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Postgame wrap

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 15th, 2009 at 8:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes from Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum:

– The minimal production of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey didn’t prevent the rookie from getting the most work in the rotation of wide receivers.

By one count, Heyward-Bey played 54 of the 63 offensive snaps. Wide receiver Chaz Schilens, in his first game of the season, was in for 38 snaps, Johnnie Lee Higgins 22 and Louis Murphy 15.

What Heyward-Bey delivered was one catch for 22 yards and two huge red zone drops, the second of which resulted in an interception by the Chiefs’ Mike Brown that derailed a two-minute drill conducted by Bruce Gradkowski that had the Raiders in position to win.

When asked if the time is coming that Heyward-Bey will have to produce to validate his time on the playing field, Cable said, “I think so. I absolutely think so.’’

Heyward-Bey was gone by the time the media arrived, leaving his teammates to speak for him.

Gradkowski thought there plenty of plays to point at which were equally as damaging.

“I told him, I mean that’s a tough play,’’ Gradkowski said. `That stuff’s going to happen. It’s the game of football and it should’ve never came down to it.

“That’s what I told him. I said, “Look, it just stinks it happened then, but it shouldn’t have come down to the end like that and we had plays earlier in the game we needed to make.’’

“It’s something that everybody goes through, a moment like that,’’ cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. “So, he’s going to have to mentally be strong and get through it. He’s a professional, so those moments are going to happen. But you have to be able to bounce back from them. It’s not the end of the world.’’

Schilens advice?

“Just keep your head up, man. He was open. It was there. Stay positive man, work on it in practice, catch it a couple times, get it out of your mind and go on to the next play really.’’

Said Murphy: “ I talked to him and I just told him, ‘I’m riding with you through thick and thin.’ We came in together, we work together, we work on all fundamentals together so I’m with him, I’m in his corner all the time.’’

– Higgins caught four passes for 41 yards in his most extensive time at receiver, but was a disaster returning punts. He had a minus-2 yards on three returns and let one ball bounce a few feet from him that rolled to a stop after 61 yards.

Cable said his role in that regard will be evaluated.

– Running back Michael Bush ran 60 yards on his first carry and finished with 119 yards on 14 carries as the Raiders had a season high 182 yards rushing. It was the first 100-yard game by a Raiders back since Bush had 177 in the regular-season finale last season at Tampa Bay.

Justin Fargas had 10 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. Darren McFadden had 11 yards on four carries.

“It really was all of them, when they were in there,’’ Cable said. “It was the same stuff, just guys blocking up front, making the right read and running with good violence.”

– Bush has no problems with the Raiders making an attempt to diversify their offense when it sometimes appears as if they should just keep running against a team which is struggling to stop them.

“You just can’t run all the time. You need to pass the ball sometime,’’ Bush said. “But as long as we keep the running backs doing what we’re doing, I guess it’s only a matter of time before they get the passing game clicking.

“ I know it’s like Week 10 or Week 11; ya’ll is like, when is it gonna happen? But we believe. We gotta keep believing that positive things will come out of it.”

– Bush said he was caught on his 60-yard run by attempting to use technology to his advantage.

“What went wrong was I looked up at the screen, trying to see who was behind me, forgetting that it’s kind of a couple seconds delay,’’ Bush said. “And I was trying to read, thinking it was Darrius there in front of me to block. Next thing you know I feel something jumping on my leg.’’

– Cable wasn’t willing to say JaMarcus Russell would remain the quarterback for next week’s game against Cincinnati, a shift in his public tone which could impact his job status, as explained in my Web-exclusive column.

– Russell wasn’t helped by a spate of dropped passes _ Cable counted eight for the Raiders in the game, but it’s also true in most cases his passes weren’t exactly put in places where the catches are made easy.

“I love JaMarcus. I love him as a player, I love him as a person,’’ tackle Cornell Green said. “The thing is, he’s in a tough predicament just because everybody wants him to save the Raiders, and it’s not about that.

“It’s more than what you see on the field. You have to give him the support and you have to block for him. For the most part we blocked good for him, but at the same time, the drops we can’t have that.’’

– The ugliest play of an ugly game was a Keystone Cops fumble sequence in which Dwayne Bowe took a blow from Kirk Morrison and lost the ball, but the ball was missed by at least three Raiders before Brian Waters recovered at the Oakland 23.

The Chiefs ended up failing to convert a short Matt Cassel pass on fourth down.

– Sebastian Janikowski missed a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left, his first miss of the season after making 13 in a row. He had made 20 straight dating back to striking an upright last season against Miami on Nov. 16.

x-The Wildcat, or the “Wild Hog’’ as Cable calls it, made its return with McFadden taking the snap as a shotgun quarterback. On consecutive plays it gained five yards, the first with McFadden running it after faking to Higgins on a reverse and the second time actually giving it to Higgins.

– The Raiders were the victims of the first 100-yard game by Chiefs back Jamaal Charles, who had 103 yards on 18 carries as the starter in place of Larry Johnson, who was released.

Charles broke off a 44-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-1 play.

“It was a toss crack and we misplayed it from the outside,’’ Cable said.

– Sam Williams and Jon Alston were alternating at strong side linebacker. Alston, who has had two so-called “minor’’ concussions this season, seemed a little woozy after one special teams hit and spent some time on the bench with his head down afterward. He re-entered the game later.

– Left guard Robert Gallery returned after being out since Week 2 and was the recipient of the tripping penalty which negated a big gain from Russell to Murphy to the Chiefs 5-yard line.

That play occurred after Heyward-Bey dropped a perfect post pattern from Russell near the goal line. The passes might have been the two best back-to-back throws by Russell this season.

“It was one of those things, I’m not going to let the quarterback get hit,’’ Gallery said. “I can’t put myself in that situation. It is what it is. It cost us pretty big, so it’s a hard one to swallow.’’

– The Raiders had one of their biggest penalty games of the year and were whistled 10 times in all for 88 yards. Both were season highs.

– Two of the worst statistical offenses in the league lived down to their reputations when it came to third down. They teams were a combined 0-for-18 at halftime and 3-for-31 in the game. Kansas City was 1-for-15, the Raiders 2-for-16.

A new low. The Raiders lose to a team that was 1-for-15 on third downs.

– Oakland has still scored two touchdowns in a game just once _ Week 1 against San Diego. They have seven touchdowns on the season. In Cable’s 21 games as head coach, the Raiders have had one or zero touchdowns 16 times.

– Punter Shane Lechler had 11 punts for a 48.3 average and his averaging 51.5 this season, a whisker ahead of Sammy Baugh’s NFL record 51.4 with seven games to play and three of them in potentially cold-weather sites.

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  • DMAC

    Later Nation!

  • Mistabrown

    You can read between the lines when Cable speaks he is a beaten down lump of balogna. AL is wearing him down to a nub. Cables comments on JaMeatball are very telling, he has ZERO confidense in the big dummy!

    If Cable had his way he probably would have started Garcia. So every Monday Tom has to standup and defend AL’s failed schemes.

    Pretty dam rough job if you ask me…

  • DMAC

    Cable sux as a HC. Should stick coaching the O-line.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    The Blackouts will continue until the fans see some REAL CHANGE.

    More lipstick on this pig, in the form of Re-tread Coaches, rookie no-name coaches, or sons of coaches will not get it.

    Al Davis will have to cede power to lift the blackouts.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    How many fans there yesterday, 35,000.

    I had the over/under at 35,000.

    Let’s see if we can get down to 30,000.

  • CJ Legend 34

    SNS – You don’t get it. That is what happened when Al hired Cable he just took anyone.
    ————————————
    Silver-n-Smac Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    O.K.

    I give up. You all win.

    Fire his ass!

    Bring in Bill Cower. Oh that’s right – he wouldn’t come here.

    Bring in Gruden. Oh that’s right – he wouldn’t come here.

    Shouldn’t we at least have a LEGIT replacement, one that’ll really stick?

    Or do you need some instant gratification?

    If that’s the case. . . .yeah, fire his ass!

    Let’s just bring in anyone! Hell, anyone will do!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Dakota Says:
    I agree, certainly Cable is nothing more than a symptom of a deeper problem…that problem being Al Davis…but I don’t think Al will be firing himself in December…
    ___________________
    Unless God does the recall himself.
    ————
    Dakota Says:
    Dell for Head Coach. He can’t take us any lower than Cable has…
    ———–
    Dell, find a new campaign slogan.
    -
    Suic!de is saying “you can’t fire me, I Quit!”
    G. Carlin

  • Mistabrown

    KK, is your boy 0bama going to send the # of troops the General asked for to get the job done in Afghan or we just going to keep sending body bags back to the US ?

    Hope, change and Socialism!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Mistabrown Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    KK, is your boy 0bama going to send the # of troops the General asked for to get the job done in Afghan or we just going to keep sending body bags back to the US ?

    Hope, change and Socialism!
    —————————
    He’s in the process of redefining the mission there.

    You should have asked that question of Dumbya.

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

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:36 pm
    SNS – You don’t get it. That is what happened when Al hired Cable he just took anyone.
    ————————————
    Silver-n-Smac Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    O.K.

    I give up. You all win.

    Fire his ass!

    Bring in Bill Cower. Oh that’s right – he wouldn’t come here.

    Bring in Gruden. Oh that’s right – he wouldn’t come here.

    Shouldn’t we at least have a LEGIT replacement, one that’ll really stick?

    Or do you need some instant gratification?

    If that’s the case. . . .yeah, fire his ass!

    Let’s just bring in anyone! Hell, anyone will do!
    _____________________________

    Lol

    Yeah, what is the message to the players if we don’t fire Cable? Losing is okay…payday is Monday.

  • chappy23us

    Siler-n-Smac: I agree with you that we are playing young players right now and they are proned to make mistakes but the issues with this team are much greater than just saying the team is young. I would have not had a problem taking DHB in round one with the 21st pick (no doubt he would still be on board) after Philly offered pick #21 and 27 for #7. Then in round 2 we take another safety when we already have Tyvonne Branch (who I think will be a pro-bowler soon) instead of upgrading our OL. We cut one of our 4th round picks before the season and did not even bother to bring our 6th round selection into camp. I wish I had more time to detail but the boss is standing right behind me. Let me just state that Al Davis is clearly the problem.

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

    Silver-n-Smac Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Fire Cable.

    Message to Jamarcus: It’s not you. It’s the coach.

    Fire Cable.

    Message to DHB: It’s not you. It’s the coach.

    Fire Cable:

    Message to NAMDI: It’s not you. You don’t need to get in anyone’s face when we need a vocal leader. It’s the coach.

    Fire Cable.

    Message to Chris Johnson: It’s not you. It’s the coach. You’re right. Let’s not worry about just winning our next game. Let’s proclaim that we can still go 8-0 and finish the season 10-6. It’s the coach.

    Fire Cable.

    Message to Michael Bush: It’s not you. You’re right – you shouldn’t do what the team needs from you and be a temporary fullback. You need to get your individual numbers. It’s the coach.

    Uh. . . .

    Have you all not seen the results of this approach before?
    ____________________________________

    Lol

    Yeah, what is the message to the players if we don’t fire Cable? Losing is okay…payday is Monday.

  • morilla

    I seriously would embrace Vick with open arms at this point. Why Al didn’t entertain this idea is even more proof he is an idiot.

  • neilb

    Cable should resign.Denial isn’t a river.If he thinks improvement is just around the corner he’s either a fool or full of sh!t.

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

    Would any other NFL team hire Cable as a HC?

    No.

    Prior to 2008 would have any major college program hired Tom Cable as HC?

    No.

    Does a record of 6-15 and the direction the team is currently in justify retaining Tom Cable as HC?

    No.

    Have the players gotten better under Tom Cable’s leadership?

    No.

    Anymore questions?

  • neilb

    …..and I don’t know who’d replace him,but if that’s all you’ve got for keeping him…..then you’re a fool or full of sh!te.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    Someone said in here yesterday that he was sick of seeing murphy get a pass in here on the blog while dhb get’s all the criticism.

    i thought about it and this is what i think.

    DHB through no fault of his own was drafted #7 overall he will catch major criticism because of what guy’s like Percy Harvin and Michael Craptree do.

    DHB did not draft himself so this all squarely falls on al davis.

    Murphy was a fourth round pick who shows some signs of talent and heart. so his mistakes are understandable and are a reflection on the coaches.

    guy’s like dhb taken number 7 overall should at least flash some talent.

  • neilb

    Art Shell did more with less talent.

  • Mistabrown

    Redefining the mission?
    Lets win and go home how about that mission? How many months need to go bye before he “redefines” that mission?

    Remember when we had to pass that “job” stimulus bill or unemployment would go over 8%? We passed that bill in a week and unemployment is 10.2% Why did it take him 1 week to spend 800 billion on Bullsht but when it comes to the military he leaves the troops high and dry?

    # KoolKell Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    He’s in the process of redefining the mission there.

    You should have asked that question of Dumbya.

  • Mistabrown

    Art Shell did as little as Cable and Shell was a HC once before.

    Cable is doing what he’s told to do….period

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Neilb Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Cable should resign.Denial isn’t a river.If he thinks improvement is just around the corner he’s either a fool or full of sh!t.
    —————————
    Denial isn’t a river. Tom Cable is about as culpable for this mess as
    Norv Turner
    Art Shell
    Lane Kiffin
    Joe Bugel
    Mike White
    or any of Davis’ other stooges.

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

    Silver-n-Smac Says:

    Shouldn’t we at least have a LEGIT replacement, one that’ll really stick?

    Or do you need some instant gratification?

    If that’s the case. . . .yeah, fire his ass!
    __________________________

    Instant gratification? No, we are just looking for some consistent progress, which Cable is not and will not provide.

    But even a little instant gratification wouldn’t hurt at this point….but you seem to be happy with prolonged agony if you want Cable back in 2010.

  • Mistabrown

    If you were Cable and you were following orders from AL what would you say to the media? Seriously, think about that. I would blow AL up but then I wouldn’t get paid, what would you do neil ?

    # neilb Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Cable should resign.Denial isn’t a river.If he thinks improvement is just around the corner he’s either a fool or full of sh!t.

  • Mistabrown

    KK, maybe Tom just needs to redefine the mission?

    lmao

  • morilla

    Mistabrown — keep your politics for another board, ok?

    Anyone with a sense of history knows that we will never win that war. It’s been raging for thousands of years and it is never going to end. “War on Terror”? F-k you Bush… You threw gasoline on a raging fire that is going to haunt us forever. We wont win, ever. End Rant…..

  • neilb

    That’s my point Mistabrown.Art didn’t have the talent for his second time at HC that Cable has now.Cable has/had the last 3 #1 draft picks on offense and done nothing with them.

  • Raider Dell

    Raider O Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 8:05 pm
    Dell,

    I need your advise again sir. if I want to work abroad ( mid east) later, which is more beneficial to me: a CFP/CPA combo, or a CFA? US too?

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Raider O

    Hope all is well.

    I currently am a CPA/CFP. Most of the CFA’S I know have left college and worked for a few years and decided to study for the designation as a CFA. The tests are difficult. The direction and interest in a particular area will determine if you should become a CFA. Also the possibilty a employer, could help subsidize the cost to achieve the CFA, should be considered.

    I have currently hired two CFA’S and asked for their opinion. Their opinion is, if you are moving towards the mideast, the designation as a CPA/CFP is a stronger designation nationally across the globe.

    Whatever you decide, work hard and all your hard work will come together to having a successful career.

  • neilb

    What would I do Mistabrown……?

    I’d be out of a job.

  • Mistabrown

    Neil, feel free to go to the next thread.

    lol

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