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Tom Cable Q&A

A transcription of coach Tom Cable’s press briefing Friday the day after a 24-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

(I was traveling from Dallas and did not attend)

Cable: Quick injury update from the game. Greg Ellis was the only one who didn’t finish. Had some fluid on his knee. Ike Ekejiuba, really no worse for wear. Took another shot to the knee. It’s just basically a pretty good bruise. Cornell Green sprained an ankle, doesn’t look to be too serious.

Q: Is there a common theme to the big plays allowed?

Cable: There’s a couple of miscommunications. More than anything, we’re a man team, play press coverage, and we didn’t really play them up real tight. The runs, really, were empty gaps, people not defending the gap properly. But just too many of them. That’s really the tale of the game defensively. Offensively, ran it pretty consistent. Threw it OK, threw it better than last week, but still, against a good team like that on the road, you’ve got to throw a little bit better. And some of that, I think more in the first half just getting untracked. That’s progressing, and special teams was very solid it seemed like all day in terms of covering. Really didn’t get much chance to return. Just really too much to fight back from, too much to overcome.

Q: Was the short week a factor defensively in terms of communication?

Cable: Well, you hope not. They had to do the same thing. So I wouldn’t make an excuse like that. We just did not get it done there.

Q: What was behind the decision to move Trevor, have him play (weak side linebacker)? And do you anticipate doing that more?

Cable: I thought for what we asked him to do, he played well. The only difference in what we had done in weeks past is just stand him up more, not so much on the end but behind he line of scrimmage. Really it just gives us a little more physicalness. We figured going in that they would really try to run the football.

Q: Is that something you anticipate doing more of?

Cable: I think it’s something after looking at it on film was a positive thing and certainly will get better.

Q: Can you address struggles in the passing game with Bruce Gradkowski?

Cable: I would think that’s the only thing I would probably relate to the short week. It’s just the timing of our passing game. You know, it’s better this week than the week before, but like you just said, when you look at it on film, it’s literally a foot here a foot there from being a heck of a throw and a great completion. So if you look at that, that’s something that will just naturally get better and better. But that’s an exciting part of our team, because you can see it coming now.

Q: When you look at the tape, how was the protection?

Cable: Good. You know there was one sack early, we stepped up into one right there at the end of the first half, and then just the one in the second half. A couple of times he got a little antsy in there, but again, Mario’s playing a great player who got him one time. He got him on an over-set. We had a double with a tight end and a back, and it got split, and then one time just pushing up in the pocket. I think it was Spencer came underneath someone.

Q: Any consideration of moving the pocket so that Gradkowski can utilize his mobility?

Cable: Absolutely. But if you look at the width of their ends in this game, they were ready for that. Definitely. It was going to be part of the plan was to move him, but they were playing those guys, if you noticed, backside end was never a factor in our run game.

Q: You said pass protection was ‘good’, what was the grade?

Cable: What would the grade be on protection?

Q: Yeah.

Cable: I’d say ‘B’. You know, it was, for that group of guys, you had three other hurries. That’s really pretty productive against that particular group.

Q: Kelly said the front seven needs to get their act together in terms of communication and being on the same page . . .

Cable: Well I think, communication is all 11. You know, it’s getting the call, the huddle call, being able to get lined up, and fitting off each other, playing in front and behind each other, all the things it takes to be gap sound. You know the thing I took–one of the quotes I saw from him was, ‘We’re stopping them, we’re stopping, we’re stopping them, then bang!’ And that’s a very true statement. You know, you see a lot of high integrity defense, fitting it right, tackling it well, and then the next thing you know, bang, something comes out.

Q: Is that a thing where guys are relaxing after the two good plays?

Cable: When that happens it’s a person letting up somewhere in there, whether it’s a lack of focus or concentration or maybe over-running something, that’s part of it, too, is maybe you understand what it is and what you’re doing but you may get a little antsy and overrun it.

Q: What’s a successful week in terms of points allowed?

Cable: If you’re in that 14-17 range you’re doing pretty well in this league. If you’re doing better than that you’re probably one of the very top defenses. It gives you a chance to go out, offensively, and score two touchdowns and two field goals to have a chance to win it. I think we’re capable of doing that.

Q: Bush no carries in first half?

Cable: Really if you look at how we started the game and you start looking at how those three guys are used, look at how we started the game with the two tailbacks in the game at the same time and using some spread formation, and then a lot of three wide receiver with one back. I think nothing more than we started the game that way.

Q: His fumble vs Cincy had nothing to do with it?

Cable: No.

Q: How is Chaz and does he have the burst he had before the injury?

Cable: Looks like it. He seemed to be very much in control of what he’s doing out there and so for him to be back like that, that’s a real positive.

Q: Is Fargas a guy you can hold up as an example?

Cable: Sure I do. In terms of a bellcow, he brings it every day, practice, game day, loves to play, plays inspired football whether he’s getting it or not. If he’s out there protecting, blocking, catching it, whatever, you’re going to get 100 percent from that guy. He definitely would be an example.

Q: Will Bruce start against Pittsburgh?

Cable: Yes.

Q: How much did TD help DHB’s confidence?

Cable: As I mentioned after the game, every time those young guys do something like that, score a touchdown, hit a couple of big plays, go through a game without s drop, whatever that is. Those are breakthroughs and you just want to keep piling them up and pretty soon that confidence factor will kick in and you got what you wanted.

Q: Did you sense relief from DHB after TD?

Cable: Sure. I think it’s exciting any time a guys scores his first touchdown in the NFL. It’s a big deal for those guys.

Q: Worried about losing guys?

Cable: No. I mentioned this a couple weeks ago. The character of this team is really too strong. I just feel like we’ll go to work every day and put forth the right effort, put forth what it takes to succeed. It’s just a matter of being more stubborn than that negative emotion or negative feeling.

Q: Did you see improvement this week?

Cable: Parts of it. Look at the 5-something average per rush. The completions were up, throwing the ball for 200 yards, again another touchdown pass, some things that we haven’t had here. Those numbers are starting to come where they should be or need to be for us to successful. It gets back to continuity to solve your problems. That’s getting more chunk yardage, big plays in the passing game, and more consistent defense.

Q: How much does running game success a result of Bruce?

Cable: Yeah I think it bodes well for the run game but it also helps the passing game too. As I mentioned earlier, they weren’t going to let us run the boot game or move the quarterback and reverse stuff because they were playing two, three yards outside the tackle and tight end. They just weren’t going to let us do it. That’s space. By alignment they are creating space for us. It definitely is starting to complement each other.

Q: What will you do with extra time, rest or more practice?

Cable: Both. We’ll have an extra day again on Monday so we’ll take advantage of that, introduce Pittsburgh, come back Wednesday, Thursday, Friday like we normally would and travel on Friday. It will be pretty similar to a normal week with the added day of Monday.

Q: Weekend off?

Cable: We’ll be back in Sunday.

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  • Florida Pete

    i can’t swear to it… cause i’m not an insider…

    but the way cable picks his starters (if there is a decision to be made between two people) is as follows:

    1. those who give him a reach around…

    2. those who promise not to tell Davis that he asked for a reach around…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Jhill,

    That scheme is broken at its core. Even Phillips said you can’t run man2man for 80 and 90% of the game and hold up.

    The run defense has been 30 or worse for 6 years now.

    As for Branch….leave him alone. We have a player that is performing at a high level….leave him at SS and let’s just enjoy the fact we got one position locked down. Not risking moving him around at all. Let him master the SS position first.

    Howard is a player. Get him blitzing (run or pass) get him in coverage etc….

    Moving Scott out there? Okay fine. Maybe Scott could be put at SLB? Good freekn grief.

    THis team is badly broken. Also, Eugene started Thanksgiving.

  • Raider

    post 199:

    “Vikings were making the playoffs with Tavaris Jackson.
    Still we don’t learn.

    ^^^^^^^^Not WE SNB. It’s Al Davis”

    he didn’t mean “we” as in, me and you. He meant the Raiders (Al D.) It seemed obvious to me.

  • Mistabrown

    Since no legitimate coach is going to come here lets just keep Cable and hire a OC. If Cable doesn’t like that he can go phuk himself.

    Gradkowski has 1/2 the yards of Russell in just 2 games and more TD. JaMeatball supporters are the dumbest things walking this planet.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Florida Pete,

    Against Dallas Cable had:

    QB: Gradkowski
    RB: Fargas
    WR: Heyward-Bey
    RT: Green
    RG: Carlisle
    FS: Eugene
    SLB: Williams

    Those are HIS guys! My biggest fear is he falls in love with Gradkowski and we are saddled with this guy in 2010!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    ZBS sucks! It’s it meant for a weak ass line. I like the power blocking lines. When the ZBS gets outschemed, then games like Dallas happen.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    And sign a veteran QB in the offseason. Actually bring in FOUR vets to compete!

    Choose among:

    St. Pierre
    Grossman
    Campbell
    Vick
    Losman
    Rosenfelds

    and move on!

    Cut Russell…..cut Gradkowski…..cut Frye

  • Plunketthead

    I just got home.
    Well that took some of the air out of my T-day ballon.
    That is the second game I have seen this year.

    I did not get to watch much (I was turkey fryer, noone else had the cojones) but I noticed they had a big pass rush and Bruce was under constant pressure. He was hurried and hit everytime I saw him.

    But what impressed me was Bruce was able to stay in the pocket. I admit that I am not a x & o guy or a fountain of knowledge but I dont see many QB’s hang in there like that.

    Am I wrong?

  • Chris in NY

    DT is not this team’s problem. No way should we have picked Raji or Monroe. Last I heard Monroe was in and out of the starting lineup in Jacksonville because of inconsistent performance anyway so I’m not sure why so many think we whiffed there. Of course virtually no one thought we should take DHB at No. 7, myself included. (For the record I wanted to trade down and get Maualuga and Loadholt, or barring a trade down go with either Maualuga, Maclin or Crabtree at No. 7).

    The reason we’re 3-8 isn’t because of the DTs or even the run D. It’s not even because of the o-line which is mediocre. It’s because we have virtually no passing game. It’s because of lousy QB play — particularly JaMarcus — and starting 2 rookie WRs who usually have trouble catching the ball.

    Passing offense is the most important component to have in the NFL right now. Look at the top 12 passing teams — none has a losing record. Of the bottom 11 passing teams: none has a winning record. It’s as simple as that. We need to find a QB. That’s far and away the Raiders’ No. 1 priority. The WRs should get much better with time and hopefully Schilens stays healthy from now on.

    I firmly believe that with a Peyton Manning this team would be at least 8-3, rather than 3-8.

  • Raider Dell

    Jhll

    My comments earlier in this post was the big yardage on the Raider defense seems to be the weak or Will linebacker spot recently. It could be screens or sweeps or off tackle plays that have been a big problem for this defense.

    Seymour can only maintain a gap in the inside and out, but beyond that he needs a linebacker to help out in those plays he is teamed or doubled.

    I am in agreement with not starting Eugene over Huff for the first part of this season, especially since Huff was showing great coverage and run recognition in the pre season and in his spot duty in their nickle packages early in the season. That was a big error to let that play out as long as it did.

    Trevor Scott needs to be a pass rusher or hybrid lineman in certain defensive scheme depending on down and distance. Move him around and wreck some havoc in the offensive lineman coordination of their blocking and let’s play some ball. This straight four man rush is not foolin any team or lineman that plays against us.

  • Raider Dell

    Chris in NY

    I implore you to go to NFLN and watch the replay of the game. The linebackers for the Raiders can’t get off blocks or over commit to a gap and are rode out or missread the play constantly.

    The problem is all of them. Our MLB is why we have been gashed consistently, due to many times simply can’t get off a block or is committed to a gap and rushes in and takes himself out of the play.

    Look closely at Morrisson, and stop assuming we need DT’S, linebacker are there to fill or assist, when the play is broken down, they are not engaged with lineman at the snap of the play.

  • Florida Pete

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:08 am
    Florida Pete,

    Against Dallas Cable had:

    QB: Gradkowski
    RB: Fargas
    WR: Heyward-Bey
    RT: Green
    RG: Carlisle
    FS: Eugene
    SLB: Williams

    Those are HIS guys! My biggest fear is he falls in love with Gradkowski and we are saddled with this guy in 2010!

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    jeezus…

    i never thought it would come down to Gradkowski’s “stroke”…

    .
    oh…. rim shot !!!!

  • Raider Dell

    Rob Ryan is gone, but the big plays have not left. Dallas had 12 plays for over 3oo yards, their total yardage for the game was around 400 yards.

    Remove the big plays and reduce them down to at least the NFL average 35%, we are in more games and probably have maybe 2-3 more wins.

  • Florida Pete

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:10 am
    And sign a veteran QB in the offseason. Actually bring in FOUR vets to compete!

    Choose among:

    St. Pierre
    Grossman
    Campbell
    Vick
    Losman
    Rosenfelds

    and move on!

    Cut Russell…..cut Gradkowski…..cut Frye

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    i say Losman… he has earned a legit shot at NFL QB…

    also… really good CFL QBs tend to do very well in the NFL…

  • Plunketthead

    Is OO still in the league?

  • new englandraider

    eugene HAS NOT started over huff in weeks. eugene is always announced as starter by commentators, but hasnt started in weeks. nor should he. mitchell should be on the field b4 eugene.

  • new englandraider

    i agree that morrison is a hufe part of why our run d sux. ALWAYS over pursues. never really in good position. you see howard make more plays in the backfield coming right up the gut. morrison is junk. just like tommy kelly

  • jhill

    Dell,

    I agree that our LB play has been spotty at best. The talent in the upcoming draft is along the Dline, but I think we will miss out picking around 10 or 11.

    We should be able to get one of the top LBs at 10.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Raider Dell,
    Good analysis, that and having the LB’s cover their wide receiver’s. Mismatches the Cowgirls took advantage of.

  • jhill

    cut Frye

    but

    Choose among:

    St. Pierre
    Grossman
    Campbell
    Vick
    Losman
    Rosenfelds

    ?????????????????????????????????????????

    Not quite sure how any of those guys are better than Frye. And can we please stop with the Vick chatter?

  • jhill

    OO is on IR, I think.

  • Chris in NY

    I like Jake Locker (QB, Washington) or Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma St.) in this year’s draft.

    Bryant is a slam-dunk stud WR. Very similar to T.O. and Andre Johnson.

    Locker, IMO, is the best in this class at the most important position in the game. Very athletic. Very gritty. Could be a cross between Steve Young and Ben Roethlisberger.

  • DKnight007

    jhill Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:39 am
    cut Frye

    but

    Choose among:

    St. Pierre
    Grossman
    Campbell
    Vick
    Losman
    Rosenfelds

    ?????????????????????????????????????????

    Not quite sure how any of those guys are better than Frye. And can we please stop with the Vick chatter?

    ^^^^^^^I would take Kevin Kolb ahead of all the of them…..but it would depend on whether the offensive system is a west coast style and a timing passing scheme.

    If they try and a do the lousy offense they have now with forcing the ball deep with low percentage passes 85% of the time…..Kolb would not be a good fit.

    I’m telling you….Kevin Kolb is the next Matt Schaub!

  • Chris in NY

    Actually Bryant is more like T.O. than Andre Johnson. A little like Anquan Boldin too, but faster.

  • Chris in NY

    4 former Raiders among 25 HOF semifinalists: Tim Brown, Cliff Branch, Ray Guy and Lester Hayes. Good luck. Hopefully at least one of those guys finally makes it this year. It’d be about time.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Kevin Kolb is being developed to be the heir to McNabb. See, that’s what good COMPETENT ORGANIZATIONS DO. They continuously work towards improving the team WHILE WINNING AT THE SAME TIME!

    So Kolb is out of the question. Eagles are not going to trade their starting QB for the next 10 years.

    The incompetence of the Raiders is always on full display.

    So, we have to get some vets and hope for the best. I would hope that we trade for someone. Why? A trade woud suggest value on the other side. That value can serve as a proxy for the Raiders recruiting capability…which is limited.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Chris in NY Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:44 am
    I like Jake Locker (QB, Washington) or Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma St.) in this year’s draft.
    =======================================================
    Absolutely no way the RAiders draft a QB again! or a receiver.

    Can’t develop the QBs in Oakland because they don’t know how.

    Fix the lines…..can’t go wrong there

  • Nnamdi21

    Injured and patch work O line

    NO starting FB (Practice squad Lawton and scrub Gary Russell?!)

    Drafting DMC, lucking into a potential like Bush and then thwarting them with FBs like them makes as much sense as paying a #1 overall DP at QB and then pairing him with upolished rookie wides being taught by a WR coach with no business coaching.

  • islandraider

    Jake Locker may remain at Washington another year according to some of the talk shows. He was also drafted by the Angels and may opt to play baseball. He plays part time (non-roster) on a semi-pro club, Bellingham Bells, during the summer.

  • Richochet

    # Florida Pete Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    truth is: Hey-Bey can’t catch… i’m not sure he ever will…

    dump him and his salary and move on…

    Russell is not and never will be the answer for the Raiders… you can’t teach self respect… you can’t teach work ethic… you can’t teach JR…

    dump him and his salary and move on…

    McTiptoe has reached his limit… he is simply not a pro-caliber running back…

    dump him and his salary and move on…

    Kelly and Warren are minimum acceptable DTs… there you have it… minimum acceptable, yet highly paid…

    dump them and move on…

    the entire right side of the line (plus center) is minimum acceptable… need to upgrade… this past draft would have been an excellent opportunity…

    Cable isn’t the guy… but unless we bring in a Gruden, a Cowher or a Fisher (if available)… we may as well stay with Cable…

    we have a really schitty GM… that probably should be fixed first…

    this past years draft was the absolute worst draft in Raider history… (yes, you kind gentlemen are welcome to nominate other years)…

    the season was over when Russell reported to camp with a fat ass… think about this: we have a QB (Jacarcass) who can’t take snaps from under center because he is too fat and clumbsy to turn around and move away from the line…

    i am so disgusted and discouraged with this team…
    ===========================
    Interesting in that everything YOU just pointed out as glaring problems/weaknesses is the exact same thing I pointed out to you during training camp, which you discounted.

    I knew you would come around, lol.

    Told ya..sometimes REALITY BITES.

    Instead of an apology, or doing my yard, as you pro

  • Nnamdi21

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:37 am
    Raider Dell,
    Good analysis, that and having the LB’s cover their wide receiver’s. Mismatches the Cowgirls took advantage of.

    ==============================

    Anyone vs Sam Williams = mismatch.

  • Richochet

    *Instead of an apology, or doing my yard, as you promised, a box of See’s Candy will suffice.

    Dark Bordeaux, preferably.

  • Richochet

    # Chris in NY Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I like Jake Locker (QB, Washington) or Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma St.) in this year’s draft.

    Bryant is a slam-dunk stud WR. Very similar to T.O. and Andre Johnson.

    Locker, IMO, is the best in this class at the most important position in the game. Very athletic. Very gritty. Could be a cross between Steve Young and Ben Roethlisberger.
    —————–
    Excuse me..but are you trying to instill logic?

    This is Al.

    Let’s make it easier? Which player (not qb, player, because Al has a history of priding himself on everyone saying WTF WAS THAT after his picks)is the most unlikely choice?

    Now beat the rush, and buy his jersey now.

  • Plunketthead

    SnB said

    Kevin Kolb is being developed to be the heir to McNabb. See, that’s what good COMPETENT ORGANIZATIONS DO. They continuously work towards improving the team WHILE WINNING AT THE SAME TIME!

    So Kolb is out of the question. Eagles are not going to trade their starting QB for the next 10 years.

    Thank you. JaChunkysoup will be eaten long before KK

  • islandraider

    Does anyone like Colt McCoy? I don’t see the Raiders ever getting a qb in the draft soon. There only hope is to pick up and recycle a FA. Have they ever had a succesful drafted qb other than Stabler?

    I remember Rusty Hilger replacing Plunkett in a game vs. Seattle. That was a bad scene. And look how long we had to sweat out the Marc Wilson years. Todd Moronavich was in keeping with their picks. Raiders need to find a FA QB. Its their only hope.

  • Plunketthead

    So I am the only one who thought Bruce did a great job of staying in the pocket untill the last millisecond before pulling the trigger?

    Even though the results were woeful.

  • Florida Pete

    Richoschit…

    the last thing i need is to be pestered by a guy for whom the 2 minute drill is a sexuaal experience…

  • Plunketthead

    Island
    I have become inclined to think QB’s from Texas and other big name conferences tend to be bust.

    Some poster here puts up the spreadsheet about how few QB’s from certain schools tend to not cut it.

    I realize that does not mean its 100% but I would rather Al work on other things and try to pluck an eperienced QB from someone who knows how to develop them.

  • Florida Pete

    gradkowski short arms the ball…

    he is 3 games away from having them all batted down at the line of scrimmage…

  • Richochet

    # Mistabrown Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Since no legitimate coach is going to come here lets just keep Cable and hire a OC. If Cable doesn’t like that he can go phuk himself.

    Gradkowski has 1/2 the yards of Russell in just 2 games and more TD. JaMeatball supporters are the dumbest things walking this planet.
    ==================================

    Why should Cable care? lol..I mean, the WHOLE COACHING TEAM WAS HIRED, and then…THEN..Cable was hired.

    How can we forget the “Those assts. are Cable’s”, where reporters asked “but..what about the other “finalist” who, as YOU reported to us, Al, was in it until the last second? How can you say any of those assts are Cable’s when this other “fella” was close to getting the job?”

    Was priceless watching that dumbfounded look on Al’s face, as he tried to think of something in reply, finally settling for “Cable accepts whatever coaches he’s given”

    Reporter: AHHHHHHhhhh…so..in other words, he DOESN’T hire his own assts?”

    Back to Cable: The HC is the scapegoat. You know that. Al’s way of saying “wasn’t ME..was that guy..and he’s OUTAAAAA HERE”.

    But yeah, Cable needs a solid OC, and needs to accept the fact he SUCKS at calling plays.
    Supposed to be the oline guru, but the oline sucks.

    What does cable do well? Besides toe the puppet line?

  • DKnight007

    Chris in NY Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:44 am
    I like Jake Locker (QB, Washington) or Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma St.) in this year’s draft.

    Bryant is a slam-dunk stud WR. Very similar to T.O. and Andre Johnson.

    Locker, IMO, is the best in this class at the most important position in the game. Very athletic. Very gritty. Could be a cross between Steve Young and Ben Roethlisberger.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Locker needs a bit more schooling in a pro style offense. He has accuracy problems. I like Clausen.

    Heady smart player, who has played in a pro offense for 3 years, has a strong arm, good pocket awareness and more importantly throws with ACCURACY.

    All he needs is a good O-Line, a good running game, decent WR who can catch the ball and a good defense. He can do everything else.

    I also think Dez Bryant is a stud. He will be better than Crabtree.

  • Plunketthead

    Ric

    I would say stability but you would remind me of how ignorant I am for wanting 4-12 stability so tell Al to fire him and be done with the strong pimp hand who loves the Raiders and looks like a Raider.

    Just make sure we dont hire any young wannabee who is using Al for a springboard

  • Richochet

    # Florida Pete Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Richoschit…

    the last thing i need is to be pestered by a guy for whom the 2 minute drill is a sexuaal experience…
    ========================
    In other words, your ignorant ass got schooled, by moi’, and you’re too timid, meek, and weak to state as such.

    Yeah, I know.

    You’ve so perfected that tail between leg look.

    Oh..and jeez..that whinefest? That whimper? You sound like a slapped on little child who had her lollipop taken away.

    “Ohhhh….I’m so upset….ohhhh…I’m so discouraged.”

    Get a crying towel.
    Oh..wait..you already have one.

    Good boy.

  • Plunketthead

    Al has one gold mine and its named Nnamdi.
    I say trade him for draft picks and or money for nexts year uncapped year.

    Maybe trade Seymour for a second and hope with lots of picks instead of a few picks Al can let lady luck take over

  • Richochet

    # Plunketthead Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Ric

    I would say stability but you would remind me of how ignorant I am for wanting 4-12 stability so tell Al to fire him and be done with the strong pimp hand who loves the Raiders and looks like a Raider.

    Just make sure we dont hire any young wannabee who is using Al for a springboard
    ===============
    lol…hey..that’s the only hope, right?

    Two choices.
    1. a “former” HC, who failed, shows aptitude to proudly jump when Al tells him to jump, who gets his obligatory 1-2 years. Recipe for disaster.

    2. an “unknown” who, like Chuckie, is a ball of fire, who wants to show his stuff, who kicks ass, changes things around, while astutely taking on the old man to do things his way, who has a marked success before Al let’s him go for insubordination. Recipe for maybe 3 years, 4 tops.

    Glimmer of hope for the fans.
    then back to the hunt for the next clone.

    #2 trumps #1.

  • Richochet

    # Plunketthead Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    So I am the only one who thought Bruce did a great job of staying in the pocket untill the last millisecond before pulling the trigger?

    Even though the results were woeful.
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    Bruce showed a lot of composure. More than I expected.

    Was rather humorous coming on these parts later that night, after seeing Priest and a couple of others sniveling about how “JR COULD HAVE DONE THAT” “Grab ISN’T THE ANSWER” ‘It’s NOT FatASSES fault…period!’..”JR WILL BE THE STARTER AGAIN..PERIOD.”

    Funny stuff. Almost as if he was crying, while desperately trying to convince someone/anyone that he has an “in” while refusing all questions as to exactly how. (In other words, he lies)

    Matters little at this point if Grab is the future or not..all that he cleared up, quite well, is that Russell is not only NOT the future, but is, in all likelihood, closer to being out of football than being a starter again in the NFL.

  • islandraider

    What a shame we can’t draft the qb position. There a some good qbs’ in college and we have to look to the recycle bin. In all Als’ doings, he could never put into place a system for developing quarterbacks? I guess he just thought his JaMar could get it done, the team would morph around #2 and the deep threat would be Als’.
    I’ll say it again, While Grads might be only 50% of what it takes to be a pro qb, he is a 100% better than Als’ #1 pick.

  • islandraider

    #246
    You said it to the point. Kind of reminded me of a dad whos’ son just got relegated to the back-up at the high school level. All the excuses in the world without any truth.

  • Plunketthead

    Ric

    The only problem with your #2 is odds are not in Al’s favor that he will pick someone who fills all those shoes.
    Not just Al but almost any owner is in the same boat.
    When you get as old as me you discover the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.
    Its an old one but it fits well in this case.

    Al will do what he wants to do, nonetheless I am of the belief that Cable can get us to 8-8 if he gets a good coach or three and lets someone else call the plays.
    We could do a lot worse then having him as head coach.

  • chappy23us

    Dirt nap for Al! It’s a shame that we, as fans of this great franchise, have been reduced to waiting for the death of our owner GM so the team can become competitive again. I hate to wish ill will on anyone but I pray almost every night that Al will not wake up.