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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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  • Richochet

    Oakglenn Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 10:29 pm
    MR why do idiots like you, fistabrown, and that other troll, rick-ashaw, come here to gloat?? There is something wrong with you. Seriously. There is something mentally wrong with someone who would somehow think that is a worthwhile use of their time.
    ===========================
    Gloat?
    Au contraire’…actually….I come here to laugh at you.

    It’s a different kind of “deficiency”..the fun one.

    Speaking of ‘worthwhile use of their time’??

    Still waiting for you to explain why you choose to stay home, on the computer, up until 11:30 for a game that starts in less than 90 min?

    Well? Save the “I live close”..point is instead of being at the park you’re home POSTING ON THIS BLOG.

    Any explanation on how you’re that sorry a fan?

    My guess is that your Mumsy was late on giving you a ride..you know..makeup and all?

  • ottocrat

    Cable: JaMarcus understands benching…

    That headline says it all. Just the fact that Cable has to reassure us that the starting QB understands the concept of being benched, tells you that this guy isn’t going to be a contestant on Jeopardy anytime soon.

  • Richochet

    1. Oakglenn Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 10:16 pm
    # Richochet Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 10:17 pm
    Hey, Alex Smith looked damn good today. Less than a half of play, and 3 td’s? 15 of 22 for 206? If not for a bobbled punt in the sun, Smith would have been the hero of the day.
    Well..him and some brand new guy who, in his first game in the NFL caught 5 passes for 56 yds…
    Who was that guy?
    ===============================================
    And They still lost. And Smith posted those numbers after the other team walked off the field. When Smith really needed to make a play, he got picked. Figures you would say something stupid. Stupid.
    =================================
    Do you REALLY want me to start on you? lol…geez..you’re like the little dopey kid in the neighborhood that no one plays with. You show up, all snotnosed. You know you’re going to get kicked in the ass, but you still show. Get kicked..then sit on the side, whining..still wanting attention, albeit negative.
    *sigh*..ok..numbnuts..why not.
    “other team walked off the field?” NINERS HAD A CHANCE TO WIN IT ON THE LAST PLAY, you stupid fool. What you’re referring to is when the whole Jets team took an early shower..somewhere in the middle of the 2nd QUARTER…no dumbass..Niners came back.
    Now..uh…numbers? Sure..Smith? ending qb rating was 94. Take away the 4th and long, last second toss that was picked, and his qb rating was 114..yeah, fool..most would call that a good game.
    Russell?? qb rating was 31.06.
    THIRTY ONE POINT OH SIX.
    Question is…do you feel as stupid as you look?
    Is that possible?

  • Richochet

    RaiderYYZ Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    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.
    ====================
    lol…uh….WHAT??

    The last 4 losses? Just in the last FOUR losses, the Raiders D gave up 136 points. (the awesome offense scored 16 ;) )

    That is NOT playing with emotion, or heart.

    It’s actually not even considered as “playing”..more like “just showed up, and went through the motions”.

  • DKnight007

    king and crenshaw Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 5:38 pm
    “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.

    ^^^^^^^Yep….four verticals and no check down or slot receiver in the middle to throw to while the middle is open for the taking?? Lousy play calling….

  • Nnamdi21

    Who cares? Wake me up when Davis is gone.

  • RaiderYYZ

    Richocet,

    Ok, I will correct myself. In MANY of the games the Raiders D has shown up. I’m grasping for straws here… Opening night, Chiefs, Broncos. Took a couple games off. Eagles, took last game off.

    Not as good a track record as I thought but the offense has been SO BAD…

    Look, if we could get Bill Cowher I would be all for it but that isn’t happening. Cable is a good O-Line coach. He proved this in ATL. He proved this with a talentless O-LINE in 2007. He’s a life-long Raider fan. He knows how to toe the company line.

    I can’t stand his play-calling, but would prefer him as a head coach vs all the previous guys we’ve had since chucky. Not the best scenario, but the most realistic one.

  • king and crenshaw

    RaiderYYZ-

    I also agree that he can get the team inspired, but the questionable strategy and ridiculous personnel moves (DHB as a starter with 4 catches through 7 games) leave me wondering whether he is contractually obligated or just dumb to employ the Big Play or Bust offense with these miserable results and continue to play guys based on potential and draft staus as opposed to actual competition for playing time based on production.

    Being a good head coach/leader requires the management skills and ability to put the team in position to win through solid strategy and proper use of personnel. We have not seen that so far this season and it is probabaly a big reason why the team has lost focus, they can’t see where their leader is leading them to…

  • priesttj

    Cable let someone anyone call plays except YOU, you’re killing everything you’re trying to protect.

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  • http://www.cuntnation.com jupe

    JR will not be a leader no matter who is coaching. he is in total denial — all the way down to thinking that the fur coat is the right look

  • Crude Earl

    If the Moron doesn’t even know he’s in the wrong formation for the play that is called…..what difference does it make who calls the damn plays?????

  • Crude Earl

    At least Marinovich was a drug addict…..what’s JaMoron’s excuse???

  • Richochet

    RaiderYYZ Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 6:04 pm
    Richocet,

    Ok, I will correct myself. In MANY of the games the Raiders D has shown up. I’m grasping for straws here… Opening night, Chiefs, Broncos. Took a couple games off. Eagles, took last game off.

    Not as good a track record as I thought but the offense has been SO BAD…

    Look, if we could get Bill Cowher I would be all for it but that isn’t happening. Cable is a good O-Line coach. He proved this in ATL. He proved this with a talentless O-LINE in 2007. He’s a life-long Raider fan. He knows how to toe the company line.

    I can’t stand his play-calling, but would prefer him as a head coach vs all the previous guys we’ve had since chucky. Not the best scenario, but the most realistic one.
    =============================
    And as far as Cable? Does he come across as a leader to you? I mean, a bonified leader..someone who demands the most of his players? Who recognizes mistakes, and demands they not happen anymore? Who makes decisions that help the team?

    To me a leader would have made it 100% clear to a receiver what he’s doing wrong, correct?
    Let a linemen know about his mistakes, and what he needs to do to keep his position?
    Let a qb who’s currently the worst qb in the NFL know about all of his mistakes, and what, EXACTLY he needs to do to raise up his level of play?

    Why is Russell so confused on what’s going on? According to him, there is no problem. Wouldn’t you think the head coach would be REAMING HIM, in private, on how bad things are?

    Yet he hasn’t.

    Cable appears to be a rah rah coach..everyone’s buddy…everyone is given the benefit of the doubt..always the pat on the shoulder, and the “we’ll get em next time” motivator.

    It’s not working, and a true leader would have known that immediately, and changed his tactics.

    You are right in that Cable is a good line coach, and likely longs for the days he can get back to there.

  • http://www.cuntnation.com jupe

    you think Russell will be decent in his 4th year? 5th year??? all this “he’s a young QB” is BS. he is a horrid QB who plays nowhere near NFL standards & should be drummed out of the league unless he can make an immediate, huge turnaround in attitude & performance

  • Plunketthead

    Campbell & the Skins are taking a page from our playbook tonight.

  • RaiderYYZ

    Richochet,

    First off, nobody knows what is said behind closed doors.

    I don’t remember any article or any quote, or any line of questioning to Mark Sanchez after his 5 INT performance.

    He made more bad throws behind one of the best O-Line’s and running games in the league than i’ve seen JaMarcus toss all season with neither of the two. He didn’t play much better yesterday (didn’t have to), missing wr’s by 10-feet at points. His TD pass was underthrown and should never have been caught. On the replay it seemed that Chris Johnson didn’t even think the pass was coming, starting slow to begin with.

    My point with cable is THIS IS A PLAYER’S team. AD is a player’s owner. That’s reality. You don’t think Chucky was a player’s coach? Chucky ALWAYS took the blame. I can’t ever remember Chucky calling out his players. There have been many successful coaches who don’t publically humiliate their players. Tony Dungy and Dick Vermeil come to mind right away. Both have won SB’s…

    I remember at some point in the off-season (probably the cable hiring) that Al basically admitted he’s done wrong in the past few seasons. That spending all that money was wrong. That this time “they’d do things different”.

    Well that’s what they’ve done and still everyone is upset.

    AT BEST I thought we could finish 7-9 and that was thinking the Broncs sucked, and we’d have a healthy McFadden, Shilens, Gallery, JLH…

    Did ANYONE think Hey-Bey would be good this year? It doesn’t matter that he is the #7 pick. He was raw before he came to the nfl. He missed a lot of time in training camp… 2 other rooks pretty much for jaMarcus to pass to right now. Miller getting double teamed every play.

    My issue is 2 things at the moment.

    1) Raiders have drafted 4 OL in 5 seasons with a bad O-Line to begin with

    2) The play-calling is as if JaMarcus, Hey-Bey, and Murphy are in their prime and we have an O-Line as good as the Colts, Pats and Saints.

    Al wanted to throw everyone into the fire. Screw trying to win now… By playing all the young guys now they learn faster and can reach their potential sooner. That comes with bumps in the road.

    Nobody should have been surprised by this.

    At the same time I would be going A LITTLE more conservative in terms of play calling.

  • Raiders4eve

    Priest u n ur bf Oakglenn need to quit coming in here talking abt what went wrong, u guys lack the understanding in seeing that Cable is just an al Davis puppet so please save us your whining go n chill with ur fok buddy Oakglenn n dream about having a secret affair with ur beloved Al Davis. Please STFU.

  • Terrapin

    Yeah Russell was bad but damn you can’t tell me Watkins looked good. When Russell got benched I just stopped watching and focused on other things to do. No need getting frustrated and depressed over that.

    I saw the INT in the endzone and I really disagree with Cable. There’s no way in hell you let a defender JUMP OVER your back to snare the ball away from you. NO WAY!! I couldn’t believe that sht. Russell’s ball wasn’t perfect but he put it up there for his WR to make a play on it like any other QB does in the league. Except our WRs never make the damn play.

  • Mamba

    i have tried to defend russell thus far , perhaps it was false hope that had me in this mental mindstate…

    ive had enough after hearing his response to this!! he is simply not a professional sportsman.

    I would seriously have more fun excreting into a colostomy bag than continue with false hope that jamarcus is going to turn this around..

    can anyone tell me if mike mitchell played at all ??

  • Richochet

    YYZ-while we don’t know what is said behind closed doors, it’s a safe bet Cable isn’t telling the faltering qb, who’s dead last in the league, that his play is completely unacceptable, right?
    Russell keeps stating he’s “happy with where I am” or “No, I don’t think I did anything wrong” adding “That interception I threw it up, and waited for my WR to make a play”. JR seems to be in total denial.
    IF Cable is actually telling him he’s not doing well? Then JR truly has serious problems.

    RE: Al’s spending being wrong? And doing things different?
    What was wrong wasn’t that he spent money, it was that he spent ridiculous bucks on players who weren’t worth 1/4 of what they received. Correcting the problem isn’t ceasing to improve the team, it’s making better choices on free agents, and paying them what they’re worth.
    (of course, as many believe, many players won’t come to the Raiders unless they receive above their market value)

    As far as Chucky not calling out players? First off, not saying Cable or any coach need call out a player via the press, ever. What I’m talking about is when a player makes a mistake, the coach is there, in their face, either motivating or kicking ass. Chucky did that, in spades. From Gannon on down. Who can forget the exchanges between Chucky and players coming off the field who made a mistake, especially Gannon. Well documented F bombs exchanged on both sides, with both sides saying “no biggee..we both want the same thing for this team”. Cable never does that. For that matter, it’s hard to recall him actually walking up to any players except after a TD, or a great play. Mistakes? He doesn’t bat an eye. Turnovers? Sits there, ala Shell, staring blankly.

    Vermeil? he actually had more than a few moments on the sidelines, highly charged, after bad plays, and good. (crying not withstanding, lol)

  • Terrapin

    That toss infuriated me. Then Cable brings in Gradkowski ….click, turn the TV off. I knew that sht was going to be a disaster. 0pts scored in 3Qs. Defense giving up ..like wtf is going on.

    Like many of us said …you may not like Russell at QB but he really is the best we’ve got. That offense wouldn’t even move with Gradkowski in there.

    That benching will do either 1 or 2 things: it will either show Russell that he better straighten up quick or his ass is outta here or it will ruin his confidence in himself even more.

    Another thing that getting me is Cable want to be aggressive but doesn’t realize he CAN’T be aggressive right now. He’s forcing it!

  • Terrapin

    I watched the Saints game a week or so ago and the adjustments those WRs were making on the ball were night and day vs ours.

    Ask yourself …if Russell lobbed it up for Watkins in the endzone and he had a step …THEN HOW IN THE HELL DOES HE LET THE DEFENDER CATCH THE BALL OVER HIM!!!!

    If anything all he had to do was stop, jump up and get a pass interference call. Sht …that was one of the few plays I saw and boy was that infuriating to watch.

  • Terrapin

    It was a lob man and the damn guy over ran it. My gawd!

  • Terrapin

    Let the guy jump over his back for the interception. Over his back!

  • Mamba

    terrapin i repeat

    I would seriously have more fun excreting into a colostomy bag than continue with false hope that jamarcus is going to turn this around..

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

    Terrapin Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    That offense wouldn’t even move with Gradkowski in there.

    …………….

    Russell – 6-of-11, 61 yards, 0 TDS, 2 INTs, and a Fumble

    10-of-19 for 97 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions

    Grad got more yards than Russell even though the defense knew the pass was coming with oakland being down.

    LET GRAD START.

  • Terrapin

    Man if you call 10-19 with only 97yds in 3Qs good play …then ….well forget about ..i’ve got nothin to say

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

    I call no ints good. I call the energy good.

    I call anyone other than Russell’s sorry azz good.

    Start Grad the rest of the year and give him some time to develop with this offense.

    He MOST DEFINITELY can’t do any worse than Russell!

    Start Grad. Hell, Start Me.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    the season is basically lost and grad isn’t going to lead us anywhere and what if he does well, we go into next yr. with bruce gradkowski as our qb. please. let russell further bury himself or maybe by some divine miracle these guys start gelling.

  • Crude Earl

    Bring Back Andrew Walter….even in the Bed & Breakfast Offense….he was alot more effective QB than JaCarcuss

  • RaiderYYZ

    “He MOST DEFINITELY can’t do any worse than Russell!”

    really? c’mon. His first pass was a badly underthrown deep-ball lucky to not be intercepted. He fumbled… Yah he can scramble better than jamarcus but that’s it.

    How about 3 step drops and more slants/outs. When they do this it works. When they go into the standard 5-7 step drop and 20+ yard passes on first down inside their own 20 yard-line…

  • RaiderYYZ

    “Lynn from Snot Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm
    No one runs a simpler offense than the Raiders. How hard can it be to get the formation right? Our next 1st round pick that is productive will be our first.”

    If this is your opinion I have a couple questions

    1) Why do you follow this team?
    2) Why do you follow this team to the point where you are on this blog?

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    No one runs a simpler offense than the Raiders. How hard can it be to get the formation right? Our next 1st round pick that is productive will be our first.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    watkins could done more than just laying out for a ball up in the air but my best bet is that he was open on a deep slant that required a bullet pass inside but russell tried an over-the-shoulder touch pass. awhhh.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    cable is a broken record. post gm comments after den. i could of called a better play out of the endzone,trying to go deep after a goal-line stand, this wk’s comments, i shouldn’t of put the offense at their own 10 trying to throw 4 verticals. what a joke. just say the old man told me so after next week.

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

    RaiderYYZ Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    “He MOST DEFINITELY can’t do any worse than Russell!”

    really? c’mon. His first pass was a badly underthrown deep-ball lucky to not be intercepted.

    ………….

    Russell’s first pass never left his hand. Its was FUMBLED and recovered by NY.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    by the way, we play sd, beating them can make my season.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    still plan to c alot of l.a./ socal raider fans sunday in sd. just love the sight of silver and black flags hanging over sd. i say we’ll still be 15 to 20k strong there.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    back then thru 98-02, raider fans outnumbered charger fans in sd easily

  • RaiderYYZ

    “Raider75 Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Russell’s first pass never left his hand. Its was FUMBLED and recovered by NY.”

    So was the one Favre coughed up for the game winning score. So was the one Matt Ryan gave up to someone in front of them (not blind-sided).

    I’m not comparing JaMarcus to these guys, i’m just saying take a step back and look at the situation as a whole.

    If garcia was the answer how is it he still doesn’t have a contact? You telling me Carolina is happy right now? St Louis? Buffalo? I guess that’s about it, LOL.

    Grads went in, they attempted a deep pass, it failed and the rest were short little passes that they typically don’t run at all when JaMarcus is in.

    When they do it’s usualy successful

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    New Blog………….

  • jhill

    “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.”

    ——————————————————

    4 verticals ????

    Like Russell said, their was no time for a checkdown.

    Idiot ass Cable!

    In one breath Cable says the QB has the wrong formation. Then he goes to the QB should have checked down, lol!

    Hey Cable! Your boy Barnes got pancaked by Pace and was on #2 in a second.

    “The first play of the game is going to haunt me,” Barnes said. “I’m just going to have nightmares over that one. That’s unacceptable.”

    Maybe you shouldn’t put the offense in that postion to start the game?????

    YA THINK !!!!!

  • Terrapin

    Let be real here. Gradkowski aint gonna lead this franchise anywhere. Anybody promoting him to start is just fooling themselves. Really fooling themselves.

    10-19 for 97yds …he can’t do any worse than Russell? Sht that “IS” Russell …darn near 50% completion and piss poor production for darn near a whole 4Qs. And how long has Gradkowski been in the league?

    Puuuhlezze!

    Face it. The Raiders have to see this through and hope it all turns around. But the longer this goes on that hope becomes lost. If nothing shows itself then look for a replacement in the offseason.

    Bring in Gradkowski in the 2Q, Cable basically told the team he gave up. And the defense got progressively worse. It was a bad move by Cable. Period! He made the move and ended up getting shut out at home – 0pt! Even if they would have loss anyway, would you rather lose 38-14 or 38-0? At least the former has some semblance of respect. But you make the move EARLY in the game and your offense gets shut out at home. Brilliant!

    The playcalling – terrible – too many deep patterns – not enough quick stuff to mix it up. Not enough sticking with the run. Cable is aggressive which is great, but damn he has to realize his team isn’t there yet.

  • RaiderYYZ

    “Terrapin Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    The playcalling – terrible – too many deep patterns – not enough quick stuff to mix it up. Not enough sticking with the run. Cable is aggressive which is great, but damn he has to realize his team isn’t there yet.”

    I couldn’t agree with this more… A complete make-shift O-Line and he’s running RB’s out wide on the first play on their own 10 yard line?

    Second series great opening pass to Miller. Would have preffered a run but it was a high percentage pass. Then a run. Then Murphy drops a pass for the first down.

    Some people would say the ball was behind him. C’Mon. BOTH HANDS ON THE BALL.

    I think many people don’t realize how many passes wr’s make for their QB’s. Does everyone here really believe that every Peyton Manning, Brees, Brady pass is in the EXACT right place every time?

    So many receivers make plays that are high throws or slightly errant throws and then the next play happens and nobody thinks anything of it. You would think that fans who watched Tim Brown play would have some knowledge of such a thing.

  • raidersnyc

    I love all your answers and passion but I keep saying until al davis is dead or forced to sell the team to a true businessman owner the Raiders are never going to win. We spend as much money as the NY yankees and have nothing to show for it but a bitter old man who is to stupid to admit that the game has long passed him by. There is not one player on the Raiders other that is going to get the money al paid them from any other team in the league. Sapp was right Oakland is where careers go to die. Our bust QB and team was shown up by a bunch of hard working nobodies. Al couldn’t even get the right twin to coach on our team. Our old D-coach is doing great on the cleveland browns this year while the other is making the jets a real team. I just hope of these days they show al slumped over in his chair and we can join the 21st century. Maybe this year he will draft Tebow because all the experts say he is going to be a great pro. F**K AL DAVIS

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    “Playcalling is as much an art as any skill player learning his skill. It takes a lot pf experience and knowledge about your own team and the opponent.:

    Sounds to me :cool: that buttholeprik :mrgreen: is lobbying to be greasy al’s :evil: next flunky :oops: errr….I :cool: mean coach :oops:

  • NorthernD

    I clearly remember Russell outplaying Brady Quinn in the bowl game when he was at LSU. Russell looked sharp and accurate with a quick release. His arm strength was off the charts and he could zip the ball down field. There was no doubt he was better than Quinn.
    But that was the last game Russell HAD to play.
    He retired after that game. He made it. He signed a huge contract for a ton of money and he can retire now. He doesn’t have to play the game anymore. He’s rich beyond belief.

    Al Davis use to draft big, fast players who loved the game. I think he has clearly gotten away from that and has taken players who don’t care about the game. Ray Lewis would play football for lunch money, because he loves the game. JaMarcus couldn’t care less about the game. It shows. Johnny Lee Higgins is laughing on the side line. It shows how much he cares.
    The sad thing, is that nothing is going to change. Davis thinks he can just draft players off their 40 times and everything will be alright. Davis would never draft FS Bob Sanders because he doesn’t measure up to the Raider standards. Instaed he takes Mike Mitchell.
    I love the Raiders. Always have, since I first saw Stabler lead them to a comeback in the 70′s. But I know they won’t win with Davis still making the decisions.

  • Commitment

    1. Attention all Raider fans.
    Something needs to be done. Al Davis needs to feel what the fans are going through. the only way to do this is through his pocket book. Investors are already complaining. I’m going to send a letter and petition to Al Davis while copying in a few members of the Media. I’m hoping to get out what will be a request for a boycott. I’m a season ticket hold, life long Raider fan and My son’s middle name is Raider. I will always remain a Raider fan but this fiasco call the Raiders is more about Al Davis’s ego and commitment to proving himself right. I believe he needs to return a “commitment to excellence.” If anyone is interested in joining my petition please email me at salves@uniworld.com. More details to follow.

  • Teabag

    Worst QB in the NFL , period… And maybe one of the hugest busts of all time. Bigger than Leaf.