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

  • 4evaRaider

    Yep Corperate America is loosing its grip and is going 2 do everything in its power 2 keep its bought power.

    Return America 2 of the people by the people 4 the people.And THATS what has the publicans painted into a corner.They will stop at no lie 2 keep their ill-gotten gains.The inter-net has spoken

  • 4evaRaider

    he he he

  • Dakota,

    What are your friends in the Agency telling about yesterday? He had a blog that talked about Jihad, but he is a MJR in the Army! That should have been a red flag!

  • M,

    You are an intelligent man. You know as well as anyone that they will never come close to making the health care system 100%, or anywhere near 100% efficient. They may save a few billion, but NOWHERE NEAR enough for the system to pay for itself. This WILL cost taxpayers BILLIONS every year if there is a public option. Saying that it will not raise taxes is just crazy talk and everyone knows it.

    If the government really knew how to efficiently run medical facilities, the VA Medical Centers and the Indian Health Care systems would not be constantly over budget.

    The Government is the last place people should be looking for efficiency and you know it.

    Tort reform will help, but only if the insurance companies are forced to lower their premiums. Also, I agree with not allowing insurance companies to drop people or not cover certain pre-existing conditions. I know it sounds very non-republican, but insurance companies need to have caps placed on their profit margin…they need to be regulated and once everything shakes out, it will become more affordable.

    Obviously things need to be fixed…just not to the extent that Pelosi and the far left believe.

  • I think it’s good to let people if diff faith, race, Ethnic background join the Military, but we need to be a little more selective. We have people abusing POWs, killing their own, and going crazy with power!

  • *of

  • Ghost to the Post

    Your not wrong Dakota.

  • Raider O,

    My friends in the Agency inform me that plans have been put into affect that will convert old Japanese internment camps into Arab-American internment camps that all of you will be placed into until everyone in the Middle East converts to Christianity.

    Don’t kill me, I am don’t agree with it, I am just the messenger!

    I suggest you move to Canada ASAP.

  • M Lonetree


    the first thing that should be done TOMORROW by Congress is to eliminate the Anti-trust exemption for the insurance industry. How that was ever scammed into being I can’t tell you.

    yes, Dakota, I have no hope for efficiency in gov’ment, but neither do I have any trust in the corporate power brokers to EVER do anything that isn’t filthy.

  • Raider O,

    Seriously though…we probably should not be sending Muslim-Americans to the gulf unless they are translators.

    We didn’t send Japanese-American soldiers to Iwo Jima to fight the Japanese…we sent them to Europe…just makes sense…not fair to those soldiers…but I suppose the military would then be labeled racists by the ACLU.

  • M,

    I think we agree on those things…I just do not believe that we need to create an even larger problem by letting the government throw its inefficiency into the mix as well.

    Restricting and tightening control over the insurance industry in the answer…unfortunately, the insurance industry has weight on both sides of the battle, so that would be difficult…

  • Dakota,


    I believe it. It’s not like it didn’t happen before.

  • Mistabrown

    Barbacks HC is not about providing HC its about expanding GOVT. You can cover the uninsured without spending 3 Trillion dollars of OUR money.

    Democrats are so generous with OTHER peoples money!

    How much would it cost to be able to buy HC insurance across state lines to create more competition like we can do with auotomobiles?

    Its not about HC its a HUGE power grab by a SOCIALIST agenda from the WH…the end.

  • Yes hospitals and doctors do over prescribe medications and they often times make you take tests that may not be necessary so that they can try to avoid a lawsuit. Efficientcy would be nice but…..

    …if you went to a doctor, and they just diagnosed you with the first thing that came to mind and did not run further tests because the government would not reimburse the expenses because it is “inefficient and deemed unnecessary by some bureaucrat in DC” and it turns out that the doctor was wrong and the further test would have reveled the true illness and suddenly you are now faced with death or disability that could have been prevented had the doctor been allowed to run further tests, and now you are being told that hey, you are SOL buddy, welcome to universal heath coverage, how would you feel?

    Personally, I want my Doc to find out what the hell is wrong with me and fix me…I’ll deal with the debt and insurance problems later.

  • Dakota,

    I agree with post 262 100%.

  • Mistabrown

    Back 2 football.

    Did Cable get fired yet ?

  • Mistabrown

    Barback opposed and voted against HC reform while BUSH was pres, just sayin!!

    Peelosi = garbage.

    Barney Frank = Oakglen

    Rev Al Sharpton – priesttj

    Hope, change, and re-distributing hard working americans money YOU can beleive in!

  • Mistabrown

    Back to Football!

    Is DHB still our #1 WR when Schillens returns ?

    Cable, is your pimp hand still strong bro ?

  • Mistabrown

    GOVT will fix HC like they fixed Amtrak, DMV, Post office, GM, Cash 4 clunkers, Medicare, SS!

    Hope, Change, Sociali$m, and confiscating your $$$$$!

    Barback (1 term) 0bama

  • Dakota,

    Arabs & Muslims immigrate here, they have kids, open liq stores, join the work force, join the Military, etc.. We need to understand that, and the fact that they are just seeking assimilation.

  • Mistabrown

    Back to Football!

    Fargas is way ahead of schedule he already has his 1 TD for 2009. We can sit him and save him for next year!
    Anything else will just be gravy.

    With DMAC back who is out of the picture Fargas or Bush ? Cable will pull the wrong strings no doubt!

  • Raider O,

    I totally agree, and I think the vast majority of Americans are fine with that and embrace that…and I think you will not see a backlash over that incident. If Muslim-Americans were not drug out into the streets and beaten for the 9-11 attacks it certainly will not happen due to yesterday’s event.

  • Ghost to the Post

    How about we go back to positive football talk. Like a healthy O line.

  • Mistabrown

    And like the guy that got caught in Colorado…they build bombs!

    Raider O Says:
    November 6th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Arabs & Muslims immigrate here, they have kids, open liq stores, join the work force, join the Military, etc.. We need to understand that, and the fact that they are just seeking assimilation.

  • DMAC

    Who should be our starting RT? Corn,Pears,Walker,Barnes,Cable…….

  • Fire Cable!! NOW!!

  • DMAC

    If Cable is fired who takes over? Hackett, Marshall…..

  • DMAC


  • Pot Legalization More Popular Than Republicans
    Matt Yglesias put up a thought-provoking graph which illustrates that legalization of pot receives a higher approval rating among Americans than the Republican Party and its leaders.

  • DMAC

    Tim Lincecum says,”Legalize it!”

  • Over/Under on how many lbs. Russell puts on, eating mom’s cooking back home in three days?

    I say, 12 lbs.

    Off to the dentist, to see if they can yank this tooth that’s giving me hell. Although they’ll probably put me on anti-biotics. Because the left side of my face looks like I got hit with Cornell’s mop handle, or one of Cable’s right crosses. Fun, fun, fun!!!!!

  • Ghost to the Post

    Barnes if not Walker. Barry Sims where are you now. O with the Niners helping them. I hate to say this but, I miss ole false start. He could at least block.

  • DMAC

    Corn can run block pretty well, but he kills us w/ those 3-4 false starts every game.

  • DMAC

    I wonder who has more career false starts, between Sims, Corn, and Harris?

  • Ghost to the Post

    I think Sims in his hay day because he could block so well they were willing to somewhat over look the falses. ONLY MY OPINION.

  • DMAC

    I wonder what happened to Garry Russell?

  • DMAC

    Is anybody here?

  • DMAC

    No more politics?????????

  • Ghost to the Post

    Just you and I and I’m heading to lunch. I hope DMac is healthy and can play at the level Jerry writes about all the time.

  • DMAC

    “Have faith in me. I’ll be back.”

  • Larz

    Barnes is a good lineman.

    He has to accept the fact that he will have to play RT to get his value back up.
    He is only a fall back option at LT

    The injury held him back big time.

    I think he could be a helluva a Guard.
    We have to get it in these guys head that the five best lineman should be starting.
    But that would take a committment to their team.

    You watch film of him in Jacksonville and he could really get after it.

    lose the LT or nothing attitude and he will be fine.

  • Raider Dell


    Let me throw out a menu of items to discuss:

    Should Fargas start.

    Should Cable be fired.

    Should Walker be starting over Heyward Bey.

    Who is the better center Satele or Morris.

    Do we commment about Davis.

    Is Jamarcus a bust.

    Who is better Barnes or Mop Handle.

    Should we wear the throw back uniforms more.

    When is this blog more active, during the season or before the draft.

    I can go on, pick and chose a topic, comments will be forthcoming.

  • Larz


    Gary Russell is the most underated player on our roster.

    I personally think he is a sleeper.

    Strength, balance, plenty speed. Runs hard between the tackles.

    I’ve been screaming at my TV to get the ball in his

    Could be our starting RB in my opinion.

    But he won’t because he has drafted “star” players ahead of him.

  • DMAC

    Should Fargas start? yes
    Cable fired? yes
    DHB? Anyone should start over him
    Satele has been playing better as of late
    Jabuster looks like a bust
    Haven’t seen 2 much of Branes and Corn is a good run blocker, but constantly kills us w/ his false starts
    Luv the trowbacks, yes!
    Before the draft

  • DMAC

    Why wasn’t he our FB last game? Saw alot of Lawton. Russell blocked pretty good for Huggy Bear in the Eagles game.

  • DMAC

    (Fargas)Should he get the majority of the snaps? No

  • M Lonetree

    RaiderDell, good afternoon sir,


    do I win a prize if I’m correct?

  • Raider Dell


    What Gary Russell are you commenting about? The Gary Russell that was cut before the season started off the Raider roster and then sat by as 31 other teams chose not to pick him up. I guess those other GM’S are not to bright.

    Gary Russell is a role player. He played the role as a subsitute back last year in Pittsburgh. He will play the same role with the Raiders this year also.

    I don’t think starting RB is in Gary Russell future.

  • Richochet

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 6th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Richochet, you’re grasping at straws. It was evident that Seymour had no intentions of showing up, and was considering losing a year. It’s obvious he changed his mind at the last second.

    RICHOCHET: SO, IN OTHER WORDS, espn was wrong? see..YOU STATED THAT ESPN IS ALMOST ALWAYS RIGHT ON THEIR REPORTING, and that makes you as dumb as cotton.
    Do you follow sports? APPARENTLY NOT, because I can list HUNDREDS of instances where Espn, with the sole intent of just “talking” makes blanket statements, with the design that sooner or later the dart is going to stick, and THEY ARE NOT ONLY OK WITH IT, but accept it, as most reporters do, you IDIOT.

    Crabtree also planned on sitting out to get Bey money, and, he should have. He and his agent caved when the Niners started off strong. ESPN reported what they knew at the time.

    Yeah, fool, they gambled..which they always do..and it’s always ‘our sources’..NEVER A NAME..and in most instances they’re wrong, ESPECIALLY CLAYTON.

    ESPN is almost always right when reporting on the Raiders.

    RICHOCHET: You have said a lot of stupid things on this blog..hell..you seem to have written the book, co-authored by far too many, but this is up there.
    How many times did ESPN comment about how, anyday Cable was going to be cited? EXCEPT HE NEVER WAS. Players and agents almost never talk to ESPN when negotiating, yet their shows are full of “assumptions”..and EVERYONE, EXCEPT YOU, SEEM TO KNOW THAT.

    Pick a board..ANY TEAM..and go search “espn have their head up their ass”..because they make stupid outlandish predictions/guarantees/OUR SOURCES HAVE INFORMED US comments, that in many cases are so far off the mark..see..they’re a 24 hour station..THEY HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING, so they go with what can be considered as “the obvious”..knowing full well they’ll report the truth, when it happens, as if they had never…ever…made the other comment.