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Cable: JaMarcus understands benching

News and notes from the Raiders’ locker room and coach Tom Cable’s weekly Monday press briefing:

– After being unwillng or unable to discuss his shortcomings or simply uncomfortable with the questioning after being benched for the first time in his career Sunday, quarterback JaMarcus Russell said he didn’t think he had played that badly and was not in agreement with Cable’s assessment of his play.

“I think today in talking with him he’s pretty clear on what went on,” Cable said. “It’s just something that you have to have a little bit better control and it’s not something that you like to do, in terms of pulling him and all that, I’ve been pretty strong against it.

“I want to push him to give him every opportunity to succeed but now looking at the tape it’s pretty clear what went on.”

Cable placed the blame for both interceptions with Russell, and although the quarterback may not have been able to prevent a fumble when Calvin Pace got past Khalif Barnes, he said Russell had the offense lined up in the wrong formation and failed to recognize it.

Again, the first play. The play Russell should be most likely to remember being that it was the first one.

– Sounds as if part of the solution is not to trust Russell with passing plays from his own 10-yard line.

“Maybe I shouldn’t put the offense in that situation on the 10-yard line to start the game, you know, trying to throw four verticals,” Cable said. “But I want to be more aggressive, I think that’s an important part of it.”

– As for Russell’s interception to Darrelle Revis, a play which Russell defended by saying it offered a “50-50 chance” of success to Todd Watkins, Cable was also clear about the mistake.

“It’s not up for the coach and the quarterback to debate this in the media, obviously, but when you see it on film it’s pretty obvious that would have been a tough play for Superman and you’ve to give him a ball that he can catch over the middle of the field,” Cable said. “He had him beat which was a great move by Todd Watkins, a great move, and you want a ball there where we can make that play, and if we have that play in there on Sunday on San Diego, JaMarcus will make that throw. That’s what I believe.”

– Asked Cable whether he would have liked to see Russell meet the issue of his benching head on with the media and be accountable in that regard,and this was his response:

“I think when he’s comfortable enough to do that, mature enough to do that, he feels good about where he’s at as a quarterback, I think that will happen,” Cable said. “I think it comes with the development at that position. Probably being scrutinized isn’t anybody’s favorite thing to do but it’s part of our job. You can’t run away from it necessarily but I think you have to be at a place where you can handle it.”

In other words, Russell may be getting paid like the face of the franchise, but he’s not comfortable enough to take on the role in its entirety.

– Tight end Zach Miller didn’t delve into Russell “being out of sorts,” as described by Cable. Rather, he assumed Cable simply removed him for the most obvious reason.

“The turnovers were big. That was the biggest reason there,” Miller said. “They were big turnovers that led to 14 points and then an interception in the end zone that may have been seven points for us if it was just incomplete and we go to the next down.

“I think that’s why he was out of sorts. Turnovers were just big plays we couldn’t afford to happen.”

Miller said he didn’t talk to Russell about being benched but hopes it will have a positive effect in that he’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s Cable’s plan, anyway.

“You hope so. If a guy’s wired right, that’s exactly how they’ll use it,” Cable said.

– Sticking with Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey despite the lack of production from wide receivers has a lot to do with the way Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens closed out the season last year.

“By playing Johnnie Lee and Chaz at the end, we were able to have their breakthrough and it kind of happened at the same time JaMarcus had his in terms of improvement,” Cable said. “So you now where your future is and you want to go with it.”

Not surprisingly, the same sentiment was espoused by Al Davis when Cable was hired, believing that Lane Kiffin had slowed the development of both receivers by not playing them earlier.

– Murphy wisely kept his distance from having an opinion on quarterback play.

“I’m a rookie man. I don’t know how this quarterback thing goes,” Murphy said. “You know, I’m my first time in the NFL. This is my first time ever going through a quarterback change so I mean, I just leave that up to the coaches’ decision and I’m just playing receiver.”

– Miller corroborates the theory that the Raiders are in big trouble after giving up two quick touchdowns.

“We have to play where we can run the ball,” Miller said. “When we get taken out of running the ball we’re not a very good team. Our passing offense just isn’t good enough.”

– No deep secrets as to how the Raiders could surrender 316 yards rushing _ the second most in franchise history _ to a team they knew beyond a doubt was going to be run-heavy.

“Ii’s just having a trust in each other and belief in each other. When you believe in each other and know what you can do, great things will happen,” Cable said. “It all goes with being accountable.”

That accountability means being in their assigned positions.

“When you’re playing a single-gap defense, it’s like sitting in that chair,” Cable said. “That’s all you have to do right now, keep your butt in that chair, and everything will be fine.”

– Lineabacker and core special teams player Isaiah Ekijiuba conceded the Jets had gotten over on the 16-yard run by punter Steve Weatherford, desciring the horror of having someone nearly run up your back on a trick play.

“I was running down, I heard the yell, so either two things could have happened. Either we blocked the punt, or (Weatherford) was running down the field,” Ekejiuba said. “So I didn’t hear the punt blocked, so I just turned, and he was running right behind me.

“It was an awful feeling, though, because you’re defense worked so hard to get off the field and here they’ve got to come right back on the field.”

Ekejiuba said the Jets were probably looking to exact a little revenge after Jon Alston ran for a first down the previous season against the Jets as a personal protector for the punt team.

– No worthwhile injury updates until Wednesday, when it’s determined whether players are ready to take the field. Cable is hoping for the best regarding left guard Robert Gallery, running back Darren McFadden and left tackle Cornell Green.

Wide reciever Chaz Schilens “is still pretty sore . . . we’ll see.” Ekejiuba has a case of the stomach virus which has also effected Brandon Myers and Richard Seymour (all of whom have lockers in the same general area). Nick Miller is “in and out” of his protective boot for a shin issue and won’t be a possibility until after the bye.

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  • Plunketthead

    JERRY FIX YOUR BLOG FOR CRYING OUT LOUD

  • CuzImaRaider

    Screw the Raiders!!!
    Talk is cheap as hell
    explain it on the field!!

    Good luck not getting punked again
    by San Diego!!

  • LA to TheBay

    By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

    Monday, October 26, 2009

    Russell said after the 38-0 loss that he didn’t feel that was the case and that he had made no bad decisions or reads before being replaced by Bruce Gradkowski.

    Cable said he met with Russell on Monday and that he believes Russell understands what he did wrong in the game.

    —————————————————–

    Cable: Look, JaMarcus, you understand why I had to pull you right?

    Russell: Yeah, to show these scrubs what its like without my presence. You see how we couldn’t do anything out there>

    Cable: Wow, I think you’re way off, son. I know Mr. Davis paid you a lot of money, but that doesn’t give you the excuse to– no, it makes you responsible to this team. You have to go in and earn in.

    You have a responsibilty to the fans. To your teammantes. To me, dammit. This is my dream job. I grew up a Raider fan and always wanted to guide this team to a Super Bowl victory. Now, you’ve got the talent to —–

    Russell has his headphones on, bobbing his head and mouthing the lyrics to his favorite rap song.

    Cable: And I think—-

    Russell pulls out a happy meal and starts chomping away.

    Cable: I really think that—

    Russell (on cell phone): Hello? Naw, I ain’t busy. What’s goin’ on baby girl? Oh you know it. You wan’t Gucci or D&B. Haha, yeah that’s right. Wait, wait, hold up.

    Russell looks a Cable like ‘can I help you?’

    Cable: You talked to Mr. Davis didn’t you?

    Russell nods his head.

    Cable: You’re starting on Sunday, aren’t you?

    Russell nods his head.

    Russell: Oh, yeah, and about your designated parking spot…..

    Cable: Fook!!!

    Later at the press confernece…..

    Cable: I’ve spoken to him and I think he gets it. We’re on the same page.

  • Raiders4eve

    Oakglenn Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    Have you graduated 4th grade yet Raiders4eve?? Then there is no reason for me to talk to you. You wouldn’t understand it. It is beyond you. But thanks for asking. Dummass.
    ———————————————————-
    No dude, I never went to school, what means 4th grade? Does that mean JR is a bonafida QB or Cable is a better coach than Grudenor wait maybe it means the Raiders will ran the table and win 9 games or maybe hold on you are a real fan who lives 15 mins away from the stadium? Wow, I think even a second grader can clearly see that u have no clue in life and just speak straight from u know where lol.

    Ignore this clueless kid

  • Plunketthead

    Is JaKeyshawn on drugs?

  • 24

    24 Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    This is hilarious. Almost everyone on this blog has disagreed with MR (MaddenRaider) over so many issues regarding this team and Al Davis. Now, in our 7th season, everyone sounds just like him. I have been one of the people who has agreed with MR in regards to Al Davis but I choose not to be as negative on a daily and very consistent basis as him because it just doesn’t change anything. So…when it all comes down to it…I just want to say, I told you so.

    I am not happy with Al Davis for the crap he has produced. I will not protect his 1970’s and early 1980’s legacy that was 26 years ago. Its completely obvious that he does what he wants and theres nothing anybody can do about it even if it makes the most sense. Its his way or the highway. Has everyone finally figured out that we’re still running Al’s defense despite having different Defensive Coordinators? Did you finally figure it out? The world freaked out when we actually blitzed against the Eagles…why was it so shocking? Because its not the Al Davis way.

    I was not for drafting DHB, McFadden or JR but I have supported them because they are Raiders but JR was obviously an Al Davis pick because of his arm. McFadden was a speed back who seemed more like a 3rd down back. DHB was obviously the fastest WR and Al Davis went for the attributes more than he did for their production or their intelligence and this is typical and disappointing. We had people like Eugene Monroe and Calvin Johnson at our disposal and considering how this team has played, theres not guarantee those guys would have been great but they were more complete players.

    I really don’t have a clue what to do regarding the Raiders. Its better that they have been blacked out because I’d have a broken heart after each game if I had to watch them. This team isn’t worth a damn anymore. I want to see the games but at the same time, I just don’t care that much anymore. I’m just tired of hearing and reading how bad they are. They’re not even bad, they’re much much worse and I’m just tired of Al Davis and this whole persona. Its really freakin old. I’m a Raider for Life not an Al Davis for Life. I’m just biding my time until things are better. Maybe I’ll be old by then.

  • Mistabrown

    There you go Jhill. You were blaming Cable for the first play called and it turns out JaMeatball didn’t recognize the wrong alignment for his O-line!!

    Anytime you wanna wakeup feel free or just keep your buried!

    “Cable placed the blame for both interceptions with Russell, and although the quarterback may not have been able to prevent a fumble when Calvin Pace got past Khalif Barnes, he said Russell had the offense lined up in the wrong formation and failed to recognize it”

  • Larz

    Maybe I shouldn’t have called up those four verticles from our 10 yardline!!???!!

  • Plunketthead

    The season may be over but theres still a few weeks left of Monday Night Suzy Kolber

  • Larz

    “Maybe I shouldn’t put the offense in that situation on the 10-yard line to start the game, you know, trying to throw four verticals,” Cable said. “But I want to be more aggressive, I think that’s an important part of it.”

    WOW!!!??

    Has he watched the last seven games?

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    “You hope so. If a guy’s wired right, that’s exactly how they’ll use it,” Cable said.

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

    Cable is laying it all out there, basically accusing Russell of not being wired right.

    “You hope so”…lol. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I see no way Jamarcus can re-gain the trust of his teammates for the remainder of this season. He showed up for the year out of shape, with accuracy, weight and leadership issues. He has been awful all year and it is another wasted season, and he completely deflected any blame after he turned the ball over 3 times in the first quarter, disagreeing with his coach and throwing his WR under the bus. The D probably hates him, he is the second highest paid guy in the building, and he is not earning it but could care less.

    He has one more offseason to save his career. If he blows it the rest of this year and is cut in training camp next season, he might be out of the league. I hope he realizes it, and if so, cares that it is happening.

  • LA to TheBay

    “Russell needs to grow up! He’s a big puzzy for throwing his WR under the bus like that. Glad Cable cleared that up.”

    He really does.

    All the potential in the world won’t get it done.

    Put up or shut up.

    We are at rock bottom.

    Pull yourselves up off your asses and play like a team. Play like a team with one goal.

    There are 52 other guys on the field wondering why you don’t take the same time out they do. Why they’re questioning your work ethic.

    Like Tony D’Amato said…

    You’re not some flash in the pan wide receiver, you’re a goddamm quarterback! You know what that means? It’s the top spot, kid. It’s the guy who takes the fall. It’s the guy everybody’s looking at first – the leader of a team – who will support you when they understand you. Who will break their ribs and their noses and their necks for you, because they believe. ‘Cause you make them believe. That’s a quarterback.

    Said it all, Pacino. Said it all.

    I’m out, Nation.

    Be good.

  • The Big Banana

    Nice to hear Cable call it like it is. Russell is immature, doesn’t know how to call the right formations, and throws bad balls. That’s the long and short of it folks. I’m sick of all the excuses from the homers in here, too. Sacks? O-line? Horsesh1t! Look at how well Rodgers is playing behind a line much worse than ours. Russell needs to grow up! He’s a big puzzy for throwing his WR under the bus like that. Glad Cable cleared that up.

  • LA to TheBay

    You’re not some flash in the pan wide receiver, you’re a goddamm quarterback! You know what that means? It’s the top spot, kid. It’s the guy who takes the fall. It’s the guy everybody’s looking at first – the leader of a team – who will support you when they understand you. Who will break their ribs and their noses and their necks for you, because they believe. ‘Cause you make them believe. That’s a quarterback.

  • Larz

    Andrew Walter is waiting by the phone!

  • trojanfan

    The team is improving. Jamarcus Russell is not. He is not going to get any better either. Russell is not a pro football player. We have all seen it before, Ryan Leaf, Gary Bebean, etc… It happens. Russell’s agent knew it. That’s why he held out for the GUARANTEED $$$$$$. He knows talent a lot better than Davis. He also knew the teams senile owner would take the bait. Just cut him Al. Write it off on your taxes and move on. If you swallow your pride and do what needs to be done, you might be able to get Jeff Garcia back before the deadline.

  • Mistabrown

    Colber is nasty!!!

    # Plunketthead Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    The season may be over but theres still a few weeks left of Monday Night Suzy Kolber

  • Raider guy

    Let them know. This ain’t Al’s team alone. It is our team:

    The Oakland Raiders
    1220 Harbor BayParkway
    Alameda, CA94502
    510.864.5000

  • DKnight007

    —Long Live the Revolution of the Oakland Raiders and the boycott and ousting of the dictator known as Al Davis!!

    Viva La Revolucion cabrones!!

  • Raiders4eve

    Jr is a bust just like DHB n Mcfumble, Cable n his staff r puppets to al the dictator. This team is so dumb that any star player becomes a bum once steps foot in this building, everyone is collecting a paycheck for free cuz Al made us the Faders not the Raiders.

  • Raiders4eve

    Has anyone seen dumb n dumber, Priest n Oakglenn, they were always in here saying how we got talent blah blah blah, al is da best blah blah blah now one shows up gets clowned n comes back after two hours one word n runs away again lol

  • Plunketthead

    You are probaly right. I am blind in one eye and I cant see out of the other.

    Its mostly a weak attempt at humor.

  • ottocrat

    Well, at least JaObese didn’t say this to reporters, heehee…

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/10/26/league-looking-into-larry-johnson-remarks/

  • CuzImaRaider

    #3

    Funny as hell!!

  • The Big Banana

    LA To TheBay – #3 is friggin hilarious.

  • 24

    Raiders4eve – Oh they’re talented…JR can throw deep (which I haven’t seen very often and it either ends up looking like a duck or its extremely off target when he tries), McFadden can run really fast (which he usually trips himself up or slips or fumbles), and DHB who happened to be the fastest WR on the board (but he can’t get open or catch a pass).

    Al Davis’ idea of talent is whether they are strong of fast.

  • RaiderYYZ

    JaMarcus didn’t throw his WR under the bus. he said it was a 50/50 chance at a catch. Isn’t that different?

    When Zach Miller says “our passing game is’t good enough”, how is that on JaMarcus alone.

    To have a good passing game you need good wr’s, a good o-line, we have neither…

    I think Murphy and Hey-Bey CAN be good, just not now. VERY few rookie wr’s have good seasons, let alone good seasons as starters.

  • RaiderYYZ

    ““Maybe I shouldn’t put the offense in that situation on the 10-yard line to start the game, you know, trying to throw four verticals,” Cable said. “But I want to be more aggressive, I think that’s an important part of it.””

    YOU SHOULDN’T CABLE…

    NOBODY, OTHER THAN THE PATS, COLTS and SAINTS should be be coming out on the first play on their own 10 yard-line running their RB out-wide. ESPECIALLY TEAMS WHERE WR’S DON’T GET OPEN AND/OR DROP A LOT OF PASSES. ESPECIALLY TEAMS THAT CAN’T PASS PROTECT. ESPECIALLY TEAMS WITH A STRUGGLING QB.

    WHY DOES CABLE THINK JAMARCUS IS DREW BREES RIGHT NOW, AND HEY-BEY/MURPHY ARE GREG JENNINGS AND DONALD DRIVER?

  • alisgod

    “Maybe I shouldn’t put the offense in that situation on the 10-yard line to start the game, you know, trying to throw four verticals,” Cable said. “But I want to be more aggressive, I think that’s an important part of it.”
    ——————–

    yes, Mr. Cable. I like you but you have got to stop this crap. Your passing O is not good enough to pass inside it’s 20 let alone 10. Pound the fcking rock why dont you

  • 24

    And you guys thought the dink and dunk was bad. Haha. You got exactly what you wished for. Gannon was putting up 4,000 yards passing with that. JR can barely get 150 yards a game.

  • Raiders4eve

    24
    For real bro, I guess that’s what dumb n dumber Priest n Oakglenn bring in to this blog, Al theories r dumb just like his followers. What I don’t understand is why star players like Moss, Seymour, Ellis give up on this team so quick oh wait I know the answer they r here for $$$$$$$ anyone who comes here knows the system Al is running sign players who r fast n give them free paychecks.

  • RaiderYYZ

    how many quick slants/outs does this team run?

    second series a good one to Zach miller. Later a good one to Watkins. Later a good one to Murphy that he dropped…

    When your team can’t pass protect why is our offense about play-action on first down with a 5-step drop waiting for wr’s to be open 20+ yards down the field?

    MAYBE you can do this with a good O-Line. MAYBE you can do this with wr’s who know how to find an open space in zone coverage more than occasionally.

    When we keep it simple, we do well. When Cable wants to be new Orleans Saints, we suck…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    First play was not on Cable.

    Here is what he said…

    Q: Were you trying to catch the Jets off guard with the pass on the first play?

    A: Just maybe the first two or three. The first play of the game though,
    as I said yesterday, we line up in the wrong formation, we motion into
    it, those are things that have to be controlled. You wouldn’t expect to
    have that kind of mental error on the first play of the game.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Fire Cable and the entire coaching staff, and cut all players except:
    Nnamdi
    Sey
    Branch
    Mitchell
    Huff
    Kirk as SLB
    TH
    Scott as a pass rusher
    Matt S as a project
    D Bryant as a project
    Gellery
    Mario
    Satele as backup
    Z Miller
    Chaz
    Murphy
    DHB
    JLH as a backup WR/ PR
    DMC
    Bush

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    Mistabrown Says:
    September 12th, 2009 at 11:43 am
    Cinn will clobber Denver.
    ==========================================

    Another classic prediction from a complete imbecile. We all should ask missed-a-brain to continue to make predictions. And then whatever this moronic tool says, we should all bet the farm on the opposite answer. This total eff up couldn’t get last weeks news right if he had a NY times correspondent, Larry King, and Oprah giving him lifelines.

  • http://atm Raider O

    And JR!

    He makes a lot of mistakes, but he can do better with better coaching.
    Damn! He can’t do any worse!!

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # RaiderYYZ Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    WHY DOES CABLE THINK JAMARCUS IS DREW BREES RIGHT NOW, AND HEY-BEY/MURPHY ARE GREG JENNINGS AND DONALD DRIVER?
    ————————————————

    Because he is trying to show confidence in them. Now, why he thinks that, no one knows.

  • raiderpete

    This game was pathetic. Rich Gannon was right about the Raiders. Every aspect of the team sucked yesterday. They will finish the season 2-14. They are the worst team in the league. Only idiots will go to anymore home games. Watching yesterday’s game was a punishment. I bet attendance at the next home team will be 20,000 people.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Players that need to be cut ASAP:

    TK & Warren
    Euk… ( makes 2.5 mil and only plays STs)
    CJ
    Eugene
    Sam Williams
    Paul Mc
    Barnes
    Green
    Cooper
    Watkins
    Walker ( if he is not on the field, what good is he?!)

    Brown & Alston are solid Backups!

  • RaiderYYZ

    Q: Were you trying to catch the Jets off guard with the pass on the first play?

    A: Just maybe the first two or three.

    I DON’T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THE REST OF WHAT HE SAID.
    1) WE DON’T HAVE A GOOD ENOUGH O-LINE TO CATCH ANYONE OFF GUARD WITHE THE PASSING GAME
    2) WE DON’T HAVE GOOD ENOUGH WR’s (at this point of their careers) TO CATCH ANYONE OFF-GUARD WITH THE PASSING GAME.
    3) WE DON’T HAVE A QB WHO IS GOOD ENOUGH AT THIS POINT OF HIS CAREER TO CATCH ANYONE OFF GUARD WITH THE PASSING GAME

    The Jets didn’t need to do anything to catch us off guard when they ran for 300 yards… No surprise there. I’m sorry but cable’s mentality of how to call a game is very flawed. Someone playing RT for the first time in their career (and widely known not good enough to be doing it) and on the first play trying to catch someone off guard?

    I guess it’s JaMarcus’ fault…

  • RaiderYYZ

    I vote to bring in Mike Martz, as an Offensive Co-ordinator.

    He’s had success with Kurt Warner who can read a defense 1,000 times better than JaMarcus, but at least he’s had success with a strong-armed QB who is a pure pocket passer.

    I like cable as a coach. Everyone knows a well respected coach will not come here. At least Cable grew up a Raider fan. He IS a good O-LINE coach. Take away the responsibility of play-calling from him and he can focus on what he does well again, while being the most appropriate guy to work with Al.

  • http://atm Raider O

    This team needs better talent at the Lines, and it needs coaching!!

    We also need a LB, and a CB to play on the other side of Nnamdi.

  • Nnamdi21

    Granted the Raider unprecedented 7 yr slide sucks to beat all get out, but the simple fact is, there are ALOT of crappy teams with all kinds of moronic problems and under achievement.

    The bottom line is the massive amounts of cash influxed into the leauge has turned out some reqally crappy crappy football.

    Look at The Browns, the Redskins, the Lions, the Chiefs on and on.

    The Raiders are my main concern but its not just in Oakland. The NFL people is really laying an egg.

    Thanks for ruining football Paul Tagliabue. Your brokering of the the NFL to big business didn’t help.

    The NFL sucks.

    Fire Al Davis too while your at it WE DON’T WANT YOU RUINING OUR TEAM ANYMORE!!!

  • Nnamdi21

    Oh I guess poor Johnnie Lee Higgins had his gwowth stunted by big bad Kiffin! What his f’in excuse this year?

    Higgins has SUKT.

    Russell, face it, YOU played like absolute horse **** out there.

    The lines patch work, the plays sukt, no running game, blah blah blah.

    DO YOUR JOBS.

  • LT_Raider

    Russell is going from bad to a cancer. Can you imagine what a Bill Parcels or a Bill Belichick or a Tom Coughlin or a Ken Whisenhunt would do with his sort of attitude? Teams start to win when they have coaches who instill discipline and accountability and an owner who backs them up.

  • RaiderYYZ

    C’MON MAN, mocking the Raiders…

    Not like it’s unlike ESPN to jump on an easy target but three fifth’s of tonight’s installment was Raider mocking.

  • king and crenshaw

    “Maybe I shouldn’t put the offense in that situation on the 10-yard line to start the game, you know, trying to throw four verticals,” Cable said. “But I want to be more aggressive, I think that’s an important part of it.”

    Four Verticals —

    Four verticals means four guys with their backs to the QB while trying to outrun the deep coverage.

    Four verticals means that when the QB gets in trouble, the receivers can’t adjust the routes because they are all looking and running downfield

    Four verticals means that if the blitz heavy Jets defense does what they always do — Blitz the QB that even the best O-Line in the league will have trouble keeping their QB upright for the 5 to 7 step drop.

    Four verticals means that the defense can throw the kitchen sink at the QB and cover deep without a threat of the underneath route.

    Four verticals means that Cable is calling plays directly out of the A.D. Football “Big Play or bust” playcalling handbook.

    Four verticals means that a guy who wouldn’t even sniff a coordinators job for 31 other teams is definitely overmatched as a head coach and playcaller.

    Four verticals means that the Raiders will likely be selecting in the top 3 of next years draft.

  • RaiderYYZ

    King & Crenshaw…

    Only thing I disagree with you on is Cable overmatched as a head-coach. Play-caller resounding yes, but I think this guy can lead.

    If he was THAT BAD of a head coach, the defense would not have shown up as much as they have this season. They mailed it in early yesterday, but for the most part have played with more emotion/heart than Raider defenses in past years.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    bs aside kiff had jr on the right track. quick 3 step drops, short passes, occasional roll-out, easy completions. they ran the ball alot. we were at least in more games than not.now with the vertical offense, o-line,qb,wr’s exposed. russell’s stats last yr. look good enough 4 a comeback player of the yr. award 4 him next yr.