Murphy, Johnson look good to go


A few news and notes from a quick press press briefing Friday with coach Tom Cable:

— Wide receiver Louis Murphy (hip) and cornerback Chris Johnson (groin) made it all the way through practice, making it likely both will start when the Raiders visit the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

Murphy and Johnson both did not finish Thursday’s practice.

— Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, after missing two days with a stomach virus, was back at practice and made it all the way through, although he said he still feels a little shaky.

Gradkowski said he had a temperature of 101 degrees Monday, missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, and was headed to get an I.V.

— According to unofficial tackling stats on NFL.com, strong safety Tyvon Branch leads all safeties in tackles with 55.

Part of that has to do with too many runners breaking into the secondary, but it’s also true Branch has been one of the Raiders’ most sure tacklers.

“Tyvon missed a couple last week, but for the most part he’s been very consistent and is playing extremely well, he and (Michael) Huff both have been very good in their time in there,” Cable said. “Tyvon’s played all year, been good at coverage, good at tackling, done a very, very good job.”

Cable conceded Branch has played so well it hasn’t afforded a lot of opportunities for Mike Mitchell to get on the field. The Raiders play with a single high safety and strong safety who plays closer to the line of scrimmage, and both Branch and Mitchell are more suited to being in the box.

He said the Raiders have attempted to get Mitchell on the field by playing him as a linebacker in some nickel packages.

— Official injury designations_ WR Nick Miller shin (out), RB Darren McFadden (knee) out, T Cornell Green (calf) out, LB Ricky Brown (ankle) out, TE Tony Stewart (chest) doubtful, WR Chaz Schilens (foot) doubtful, LG Robert Gallery (leg) questionable, DE Greg Ellis (knee) questionable, WR Louis Murphy (hip) probable, CB Chris Johnson (groin) probable, DT Gerard Warren (ribs) probable.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer


    Russell not accepting personal responsibility is pathetic.

    Doesn’t he know what professional courtesy is?

    It’s when a shark moves on a lawyer swimming in the water and then veers away.

  • There you go, paranoid Davis shills. If the media really had it in for the Raiders, they’d put Gannon on the Raiders games week after week.


    I don’t know why I should keep telling old jokes when Mr is here.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Since this is yet another lousy year of football. Continuation of 25yrs of misery. Time to talk QBs

    Here are my favorites for free agency:

    Mark Bulger
    JP Losman
    Rex Grossman

    I think I am leaning towards Bulger. He’s had success and may just need a change in scenery. He’s demonstrated leadership and can take hits.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    As for the draft.

    I would like to see the Raiders trade down and right out of the 1st round.

    They have more “success” in later rounds anyway

  • M Lonetree


    humor good.


    kicking a man when he’s down might be alright for your mindset, but it is not becoming nor creative. It is trite and tired. I realise that you will not cease the behavior. It is Pavlovian for you. See a Raider down – kick him. C’est ca.

  • LO effin L….

    Rob Ryan, hates himself.—pft.com

  • SnB

    Please don’t talk about the draft.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams


    We can’t fire the owner and the owner won’t quit.

    The team is totally inept on the field.

    What else is there to comment on.

    Who the next great coach is going to be?

  • CuzImaRaider

    post 21!!

    Hilarious, again!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Its really pathetic following the worst franchise in sports history.

    Nothing to talk about because the Owner has an iron grip and won’t change at all

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I think the Raiders go ahead and draft Taylor Mays in the 1st round. Davis is obsessed with filling that safety position. Next year, Tyvon Branch will be put on the shelf in a way similiar to Johnnie Lee Higgins.

    Mike Mitchell is going to have that SS position before its all said and done. That’s Jack Tatum! LOL

    In fact, his entire strategy is recreating the 70’s team.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Positions to replace in the draft:

    1. DT
    2. RT
    3. LB
    4. C
    5. RG
    6. LB
    7. RT/RG

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    How is Slade Norris doing?

  • No sellouts the rest of this year, and the league will be pressured to make some strong suggestions.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Probably should look to offload Nnamdi Asomugha in the offseason.

    The team can’t win with him. Might as well get some draft picks and hope that Al spends them on lineman.

    Go sign Mark Bulger

  • SnB offense defense specialteams


    Right now Al Davis is stealing from the league. His franchise is generating no revenue for the league and is only bringing in 35000 a game / maybe 40K. Some baseball teams do that on a weeknight. Plus Davis doesn’t have any debt to pay for because the Raiders play in a fully depreciated run-down stadium

    The league won’t do anything. They have a perfect situation. The TV money makes all the other stuff trivial.

    How else can Davis survive fielding a horrible team filled with horrible players and inept coaches

  • They start getting some 30,000-35-000 crowds, which is likely, and I don’t think even Al Davis can survive that.

  • I’m no expert, but, TV Money has to have some relationship with local popularity in a media market. And this one is the 5th largest in the US.

    And he’s not likely to find any more investors for a losing proposition, and incompetent management.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    KoolKell Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 5:56 pm
    They start getting some 30,000-35-000 crowds, which is likely, and I don’t think even Al Davis can survive that.
    Sure he can. He will unload the high priced players during a cap free year.

    And pay his coaching and support staff even less.

    Maybe reach out to some other stupid investors.

    Davis has no other businesses. His iron grip is on the football team and running things in his own unique way

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    That is why DAvis is the worst owner in sports. He is the only owner that insists on interfering with game planning and player discipline.

    On top of that he run the draft like a video game player.

    The Raiders have no chance to win with this arrangement. Coaching matters and Davis doesn’t respect the role of coaches.

    Truth is…he should have swallowed his ego and let Kiffin stay. He had the right idea on how to develop the team.

    If DAvis had let him manage the defense…they would have been decent last year

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Why is Johnnie Lee Higgins in the doghouse? Behind Todd Watkins?

    Cable is full of it!

  • Chargers 71, Raiders 0

  • Lonetree,

    Al Davis isn’t down. He’s still running the Raiders. When he steps down, I’ll stop kicking him.

  • Lonetree,
    I’m going to be the biggest Raider fan alive when Al’s gone. Trust me. I’m going to support the team, even when they’re losing, unless for some reason the new GM/owner winds up just like Al. But I doubt that will happen. People as evil as Al only come along once in a generation.

  • Plunketthead


    You are too sharp to believe Al could have kept Kiff.
    Kiff wanted to split. He threw a temper tantrum when he didnt get the Arkansas job 5 months into his Raider head coaching job. Then he started screwing Al and the team.
    That 70? yard field goal was him giving Al the bird.
    I think he was using Al all along to get a sweet college gig.

  • Plunketthead

    I have no doubt that we kick arse in Diego. JR texted me and said he was gonna stay home all week, eat right and get some sleep instead of bagging ho’s till the sun comes up.

    Raiders 35
    Old broken down team thats moving to baja next year 13

  • Chris in NY

    I won’t be shocked if we actually win this game. The Chargers are still an underachieving bunch and have a patchwork o-line and mediocre defense. The Great Shawne Merriman has two fewer sacks (0) than our own Jay Richardson who barely sees the field more than a few snaps per game. San Diego continues to be the most overrated team in football. Their greatest strength — their passing game — will be up against our greatest strength in our pass defense.

    Having said that, you can’t really be shocked whenever the Raiders lose by 30+ points these days either.

    And I also won’t be fooled into thinking a win over SD heading into the bye means this team will go on some kind of run. We would be 3-5 and would probably lose to the Chiefs coming out of the bye.

  • Chris in NY

    I hate getting into draft talk in October so I’ll keep it short. But this team has to absolutely focus on o-line, QB and d-line next off-season.

    The o-line continues to be a mess. Cable arrogantly thought he could take a bunch of tomato cans and line them up so brilliantly they’d be invincible. They’re not. They suck (Gallery and Henderson excluded). From C to RT we need upgrades though.

    D-line hasn’t been bad, IMO. But there are some really good DT prospects at the top of this year’s draft

    I’ve stood up and defended JaMarcus from Day 1. I’ve seen flashes and the potential is astronomical. But I’ve learned a lot these last two years watching JaMarcus do little while guys like Drew Brees go out and carve up any and every defense they face. The QB position in the NFL is all about two things: decision-making and accuracy. These are two areas where JaMarcus struggles the most.

    QBs have to know exactly what’s happening on the entire field ever second of every snap to be good. They have to know when and where that two yard opening to throw the ball is going to be. It takes intense film study, intelligence and an extremely quick mind to see these things and react in such a short window. If you’re 1 second too slow in finding the open man he’s no longer open. If you’re 1 second slow in deciding who to throw the ball to, you’re getting sacked. End of story.

    Our next QB absolutely has to be accurate and superb at making quick decisions. These are the two things NFL scouts should focus on above all else when sizing up QB prospects.

  • rightnasty

    Just a question. Is it really easier for some people to believe there’s a conspiracy against Javon Walker, rather than the very distinct possibility that he’s just plain through as a professional football player, especially considering he’s done almost nothing for the Raiders the entire time he was wearing the uniform (except collect a fat paycheck), and considering he had his uber secret surgery done by Dr.Frankenstein/Aliens/Israeli Mossad (take your pick), and considering the fact that on the Raiders.com depth charge, he’s not even listed even though Nick Miller is? Like I said, just asking.

  • LMAO @ post 82.

    Israeli Mossad!!! LMAO

  • They will cut walker next year. Another great FA that had a big contract, and did nothing to earn it.

  • Fire Cable! This team is as bad as the B&B team.

  • I told BHP that I didn’t think Cable was good Xs & Os type of HC, but I thought he can motivate the team. He can’t do both, or even call plays.

  • # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I’m going to be the biggest Raider fan alive when Al’s gone. Trust me. I’m going to support the team, even when they’re losing, unless for some reason the new GM/owner winds up just like Al. But I doubt that will happen. People as evil as Al only come along once in a generation.

    You’ll just find some other reason to bit*h. Go ahead, have the sex change operation now and get it over with. And stop blaming Davis for all the inadequacies of your mundane strange existence.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    I’m tired of this crap.

    Let’s kick some Dolts ass tomorrow, o.k. Raiders?

    Come on baby! Let’s go!

    Can’t help it man. Still love watching Raider ball. That’ll never change. Call it naive – call it whatever the hell you want.

    Come Sundays. . . I always believe we’re gonna win.

    So where are all the Fargas haters lately? Ah, you’re finally seeing the light ey? You’re finally seeing that he runs about 4 times as hard as the other 2 young cats, ey?

    Hey, better late than never.

    Go Raiders.

  • # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 6:30 pm


    Al Davis isn’t down. He’s still running the Raiders. When he steps down, I’ll stop kicking him.

    I hate to tell ya, but you are not kicking Al Davis. You are sitting in some run down trailer park in Sacramento whining like you are four years old. You may THINK you are kicking Al, but in reality you’re not. You live in your a world of personal delusion. Just letting you know.

  • Nnamdi21

    The Raiders are capable of competing with anybody WHEN THEY SHOW UP AND PLAY HARD.

    They need a lightning rod. Some one to step up and motivate cuz they are bigger and faster then most.

    They’ll show up against SD.

  • Chris in NY

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    October 31st, 2009 at 12:13 am
    The Raiders are capable of competing with anybody WHEN THEY SHOW UP AND PLAY HARD.

    They need a lightning rod. Some one to step up and motivate cuz they are bigger and faster then most.

    They’ll show up against SD.


    I agree.

    That’s why Michael Mitchell should be playing.

    Afraid Cable won’t make that move though. It’ll have to come straight from Al.

    If we do lose to SD though and are 2-6 entering the bye, that’s exactly the kind of thing we need to do. Hell, who says he has to play SS. Put him at FS and let him sit back and crush people and be the sort of intimidating force the Raiders have lacked in the secondary for about three decades.

  • DarkDays

    # Dakota Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Glad to see Chris Johnson is finally out of the burn ward after getting torched last week.

    No doubt! 🙁

  • priesttj

    RaiderO, X’s and O’s ae very different from playcalling. You can be great at one and average at the other and still beinefective. You have to undertsand the flow of a game and what your teams stregnths are to be a great playcaller. In every organization putting the right people in the right positions to emphasize their strengths is what makes great leadership.

    I read Chris in NY’s post #81 and he broke down Russell’s abilities as a potential great QB or not. What he’s mistaking as a lack of accuracy and tools to be great. What he’s misunderstanding IMO is “timing” and confidence. Those two come with reps and repeated success, film study plays a huge part in every position on the field. Because it allows you to anticipate what will happen before it happens. That is the key to execution.

    Russell’s peoblems are systemic to inexperience and a lack of confidence due to unfamiliarity. He hasn’t done it enough times to know what to do and when to do it. Film study is the only that make an inexperienced QB more effective. Rusell is just starting to understand just HOW MUCH film study is necessary. He thought he had to do a lot and now he is starting to understand that he can never do enough. No one studies more film than coaches except QB’s. They most studiest person in your organization must be the franchise QB.

    He is just starting to appreciate WHY!!

    Most of his problems stem from his inability to check out of one play to another play that has a higher probability of success. While Cable is the playcaller the ultimate playcaller must be Russell. He is no where near that yet. It will take another two to 3 years before he is there. Right now he has to get much better at it. And that is what Cable is talking about. Cable is not talking about his accuracy anymore as much as he is his recall and recognition.

    He is to see what they practiced and know when and if it can work and if it cannot check out of it into and better play. When he talked about getting players aligned correctly that was a very damning indictment concerning his recall and recognition. On the 1st play of the Jets game they were supposed to shift out of that play into something to take advantage of that defense and he didn’t see it. And the Jets were allowed to victimize us. That is what he must work on MOST thus the 6:30am start for film study.

    He is startin to get the message that what he puts into it is exactly what he’ll get out of it. The talent to be great is a given, it’s recall and recognition that will allow that talent to flourish.

  • priesttj

    Chris in NY, right now Huff is playing at a very high level at the FS position to play a rookie there in Mitchell would be 3 steps backward. We’ve waited way too long for Huff. Mitchell will have to “‘git in’ where he can fit in”.

  • priesttj

    SnB, too often ypu let your frustration with this team cloud your powers of reason. I too am VERY FRUSTRATED no one can even imagine how frustrated I am. But I take a step back and let commone sense guide me. Let Kiffin stay?? You have totally melted down. Kiffin was here for one reason and one reason only to get to the next stop. The ONLY way Kiffin wanted to stay here is if he had been given absolute and total control. Now ask yourself what the probability of that ever happening would be?

    JLH in the doghouse?? haven’t you read one word from Cable concerning JLH? That hit has him still shaken my 2 year old niece can see he’s not playing with the same aggressiveness.

    Also if this team can muster a game like they did against Philly and then play the way they did vs the Jets. That screams IMMATURITY!! a lack of belief in themselves and their ability to decide who WINS.

    Now Cable has GOT to make better use of his players and understand at this time they are not capable of executing an aggressive passing game. AND DAMN IT stick with what WORKS!!

  • priest, why do you comment in such a lecturing tone when you’re wrong, year after year?

  • Oaklglenn, Al Davis sucks.

    Just kicked him again.

  • Oakglenn, how do you know I’ll still complain when Al’s gone? You’ve only known me since Al’s been here, and since he’s sucked. In other words, since there was more than enough to complain about. And, you complain about the team all the time. You just avoid bringing up Al. Well, I don’t. I owe the evil old prick nothing, and will dish it out on that fossil until he folds and walks away for good.

  • priesttj

    Wrong about what DUMBELL?? that this team is a work in progress and that the passing game will take all year to start to gel? Or that Russell is just struggling to understand how to play at this level?

    Sleep is much better than discussing football with a complete FOOL.

  • Raiders4eve

    Dumb n dumber as usual cross dressing at night n bring they bs comments from their sugar daddy, stfu u two oakglenn n priest u two should just stay in Castro st faags. Oakglenn how cable doing since he is a better coach then gruden?

  • BlackSunday32

    Don’t we always play the Chargers close 1 gm and they blow us out the second one? 12 in a row is awful I swear you have no idea which Raider team will show up.

  • 4evaRaider

    Morning NATION!!!