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Cable says eventually we’ll understand

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, October 5th, 2009 at 4:06 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes after Monday’s locker room session and coach Tom Cable’s weekly press briefing:

– The latest reports circulating concerning Tom Cable’s alleged involvement in an incident which left assistant coach Randy Hanson with a broken jaw indicate that the the Raiders are bracing for the possibility of a suspension (Yahoo sports) and that the Napa district attorney’s office is undecided on whether to file charges (NFL Network).

Cable, as has been his policy throughout, declined comment but did say, “When it all is resolved, you’ll understand why I’m acting the way I am. It’s just something I’m not going to talk about and shouldn’t talk about. I’ll let that process do its thing.”

He said he is not aware of any scheduled meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell when the Raiders travel to New Jersey Friday to play the Giants at the Meadowlands.

– Here was Cable’s reaction about the loss of running back Darren McFadden (meniscus tear) and right tqackle Cornell Green (calf) for two to four weeks:

“We’d have (Justin) Fargas and (Michael) Bush and go with the two of them. Really haven’t thought about changes or anything like that. Just getting through today in terms of the injuries and all that.

“Obviously, (Erik) Pears could go out (to right tackle), probably the easiest move right now, the right move right now. And we’ve got to get Khalif Barnes trained at a couple of spots.”

– Considering how the Raiders ran the ball in the first half of the first game, Cable wasn’t buying into the notion that the offense neglected the running game during training camp and the preaseason.

“You know, it might be easy to say that,” Cable said. “I thought opening night the run game was fine in terms of its production and all that, what we asked it to do. But since then we really have not gotten on track.”

Cable’s assessment of Russell? With better games from his receivers, Russell would have been the talk of the league _ this time in a good way.

“If you understand football, if he’s getting better protection yesterday you’d see what I’m talking about. He was on target all but really two throws,” Cable said. “When you have that many drops – I think there were nine that I counted – if you put nine completions or at least the opportunity of nine completions on his deal, you’d say he might have been as good as anybody in pro football yesterday. If you know what you’re looking at.”

The two throws Cable said Russell missed was a route in which he threw over the wrong shoulder to Louis Murphy and a curl route which short-hopped Darrius Heyward-Bey.

For the record, Sunday’s best performances were by Peyton Manning (31-for-41, 353 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int), Ben Roethlisberger (26-for-33, 333 yards, 2 TDs, 0 int), David Garrard (27-for-37, 323 yards, 3 TDs, 0 int) and Eli Manning (20-for-34, 292 yards, 3 TDs, 1 int).

– CBS analyst Boomer Esiasion had this to say about Russell Sunday on the NFL Today:

“I don’t want to beat a dead horse here, but it’s come to my attention that he has been fined heavily already for being overweight and for being late to meetings. And, he’s already missed one meeting. I’m telling you right now, the other 52 guys on that roster are looking at Tom Cable. They’re looking at Al Davis, and they’re saying we deserve better than this. That’s why every time he goes on the field, what’s the quarterback’s job – to be the leader of the other men on the field with them; to inspire them to greater heights. Right now, he is holding them back. Even though there’s not a great alternative, there has to be a change at quarterback, especially if he plays poorly today against a banged up Houston defense.”

Asked whether Russell had been fined and missed meetings, Cable said, “I’m not going to talk about our internal stuff that way.”

– It does appear that the Raiders are still in search of an offensive leader, as evidenced by defensive end Greg Ellis having words with offensive team members during the Texans game. Cable said he approves.

“The reason I’m OK with it is that until the offense finds their leaders, who those guys are going to be, I think you’re leadership’s gotta come from anywhere on this football team,” Cable said.

– Cable has now coached the equivalent of a 16-game season as a head coach. His offense has gained 19 more yards than the Art Shell-coached team of 2006 (3,958 yards to 3,939) but has scored 59 more points.

– Asked to respond to comments by quarterback Jeff Garcia that some Raiders seemed to be there simply to collect a paycheck, Cable, who said he first heard of it Saturday, expressed surprise. He said Garcia told him he simply didn’t want to play football any more and said nothing of any other motivation.

“When I heard those things Saturday, I thought maybe, that’s a guy who’s not in it any more, talking about himself,” Cable said.

– Wide receiver Louis Murphy conceded Monday he let a replay ruling which went against a reception he made in the first half affect him for the next series. He said he had four dropped passes _ the first time it had been an issue since high school.

“Covered, non-covered, it doesn’t matter,” Murphy said. “I don’t make any excuses. I have to catch the ball. That’s my job. That’s what I get paid to do.”

Murphy said he was convinced he caught the ball and lobbied Cable to throw the challenge flag. He lost a touchdown earlier this eason when officials ruled he had not controlled a pass in the end zone all the way to the ground.

“That’s just another one. Two now. Not that I’m keeping score,” Murphy said. “The refs made a call. I was disappointed. I really wanted that to be the spark, the momentum that we needed to get a first down and get things rolling. But it kind of backfired.”

– Special teams captain Isaiah Ekejiuba seemed almost pleased to stop and answer a few questions if it meant keeping him from heading into a film room to watch the Raiders special teams play.

“I’m going to hate this,” Ekejiuba said.

Ekejiuba said he was surprised the Raiders played so poorly on special teams aside from Sebastian Janikowski’s place kicking and Shane Lechler’s punting because practice had gone so well the week before.

“Everything ws sharp, tightened up,” Ekejiuba said. “It just didn’t go.”

Included in the special teams horror story _ a missed onsides kick attempt to open the game, a penalty for 12-men on the field and a Houston first down, three kickoff returns inside the 20 by Justin Miller, a lost fumble and minus-4 yards of return yardage by Johnnie Lee Higgins, and, of course, a 95-yard touchdown return on a free kick by Jacoby Jones.

Ekejiuba bristled at the suggestion that Shane Lechler, who hammered it 75 yards to the 5-yard line, had made a mistake by outkicking his coverage.

“Shane is a great punter, the best in this league, and he kicked the ball like you’d want your kicker to kick the ball,” Ekejiuba said. “We just have to do our job, and it’s that simple. If you think he outkicked the coverage, then you’re just not working hard enough or you’re not willing to work hard enough to go down there and make a play. It’s that simple.”

– Cable said he thought Zach Miller should be sufficiently recovered by symptoms from a concussion to play against the Giants. Miller was in the locker room Monday and said he expected to play.

Cable said left guard Robert Gallery (broken left fibula) is making “tremendous progress” and that this week “may not be out of the question.”

The case of wide receiver Chaz Schillens will be monitored “day to day.”

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  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    HOPEFULLY DURING HIS SCOLDING FROM THE COMMISH HE CAN TELL HIM HOW PHUKED UP IT IS INTERNALLY IN OAKLAND MAYBE GOODELL WILL PRETEND TO BE HAVING HIM IN FOR SMACKING HANSON BUT IT WILL REALLY BE A FACT FINDING MISSION TO DETHRONE THE GOD OF GOD’S

    I CAN ONLY WISH.
    ======================================================
    Amen!

  • ragin

    Teach knows

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Assuming THE COMMISSIONER ACTS SWIFTLY:

    Tollner should start Chaz Schilens and JLH for the Giants game

    Tollner should run the hell out of Michael Bush

    Tollner should hold the team meetings at JaMarcus’ house so he will be there on time

    Run the damn ball…and duplicate the playcalling from Tampa last year.

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    blackdeath29 Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    SnB offense defense specialteams

    with that o-line bush might come out the giants game with a knee injury.
    ======================================================
    If Bush gets the ball 25+ times…he will wear down the Giants provided that Russell completes a few passes (please start Schilens and JLH) and the defense doesn’t get overwhelmed at the point of attack.

    I am going to the Giants vs. Raiders game….already had the tickets well before this B.S I witnessed from the Raiders.

    So I am hoping (against hope) that I am not embarrassed!

  • Richochet

    SnB Offense???
    You know as well as everyone why Russell isn’t benched.
    As I stated weeks ago, Russell is Al’s guy.
    Al went public, against Lance, stating “He didn’t even want Russell. Russell is going to be a great qb for us”

    ONLY Al benches the “stars” (I.E. big salary) and no way in hell Al admits Lance was right..after all, that was one of Al’s “points” on his infamous ‘overhead projector..here’s the reasons for “just cause” PC.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    QUESTION FOR ENTIRE RAIDER NATION:

    If any of the ‘popular’ speculation about JaMarcus is true (i.e. doesn’t work hard, doesn’t care, etc., etc.), wouldn’t you think that other players who DO care (i.e. Fargas, Namdi, Ellis, Seymour, Gallery, etc., etc.) would rip him a new one???

    I mean, after all, these are football players we’re talking about, right? These guys are supposed to have balls, right? Robert Gallery weighs about 50-60 lbs. more than J-Russ, right?

    Why would ANY of these players be afraid to get in his grill and rip into him like he’s never seen?

    Whether or not Al Davis decides who plays isn’t even the point. What IS the point is that I have a real problem with nobody getting into this kid’s face and straightening him out. Yeah, he’s got money, but, I’m sure Seymour or Gallery threatening to beat his ass would have SOME kind of impression, don’t you think????

    Listen, I’m a Raider fan. I’ll be a Raider fan until the day I die. And I will root for every Raider that puts on that uniform and never will I boo one of ours at the games.

    And I choose to be stand by J-Russ until I see how he progresses (or not) the rest of this season.

    But I really do with we had someone with balls enough to lead these young guys, even if it’s good ol’ fashioned verbal abuse for all the team to hear.

  • blackdeath29

    SnB offense defense specialteams

    with that o-line bush might come out the giants game with a knee injury.

  • JB

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    With DMAC and Green out…the running game will be competitive as long as Fargas is only used for token carries.

    Feed the ball to Bush and wear them out….in fact all the Head Coach/OC (whether Cable or someone else) has to do is copy the playcalling of the Giants
    ********************

    Without Gallery and new C, RG & RT they could Petersen in there and go nowhere. Face it, our O-line is just plain BAD. Without a line, nothing happens. Our running game for now is doomed, no matter who’s running the ball. Our only hope is that the Giants a laughing so hard that they lose attention and let a play slip by.

    JaBeefRoll is due for a sprained ankle. The Giants D-line is going to eat his lunch. He may not make it to halftime. This game screams for a QB who can run for his life and that’s NOT JaBustas.

  • JB

    Cable’s problem is that he smacked the wrong guy. He should have planted JaBustas in the schnoz and told him there’s more where that came from – get your schit together NOW!

    You nailed the WRONG guy Tom! There’s still time to do some good. Don’t coddle that twit, smack him around until he gets it.

  • blackdeath29

    SnB offense defense specialteams ,

    how about al save his draft picks and invest in some o-lineman.we missed the boat this year at center and tackle in the draft.

  • JB

    #

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    JB,

    Michael Vick is only an 90 minutes away in Philly.

    Tell Davis to use the 2nd rounder (waste it otherwise) and trade for Vick.

    What a perfect QB for a team with no O-Line.

    A guy that keeps the defense on its toes with his feet.

    Accuracy is garbage…but when you run an ancient offense like the RAiders do…it doesn’t matter if your QB has any accuracy. The routes are impossible.

    SIGN VICK!

    ********************

    I’m no big Vick fan but he’s actually what THIS team needs. He would definitely be an upgrade at QB.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    JB,

    Michael Vick is only an 90 minutes away in Philly.

    Tell Davis to use the 2nd rounder (waste it otherwise) and trade for Vick.

    What a perfect QB for a team with no O-Line.

    A guy that keeps the defense on its toes with his feet.

    Accuracy is garbage…but when you run an ancient offense like the RAiders do…it doesn’t matter if your QB has any accuracy. The routes are impossible.

    SIGN VICK!

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Also, for those who discount the authority to head coach thing:

    Mike Tomlin…another great coach…benched Rashard Mendenhall last week because he didn’t have the playbook down.

    He also benched 2nd round pick Limas Sweed (future Raider) because the bust dropped an easy touchdown catch. They started some rookie from Ole Miss that’s doing better than our draft picks

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • Kirk

    Imaging being Tom Cable…

    You work for bat sheet crazy Al Davis.

    Your offensive line and QB suck.

    You are under investigation for felony assault.

    You may be suspended by the league.

    And you may be fired at anytime.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    should have said….”another great coach that the Raiders could never sign”

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • blackdeath29

    cable said it`s not out of the question that gallery might play.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    blackdeath29 Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 5:16 pm
    SnB offense defense specialteams ,

    how about al save his draft picks and invest in some o-lineman.we missed the boat this year at center and tackle in the draft.
    =====================================================
    Because the Owner doesn’t know how to use those high picks. End up with a safety or nickle corner. Vick will be a substitute for that O-Line anyway. The Raiders don’t know how to develop players anyway. No discipline, no leadership, substiture teacher like coaches…and the Owner overseeing the mess!

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Case in point with Russell allegedly missing meetings arriving late and god knows what else…

    Do you think that he would get away with this with:

    Mike Singletary
    Bill Belicheck
    Mike Tomlin
    Tony Sporano
    John Harbaugh
    Ken Whisenhunt
    K.C’s Coach
    Josh McDaniels

    Just to name a few!

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Excuse me….

    WHERE’S THE G..D COMMISSIONER?

  • Kirk

    Until Al Davis realizes that offensive line is the most important position on the football field, we will continue to suck.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    After benching Mendenhall last week…the kid had a great week of practice AND BEST BELIEVE HE HAD THE PLAYBOOK NAILED and rushes for 160 yds against a good team.

    Meanwhile in Oakland….we can’t get the QB to go to meetings or get out of the bed.

    Two receivers that drop balls, get false starts and all sorts of B.S

    A right tackle that leads the league in penalties

    Linebackers that don’t know their assignments!

    Thanks to an Owner with a jacked up way of doing things!

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • JB

    He missed the meeting because he was lunching with Al. They were commiserating about how the greatness of the Raidahs is in da futua. Ja Bustus then thanked Al for his insight and vote of confidence and then grabbed three more cheeseburgers.

    What was Tom to do? He wasn’t invited to the luncheon.

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  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    JB Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 5:33 pm
    He missed the meeting because he was lunching with Al. They were commiserating about how the greatness of the Raidahs is in da futua. Ja Bustus then thanked Al for his insight and vote of confidence and then grabbed three more cheeseburgers.

    What was Tom to do? He wasn’t invited to the luncheon.
    =======================================================
    That’s why an outside force needs to get in here. This isn’t professional.

    Meanwhile other teams are doing the things to elevate their teams and reward their fans.

    The Raiders are currently the worst franchise in all of sports.

    Will it ever change?

    Who knows?

    WHERE’S THE COMMISSIONER?

  • ragin

    No qb would survive with this oline. Russells size may be a good thing….

  • blackdeath29

    until gallery comes back.satele learns his plays and barnes moves to right tackle.it`s going to be ugly.

  • Nnamdi21

    I miss the days when we talked about the Raiders play on the field.

    Cable sounds like he’s towing the party line about check collectors.

    What else can he do? He can’t fire anyone can he?

    Davis detractors are right.

    This sucks.

  • JB

    If you’ve bee around old people before, you know THEY DON”T CHANGE – ANYTHING! It’s not in their vocabulary. Old dogs DO NOT learn new tricks.

    AD is a VERY OLD DOG and absolutely nothing is going to make him change. We’re stuck with AD Football, INC until there’s no more AD.

    This is all about Al Davis and his ego. After all, he will tell you, he’s a HOF member and has forgotten more than most others know. He’s going to do it his way – no matter what. He doesn’t cafe about the fan base, fuk them he’d say. It’s my investors money that I’m spending so screw them.

    In case you haven’t figured it out yet the problem is simply known as the committee, Davis, Herrera & Taylor. In the last 10 years those 3 have done more than is imaginable to screw up this franchise. Feel grateful that you are not an investor. AD’s been going through their cash like it is a bottomless supply. And, they can’t do anything about it contractually to make him change. They are super screwed.

  • OFL71

    Cable is the one who needs to “understand”,his O-line sucks.
    Gallery and Henderson are the only NFL worthy players on that squad,the rest are total crap.If Cable was what he’s supposed to be(an O-line coach) he would know that.
    I “understand” that it’s gonna be another long,brutal year.
    “Eventually” Davis will die and I’ll get my team back from the senile eccentric that hijacked it.

  • chappy23us

    Dirt nap for Al!!!!

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  • Nnamdi21

    Raider cast U suck.

    Nice link so your site can get hits while it links DIRECTLY BACK HERE TO THIS STORY.

    Waste…

  • OFL71

    !!!!!!!!!!!!IGNORE “THE RAIDER CAST” LINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IT JUST REDIRECTS YOU BACK TO THIS STORY WHILE HIS LAME SITE GETS A HIT.

    GFY YOU HACK

  • JT

    Wow, the raiders are 16 point underdog to giants.

    When was the last time we saw that spread?

    Only in college.

    And they will probably wont cover either.

    Giants 27
    Raiders 10

  • ohioraider

    I think, yeah, it must be…I think it’s gotta be…is it? Yes! I think I see THE COMMISSIONER!

    PLEASE SAVE US

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  • steveandblack

    I have to say that I feel really bad for players like Louis Murphy and Zach Miller because it is more than obvious those two guys are great athletes and are working as hard as anyone in the league to win. It’s such a damm shame they have to be on such a bad team and even worse franchise.

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  • chucka1122

    It is sad to see a Raider organization that has such a terrific past go down the toilet. Al Davis has tarnished his legacy to the point where not anyone will give him credit for some of the great things he has done for the NFL. Russel needs to be benched. DHB needs to be benched. We need an 0-line. The D is not bad if they did not have to be on the field the entire time. Our offense is so bad, it continues to have a 3 and out on every first series. We are one of the worst teams in the league and I do not see that changing any time soon. I am so disappointed with the play of this team that I do not even care if I get to see the next game. If the Raiders can win 6 games it will be a miracle, unless changes are made. I don’t think that is going to happen. The offense is worse the the last Art Shell offense, how can that be? Change needs to start at the top, Raider fans are some of the loyalist fans in the NFL, but I truly believe it going to start diminishing if things do not improve. It has been 7 terrible seasons in a row if you count this one. The front office needs to learn how to scout and manage the draft. I hope someday the Raiders will be relevant again, maybe 2012?

  • wishbone

    I urge all Raider fans to boycott games & merchandise until Al either hires a top notch GM & head coach or dies. This is now the seventh consecutive year that he has put a garbage product on the field. We as fans should not support this in any way at all. Al Davis does not care about the fans or the organization. He only cares about his own ego. He is a combination of Jim Jones & Hitler who will use anyone & everyone to satisfy his world of fantasy. Everyone from Cable to JR to Seymour is just collecting a check now. Winning is not an option so they are just playing to get that check. BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT. His Al Davis where it hurts the most. Tell that maniac we will not stand for this crap.

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  • NCRaiderFan

    We suck

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