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Cable hopes to prod a better effort

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 3:56 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes from Wednesday’s open locker room and post-practice press briefing from coach Tom Cable:

– The only two players players coming off long-term injuries that have a chance to play against San Diego, according to Cable, are left guard Robert Gallery (broken fibula) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens (foot).

Gallery practiced in warmups and drills and got in a few reps. Schilens is still “real sore” and didn’t practice at all. It’s conceivable both could be back after the bye.

– Running back Darren McFadden has been a ghost since his minor knee surgery. He hasn’t been seen in the locker room during media availaibility since being injured nor has he been on the field during initial rehab stages during practice with the athletic training staff.

McFadden will be inactive for his fourth game, and it’s no slam dunk he’ll be back after the bye following the Chargers game.

– The Chargers have morphed into a passing team in part because of injuries on the offensive line as well as the health of LaDainian Tomlinson. With scatback Darren Sproles more suited to getting into pass patterns, joining wide receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Antonio Gates as targets, San Diego plays a different style than the run-heavy teams primarily responisble for 12 consecutive wins over Oakland.

With the Raiders playing better against pass-first teams, San Diego could play into their hands much the same way Philadelphia did.

Coach Norv Turner stressed he wasn’t willing to abandon the run and believes the Chargers must get better at it if they hope to reach the postseason.

“We do have a talented group of receivers and we have a quarterback who is playing at a real high level, so certainly we want to be able to throw the football,” Turner told Bay Area reporters by conference call. “But to be the kind of team we want to be and continue to grow, we need to be able to run the football.”

– With the Raiders ranked 30th in run defense, Cable isn’t about to assume the Chargers will come out throwing, regardless of their more wide-open style.

“Based on what we’ve been through a couple of times now in terms of run defense, we’d be fools not to think they would try to run it,” Cable said.

– Some nighmarish rushing defense numbers _ the the Raiders have given up 200 or more yards rushing in three games (214 to Denver, 220 to the New York Giants, 316 to the New York Jets) and has lost those games by a combined score of 105-3.

The Raiders have given up 11 rushing touchdowns, tied for St. Louis for the most in the NFL, and have given up 133 touchdowns in 103 games (winning 26 of them) since the start of the 2003 season, the most in the NFL.

– Defensive end Richard Seymour was at a loss as to why the Raiders were struggling with a skill as fundamental as tackling.

“It is such a basic thing and obviously we need to do a better,” Seymour said. “We need to do a better job in practice. Maybe we make practice live, I don’t know.”

Cable was asked if he would consider live-tackling and said, “If it gets to that point, absolutely.”

After giving up 316 yards on the ground, you wonder what “that point” would be.

– Cable went to his farm roots for an analogy about playing with the kind of electricty the Raiders showed in Week 1 and again later against Philadelphia.

“You look at the first San Diego game all the way up to the last 2 1/2 minutes,” Cable said. “You look at the last drive on both offense and defense at Kansas City, you look at really the entire game in Philadelphia, and if you set that film aside and look at it, there’s a much different . . . electricity . . . If you look at the other four games you see a different team. As I told them, ‘it doesn’t look like you have a cattle prod up your rear.’ ”

The answer?

“To me, that’s making sure that we’re doing it right,” Cable said. “Eating, sleeping right, taking care of our bodies, doing all those things. We’ve had good effort on Sundays. But there’s a difference in having good effort and playing with the electricity you talked about.”

An inference that perhaps a few players have been staying out a little late and eating a little too much, perhaps?

– Turner on Russell: “Well, for young guys, the expectation is always there that everyone wants you to go out and play completely mistake-free, and that’s not going to happen. That’s how you grow. You go out and play and you have those experiences, and you learn from them. That’s part of, unfortunately, being a young quarterback.”

Turner is paying little attention to the 38-0 pasting the Raiders took against the Jets, instead focusing on the win over Philadelphia the previous week and a 24-20 season-opening win over Oakland, with Rivers finding Sproles for a 5-yard scoring pass with 18 seconds remaining.

“The Jets started two of those drives in that first quarter on the 3- and 4-yard line. It’s tough when you get down by 14 right off the bat,” Turner said. “I watched the Philadelphia game very closely in all three phases. The Raiders in that game were as physical a football game as you’re going to play in this league.”

– Khalif Barnes said he usually gives a loss 24 hours of “mourning” before he moves on, but that the Jets’ loss lasted a little longer. He has since put it aside and is focusing on outside linebacker Shaun Phillips, who got his first two sacks of the season last week against Kansas City and has 9.5 against the Raiders for his career.

“I know Shaun a little bit from playing against him at Purdue a couple of times,”’ Barnes said. “ To me, he’s just as dangerous as Merriman. He’s fast, he’s elusive, he’ll sneak on the edge, sometimes try and lull you to sleep and then he’ll hit you, he’s good with his hands.”

– Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson delivered a triple crown of cliches in his conference call with an “it is what it is,” a “one game at a time” and a “we can only control what we can control” in a matter of a few sentences.

– Isaiah Ekejiuba missed practice with a stomach ailment, and was joined by quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Others who have missed time for the same thing include tight end Brandon Myers and defensive end Richard Seymour.

Cable said all players have been examined to make sure they don’t have the swine flu virus and that no coaches have been affected.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Reminds me of Kerry Collins hanging Moss out the first couple of games.

    ***

    I remember everybody HATED Collins in Oakland, but he’s been by far our best QB since Gannon. It surprises me that Al Davis thought Aaron Brooks & Andrew Walter in a Shell/Walsh offense would be an improvement …

    Collins stats -

    2004: 3495 yards, 21 TD, 20 INT. comp % 56. QB Rating 74.8

    2005: 3759 yards, 20 TD, 12 INT. comp % 53. QB Rating 77.3

    Can you imagine if Russell put up stats like that? Raider fans everywhere would rise up and call him the next Donovan McNabb or Steve McNair. LOL

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

    RaiderTW Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 9:20 am
    That’s easy: Just live in a state where fundamentalist religion dominates!
    ———-
    Watch out Bo, Dakota will call you a liar.lol

    ___________________

    Bo clarified his position back when I caught him in a lie…he wasn’t lying when he tried to substitute abortion rates for teen pregnancy rates…he just misremembered.

    Then he called me an a – hole.

    That really hurt.

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

    RaiderTW,

    Why don’t you go watch some more Countdown and learn why all the world’s problems are still being caused by Bush?

  • Larz

    I’m not a big holy roller.
    And I don’t like being told what I should and shouldn’t beleive in.

    But buddy if you are following someone, then Christ is a pretty good choice.

    But I tune in here for the football too.

    And yes Branch has been our most consistant and violent player…best safety we’ve had in years.

  • LA to TheBay

    Judging JR is like judging a swimmer in the desert.

    Kids got a great stroke but he’s not going anywhere?..lol

    LMAO.

    Well said.

    Believe me, JR has the tools.

    -Cannon arm
    -Height
    -Cool under pressure
    -Athletic despite his size

    What he lacks is all the non-physical stuff, IMO

    -Leadership
    -Attitude
    -Maturity

    He shows flashes of pocket presense and quick release, so I won’t add that to the list of what he needs, but he does need those to be consistent.

    Once he gets the trust of the team back, they will all play harder.

    The hole has been dug pretty deep though.

    The mentality must be that you’re playing every game like a playoff game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Judging JR is like judging a swimmer in the desert.

    ***

    people made excuses for Andrew Walter, Tui & Culpepper at QB. Also for Callahan, Turner & Kiffin.

    none of those QB’s are any good. 2 of them can’t even find work. Turner took a good team and made it average. Kiffin is a college coach now. Callahan is an asst coach now after failing as a college coach.

    good players rise to the top, no matter what the circumstances or environment. Example: Nnamdi Asomugha, Shane Lechler, Robert Gallery, Zach Miller, Mario Henderson, Thomas Howard

  • Larz

    For Collins you missed the sacks and fumbles.

    He was a 8 year vet who went to the SB when we got him.
    Veteran Receivers and a good running game.

    O and D line sucked= losing seasons.

    Let’s get real and compare JR to Drew Stanton, Trent Edwards, and Brady Quinn…or Derek Anderson.

    All QBs of the same vintage playing on lousy ball teams.

    Who will come in as a QB and win here?

    No one because the QB is 5% of the reason we are losing.

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

    From Bo’s study:

    “U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving BIRTH, according to a new study forthcoming in the journal Reproductive Health.”

    Well, wouldn’t that be expected since the abortion rates are so much higher in liberal areas of the nation? Yes, more teenagers GIVE BIRTH in the conservative areas, but what percentage actually get pregnant? I would guess that teen PREGNANCIES are about the same nation wide…or very close, but TEEN BIRTHS are skewed because the abortion rate is lower in conservative areas of the nation…is that really something you are proud of TW and Bo?

    And even if studies show that teen pregnancies are up in conservative states, so what? I’d rather fall on that side than the abortion side of things…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Who will come in as a QB and win here?

    No one because the QB is 5% of the reason we are losing.

    ***

    I disagree. I think even with Brady Quinn or Trent Edwards at QB we go 8-8 …

    Who starts a QB with a completion percentage AND QB Rating under 50? nobody. or maybe Al Davis

    at least Russell holds an NFL record for something! LOL

  • Larz

    I’m not making excuses for JR.

    I’m saying you can’t judge him based on the lack of players around him.

    Notice the only offensive players you mentioned are a Guard who came in as a tackle, and a “good TE” who everyone said was the safest pick in the draft.

    No WR, no RB, no tackles, no centers.

    No Clady, no Thomas, no Peterson, no Colston or Marshall.

    And definately no Coach.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Dakota Says:
    … all the world’s problems are still being caused by Bush?—-
    ———
    Not the WORLD’S but you’re finally not denying reality, good for you.

  • LA to TheBay

    Dakota,

    To think Bush is the only reason for the debacle that was his presidency is absurd. I blame

    1) the American voter
    1a) fools who vote against their own interests
    2) the Supreme Court
    3) the captains of industry

    Olbermann is a polarizing individual much like a Rush Limbaugh, but the guy is doing what’s right by calling out these idiots and exposing them for the tyrants they are. At least Countdown is grounded in some form of reality, while the other side is spewing nonsense. Their plan of attack is complete and utter diversion.

    Fox News could only hope to expose Democrats, but they’re too obsessed with trivial propaganda and nonsense.

    Bottom line, if you form opinions and get news from cable news stations/programs, you’re not informed.

    Oh, and Go Raiders.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 10:17 am
    TW,

    I live my life based upon what it teaches in the Bible aka the word of God. I would never attempt to rewrite it. Such a suggestion is both absurd and ignorant.

    religion changes you. you don’t change it.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    RRS, then read this and be outraged. I agree with your sentiments above, BTW.

    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/10/06/conservapedia-launches-effort-to-translate-the-bible-into-conservativespeak.html

  • Larz

    Great players rise up?

    That’s why Doug Williams has a SB ring and Dan Marino does not.

    Brady Quinn would be hospitalized by now playing in this offense.

  • Larz

    Until we have a QB that changes the plays in the huddle, we will not succeed.

    Rookies won’t, and Veterans will go somewhere they don’t have to.

    Donvon McNabb doesn’t remember how many timeouts he has, or that time will run out on a tie game.

    But JR gets creamed on a dumbass playcall as a result of a RT wiffing completely, and we talk about the formation being wrong, or pocket presence.

    Smells funny.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Larz,

    playing the “we should have drafted this guy” game doesn’t change things. We all play owner/coach on draft day and hope that the players we like get drafted by our favorite team, but guess what? it’s not very likely. and who knows what Clady/Thomas/Peterson/Colston/Marshall would have done in Oakland. They could have been the next Henderson/Gallery/McFadden/Murphy/Heyward-Bey for all we know! different teammates, different coaches, different organization, different fans & surroundings, etc

    but blaming Russell’s lack of success on his teammates and coaches isn’t fair or accurate. Thats what 90 percent of Raider Nation did with Andrew Walter too and they were WRONG. he’s not a player

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    RRS, then read this and be outraged. I agree with your sentiments above, BTW.

    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/10/06/conservapedia-launches-effort-to-translate-the-bible-into-conservativespeak.html
    —————–
    Thanks, Bo, I knew that went over his head.

  • Larz

    I was given a list of “great players” who have risen above the enviroment?

    I merely asked where are the offensive players?

    Why is it that the list does not include any weapons on offense?

    O-line has a downgraded tackle…

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

    Hey, I am feeling very liberal today, I watched the movie Milk last night and I felt bad for the poor gays.

    Get married, who cares?

    I can’t see a marriage between two men being any worse for the world than a marriage between Odom and a Kardashian.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gradkowski & Frye BOTH have a completion percentage & QB Rating over 50, but they sit on the bench. Why?

    because Russell and his 2 TD’s vs. 13 turnovers gives us the best chance to win?

    come on guys. he’s clearly just another Al Davis scholarship athlete who fails to meet expectations. thats what happens when you draft potential over production. the biggest, strongest & fastest isn’t always the best football player. Al Davis makes this error repeatedly without learning from it and it’s costing him millions

  • Larz

    Me too RRS

  • RaiderRockstar

    back to work. later fellas

    carpe diem!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Test

  • LA to TheBay

    Its a combination of things that is leading to this mess.

    What was the result of the week 1 game? A loss but a defeat for SD in every phase of the game with the exception of the final score.

    Why? We were able to convert on 3rd down and we were able to run the ball.

    Result of the KC game?

    We hung around long enough to get lucky on the last drive despite the ridiculous vertical offense.

    The result of the Eagle game?

    WHY?

    Intermediate, high percentage passing plays and running the ball. This should have been the formula from the start.

    Turnrer runs a similar offensive system in SD.

    Run the ball. Vertical passing game. Even if LT is aging, they’ve found a way to adapt by using a versatile RB in the pass game. The difference?

    Tall WRs that attack the ball. A QB who has been in that system for years. Two productive RBs.

    My point is, you know what you have in this team.

    Why in the world would you use a system like we’re using? It’s absurd.

    It’s Al Davis football.

    He wanted it installed and he wanted Russell executing the deep ball. It has been painfully obvious since preseason.

    This is why Chaz Svhilens, or a WR like him, would do wonders for this offense.

    “But we didn’t do anything with Randy Moss.”

    Yeah, but before Randy developed a case of the dropsies, he had a 1000 yard season and Collins had a 3000 season, despite doing so in a losing effort.

  • Larz

    I hope they start Gradkowski or Frye.

    Then people will see how meaningless the QB play is in this offense.

    If they even come close to their career stats I will be shocked.

    Remember Frye had Winslow, Edwards and Stallworth.

    I think the reason they don’t switch is because it will expose the team and coach, JR makes a nice tidy excuse right now.

    If he is that bad, then either of these guys would make as big an impact as JR is being blamed.

    I seen no difference in the offense when Grads came in,
    except he ran for his life forward on a couple of plays.
    That would not last.

    So make the change and see this team turnaround and be great? what’s the hold up.
    Because they’re not that good, and they reflect the rest of the offense.

  • DMAC

    Where’s Vince Evans??????? We need you brother!

  • lefty12

    RR-i believe it’s 14 turnovers,but who’s counting.it really makes no difference,as long as Russell is QB for the Raiders we will continue to be the laughing stock of the league.

  • DMAC

    O’line is not the problem!
    Top 3 issuses……..
    QB
    WR’s
    Offensive Playcalling
    The defense will fine, if only we could correct these weaknesses.

  • LA to TheBay

    Our offensive woes are completely correctable.

    You turn Russell into a PA QB/game manager.

    You run the ball 40 times a game.

    You allow our speedy WR to make a play after a catch and rack up the YAC.

    Simple as that.

    The problem is that it conflicts with the style of offense Al Davis prefers and makes it look like we’re hiding his prized #1 picks.

    We will continue to force the issue if we want to “develop” our offense and will adjust if we’d like to win games instead.

  • Crude Earl

    Larz Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 11:25 am
    —————————————————–
    Remember Frye had Winslow, Edwards and Stallworth
    ===================================================
    Frye only started one game for Cleveland…cleveland won…. Frye was traded immeadiately to Seattle to avoid a QB contraversy….Tell the whole story moron.
    ====================================================
    Frye was not mobile enough for Seattle’s Offense…thats why he was cut.

  • QCRAIDER

    The bottom line is we have an owner that puts size and speed before smarts and work ethic in regards to players. Then he doesn’t allow his coaches to coach, select staff, and have their own philosphy. So we can’t get good coaching. So now we have big, fast stupid players being coached by big fat stupid coaches. It will not change until Al changes and we know he’s not changing. I wonder how long it will take Jaequator to burn through his millions? Cuz when homeboy is done in Oakland, he’ll be done in the NFL. We’ll see who’s “eating good” then.

  • los raiders de don rober

    LA To TheBay….I think thats what they are trying to do with our offense. The problem is our QB can’t execute for siht, and other teams stack the box, and thus we are the most impressive 3&out machine the world has seen.

  • los raiders de don rober

    I think Al is gonna keep the ace under his sleeve until complete mutiny comes to the locker room, then he is gonna call Vince Evans The Ageless Wonder out of some retirement home, give him his #11 jersey, and let him loose at the league…it’ll be a thing of beauty!

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    Oh shut up with this its correctable Bullshyt! Russell sucks ans is garbage and will never even be a decent QB. Stop dreaming with your optimistic bull LAtoBay

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Brien = Bill Cosby. Guaranteed. Can’t believe it took me this long.

  • DKnight007

    Seymour said the practices weren’t live practices where they tackle and hit??

    WTF?? No wonder why they can’t tackle consistently….

    Doesn’t matter…the offense sucks….so that is the main problem.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Dakota, Harvey Milk being gay was never a problem with you. It’s because he tried to criminalize sex with farm animals. Damn San Fran liberals prying into your personal business. It’s nobody’s business what you and Charlotte do in the barn, right?

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    # lefty12 Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    RR-i believe it’s 14 turnovers,but who’s counting.it really makes no difference,as long as Russell is QB for the Raiders we will continue to be the laughing stock of the league.
    ***************************

    True and not true Leftster………as long as Al Davis calls all the shots we will continue to the laughing stock of the sports world

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    On the field Russell is the main problem. Last week when he turned the ball over the bench had a look on its face like “Not this bullshhht again”. When he threw that INT to Leonard, the bench had the look on their face like ” Oh well, get ready for the big party tonight off 12th street in Frisco”.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Brien is Bill Cosby, the real Bill Cosby, himself. Just read his comments. Who else could it be?

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

    The Raiders just suck…but we can’t suck FOREVER! Right?

    Right?

    Come on, someone give me some assurances that we can’t suck FOREVER!

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    # QCRAIDER Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    The bottom line is we have an owner that puts size and speed before smarts and work ethic in regards to players. Then he doesn’t allow his coaches to coach, select staff, and have their own philosphy. So we can’t get good coaching. So now we have big, fast stupid players being coached by big fat stupid coaches. It will not change until Al changes and we know he’s not changing. I wonder how long it will take Jaequator to burn through his millions? Cuz when homeboy is done in Oakland, he’ll be done in the NFL. We’ll see who’s “eating good” then.
    **************************************

    Please you know nothing……….he is from the south! Whether poor or rich he will always eat good

  • DKnight007

    QCRAIDER Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 12:16 pm
    The bottom line is we have an owner that puts size and speed before smarts and work ethic in regards to players. Then he doesn’t allow his coaches to coach, select staff, and have their own philosphy. So we can’t get good coaching. So now we have big, fast stupid players being coached by big fat stupid coaches.

    ^^^^^^Exactly! How about the old man draft guys that are big, fast, AND have a hard work ethic, play with heart and are smart??

    The old man has lost it….only he is to blame for this mess!

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Brien = Bill Cosby. Guaranteed. Can’t believe it took me this long.
    *****************************

    Well Theooooooooooo, ya see pudding pops makes your day go alot better. It use to make my son Enis’ day go great until he messed with the wrong hoooker. aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    Chaz Schilens is a player I like but he wont make a difference. Russell sucks people. Stop making excuses. A QB can’t play below average and expect the team to be even average.

    See his comments and how he thinks he isnt the problem. Guy is a loser and if you keep defending him you too are a loser

  • LA to TheBay

    Brien, whether or not Russell is garbage, it does not change my point.

    Actually, if he’s garbage, then my point rings that much more true.

    Optomistic?

    Optomistic would be a winning season, or a season in which we compete.

    I offered a solution to the problem.

    Optomistic?

    What I said to do is what we did with Russell last year and what we did with him in the Eagles game.

    I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen, I’m saying do that and the offense produces. Or at least produces more.

    It’s actually a pretty cut and dry assessment even a 12 year old would come up with an virtually every other poster on here.

  • LA to TheBay

    Did you also read the part where I said why we don’t do that?

    Sherm?

    Please.

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    # LA to TheBay Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Brien, whether or not Russell is garbage, it does not change my point.

    Actually, if he’s garbage, then my point rings that much more true.

    Optomistic?

    Optomistic would be a winning season, or a season in which we compete.

    I offered a solution to the problem.

    Optomistic?

    What I said to do is what we did with Russell last year and what we did with him in the Eagles game.

    I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen, I’m saying do that and the offense produces. Or at least produces more.

    It’s actually a pretty cut and dry assessment even a 12 year old would come up with an virtually every other poster on here.
    ***************************************

    Bullshyt. You are here making excuses. The solution for Russell is death. Fugg that guy! Please do what we did against philly week in and week out will result in losses. You idiot he has 2 ints!!. Philly played their worse game of the year and we had 13 points only. Putthe sherm and henny down man.

  • Brien the Grand Guru

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Bill, got a special silver and black Cosby sweater?
    ***********************************

    Actually I do it barely goes over my belt awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • CJ Legend 34

    *********Crabtree VS. DHB not apples to oranges & it has nothing to do with Chaz*******

    Man!!! We have been talking about these two since the draft so I want to get some things straight between the game of these two players. I was outraged when we took DHB over Crabtree in the draft. I was listening to the draft, on the radio, working in my garage and when we took DHb with Crabs still on the board, I was cursing so loud my wife came out and yelled at me. She said the neighbors can hear you down the street. At the time I really did not give a $#!t but since she was making one heck of a gumbo that day I calmed myself down. After that I got to thinking about the two WRs game. With Crabtree he had great hands, great moves and most of his big plays came off of short underneath routes from WR screens that he would advance, 5-10 yard outs, ability to break tackles. I was thinking to myself this guy would be better suited for a west coast offense type of system. Plus, as you all know we had Chaz that seemed like he was ready to break out. So I said to myself Crabtree would have been able to help us in the short term but with him what you see is what you get. Now after the draft we all found out Crab’s was an arrogant @$$ so it really did not matter to me, I was glad we did not take the guy. Plus I think he made it clear he did not want to be a Raider (I wonder why?).

    Now this leads to DHB. When he was in college he had the big frame, the speed, but he was very raw in terms of running crisp routes and making disciplined Jerry Rice/Chris Carter league catches. Also he needed one more year of college experience to me, but at a top 10 pick, I would have left school. Crabtree looked more fundamentally sound when it came to making safe catches to keep the chains moving (Gannon would have loved the kid, the arrogant SOB), but when you look at DHB’s game he seemed to have the most possible upside. Not just because of the speed and big frame but what he was able to accomplish. His QB unlike Russell had no zip on the ball. He had to jump up and catch floaters (that is not Russels game now he is catching high bullets). His college coach had to find ways to get him the ball such as jump balls in the corner of the end zone, WR reverses, 3-5 yard quick passes, half back passes to him running posts and drags. He can make some nice catches when he wants to make them he is just not consistent (you know like TO), but you know you have to account for the guy because when he gets that size and speed going down hill, good luck! DHB has the potential to be a game breaker. Crabtree has the potential as a possession WR to keep the chains moving.

    Now lets look at how SF used Crabtree his first game. 1st play of scrimmage the inside WR runs a clear out for him to make an easy 3 yard catch (just to break him in and get the 1st catch in the NFL out the way). They do about (2) 5-10 yard outs with him and in the game with his confidence up he makes (2)10-15 yard catches in traffic. What a basic way to work a rookie into his first game.

    Now lets look at how the Raiders handle DHB. The first game we have him streaking down the field as a decoy running deep route after deep route and blocking for running plays. Now DHB made a name for himself running reverses at Maryland (so did the great Tim Brown at ND. We waited until the TX game to let him run 1 WR reverse that he got about 5 yards on. How many times have we threw DHB a quick 3-5 yard pass to let him use his natural ability to make a play? I don’t know. We have two running backs that played QBs in HS and through nice halfback passes in college in DMAC and Bush. How many half back passes to Bush have you seen so far? “0″. Delaware killed teams with that half back pass to DHB. They would commit to stopping the run and DHB with that speed would blow right by and make them pay for it (you know we did not try that one time). How many WR screens have we used with DHB? None! I know some of you are saying they don’t work in the pros. Well SF did it for Crabtree and worked just fine. Right now everyone knows are game is vertical and the power run and where do the Raiders send their rookie Ferrari vertical right where the veteran DBs know he is going. Cable will most likely say DHB is clearing out for Zach Miller but you know what? Russell is not finding him at all.

    I understand players have to execute but every good coach, parent, manager or leader knows you have to play to peoples strengths first. You build on their strengths once they get comfortable then you throw something new at them. We run such a basic and predictable offense it could make even a WR like Randy Moss look bad (oops! That already happened he helped himself).