tester

    We need to draft 5 POWER Olinemen and a run-stuffing MLB.

    Then we will be fine.

    TD’s for DMAC and Bush, INT’s for Nnamdi, CJ, and Huff.

  • mmp60

    Charlie Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    This team is being built along the lines of the Cowboys in the late 80’s.

    Aikman was 1-15 his rookie year and looked bad doing it. There Oline was worse than the Raiders.

    They had Smith, Aikman and Irvin but did not start winning until they drafted DT Russell Maryland in round one.

    Unfortunately this is year three of a five year project that started with drafting JR.

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    Sorry Charlie, this team is being built along the lines of the Raiders since 1986 (except for the Gruden years) a garbage, uncompetitive team that will continue to be beaten like a rug until AD leaves the scene period.

  • Phil Wilson

    Al needs to stay away from the NFL Scouting Combine or having his minions give him the 40 times produced there. You know that he’s going to take Taylor Mays or some other athletic freak who runs fast but doesn’t have football insticts (Fabian Washington, Stanford Routt, Darious Heyward-Bey, to name a few). Winning teams are built on the lines and Al is squandering all of these top picks. So frustrating. With a quality O-Line Russell and McFadden might actually be able to live up to their draft status.

  • djohnnyg

    “He was getting plastered out there today. Took a lot of big hits and kept on ticking!

    That was a plus!”

    No, a plus would be if he never got up from one of those hits.

    Let’s not forget that this lazy, good for nothing, country hack had the audacity to actually hold out for weeks when the Raiders offered him one of the biggest contracts in NFL history. He has a tattoo that says: “Chosen one”, and guess what? he will NEVER be offered a big contract by ANYBODY EVER AGAIN. He is a total and complete (redundant I know) FAILURE in every sense of the word. The guy is so dumb he can’t even form two coherent sentences together. Have u read his comments from Friday? Oh my god! Watch the games. He had Louis Murphy WIDE OPEN in the first half on a sideline route that wold have gone for six. Let’s not forget the fumble he had and the myriad overthrows. Oh, I guess that was Al’s fault right?

    Jasuckas$ is the worst and dumbest QB in NFL history. He makes Terry Bradshaw look like a mensa candidate.

    We have NO CHANCE of winning with him and I guarantee you that you will NEVER see him QB’ing in the NFL again after Al finally get’s rid of him. Actually Al will wait till he get’s injured so he doesn’t have to admit Jadorkass is not the “great playuh” he touted him as. Al told Lance to “get over it”? It’s time for Al and everyone else to “get over it” and admit Jadoofass may be the worst ever. Actually I think statistically he already is. Oh, but it’s all Al’s fault….hahaha, pleeeeeze.

  • Cali D

    AT THIS POINT, ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS I NOW AGREE WITH WARREN SAPP ON HIS RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION “HOW DO YOU THINK CABLE WILL DO LEADING THE RAIDERS?” WARREN SAPPS RESPONSE WAS “TOM CABLE COULDN’T LEAD THE RAIDERS TO A BARBECUE IN HIS OWN BACK YARD” DUMP THE COACH AND BENCH THE KID. AT THIS POINT THOSE MOVES COULDN’T MAKE US ANY WORSE… NO MORE SEASON TICKETS FOR US… AL “SENILE” DAVIS HAD WORDS WITH SOME OF THE FANS AT THE DENVER DEBACLE SAYING “IF YOU BOOH OR TALK BAD ABOUT THE RAIDERS, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT YOURSELVES…” UH JUST A LIL’ FRIGGIN’ HINT AL, NO, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT YOUR LOST IN TIME ASS BECAUSE YOU AL ARE THE PROBLEM… WE NEED A GOOD HARD NOSED COACH LIKE BILL COWHER TO GET BACK TO RAIDERS BALL. BECAUSE YOU DICTATE WHAT YOUR COACHES ARE GOING TO DO, NO QUALITY COACH WILL EVER WORK FOR YOU… YOU WERE QUOTED IN SAYING “YOU WANT NOT 1 BUT 3 MORE SUPER BOWL WINS BEFORE YOU STEP DOWN” WELL I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT AIN’T GONNA’ HAPPEN, YOU WILL DIE FIRST AND THE SOONER YOU DO, THE SOONER WE CAN RETURN TO THE GREATNESS OF THE RAIDAZ…
    GONE…

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