Four straight blackouts


News and notes from the coach Tom Cable’s post-practice press briefing Thursday:

— To no one’s surprise, the Raiders failed to sell out Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and will be blacked out locally for the fourth consecutive time.

With Cincinnati, Washington and Baltimore remaining on the home schedule, it appears likely, barring a remarkable reversal of fortune, that the Raiders will finish the season with seven consecutive regular-season blackouts after having only six in the three previous seasons combined.

— Defensive end Greg Ellis did not practice again after bye week arthroscopic surgery on a knee and shoulder, but Cable said Friday could be a different story.

“Actually, they said there’s a pretty good chance of it so we’ll see (Friday) morning,’’ Cable said.

The Raiders aren’t likely to push Ellis given how well Matt Shaughnessy played against the Chargers the week before the bye.

“You’d like to have him at full speed but if he’s not able to go we’re OK,’’ Cable said. “If he can go but if it’s limited (snaps) we’re OK because of our depth.’’

— For the second straight day, the Raiders brought in a left-footed punter to simulate the Chiefs’ Dustin Colquitt. This time it was Glenn Pakulak, who, like Ricky Schmitt on Wednesday, has spent time on the Raiders roster either on the practice squad or during training camp.

— Cable, with his tongue either firmly in his cheek or running a serious fever, was asked his hopes for quarterback JaMarcus Russell in the second half of the season.

“Throw 20 touchdowns and not turn it over any more and be about 66 to 67 percent completion (percentage),’’ Cable said. “I think that’d be pretty good.’’

Through eight games, Russell has two touchdown passes, 14 turnovers (nine interceptions, five lost fumbles) and has completed 48.4 percent of his passes.

At the midway point of the season, with all teams having played eight or nine games, Drew Brees of New Orleans and Matt Schaub of Houston lead the NFL with 17 touchdown passes.

— Punter Shane Lechler, leading the NFL with 52.3 yards per punt, has his eyes on Sammy Baugh’s 59-year-old NFL record of 51.4 yards set in 1940. Lechler looked up the record not long after the Raiders made him a fifth-round draft pick in 2000 and has been chasing it ever since.

He never met Baugh, a Hall of Fame quarterback and safety, who, like himself, grew up in Texas. Baugh died last Dec. 17 at age 94.

“I know he owned a big ranch out by Dallas. He was a guy that I’d have love to have met and I wish I would have taken time to somehow put that together but it didn’t work out,’’ Lechler said. “It’s funny, you look back at those records and you see the numbers and you’re like, ‘Were their calculations right then? You guys serious? How close were you guys watching this because these numbers are amazing.’ ’’

Lechler has games remaining in Pittsburgh (Dec. 6), Denver (Dec. 20) and Cleveland (Dec. 27) that could potentially be cold-weather games that could drag down his average.

In Lechler’s favor so far is he’s had a wide expanse in front of him virtually every time he’s called upon to kick with the Raiders ranked No. 32 in offense.

“Unfortunately, our situation helps him be the best in in pro football,’’ Cable said. “You’d like him not to have that many opportunities. He’s really had something to do with every game we’ve been in and the two we’ve won.’’


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Mistabrown

    Cutler has completely melted down on National Tv and J McDaniels is laughing his a$$ off.

  • Nnamdi21

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Who cares what Denver is doing. Right now the Raiders just have to learn how to prepare like professionals and compete every week.

    Denver doesn’t have that problem. They are overachieving…meanwhile, this Raider team is…well…just going through the motions


    I’m always interested in what our rivals are doing cuz believe it or not, it does effect the Raiders.

    Denver’s “awesome” D thru a shoe and its “wild horses” offense suddenly seems less effective.

    If they head one way and we head the other, that seems rather important to me.

    Oaklands getting its starters back for the first time since the beginning of the season. That might help. Denvers starting get exposed.
    These two things are not mutually exclusive. Sa’ll I’m sayin’.

    I completely agree Oakland needs to play more focused, proficient football with waaaay more intensity and passion then it has in too many outings in recent years.

    When they come to compete, they do. Seesm like they let little bad breaks steal their fire and simply f’in quit.

    Well, not all, but too many of them anyway.

    Some assets in Oakland. They’ve been mismanged IMO, but this teams drive and execution needs to change before they start posting W’s.

  • Nnamdi21

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 8:24 pm
    Wow, Cutler was pretty bad. 5 ints (2 in the red zone)….wow

    But at least gets completions to his receiving corps


    He’s always thrown picks. Thinks he’s Brett Favre. Got the picks part down it seems. He had some good wides and Ryan Clady in Denver.

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    denver might go the redskins route jim zorn was the josh mcdaniels of last year now look where he is

  • SnB offense defense specialteams


    Not dissing you. Just that this Raider team is so far behind right now. Its not just about getting healthy…its about the basics.

    The QB and receivers are not even in synch. Defensive players missing assignments and calls…gap coverage still a problem.

    I don’t think this team is going to win much this year…another 3-13 to 5-11…I hope I am wrong. To me, this is very much the preseason all over AGAIN.

  • gilbert

    mr,please re read my post 71,I said RUMORS at the time had Gruden interested in a college program,think it was Notre Dame,and another coaching opening.lets see if others remember the same info,bet someone does!While we wait,perhaps you could play one of YOURE video games,or buy a new one,bet you want one!

  • gilbert

    fellas,out for now,later

  • DKnight007

    KoolKell Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 7:26 pm
    Darrius Heyward Bey at #7?

    Al Davis is crazy as hell!

    He has lost his mind! I didn’t want to believe the rumours that he would take DHB at #7 ahead of better players on the board….like Monroe, Crabs, or Harvin.

    If he had a hard on for DHB so badly, he should have did the wise and smart thing and trade down…..but Al Davis doesn’t make wise and smart decisions anymore.


  • DKnight007

    SnB Offense Defense Specialteams Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Yes, another 7yrs I am afraid. In all honesty…probably looking at 8 yrs to be honest. The team just doesn’t look fluid and something is badly broken about how Raider teams prepare for the season.

    Starts with a broken down O-line and a defensive scheme that can’t stop the run due to softness up the middle.

    Coaches don’t work the players very hard and rely on the players to police themselves

    The Owner/GM doesn’t seem to konw how to fix the run defense.

    This team just doesn’t work hard enough. From the QB all the way down.

    Remember Ellis complaining about players staying out late on the night before an exhibition?

    Russell being aloof and overweight

    Fargas and his “Yukmouth” moment

    The lack of wide receiver participation in Russell’s passing camp

    Coaches punching assistants and all that B.S

    Last second hail mary trades at the end of camp

    Reaches in the draft

    4-days of walk throughs to open up training camp

    Wasting roster spots to carry out a vendetta (Walker)

    Swapping out assistants with inexperienced youngsters (Lal and Fassel)

    Rampant penalties, missed assignents like safeties blowing coverages in the end zone….Louis Murphy not knowing snap counts or motion calls….receivers running into each other

    Coaches not knowing their personnel…running 4 verticals from the 10yd line

    Letting the best CB in football become a decoy by rigidly keeping him on one side of the field while the opponent simply moves their best receiver into the slot or other side –read Brandon Marshall consistenly lining up against Kirk Morrison

    Defense looking painfully vanilla…except for one week…against Philly

    Constant overrating of middling talent like Terdell Sands (sorry JHill), Andrew Walter, AShlie Lelie, Ronald Curry and Kwame Harris — and now out of the league

    Never mind the legit stuff like injuries….

    That’s why these last 8 wks are really a preseason for next year…

    It is what it is


    I was my hands of this team…..until the looney owner/gm/head of scoutng and personnel/wannabe coach….goes away!

  • I haven’t even seen the last 2 or 3 games. I can’t remember when Denver and KC were blacked-out.

    I think the only card Davis has left, beyond giving it up, is moving again. The lease is up after next year?

    The organization is disentergrating like an old mummy.

  • priesttj

    There’s always the 49ers weren’t they special tonight?

  • priesttj

    Quite frankly I hope he outlast everyone of you.

    Anybody who wants him gone I want them gone. Al Davis has given his heart and soul. While all I ever hear from you ass draggers is whinning and crying.

    Goodbye to you all……..

  • Goodbye, lol…….

  • Vegas,

    I put the over/under at 35,000 fans Sunday.

  • priesttj

    As long as I’m there I couldn’t care less. Party in the lot. yeah yeah!!

  • Priesttj Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    As long as I’m there I couldn’t care less. Party in the lot. yeah yeah!!

    Yes, but the Networks and the NFL care, fortunately.

  • priesttj

    Then let them worry, I wont I’m there. They want viewership then stop blacking out games. It’s archaic the NFL is the sport that does it and their the only sport that doesn’t have gauranteed contracts they make more money than god. Why can’t they let flks who can’t afford to pay see the games for free. They got 5 billion from Direct TV alone.

    How much money is enough the networks should force them to show these games for their advertisers. It’s crazy to still be blacking out games. Especially in this economy. It’s the ultimate display of GREED!

  • Whatever BHP.

    If if’s & butts
    were candy n’ nuts
    Everybody would have a Merry Xmas.

  • Richochet

    # priesttj Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Quite frankly I hope he outlast everyone of you.

    Anybody who wants him gone I want them gone. Al Davis has given his heart and soul. While all I ever hear from you ass draggers is whinning and crying.

    Goodbye to you all……..
    The good news for you is the yearly dues for the Lemming Club is minimal, at best.
    Al has stated more than once he doesn’t give a flying ratsass about the fans. He just wants their money.
    He also knows there are no shortage of worms who will continue to do just that..you know…like you.

    Now…don’t you feel just special?

  • BHP

    Why has it been 40 years since the Raiders developed a QB they drafted?

  • Lefty,

    Why has it been 40 years since the Raiders developed a QB they drafted?

  • The demand for tickets in some cities has resisted the down economy. The Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers have sellout streaks that date back to the 1970s, and fans who cancel their season tickets would quickly be replaced by those on a waiting list. But in cities where there’s less demand, there’s less pressure to prioritize spending on tickets.


  • priesttj

    good for them!!

  • djohnnyg

    You guys should be glad this pathetic franchise will be moved by Al.

    Al Davis has a responsibility to the fans who have stuck thru this all these years, but does he care? Hell no!!!!!!

    Al deserves the blackouts cuz the product is not worth paying for, and AL is truly not even trying to win.

  • priesttj

    How the hell do you know?? when the last time you talked to him? Or are you a former employee?

  • raiderzmaverick

    # KoolKell Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Vegas Raider Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    No doubt Crabtree will be and is better than DHB. However, if the Niners lose today, you can’t overlook the fact they would be 3-2 without him and 0-4 with him.

    That might be something that follows him around the league as he puts up stats over the years.
    In that case, aren’t we lucky we drafted Bey? 🙂
    Yeah, if we drafted Crabtree (someone who actually can catch) instead of DHB we might be 0-6….thank god we chose him!

  • DKnight007

    # priesttj Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Quite frankly I hope he outlast everyone of you.

    Anybody who wants him gone I want them gone. Al Davis has given his heart and soul. While all I ever hear from you ass draggers is whinning and crying.

    Goodbye to you all……..

    ^^^^^^^Al Davis hasn’t done crap for me or my family so why the heck should I give a rats a$$ about him……especially how he has ran OUR team into the depths of freakin hades!

  • priesttj

    What makes you think he should do something for you or your family? This is sports. If you don’t like it don’t watch and don’t pay it any attention. Just enjoy your family. Simple!

  • AbusedByAl

    If Raiders don’t win the KC game, well, then… then… I just don’t find the words… then they are really just hopelessly bad, bad, bad and shouldn’t even bother take the field anymore this season. Stay in the locker room on Sundays and do us a favor!

    I saw the first half of the SF – CHI game and it was pretty ugly from both teams. But SF won, and Alex Smith, while far from good, looked quite energetic and determined in the huddle. He definitely has got a certain amount of leadership quality about him, something I never notice with our fat boy.

  • priest, at what point are you going to hold Al accountable for how bad we are?

  • How many more years do we have to have a losing record for you to remotely consider the possibility of Al being to blame, Priest? This is our 7th straight year, for score.

  • raiderzmaverick

    Real MaddenRaider, I actually saw Priest blame Gruden for putting us in the situation we’re in.

    I honestly think if we did have a descent QB (just an average one who protects the ball well and shows a bit of heart) we’d have been able to be 4 and 4 at this point.

    I don’t know though….if we had Tim Brown and Jerry Rice playing like 2002 but Jamarcus as our QB…..I still don’t think he’d complete over 55% of his passes or have more TDs than Ints right now. But…then again…maybe they would have kicked him into gear enough and gotten the drive instilled into him which would have made him better.

    If he put the time in (and I mean REALLY put it in) he could have become something. But that’s not in his demeanor…or so it appears.

  • I haven’t seen anyone in denial as much as Russel is about how bad a job he’s been doing since GWB!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Happy Friday the 13th!!!

  • raiderzmaverick

    # hwnrdr Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Happy Friday the 13th!!!
    It’s been Friday the 13th in Raider Nation for 7 years…

  • CJ Legend 34

    The title of this post should read the following:

    “Four Straight Black Outs and Nothing Missed”

    Raiders fans everywhere turn to the real franchise in black right now “The New Orlean Saints” to watch a great game in tears.

  • neilb

    morning all.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Dont listen to this positive speech bull $#it this team keeps feeding you in the media. From AL Davis down to the kid selling peanuts they know this is another loss season. They are only giving you all that positive speech BS because they are still trying to generate ticket sales.

    Every black out should impact their bonus directly from the players to the managment and admin. They would get their $#it together then.

  • CJ Legend 34

    How do you like them Apples!!!
    raiderzmaverick Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 6:28 am
    # hwnrdr Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Happy Friday the 13th!!!
    It’s been Friday the 13th in Raider Nation for 7 years…

  • neilb

    Anyone suffer from Paraskavedekatriaphobia ?

  • hwnrdr

    neilb Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 6:41 am
    Anyone suffer from Paraskavedekatriaphobia ?


  • neilb

    morning Hwnrdr…..

    It’s the fear of Friday the 13th.

  • neilb

    ……and I don’t mean that crappy horror film.

  • BlackSunday32

    Where all the Cable is like Madden guys go , just fire the guy Al and get us someone new guy is garbage send him back to Idaho.

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    I 😎 guess ❓ the monitor 👿 blackballed the Happy Troll 😎


    I like that BlackSunday32!

    Tom Cable, we hereby banish thee to Idaho! Go beat some potatoes!

  • Paraskavedekatriaphobia?

    Is it the fear of Parasailing in Scandinavia three times?

  • neilb

    I think the potatoes could take Cable.

  • neilb

    That time again……


  • hwnrdr

    Morning Neilb…LOL…had me wondering this morning. Friday the 13th is one of favorite days! Thanks for clearing that up!