NOW turns up pressure on Cable


As sentiment builds that Tom Cable be held accountable for allegations of violence against women, the Raiders head coach wrapped up his team’s final practice Thursday during its bye week determined to do his job until the situation comes to a resolution.

In a column by Christine Brennan of USA Today, National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill called for Cable’s suspension by the NFL.

Although there are no legal issues, Cable’s current problems are more serious in nature than the alleged assault against assistant coach Randy Hanson which wasn’t pursued because evidence insufficient to sustain a conviction.

Cable, when asked about the NOW statement and if he was concerned that outside pressure would influence the ultimate resolution of the situation, said, “I don’t think so. I think it will be handled properly. I’m going to leave it at that right now.”

There have been no additional discussions with owner Al Davis, Cable said.

“We talk a lot about football, personnel and those kinds of things,” Cable said. “We put that, not necessarily behind us, but we’ve had that discussion and we’ve moved on to the football team.”

Raiders left guard Robert Gallery said Cable has an ability to push aside the outside controversies and focus on football.

“The thing about Cabe is he’s a steady guy,” Gallery said. “He loves football and he doesn’t really get fazed. Obviously he’s had his own issues, right or wrong, he’s dealt with them the right way. He’s here to win games. He’s doing everything he can to his power to help us win games.

“ He hasn’t changed a bit. That’s one thing I’ll give him credit for. No matter what’s been thrown at him, he hasn’t changed. That’s good as a player to see that because there’s been situations in the past where you feel like guys kind of at this point backing off or whatever and he’s definitely not like that. That’s the type of guy you want.”

In the end, Cable is likely to be judged on his record _ which at the present time, is 6-14.

“I think he knows we all support him, especially our group, we’re pretty tight in the line room,” Gallery said. “We’ve got to help him out by winning games. That’s what it comes down to. That’s the name of the game in the NFL so part of that’s on us so we kind of carry that on our shoulders as a team but we’ve just got to go back to work. Not a whole lot to be said about it.”

A few news and notes as players quickly vacated the the facility to get on with their weekend:

— No changes in status among injured players. Gallery and wide receiver Chaz Schilens were limited. Cornerback Chris Johnson (groin) sat out. Defensive tackle Gerard Warren (foot) was limited. Wide receiver/return specialist Nick Miller is still not on the practice field and linebacker Ricky Brown remains in a cast.

Defensive end Greg Ellis underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his arthritic knee, and Cable would not rule him out for the Nov. 15 game against the Chiefs. Running back Darren McFadden had arthroscopic knee surgery and missed four games (he is expected back for Kansas City).

Cable said the difference is McFadden needed to have a meniscus repaired, whereas with Ellis “there wasn’t any repair, so to speak. So, it was just kind of clean it up, vacuum it out, that kind of deal.”

— Defensive end Richard Seymour missed practice to go home a day early to South Carolina, a early departure that was agreed upon when he came to the Raiders just before the opening game of the season.

— Asked about pleasant surprises in the first half, Cable listed the folloiwng things:

1) The consistency of the running game over the past 2 1/2 games.

2) Goal line defense _ Cable said the Raiders have given up just three touchdowns in 11 goal line snaps.

3) Third down defense in recent games.

“Third and long has been kind of a sore issue for us,” Cable said. “But anything from three to 10, we’ve been pretty productive for the last month.”

— With regard to personnel, Cable said cited the recent play of center Samson Satele and said “Darrius’ (Heyward-Bey) development over the the last two weeks has jumped out.”

Defensively, said the play of rookie end Matt Shaughnessy and defensive tackle Desmond Bryant “stood out from the get-go,” and said, “Tyvon Branch has been as rock solid as you could ask him to be.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Weird Science…I think Kelley Lebrock gave me my first boner lol.

  • Raider Dell


    What ever happend to Kelly Lebrock.

  • Here you go Dell…Hitler on the Raiders:


  • Raider Dell


    What happen to the questions, keep them going.

  • Raider Dell

    Very funny, thanks.

  • M Lonetree


    I have had the privilege to live and roam in many a place where there is still an actual night sky remniscent of what our ancestors once knew. I yet recall the amazing sky I saw above an island in Lake Titicaca. Seemed there were more stars than there was darkness.

  • DMAC

    What dou you think of my starting o-line?

  • New one Dell…Hitler bets on the Oakland Raiders:



  • DMAC

    If Cable gets the boot, who takes over?
    Hackett, Tollner, Marshall, Hanson?????

  • 4evaRaider

    Dakota I read somewhere that in Chicago there is a Higgs boson research center that is moving along quite nicely

  • Hitler finds out Russell is starting:


  • M Lonetree

    Thank you gentlemen, ladies, it has been entertaining.


    O-line looking promising.

  • Raider Dell


    That was entertaining, thanks.

  • DMAC

    Hey Dell
    You asked for some ???????, but your not responding to them. Wassup?

  • The first one was the best…the other two were okay.

  • Raider Dell

    Raider Nation!

    Thanks for the comments they were great, I must be off and heading for home.

    My warmest thoughts to all, this has been fun. I have had a busy month and haven’t been on this blog much.

    Dakota and DMAC good job, for keeping this old man laughing.

    M, please refrain from vacation comments, some of us still have a boring life.

    Take care all.

  • DMAC

    Later Dell!

  • Raider Dell


    I saw your comment. What questions did I not answer.
    I’m ready to leave I’ll answer it right now.

  • DMAC

    If Cable gets the boot, who takes over?
    Hackett, Tollner, Marshall, Hanson?????

  • Later Dell.

    That reminds me; I am self-employed and it is Friday afternoon…I am out of here.

  • Raider Dell

    DMAC Says:
    November 6th, 2009 at 1:33 pm
    If Cable gets the boot, who takes over?
    Hackett, Tollner, Marshall, Hanson?????
    Great question, this is why I don’t believe Cable will get fired.

    If I had to guess and look at all the possibilities, I would say Hackett. He was a HC at one time and has been tutoring Jamarcus, so he is the logical choice. My opinion of course.

  • Raider Dell


    Don’t forget to put the alarm on at the shop, you sometimes forget.

    have a great weekend!

  • DMAC

    We’ll see what happens.

  • DMAC

    Damn, it just starting raining here in Oakland.

  • Dark Forces

    DHB may never catch another pass but as long as his “development” is showing improvment and he’s “grading out well” than thats good enough for me. He may be the 22nd ranked rookie WR and, of course, he’s dropped some balls and well…he’s looked awful but as long as he’s “grading out well” we should all feel good about that.

  • Plunketthead

    4eva #370
    I dunno about Chicago but theres one in Orlando headed by a guy named Ray thats about to fire up.
    Said something about looking for another dimension.

  • SUP NATION????

  • 4evaRaider

    Plunketthead…this one has been aroun 4 years I just cant remember where I read it.I think it was an article about the collider in Switz. and another being compared 2 it

  • 4evaRaider

    Howdy 408 hope everything is good!!!

  • all is good 4eva… is every1 still b1tchin???

  • Now I know why Cable never gets in the players’ faces when they’re dogging it. None of them are women!

  • 4evaRaider

    well…some are and some aren’t =)

  • Guy at work today told me he thinks Al is really the one behind all of the NOW protests, thinks he put them up to it. This way he can fire Cable for cause, not pay him a dime.

  • 4eva @ least we wont lose on sunday.. 😛

  • Al Davis should just hold a contest where a fan could be head coach. Name one coach we’ve had since Gruden who did any better than a fan could have done. Thought so. Raiders’ coach just does what Al tells him to, says what Al tells him to, then takes the fall after a couple of years. Only one to buck the system was Kiffin. Why not just let a fan do it? Won’t have to pay them anything. Most Davis kool aid drinking homers would pay Al to be a Raider coach. Let Priest or AlisGod coach the team. AlisGod would be perfect. Already calls his boss god, before he’s even hired.

  • Oh, what am I thinking… Priest probably is Cable.

  • 4evaRaider

    yeah but we wont win either 408 =)

  • Domestic abuse is very bad PR for the NFL in particular.

    If Davis thinks because he hired Amy Trask the Raiders will escape the negativity, he’s crazy, two times.

  • SharkCatcher

    Dear Mr Al Davis, I know Im not an Nfl Scout, but Ive found a gem for next years draft… hes a sure tackler