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Scott to start at WLB, Howard at SLB

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 3:17 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News and notes from the Raiders’ practice facility Thursday as they prepare to face the Steelers in Pittsburgh:

– Coach Tom Cable said the Raiders would start Trevor Scott at weak side linebacker and Thomas Howard at strong side linebacker against Pittsburgh, with the latter displacing Sam Williams.

“It will give us a chance to have what we want in terms of coverage and what we want vs. the run,” Cable said.

Scott had an encouraging debut as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end against Dallas, recording two sacks as a pass rusher and looking fast and active despite his lack of experience in coverage.

During the open locker room session, Scott had been reluctant to give anything away, saying, “I guess we’ll see Sunday” when asked if he was starting.

In drills before team sessions started, Scott was working with linebackers coach Mike Haluchak on footwork and fundamentals.

Scott said he enjoys playing linebacker, allowing he’d enjoy just about anything that helped him get on the field more often.

“I like it a lot. I felt pretty natural in it,” Scott said. “I’m going to continue to grow and get better.”

Noting that Ben Roethlisberger has a reputation for holding on to the ball until receivers come clear, Scott is looking for a sack opportunity or two after getting a pair of sacks against Dallas.

– Sounds as if Cable is hoping JaMarcus Russell is paying close attention to Roethlisberger when the Steelers have the ball, given their similar builds and strengths.

“As you study different guys, I would think Ben is most like JaMarcus in terms of his physical stature,” Cable said.

– No change in terms of injured players. Defensive end Greg Ellis is still not practicing, make it more likely Matt Shaughnessy will start against Pittsburgh. Running back Justin Fargas (stinger) and lineabacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (knee) will both play.

Linebacker David Nixon was ill and sent home. Wide receiver Nick Miller (tibia fracture) did not practice and have missed three quarters of the season following the Steelers game.

– Cable won’t divulge a starter at running back, saying the team needed the “physicalness” of Fargas, the “heavy physicalness” of Michael Bush and the speed of Darren McFadden, with the starter determined by the offensive package that’s on the field for the first series.

– Sounds like the best-case scenario for former Steeler Gary Russell as a kickoff returner is something along the lines of David Dunn in 2000 _ a big, no-nonsense returner who looks to break a few tackles and get as far as he can with few illusions about going the distance.

“He can give us somebody who can handle the football and, hopefully, can bulldog 25 to 30, 35 yards,” special teams coordinator John Fassel said. “ I don’t consider him a home-run threat, but I consider him somebody that will just hit it where a return is supposed to be hit and, hopefully, get us better field position then we’ve gotten, which hasn’t been good.”

– Fassel think he’s seen an improvement in the ballhandling of punt returner Johnnie Lee Higgins and is hopeful for a nice return to restore his confidence.

“With returners, and particularly Johnnie, it’s confidence and momentum,” Fassel said. “You know, until Week 9 last year we really only had a couple of 10, 15 yard returns. Then he gashed one against Miami and you could see his confidence grow.”

– Fassel said one of the Raiders problems on returns has been players getting in the right position to block but not actually making and finishing the block.

Which sounds only slightly more ridiculous than a quarterback spotting an open receiver but not actually making the pass.

– With 104.3 yards per game rushing, ranked 20th in the NFL, the Raiders are as low as they’ve been in that department since 2006, when they were 29th in rushing at 94.9 yards per game and scored five touchdownson the ground. They have five rushing touchdowns so far this season.

– Sounds as if Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would be comfortable with Dennis Dixon as the backup for Roethlisberger next season. Dixon, who went to high school in San Leandro a stone’s throw from the Coliseum, was the No. 3 quarterback thrust into action as a starter against Baltimore after Roethlisberger (concussion) and backup Charlie Batch (wrist) were ruled out.

Dixon’s 24-yard touchdown run put the Steelers up 17-14, only to have the Ravens tie the score and win it in overtime. Dixon threw an overtime interception against a zone blitz to retreating linebacker Paul Kruger to set up the Ravens’ winning field goal.

“Dennis is a talented guy. Everybody is aware of his skill set and what he did at the University of Oregon. He’s been a pleasure to coach here. He’s a young professional guy. He has a desire to get better,” Tomlin said. “It’s not too big for him. I think he proved that. He showed great poise and presence playing on the road in a hostile environment against a good defense. He’s just going to continue to get better. His best days are ahead of him. That was just a step in the process.”

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  • NorthernD

    Having a FB returning kicks is comical. It’s like giving up before you even recieve the ball.

  • 24

    31,087 petitions signed and validated

  • NorthernD

    I guess Russell returning kicks just means that Gallery’s leg is still not 100% yet. Otherwise Cable would get him to do it.

  • NorthernD

    Not disclosing the starting RB to Pittsburgh is like not telling your dinner guests what type of lamb you’re serving.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Well, Gnite fellas.

    Priest, the coast is clear, I’m gone, you can quit hiding. ;-)

  • Dark Forces

    Dennis Dixon is a lifelong Raiders fan who would have loved to play for the Raiders but Al Davis drafted some nobody in the 7th round who got cut right away over Dixon. Just another small reason we completely suck.

  • Terrapin

    I even think Cable has lost confidence in himself. The decisions being made now are just dumbfounded. FB returning kicks. Gradstinky starting at QB. Still no starting/feature RB in the 13th week of the season. What a joke.

    All jokes aside I think this is a young team thats anxious to win and CAN win. They particularly lack the coaching to get them there.

    Look at what Ken Wisenhunt has done with the Cards – same situation …talent everywhere but couldn’t win.

  • 24

    This Sharks game is nerve racking.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    we all know we are getting a new coach next year.

    However, without changes in the business philosophy, it will just be more of the same.

    Too bad Al can’t just sell the team and finish out his years watching games from the skybox.

  • 24

    Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson could lose his driver’s license after police clocked him driving at 109 mph — nearly twice the posted speed limit — on a suburban Minneapolis highway last weekend.

  • NorthernD

    Terrapin Says:…
    Look at what Ken Wisenhunt has done with the Cards – same situation …talent everywhere but couldn’t win.
    ===================================================
    Whisenhunt refused the Raider’s request for an interview.
    I guess he is a smart coach.

  • priesttj

    Boy! way to go guy’s you’ll have your way any day now. New GM immediate SB. Al davis gone immediate SB.

    Why haven’t all the other teams thought of that?

    How many petitions signed and validated? when do you get to 1 million? Why not just go in there drag him out kicking and screaming?

    Without question the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • priesttj

    Ken Whisenhunt, spent half a day interviewing.

  • priesttj

    At least the LA Clipper fans have a clue, they know their place. Their just fans.

  • NorthernD

    “Last year, Davis spoke with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt long before he got to Shell. Whisenhunt was so enthralled he refused to come back for a second interview and Petrino left the Bay area thinking Louisville looked pretty good by comparison. It took Davis nearly six weeks to hire Shell after firing Turner, by which time most of the top assistant coaches on the market had been hired.”

  • priesttj

    Oh! i thought you said he NEVER interviewed. My bad!!

  • NorthernD

    Either way, for a person to refuse a chance at an NFL head coaching position…that says a lot.

  • Richochet

    # primussuxxx Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Amy Trask handles litigation for the raiders, and has for quite some time. hence, she is Al’s pitbull. damn guys, it is not rocket science. Who do you think is behind Ratnahan not getting his money when iot was recently settled, maybe about 2 years ago. also, who do you think is behind handling the kiffin situation so he does not get paid. do you actually think Al is laying out the legal groundwork for kiffin not to get paid? Wake up call.
    =================
    Dude, you are so confused. Handles WHAT litigation? In all of Al’s court appearances, Amy was no where to be found. She’s NOT the team attorney, nor is she Al’s.

    Where was amy during all of the Cable/Napa dealings? No where..not one single comment to any reporters.
    The Kiffin lawsuit? Find me ONE comment from Amy regarding that..you won’t because you can’t.

    You don’t follow the Raiders much if you think Amy’s the talking heads. Al has spent over 50 million to lawyers to go into court over all of his silly lawsuits, (and will go WAY UP with Kiffin and Randy)and none of them are named Amy.

    sorry to burst your bubble

  • Richochet

    # priesttj Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Boy! way to go guy’s you’ll have your way any day now. New GM immediate SB. Al davis gone immediate SB.

    Why haven’t all the other teams thought of that?

    How many petitions signed and validated? when do you get to 1 million? Why not just go in there drag him out kicking and screaming?

    Without question the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
    ===================
    Question is …have you been a spineless worm your whole life?

    Yeah, yeah, we know..just sit there and take it..just accept whatever comes your way…after all, it’s easier that way, right?

    Watch others do things..and complain that they’re wasting their time.

    Watch others succeed, while complaining that you could have done the same thing..but choose not to.

    People protest because it’s THEIR RIGHT.

    And other people lay down like sheep, because it’s also YOUR right.
    good job at perfecting the sheep bit.

  • priesttj

    How do you know he refused? because you read it? lol

    There are 1,000 coaches out there and only 32 jobs. Just how worried do you really think Mr Davis is about getting a competent coach? There are 93 division I HC’s and even more dividin II. There are 230 HC’s and coordinators in the NFL.

    There are only 32 HCing jobs on the planet in this league. The chance of a qualified coach ever getting a chance at one even a bad one is slim and none. If Mr davis laid out 35-50 million to coach he would have whatever coach he wants by morning.

    If he can get Richard Seymour to come here most any player wanting the spotlight would follow. I saw players leave the Patriots to go to the Browns. I saw players leave the Steelers to play for the Lions.

    People have minds of their own and they’ll do whatever helps take care of their families……….period

  • Raiders4eve

    24

    Please watch more college games then talk, Dunlap success this year starts with Spikes, they blitz Spikes to the LT which allows Dunlap to rush the guard one on one, he is rushing guards who are in college, LTs will kill him and eat him alive in the NFL. Remember Manny Lawson, when Williams was doubled he got most of the sacks, Spikes is the heart of that defense, he is talented but I would take Spikes b4 him

  • Richochet

    # NorthernD Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    “Last year, Davis spoke with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt long before he got to Shell. Whisenhunt was so enthralled he refused to come back for a second interview and Petrino left the Bay area thinking Louisville looked pretty good by comparison. It took Davis nearly six weeks to hire Shell after firing Turner, by which time most of the top assistant coaches on the market had been hired.”
    ============================
    Don’t forget Sarkisian turned down the Raider job in ’07.
    Mike Martz, after being interviewed, had his agent call Al before Martz even got to the airport to tell him “thanks, but no thanks. Don’t even bother drawing up an offer”..

    And Kiffin? He got the job because Pete Carroll ALSO turned down the raiders HC job.
    Hell, Kiffin came up and interviewed with Al as offensive coordinator, NOT HEAD COACH. He was following Carroll..after Carroll turned it down, Al called in Kiffin.
    I imagine Kiffin thought he was being called in for a followup interview as OC, instead he GETS OFFERED THE HC JOB? lol..and everyone wonders why things are so backasswards in Oakland?

    the list is LONG on those who just would rather avoid all the drama that goes along with Geritol Al.

  • Richochet

    # priesttj Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    How do you know he refused? because you read it? lol

    There are 1,000 coaches out there and only 32 jobs. Just how worried do you really think Mr Davis is about getting a competent coach? There are 93 division I HC’s and even more dividin II. There are 230 HC’s and coordinators in the NFL.

    There are only 32 HCing jobs on the planet in this league. The chance of a qualified coach ever getting a chance at one even a bad one is slim and none. If Mr davis laid out 35-50 million to coach he would have whatever coach he wants by morning.

    If he can get Richard Seymour to come here most any player wanting the spotlight would follow. I saw players leave the Patriots to go to the Browns. I saw players leave the Steelers to play for the Lions.

    People have minds of their own and they’ll do whatever helps take care of their families……….period
    =============================
    Oh shut up, old man.
    Al DIDN’T get Seymour to come, you sorry fool. Seymour HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO COME..do you follow football at all? Seymour would have sat out, lost his pay, and STILL would have had to complete a year in Oakland to get his FA. Geez..no wonder you get picked on.

    Priest: “that Richochet guy scares me. He keeps torching me like I’m defenseless. I’m going to avoid him at all cost..I didn’t fare that well last time”

    Richochet: I know, peanut,…lol..I know.

  • priesttj

    Hell, John Madden was a LBer coach before he was made HC. Finding a com[etent coach is the very least Of his worries, finding a cach he wants to work with narrows it down.

    Jack Del Rio would come here in 2 seconds if Mr Davis called and so would Herm Edwards and Bill Romonowski and several other ex-Raiders if he called. Do you really think he’s worried about where the next coach will come from. There are hoping and praying Cable gets fired so they have a chance. I know several ex-players and coaches ready and willing.

  • Richochet

    priesttj Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    How do you know he refused? because you read it? lol
    ================================
    Saw the comments come out of numerous mouths, including Martz, a few times, both when it happened, and when he took the OC with the Niners..Saunders, Whiz..Carroll…all stated FROM THEIR MOUTH that they turned it down.

    Pretty easy to figure out that either ALL are lying..or..gosh..maybe they’re all telling the truth? And maybe?? JUST MAYBE AL IS A COMPLETE A HOLE LIKE EVERYONE SAYS???

    *gasp*…can it be true? lol…

  • NorthernD

    Richochet Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:03 pm
    # NorthernD Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    “Last year, Davis spoke with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt long before he got to Shell. Whisenhunt was so enthralled he refused to come back for a second interview and Petrino left the Bay area thinking Louisville looked pretty good by comparison. It took Davis nearly six weeks to hire Shell after firing Turner, by which time most of the top assistant coaches on the market had been hired.”
    ============================
    Don’t forget Sarkisian turned down the Raider job in ‘07.
    Mike Martz, after being interviewed, had his agent call Al before Martz even got to the airport to tell him “thanks, but no thanks. Don’t even bother drawing up an offer”..

    And Kiffin? He got the job because Pete Carroll ALSO turned down the raiders HC job.
    Hell, Kiffin came up and interviewed with Al as offensive coordinator, NOT HEAD COACH. He was following Carroll..after Carroll turned it down, Al called in Kiffin.
    I imagine Kiffin thought he was being called in for a followup interview as OC, instead he GETS OFFERED THE HC JOB? lol..and everyone wonders why things are so backasswards in Oakland?

    the list is LONG on those who just would rather avoid all the drama that goes along with Geritol Al.
    =====================================================

    I’m sure there’s a bunch who weren’t even contacted or mentioned, because they already knew what their answer would be…

  • Richochet

    Hell YES Al is worried about where his next coach is coming from.
    HE WAITED UNTIL AFTER THE SUPER BOWL to get interviews..he got turned down..and he was stuck hiring Cable. HE HAD NO CHOICE..there was nobody.

    Hell, he even hired the assts..while waiting to see if any coaches from the SB team were interested..and THEN he hired Cable.

    Romo? WTF?? Romo has about as much control as a rabid pitbull..silly comment, Romo, lol…geez.

  • Richochet

    # NorthernD Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Richochet Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    the list is LONG on those who just would rather avoid all the drama that goes along with Geritol Al.
    =====================================================

    I’m sure there’s a bunch who weren’t even contacted or mentioned, because they already knew what their answer would be…

    ===============================
    Exactly. And for those who turned it down? As you stated, their agents getting a call from Al, where the agent gets back to Al and says ‘not interested”..they’re not going to go public with that.
    Sends out a bad signal to maybe another prospective future boss down the line, so the wise, PR move says “decline privately”, which is what most do.

  • NorthernD

    priesttj Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    How do you know he refused? because you read it? lol

    ====================================================
    LOL?
    Since when does quoting news sources begin humerous and easily discounted?
    It’s a declaration of facts…not an opinion.
    Of course I know he refused because I read it!

  • Richochet

    So easy to send Priest packing, tail between legs.

    Gets a couple of posters who school him, and he immediately rushes off for hot chocolate, lol.

  • raiderzmaverick

    Wow – I always thought the top running teams lead the league….it’s a whole different ball game these days….

    Check this out!

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2009/11/29/1178418/the-oakland-raiders-case-for-the

  • NorthernD

    Richochet Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:15 pm
    # NorthernD Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Richochet Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    the list is LONG on those who just would rather avoid all the drama that goes along with Geritol Al.
    =====================================================

    I’m sure there’s a bunch who weren’t even contacted or mentioned, because they already knew what their answer would be…

    ===============================
    Exactly. And for those who turned it down? As you stated, their agents getting a call from Al, where the agent gets back to Al and says ‘not interested”..they’re not going to go public with that.
    Sends out a bad signal to maybe another prospective future boss down the line, so the wise, PR move says “decline privately”, which is what most do.
    ===================================================
    I heard the ESPN radio guy talking about that sort of thing regarding Notre Dame.
    He said the only thing you ever hear about a coaching search is when they’ve hired someone. They never reveal who they interviewed, who didn’t get the job or who didnt’ want the job. That would reflect badly on the organization.

  • raiderzmaverick

    And…yes, a lot of coaches turned us down. I think they would accept 1. If we hired a GM or 2. Included more “power” in the terms of the contract clearly.

    Or….3. Gave someone a opportunity they’d never get anywhere else (i.e. Kiffin)

  • NorthernD

    raiderzmaverick Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:20 pm
    And…yes, a lot of coaches turned us down. I think they would accept 1. If we hired a GM or 2. Included more “power” in the terms of the contract clearly.

    Or….3. Gave someone a opportunity they’d never get anywhere else (i.e. Kiffin)
    ===================================================
    You could add Cable and White and Bugel to that list.

  • priesttj

    You’re either stupid or just a flat out liar, Mike Martz never was never interbiewed for HC he was interviewed and wanted the OC job under HC Art Shell but Sheell didn’t wnat him.

    If Mr Davis called Martz today and said I want ou to coach the Raiders he’d grow wings and fly here. Son I don’t think you know who you’re talking to.

    Pete Carroll was never in consideration the only coach that turned down this job after being offered the job was Sean Payton and he did for Bill Parcells.

    You can tell all the lies you want the only people gullible enough to believe them is yourself. Petrino could’ve had the job if he wanted it but Blank made a better offer. Petrino took it and screwed him over. Same as Kiffin did Al. Sarkisian doesn’t want to coach at the NFL level simple as that, he wants to stay at the collegiate level. I think it fits him better to be honest. Sarkisian and Mr Davis are very good friends he worked here for a year.

    There’s nothing wrong with understanding what you as a person really want. Sarkisian knew he wasn’t ready and did the right thing. Kiffin told a bunch of lies and conned his way into the job. Bad decision by Mr Davis no doubt.Cable need sto to stay the HC but give up playcalling I think he is a god coach but is still learning. He has a chance to be decent to very good if given time. Fisher took a while to prove himself so did many others.

  • Richochet

    # NorthernD Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    ===================================================
    I heard the ESPN radio guy talking about that sort of thing regarding Notre Dame.
    He said the only thing you ever hear about a coaching search is when they’ve hired someone. They never reveal who they interviewed, who didn’t get the job or who didnt’ want the job. That would reflect badly on the organization.
    ========================
    Also reflects badly on the applicant that was turned down.
    Kind of tells other owners “well, so and so didn’t want him..I’m not taking him”

    For a few years there, the “leaks” on who was coming in to be interviewed seemed to be coming from the Raiders..to create a buzz.

    Now it’s gotten to be rather pathetic.

    I mean, look at what happens. Players are stating “the owner calls on Friday, and tells us to scratch our defensive plan that we’ve been working on all week”..you have Norv stating “I’m benching Collins and putting in Tui” only to have Al over turn him. You have Kiffin stating he’s firing Ryan, only to have Al overturn him..you have Cable stating “Yes, Grab is starting next week as well. Yes, I cleared it”…

    Unless you were a hasbeen who wants another shot, (Shell, Turner) or a rookie, like Gruden, White, Bugel, Kiffin, Cable was, you’re not going to take the job and deal with the above.

  • NorthernD

    I still believe the Raiders could bring in a high calibre coach. But the coach would have to sing the praises of the Raiders philosphy. Tell Al what he wants to hear first.
    “Yeah, Al, I wanna bring back the vertical game, stretch the field, play man-to-man defence…”
    If a coach came in and said that, they could land the job.
    Then once they took over they could put in their own system. That would buy them a year to get results on the field. If they kept winning, then Al wouldn’t care.
    Shanahan came in and installed his own offence but didn’t get results right away and he was gone.
    Gruden came in and did the same, but at least he got to 8-8 after the first two years and it bought him some time.

    First you have to tell Al what he wants to hear.
    Then you have to win a few games, then you can run the system you want.

  • NorthernD

    And when you get right down to it, a Raider “head coach” is really only an offensive co-ordinator anyway…

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  • chucka1122

    Hopefully the Raider organization will get the message from the sign. How can Cable compare JBust to Rothlisberger? Not even close. JBust may have a million dollar arm, but he has a two cent head. We as Raider fans have to continue to suffer through JBust and DHB for seasons to come, it makes me want to throw up. I just cannot believe the direction this organization has gone. The Raiders, a once very proud organization, are compared with the Lions and Browns. I think the Lions are actually going in the right direction. It all starts with the QB. The Raiders need to draft another young QB with some smarts, someone that has desire and passion for the game. All of these ridiculous comparisons are a joke. To compare him with Alex Smith and Vince Young is also a joke. Those players are much more mobile than JBust. It is an accuracy issue. If we as Raider fans have to suffer with another season of JBust and DHB, I will not ever pay money to see those players on the field. So, I guess it will be until at least 2013 until the Raiders turn it around…

    The sign says it all, FED UP RAIDER FANS!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    I think Cable said that his comparison to Russell was based on size…
    Oh well…last time the Steelers won a SB, the next year we beat them…with 16 yards net passing!
    IDK…Pitt needs to keep pace. I don’t think they will let Tomlin down. What did he say? Unleash Hell!!!? Oh boy, it will be a long day! But, lets go Raiders!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Priest: Good Post! We need continuity! The reason the Bengals are doing well this year…despite Palmer being healthy…is continuity at HC! Geez…you think Al woul dknow that, but he has grown impatient and wants to win now!

  • hwnrdr

    Wait? Carroll interviewed for the HC position? Wasn’t it Sarkisian? Just checking…

  • RDRHTR

    The best thing that could happen to the Raiders is Al Davis either dies or sells the team. Unitl then we will continue to enjoy beating on you guys. I believe that Nhamdi would be a great offseason pickup for us. So go beat your wives and yourselves and pray for a gift from the football gods, or in that case, god himself.
    RDRHTR

    GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RDRHTR

    Hey Russell, I hear the Biggest Loser is looking for Celebs for next season!!! Maybe you and your coach could team up with the Kansas coach and join the show! While you are gone we will be more than happy to send over Chris Simms to play in your spot. hahahahahah

    GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!

  • CaptainBlack

    Tom Cable isn’t going anywhere! Al is responsible for developing Cable as Cable is to the players. Now, if Cable is unable to, only Raider insiders would know this, he should lose his job. I don’t believe Cable has been given sufficient time as HC to make any determination on his future.

  • manassamauler

    In preparation for Pittsburgh this week, Tom Cable decided to meet up with Art Shell. Since Shell was the last head coach of the Raiders to beat the Steelers, Cable sought his counsel.

    Through anonymous sources, JBB was able to attain a transcript of their conversation.

    Tom Cable: Coach Shell, thanks for taking the time to meet with me.

    Art Shell: Anything to help the Raiders beat those Steelers!

    TC: That’s the spirit!

    AS: So, what can I do for you?

    TC: Well, back in ’06 you were in the same boat I’m currently in while preparing for the Steelers

    AS: Yep.

    TC: The Steelers were defending Super Bowl champs then just like they are now.

    AS: Yep.

    TC: You were a lame duck coach then just as I am now.

    AS: Yep.

    TC: Your offense then was as bad as mine is now.

    AS: Time out, Cable. We were scoring in double digits at least.

    TC: My apologies. My point is that you were able to beat the Steelers without any help from the offense. How did you do it?

    AS: Well, as I recall it…Ben Roethlisberger pretty much gifted us that win by throwing two pick sixes; one to Nnamdi and the other to Chris Carr.

    TC: So much for that. Nobody throws at Nnamdi anymore and Chris Carr is gone.

    AS: Well, not all is lost. You’ve got more talent on offense than we did. Surely you can get at least one TD out of your unit, right?

    TC: Ugghhh…maybe…I mean…

    AS: Come on Cable! You’ve got Janikowski. If you can’t get across midfield just start lining up 70-yard field goals. It will save you the time cause if he misses it gives Pittsburgh a shorter field to work with. Which means you’ll get the ball back quicker.

    TC: Wow! That’s genius.

    AS: If nothing else, at the very least you can just blame your offensive coordinator. I had Tom Walsh ten years removed from the NFL and one month removed from running a bed and breakfast in Idaho. Who is the numskull calling your plays?

    TC: Actually…I’m the play caller…

    AS: Oh…I hear Roethlisbereger didn’t play last week. Maybe he’ll be out this week too.

    TC: They’re saying he’s going to play.

    AS: Oh…well…

    TC: Some help you are, Shell.

    AS: Hey, at least we won back-to-back games in 2006.

    TC: Too bad those were the only games you won all year! I’ve already got three wins this year. Suck it!

    AS: If it wasn’t for me you’d never have landed JaMarcus Russell with the number one pick.

    TC: Is that sarcasm? Very funny, Shell. This is the most emotion you’ve ever shown.

    AS: Ask your mom how much emotion I show.

    TC: Sure you wanna go there?

    AS: Oh, I’m there already. You wanna join me, sweetheart.

    TC: Easy, Shell. Judging by that 1993 Raiders’ Starter jacket you’re sporting, I’m guessing you don’t keep up on current affairs. Let’s just say that the last guy who talked to me like that couldn’t yawn without crying after I got done with him.

    AS: Let me tell you something, son. This ain’t no Napa Marriott and I’m not going out like Randy Hanson on some phantom sucker punch.

    TC: Make your move then…

    (Cable lunges at Shell. The two men begin to roll around on the floor.)

    TC: I’ll kill you! I’ll kill you!

    (Al Davis enters the room.)

    Al Davis: What the hell? Not again, Cable!

    (Cable jumps up helping Shell up as he stands)

    TC: Coach Shell was just showing me some new…uh… blocking techniques.

    AD: Save it for the police department, Cable.

    AS: Ha! Ha! Ha!

    AD: Ha! Ha! Ha!

    TC: What’s so funny?

    AS: He still doesn’t know, does he?

    AD: No, this kid is slow to catch on. Look how long it took him to bench JaMarcus.

    AS: Ha! Good point.

    TC: Somebody like to tell me what’s going on here?

    AS: Looks like you’ve got a winner here, Mr. Davis. My work is done.

    (Art Shell leaves the room)

    TC: Mr. Davis, what was that about?

    AD: You poor boy. You just attacked an employee and told him you’d “kill him” and I got it all on hidden camera. I’m firing you for cause now! Gotcha!

    TC: What? Coach Shell isn’t an employee any longer.

    AD: Wrong! I hired him to be an offensive consultant. Congrats Cable, you just kissed away your contract.

    (Al Davis walks out of the room laughing)

    (Art Shell sneaks back into the room moments later)

    AS: Sorry about that, Cable. Nothing personal, I just needed some money since Walsh laid me off from his bed and breakfast.

    TC: Why you…I should just slap you around like some cheap whore.

    AS: So, you’ve slapped a woman before?

    TC: Wait…I’m not falling for that…

    AS: Sorry, Davis said he’d pay me double if I got you to admit to that ESPN report being true.

    TC: You’ve done enough! Why don’t you just get out of here now?

    AS: Sorry again, man. Look, you want to know how to beat the Steelers?

    TC: You serious?

    AS: It’s the least I can do.

    TC: I’m all ears.

    AS: Bench Darrius Heyward-Bey, start Javon Walker, tell John Marshall to blitz Big Ben like he did McNabb, lineup McFadden all over the field, use him in the Wild Hog offense as often as possible, get Zach Miller one-on-one with their slowest linebacker, tell Gradkowski to make two quick reads then take off if he doesn’t see anything, tell Morrison to stay at home and not over commit, and lastly, whatever you do don’t under any circumstances call a fake field goal.

    TC: Thanks, Shell! I’m never going to live down that fake field goal.

    (Al Davis re-enters the room)

    AD: What the hell, Shell? You just compromised the entire operation. Now I’m going to have to fire you for cause too.

    AS: What ‘cause’ do you have?

    AD: ‘Cause’ you’re nuts. What kind of a stupid gameplan is that? Blitz? Are you serious? Honestly Cable, if you do any of that stuff Shell said I’ll fire you for cause…again! Do you hear me?

  • mistic1

    At least with weis we would score some touchdowns!

  • Nnamdi21

    I want to see McFadden returning the ball. Fug it, use him.

    Get him the ball out side and in space too.

    IF Gradkowski’s so much better then Russell, open the play book or is it others on the offense that are limited too? If not, bubble screen, flea flicker, reverse, hook and lateral OPEN IT UP!!!

    What the h-ell have you got to lose?! Games?!~

  • Nnamdi21

    RDRHTR Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 7:21 am
    The best thing that could happen to the Raiders is Al Davis either dies or sells the team. Unitl then we will continue to enjoy beating on you guys. I believe that Nhamdi would be a great offseason pickup for us. So go beat your wives and yourselves and pray for a gift from the football gods, or in that case, god himself.
    RDRHTR

    GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Broncos?

    Waiting for the wheels to fall off again. An injury here or there. teams have figured out your D can’t handle hurry up.

    You’ll be lucky to make the playoffs and be one and done me lady. have to say, damm site better then the silver and bleech.