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Schilens to the rescue of unproductive WR corps

News, notes and quotes following the Raiders open locker room session and press briefing with Tom Cable a day after a 13-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles:

– Following a week in which the Raidrs threw just eight of 28 passes to wide receivers, completing two of them for six yards, comes the long-anticipated return of wide receiver Chaz Schilens.

“Chaz Schilens (foot) will be back and ready to go,” Cable said. “We’ll talk later in the week about how we’re going to put that group together in terms of who or who might not dress so I really have nothing for you today on that.”

Raiders wide receivers have 19 receptions for 264 yards, with rookie Louis Murphy the leader with 12 catches and 264 yards. At present, there are 38 individual wide receivers with more than 19 receptions and 37 with more than 264 yards.

Cable sidestepped the quesiton about lack of production among the wideouts and turned it into a concern for the offense as a whole, but later noted he was very happy with the blocking of both Murphy, whose two blocks sprung Zach Miller’s 86-yard touchdown catch, and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Cable cited a Heyward-Bey block on a 14-yard run by Justin Fargas in which the rookie “flat-backed” a cornerback with perfect form. Heyward-Bey had two receptions for 36 yards.

– Not so fast on the Raiders suddenly being transformed into a heavy pressure team, regardless of the success they enjoyed against the Eagles.

“I think we’ll do what we can, and what we think it takes to win every Sunday,” Cable said. “I think that has to be our sole purpose, whatever that is.”

In the locker room after the game, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha relayed that coordinator John Marshall said he’d “probably get yelled at” for all the extra pressure, a clear inference to Al Davis and his fondness for natural four-man pressure backed by man-to-man defense.

When Cable was asked what Asomugha was talking about, he said, with a rather pained expression, “I don’t know, maybe it’s one of the players. I have no idea. Will we blitz? To me, you blitz based on (a) if you can get there, if you can execute it. We did a great job of that yesterday. I think so long as we can do it, why not? Why not?”

– To be fair, the Eagles, who are quick to abandon the run and who were playing with a makeshift offensive line, were a perfect team to blitz. To send defenders at the rate the Raiders did against Philadelphia against teams which can run well and with a better line would be problematic.

But it perhaps it will get them to at least dial up the pressure from non-existent to on occasion.

– Running back Michael Bush said in the locker room he’d taken a blow to the back of the head, which kept him out of the game and gave the lion’s share of the work to Justin Fargas. Fargas responded with 87 yards on 24 carries, the most by a Raiders running back this season.

“As you know, I have a fondness for him in that he plays the game the way I think your supposed to,” Cable said. “He’s just all out and really doesn’t worry about his body or whatever that is and he just goes at the defense a thousand miles an hour and let the smoke clear and do it again.

“I like that. I like that. I think our team needs that. I think it’s good for our team. I think that really kind of underlines taking the fight to the opponent. So, proud of him and proud of what he brings to the table.”

– Cable’s handling of public commentary regarding JaMarcus Russell is much like the quarterback’s demeanor himself. The coach never gets too high or too low. A day after chiding reporters for failing to take into account Russell’s “improvement” during one-sided losses to Houston and the New York Giants, he was restrained in his enthusiasm for Russell’s game against the Eagles.

“Where he is, where he goes with it will, ultimately, be up to him,” Cable said. “How good he wants to be, how much he’s willing to, ultimately, put into it to get what he should get out of it. He’s just like everyone else on this football team, particularly on offense. They’ve got to take the thought that yesterday was nice, it feels good to wake up today, but we need to get better.”

– When the Raiders failed to convert a fourth-and-1 on their first possession of the second half after reaching the Philadelphia 40, Russell misfired on a long pass to an open Murphy when Cable said he could have gotten the first down by either running it himself or throwing to Gary Russell in the flat.

“I said to JaMarcus, ‘Okay, you saw it and you took the shot. Now we’ve got to make that play. If we’re gonna’ take the shot, we got to make the play,’ ” Cable said. “(I) can’t be down on him going for it because they came out of coverage. He was uncovered deep. Certainly could’ve dumped it or ran it in himself for the first down.”

– Game balls were awarded to punter Shane Lechler, linebacker Kirk Morrison, running back Gary Russell, safety Tyvon Branch and tight end Zach Miller.

Cable cited Morrison’s skill in getting the defense properly aligned and on the same page, Russell’s blocking and receiving (5 catches for 50 yards _ most by a Raiders fullback since Jon Ritchie in 2000), the coverage and tackling of Branch, and Miller’s blocking and receiving.

– Miller’s 86-yard touchdown reception from JaMarcus Russell was his first since a 63-yard scoring pass from Russell in Week 4 last season. In between touchdowns, Miller caught 64 passes for 876 yards over 17 games without getting in the end zone.

Miller had three touchdowns as a rookie and now has five in 121 career receptions. Miller is averaging 16.9 yards on 21 receptions. His 139 yards receiving against the Eagles was a career high and his first time over 100 yards receiving in a game.

Miller is fourth in the NFL in receiving yards among tight ends and leads his position group in yards per catch.

– Chris Johnson’s big hit on Leonard Weaver stopped the Eagles’ fullback for no gain and forced a 45-yard David Akers field goal to make the score 13-9 as Philadelphia made a run into Oakland territory in an attempt to tie the score.

Johnson, playing a soft zone, saw McNabb’s options dwindling and came up to flatten a player who outweighs him by 50 pounds.

“My mentor wasn’t too known for hitting, so I want to be known as a hitter and a cover man,” Johnson said. “I just take pride in tackling, so I mean, if it’s made for me to make a play I’m gonna try to make a big hit, or a big play.”

Johnson’s mentor is Deion Sanders, the future Hall of Fame cornerback whose coverage skills were unmatched and his hitting skills limited to his time with the Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds.

His advice to Johnson later Sunday evening?

“He just told me make sure I don’t end up getting hurt trying to knock fullbacks out,” Johnson said. “I take it as a joke, but you’ve just got to take your chances and play ball.”

– The Raiders announced crowd of 49,642 had plenty to cheer about, but at least two Raiders are hoping for more volume with a full house against the Jets.

“Show up early. We don’t want no blackouts,” linebacker Thomas Howard said. “We want it sold out by Thursday. So, I’m calling the fans out a little bit.”

Michael Bush credited the fans for keeping the Raiders into it even after Stanford Routt’s interception return for a touchdown was nullified by a pass interference penalty.

“The fans still got behind us. The fans play a lot, in my mind, a part to how we play. If everybody comes out to the game,” Bush said, looking directly into a video camera for effect as delivering a message, “like they should, it will be a good thing.”

– Cable sounded more optimistic about the availability of left guard Robert Gallery than Gallery himself. He listed him as questionable, along with right tackle Cornell Green (calf). Linebacker Ricky Brown (ankle), running back Darren McFadden (knee) and wide receiver Nick Miller (shin) are out.

Asomugha (eye) should be fine to practice Wednesday, Cable said, but will wear a protective shield in his helmet against the Jets.

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  • Thec07

    Dakota Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 9:54 am
    Thec07 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 8:44 am
    Thec07 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 8:10 am
    During a NFL football game what is the single most important time for a football team???????
    ________________

    The time in the game when the team is playing well and the direct line from the owner’s box rings on the sideline and the defensive coordinator has to make the decision to take the call or ignore it?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    GREAT answer if we are talking about the raiders….

  • Thec07

    What 2009 NFL team makes the best halftime adjustments???

  • Brien the General 510

    # Thec07 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Thec07 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:05 am
    Brien the General 510 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 9:58 am
    Thec………is it halftime when coaches make the adjustments?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    That would be CORRECT……
    *******************************

    Fa sho

  • Brien the General 510

    Thec……..the dnever broncos without a doubt. 3 points only scored on them in the second half

  • Thec07

    The NFL has turned into more than just who hits the hardest who is the fastest…….

    Question, how do you deciminate halftime adjusments????
    Is it the rah rah speech, is it looking at pictures
    taken from the game, What is involved here?

  • Brien the General 510

    LOL Thec……….I dont even wanna say it because I’ll piss these other people off

  • Thec07

    Brien the General 510 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Thec……..the dnever broncos without a doubt. 3 points only scored on them in the second half

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If i could i would disqualify you from playing this game. But yes you are correct again….

  • Thec07

    15 mins to make adjustments….. What do you do in that 15 mins???

  • Thec07

    Brien the General 510 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:20 am
    LOL Thec……….I dont even wanna say it because I’ll piss these other people off

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    thats it your barred…… Just kidding Bruh if you got the answer spill the beans…..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Now I can finally start the pro McFadden list…

    Dakota
    Brien
    Jhill
    Exla
    r8dr4lfe21

    hmmmmmmm, that is all for now….

    ***

    i’m PRO DMC!

  • jhill

    LOL!

    Way to get football 101 going for these guys Thec!

    Question, how do you deciminate halftime adjusments????
    Is it the rah rah speech, is it looking at pictures
    taken from the game, What is involved here?

    Your coach simply has to be smarter than the guy across the sidelines. Like Romey said this morning, there is no doubt about McDaniels being the smartest guy in the room. Dude has ZERO ego as to HOW a game should be called. He simply looks at what the other team is doing and finds a way to counter it. Passing game not working? F it, 3 TEs. Running game not working, 5WRs. Counter, couter, stick and move!

    Heard dude on NFL Networks Mic’d up. Classic!

    Orton: “My Bad, my bad!”

    McDaniels “I’m not F’ing talking about ‘my bad’ any more! Make the F’ing play! Cmon!”

  • Thec07

    Halftme, 15 mins to deciminate what took place in the first half, digest it and deliver all that back in a way that everyone understands, and is able to execute… 15 mins only…… when you had a week to prepare….

  • Thec07

    I do not and will not claim to have insight into what goes on at halftime. Can someone please shed somelight.

    What takes place at halftime??? 15 mins to make adjustments…

  • jhill

    Not much you can do in 15 minutes. Look at the Eagles. They were not prepared for the defense we threw at them for whatever reason.

    The move for Reid to make IMO would have been to go big and pound the ball instead of doing a Cable and forcing the passing game.

    Look at Belechick. Brady was struggling, they went to Taylor for a few games.

    It’s all about what adjustments, or other strategies you have in your bag of tricks.

  • Thec07

    jhill Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:25 am
    LOL!

    Way to get football 101 going for these guys Thec!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Jhill, what up Bruh…. Funny you mention the broncos, and yes the guys got smarts upstairs no doubt.

  • LA to TheBay

    Put me on the “use DMC properly” list.

    The guy is a RB, not a slot receiver. When healthy and with blocks in front of him, the guy can be deadly.

    He was hitting the hole real hard early on this season and blocking well.

    I would have like to have seen more creativity with McFadden.

    So RB? Yes. WR? Yes. Slot receiver? Yes.

    That doesn’t mean every run has to be a stretch or an off tackle or pitch, although many more of those should be sprinkled in. An effective O line would help, although Fargas showed us he can average 7 a carry even with that line (garbage runs in the 4th that are valuable in eating up clock diminished his average).

    Anyone looking at stats won’t see much jump out at them with regards to Fargas, but anyone watching the game saw that this guy was the spark.

    People talk about the 2 – 5 yard runs that sustain drives and are the foundation for a run-first offense.

    And they’d be correct.

    BUT.

    F that, fargas was geting 6, 7, 12 at a time and only slowed down when the kithcen sink got thrown at him while eating up clock.

  • RaiderRockstar

    “Where he is, where he goes with it will, ultimately, be up to him,” Cable said. “How good he wants to be, how much he’s willing to, ultimately, put into it to get what he should get out of it.

    ***

    that (above) was Tom Cable talking about JaWalrus.

    so in other words, Cable is saying “don’t hold me responsible for this bust. he’s not putting the work in.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    if the Raiders enter the bye week at 4-4, Tom Cable should be cleared of all charges … If they are 2-6, arrest the man and get James Lofton back in here as interim hc

    come on raiders! play for your coach’s freedom!

  • jhill

    Dakota,

    How about a Pro #2 list?!?!?!

    Enough is enough! Call your shot now, and don’t waffle with the he could be good if he loses some weight or puts in the film study. That’s all old news.

    Bust or Raider QB for the next 10 years?

    Put me on the Pro list Dakota!

    Fugg it!

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

    Thec07 Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:32 am
    I do not and will not claim to have insight into what goes on at halftime. Can someone please shed somelight.
    What takes place at halftime??? 15 mins to make adjustments…
    ______________________________________________________

    Halftime of the Raiders-Giants game:
    Cable: I have to take a crap….be back in 20.

    Halftime of the Raiders-Texans Game:
    Cable: Where is Russell?
    Morrison: Pizza Hut.
    Cable: Oh.

    Halftime of the Raiders-Saints pre-season game:
    Cable: Where is everyone?
    Ellis: They are all puking in the bathroom due to their hangovers coach.
    Cable: Oh.

  • RaiderRockstar

    How about a Pro #2 list?!?!?!

    ***

    i’m always ready for a morning deuce, but if you’re talking about Russell … i don’t see anything positive coming down the pipeline

    i’m on the ‘Russell = bust’ committee

    promote Danny Southwick to the 53!

  • jhill

    Yeah, we know RRS.

    I think it will be much easier for Dakota to keep a pro list. Like McFadden, I doubt it gets to 10 names, lol!

  • RaiderRockstar

    only in Oakland would a QB with 10 turnovers and 2 TD’s still be starting in Week 7.

    that QB Rating of 51 and comp percentage of 45 sure is impressive!

    *** here come all the Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman & John Elway comparisons *** LOL

    an unproductive WR corps stems from a unproductive QB Jerry!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cable is a puppet as long as he starts the worst starting QB in the league.

    playing a guy due to his salary not performance is asking for losses. this has Al Davis’ fingerprints all over it

    “JaMarcus Russell is a good quarterback. deal with it!” – AD at the presser

  • beeecham

    Hey Brian the Genital, great to see you hard at work in the blog! Your grandfather Krappy was freaking out yesterday and getting an earful about his old dog ways. Poor fool!

    I try to explain to people that Krappy isn’t a total loser, just a senile old goat that needs to be put out to pasture, but folks don’t always listen.

    Anyway, you might want to have a talk with your granpappy about behaving himself better in the blog. I’d hate to see the old fool set a new pant crapping record because of the stress.

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

    Rockstar,

    I can’t make a pro or anti Russell list because I don’t know where I stand on him right now.

    The guy doesn’t appear to have much of a work ethic or love for the game, and yet I would like to see him under a real NFL HC and system before calling him a bust…

    Sorry.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    if the Raiders enter the bye week at 4-4,

    …………

    Stop it. You know that’s not going to happen.

  • jhill

    That’s the waffling position everyone is taking right now Dakota!

    The old, I knew he had talent, all he had to do was …
    That’s what everyone on the networks will be saying before the season is over.

    Based on your gut right now, call your shot!

    Does he or has he already gotten his shyt together? Or will he be back in Bama next year?

  • jhill

    RRS,

    Did you see the game this weekend?

    Seriously! I know it was blacked out in a lot places.

    Just curious.

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

    Jhill,

    I would trade Russell for Kevin Kolb, but not for Michael Vick. Hope that clarifies my position on Russell. lol

  • jhill

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Cable is a puppet as long as he starts the worst starting QB in the league.

    ——————————————————-

    Cmon, now! Is #2 REALLY the worst starting QB in the league?

    Or are you just saying that for effect?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota,
    Halftime of the Raiders-Saints pre-season game:
    Cable: Where is everyone?
    Ellis: They are all puking in the bathroom due to their hangovers coach.
    Cable: Oh.

    —————————————————–

    I went to the Monday Night Football game in New Orleans to root for our Raiders with the Booster Organization.. After the Raiders 10:00 curfew, some of us waited on Bourbon St. At 1:00 A.M.,
    Marcus Allen, Jay Schroeder, Gault, Steve Smith, Golic, Elvis “Toast” Patterson and others came out and partied until 3:30 A.M.

    Final Score
    Dec. 16, 1991 NEW ORLEANS 27, L.A. Raiders 0

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    CaChing!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    ExLaRaider, Marcus Allen never drank. Sure you don’t want to recant that fun little story?

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

    Exla,

    I guess things will never change, lol.

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

    Breaking News:

    The Oakland Raiders have just signed recently released veteran wide receiver, Joey Galloway, to a 4 year $36 million dollar deal.

    More on this story at 10!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Never said Marcus drank alcohol, never checked what was in their Hurricane Glasses. Most of them were toasted. By the way, Marcus’s favorite was nose candy with Nicole Simpson.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I saw Marcus out in New Orleans. That’s a fact. O.J. was mad at Nicole for allegedly doing coke with him. Al Davis thought it would come out at the O.J. trial.

  • Raider Dell

    Dakota

    I read the comment above. Thanks for your response and I always got your back.

    Please put me on the pro DMAC list.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    ExLa, Marcus Allen never went out. Maybe to dinner with some of the players, that was it. He was never out at 3am with guys who were drinking. Ever. Marcus never did coke, either. As far as doing Nicole? What’s wrong with that?

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:25 am
    Now I can finally start the pro McFadden list…

    Dakota
    Brien
    Jhill
    Exla
    r8dr4lfe21

    hmmmmmmm, that is all for now….

    ***

    i’m PRO DMC!

    =================

    cont me in i think with a better o-line he’s going to get it going.

    last night i was watching clady and that o-line of the donkey’s and can only wonder why any team would take someone like dhb over someone like clady WTF ????

  • LA to TheBay

    Jhill.

    I’m mixing up a big batch o’ Raiderade.

    Pro.

    Guy makes ridiculously athletic throws.

    Problem is the consistency and footwork, which can be corrected.

    He will occasionally step away from a throw and make if off his back foot falling away in kind of a “yeah, what!??” fashion. Hard for me to describe.

    But what a cannon. Great to the backs and tight ends. Good down the seam. Poor to the outside and deep. Has trouble knowing which shoulder to throw on.

    Passes in tight windows typically are his strength. Lobs down the sideline where the key is hitting the WR’s correct shoulder and placement so that it can be caught in stride is where he needs work.

    He makes a lot of throws other guys just can’t.

    I’m sure RRS has the “JaWalrus List” ready to go, but despite all the fat jokes, he’s very athletic.

  • Brien the General 510

    # beeecham Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Hey Brian the Genital, great to see you hard at work in the blog! Your grandfather Krappy was freaking out yesterday and getting an earful about his old dog ways. Poor fool!

    I try to explain to people that Krappy isn’t a total loser, just a senile old goat that needs to be put out to pasture, but folks don’t always listen.

    Anyway, you might want to have a talk with your granpappy about behaving himself better in the blog. I’d hate to see the old fool set a new pant crapping record because of the stress.
    ****************************************

    Wow the living legend and symbol of transsexuality is back. Beecher spare us your daily regurgitated jokes about another man’s anus. The Raider blog is not a blog to discuss your deep and oh so dark fantasies with the male species.

    You never talk Raider football so do us all a favor and not come back. Now go along and bake a cake or watch one of your DVR shows of America’s Next Top model and leave the men to talking about football.

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