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It’s Bush, after all

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 4:37 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes from Thursday’s open locker room session and post-practice press briefing with Tom Cable:

– One day after indicating he probably wouldn’t bother to name a starter at running back in place of Darren McFadden because the workload would be distributed relatively equally, Cable said Michael Bush would start against the New York Giants with Justin Fargas in reserve.

“It’s not really a big deal in terms of how it all goes down,” Cable said. “That’s just where we’re at right now.”

– Napa update _ Cable said he still hasn’t been contacted by authorities in Napa or by commissioner Roger Goodell.

– Cable is 1-3, his franchise quarterback is at the bottom of the passer ratings and having his work ethic questioned, his boss is notoriously impatient, and his running game has gone missing in action.

So how does he like Oakland now?

“This is my team, so this is me,” Cable said. “It’ everything I wanted it to be. Now I just need to win some games.”

– Johnnie Lee Higgins was limited in practice but did almost everything, Cable said. Those who did not practice included Darren McFadden, Robert Gallery, Nick Miller, Cornell Green and Oren O’Neal. O’Neal, Cable said, is doubtful, which would leave Luke Lawton as the lone fullback.

Tight end Zach Miller was limited in practice but “much improved” and should be “full go” Friday, Cable said.

– Safety Mike Mitchell went down after tweaking a knee early in practice, but Cable said he made it through the entire practice an there is now issue. Hiram Eugene, whose absence was noted by punter Shane Lechler as a factor in some of the special teams struggles, practiced but Cable said he wanted to see film before determining if he would be active.

Eugene is recovering from a calf injury and was inactive against Denver and Houston.

– Special teams coordinator John Fassel, who describes himself as “positive” and “happy-go-lucky” underwent a personality transformation Monday in the wake of a disasterous performance by his unit against Houston.

“I kind of came out of my shell a little bit and told ‘em what I thought. Put it that way. (I) won’t elaborate,” Fassel said. “But I also let ‘em know that there’s no blame. It’s just everybody has to do better, and I started with myself. Yeah. Changed the tone and message a little bit. Especially going into New York, cause that’s a big game personally.”

Fassel’s father Jim is the former head coach for the New York Giants. In fact, the last time the Raiders played the Giants at the Meadowlands in 2001, Jim let John hold the red challenge flag.

“It was pouring rain and the Raiders killed the Giants and I remember being on the sideline with my dad because I was coaching in college or something and I said ‘Hey you know what? Bad game but I’ll always remember just being there with my dad,’ ” Fassel said.

Good game for the Raiders, though. They won 28-10.

– Rich Gannon isn’t welcome at the Raiders facility any more, but it sounds as if Shane Lechler wouldn’t mind the occasional visit.

When talking about his role as a leader, Lechler, whose locker was near the quarterbacks, invoked Gannon’s number and spirit.

“I learned from one of the best, number 12, he sat right here, he would call you out in a heartbeat,” Lechler said. “Probably wasn’t the most liked guy in the locker room, but I guarantee you the most respected guy in the locker room. That’s the way people have gotta’ be. ”

– The first coach Sebastian Janikowski played for in the NFL was fond of saying he didn’t like to get too “deep or philosophical.” Janikowski can relate.

He credited his 7-for-7 start to simply getting into a groove earlier than usual.

“It seems like every year I start off slow then I got a streak for like 12, 14 field goals make in a row, then this year feels like I’m starting from the beginning,” Janikowski said.

When asked if there had been any difference in his training or preparation, Janikowski said, “Same thing. Played golf.”

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  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Richochet

    BAG Says:
    October 9th, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    Richochet,

    I guess your 49ers have drafted so much better, right? How’s Alex Smith doing? Where’s Kwame Harris? How about Rashaun Woods? And please let’s not forget about the total mess that is M. Crabtree.
    ========
    MY Niners? They’re MINE?
    Cool :)

    But sure, I’ll play.
    Alex Smith? HE DIDN’T GET THE JOB DONE. What did the Niners do? WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE..benched his sorryass. See, unlike the Raiders who are now the laughingstock of the country because Al the Bard is keeping in the biggest BUST in the country, because AL THE IDIOT REFUSES TO ADMIT HE MADE A MISTAKE, the Niners cut their losses..AS THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE, moron.

    Where’s Kwame? LMAO..geez..another target.. the Niners BENCHED KWAME..and they SHOULD HAVE DONE once he didn’t get the job done.AND THEN?? Niners released his sorryass..where NO TEAM even gave him a sniff..after all, he led the league in penalties..sooooo AL THEN SIGNS HIM TO A 10 MILLION $ CONTRACT..lol..
    That’s what happened to Kwame..he then went and started at LT and even though the Raiders STUPIDLY left him in (see Al REFUSING TO ADMIT HE MADE A MISTAKE) for 12 games, he STILL led the NFL in penalties.

    Crabtree? Well, again, LMAO..Niners did WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE..they didn’t cower to his demands. They, UNLIKE AL, didn’t OVERPAY. Crab waited, knew the Niners were NOT going to bend, and signed..and got what THE NINERS OFFERED 4 MONTHS AGO..

    Unlike Al, who STUPIDLY signed a “fast guy” who now, alongside Russell AND McFumble are going for the TRIFECTA..THREE FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS, IN A ROW, ALL APPROACHING BUST STATUS.

    Crab is not ON the Niners, ready to play.
    Bey, after receiving 1.6 MILLION for 4 games, has TWO receptions…in other words, HE SUCKS.

    Has any team EVER, in the history of the NFL, had three back to back to back first round choices viewed as busts, or close to bust status? HELL NO.

  • BAG

    Chris in NY,

    Mitchell ran the 4.4 before the first hammy injury and I don’t believe that 4.4 time was official. Mitchell was touted as a hard hitting safety/football player coming out of college not a speed guy.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Obama’s not white either, Brien. And if the police were looking for a tall, skinny black guy, they’d stop Obama in a second if he weren’t the president. So cut that argument. As I said, Brien, the discussion of Obama is above the likes of you, people in the street life, and content with it.

  • Brien the General 510

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 9th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Brien, being a hater will get you nowhere. Get out there and accomplish something. Stop hating on Obama because he became the first black president. I know you don’t think it’s a black person’s place to become president, and that he should be on the street corner hustling. But he had bigger goals than you. Learn from him. Don’t hate.
    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 9th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Brien, Ronald Reagan was a good speaker, too. Funny how the same people comparing Obama to Hitler based upon speaking skills and fanaticism don’t make the same comparison with Reagan. If you’re not a republican hack, Brien, you’re drinking their soup regardless. Get back on the corner and sell a rock, Brien. The mere discussion of Obama is bigger than you. Just talk about street politics in the town. It’s all you know.
    *****************************

    Obama isnt black. He said so himself idiot! Obama is a nobody stooge just following orders like Tom Cable.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Brien, Obama’s gay? Where did you get this? Was it just a dream you had? Well, it was just that, a dream. Not real. Sleeping in those motels on International with the sound on the other side of the walls is giving you weird dreams, Brien.

  • Brien the General 510

    # KoolKell Says:
    October 9th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    **********************

    Wow look at Kell praise a homosexual.

  • utahraiderfan

    I hear Manning is going to start sunday. Archie that is !! Eli will rest his foot another week cause they can still pick up a win with his dad !!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    All presidents follow orders, Brien. You’re not cracking any conspiracy with that, delusional one. But I’ll take the people Obama’s taking orders from over the people that Bush was, and that McCain would have. And, they’re not the same people. Why do you think the health insurers are sending so many uneducated tools like you to these town hall meetings?

  • Brien the General 510

    MR no one calls it International for your info and no i dont F with them tellies there. Go research it. White dude came out about their gay and crack smoking affair. You know nothing about shhhhhhhhht

  • halster

    All you Glenn Beck wannabes need to find a blog site for political theories
    like Dittoheadsonfire.com. Your source for news is the fatman on drugs ?
    Get a freeking life. Try and stick to football issues. Oh and Richoshade, was that you with the flag running up and down the field a Candlestone last Sunday?
    The Niners want their flag back for Gay Pride week.

  • Brien the General 510

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 9th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    All presidents follow orders, Brien. You’re not cracking any conspiracy with that, delusional one. But I’ll take the people Obama’s taking orders from over the people that Bush was, and that McCain would have. And, they’re not the same people. Why do you think the health insurers are sending so many uneducated tools like you to these town hall meetings?
    *********************************

    Hahahahahahaha Obama takes the same orders they were taking you idiot! It is the man behind the curtain that runs the show. You know shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhht

  • BAG

    Richochet,

    How about some truth? Alex Smith started for the 49ers in 2005, 06, and 07. It wasn’t until 2008 that he was permenantly benched. This is J-Russ first full year as the starter.

    We had Kwame for 1 year and paid him 3 million and cut him.

    And yes your team has had 3 back to back first round choices viewed as busts. 4 even.

    Mike Rumph 1st round pick 2002 BUST!!
    Kwame Harris 1st round pick 2003 BUST!!
    Rashaun Woods 1st round pick 2004 BUST!!
    Alex Smith 1st round pick 2005 BUST!!

  • Brien the General 510

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 9th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Obama’s not white either, Brien. And if the police were looking for a tall, skinny black guy, they’d stop Obama in a second if he weren’t the president. So cut that argument. As I said, Brien, the discussion of Obama is above the likes of you, people in the street life, and content with it.
    ***************************
    You gotta be kidding me with that garbage now. He is an African. He aint black like me or even KoolKell. He isnt the first black president. He is the first foriegner as president.

  • OFL71

    Bush needed to be our starter LAST YEAR.
    Doesn’t matter anyway Jamarcus will be terrible and the Raiders will get slaughtered.

  • halster

    Hey Brien, Sounds like you’re huffing your own farts. Stop before your brain
    loses any more cognitive power. As for the Obama crap, the Teabaggers are looking for more stage props. This could be your ticket into politics. Teabaggers, sheeyat, you guys are ridiculous.Get another PR firm for your symbolism or you might find you doing shots with Richoslurm and his masseus MistaBrowneye over in Niner country. Hey Rush might need a rubdown.

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