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Cable: Circumstances dictate Bush’s use

News, notes and quotes following Tom Cable’s press conference Monday following a 20-19 win over the Denver Broncos:

– One of the most consistent complaints among Raiders fans concerning Cable’s use of personnel is the underutilization of running back Michael Bush.

Bush gained 133 yards on 18 carries and had a 23-yard touchdown run against Denver, owns each of the last three 100-yard games by an Oakland runner and is currently the Raiders leading rusher with 519 yards on 103 carries, and has the best yards per carry average at 5.0.

Yet Bush vanishes for long stretches _ he carried only four times for nine yards in the previous three games and didn’t get a single touch in a 34-13 loss to Washington.

I said to Cable that people wonder why he simply doesn’t commit to 15 or more carries for Bush per game and work from there.

“I do that too, sometimes, really,’’ Cable said.

Bottom line?

“The real issue is we have gotten ourselves in a turnover issue or (have fallen behind) and it’s taken us away from that,’’ Cable said. “That’s not fair to anybody, but it is what it is, and that’s the situation we have to eliminate. When that happens I think we’ll see whoever getting it 15, 20 shots at it.’’

Cable said fumbles have not affected his judgment about how he uses the backs. Both Bush and McFadden quickly got carries following fumbles against Denver.

– As promising as it was for JaMarcus Russell to come through against Denver with the game on the line, it’s apparent enough things went wrong on the two prior series that Cable isn’t considering reinstating him as the starter unless absolutely necessary.

“What I’m proud of him is kind of persevering and he made the ones that counted right there at the end to get it done, and that’s a big deal for him personally,’’ Cable said. “I think it’s good for his teammates to see him go in there in that situation and get it done when it really had to get done.’’

The quarterback situation will be come clear Wednesday, and Cable wouldn’t yet rule out Bruce Gradkowski. If Gradkowski were to recover sufficiently and miss only a single game with two MCL tears, aside from being a medical miracle, he’d be the starting quarterback.

Since Frye is the choice to start (assuming Gradkowski can’t play) if he passes neurological exams following a concussion, it makes sense he would be the backup. Presumably, Russell’s game ball will keep him ahead of J.P. Losman.

– While Frye’s stats were unimpressive (9-for-17, 68 yards, a 38.4 passer rating), Cable gave him a “B’’ and thought he was two throws away _ deep passes to Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy _ from an exceptional game.

On both throws, Cable said Frye had gotten a safety out of position and took legitimate deep shots. He also lauded Frye for taking over when the helmet radio went out and called plays based on his personnel groups with no sign of panic.

– Asked about how he has responded to all the off-field aspects which blindsided his first full year as Raiders coach, as well as dealing with a makeshift offensive line and quarterback problems, Cable cited the work ethic of his team and his belief things are turning for the better.

“I knew the truth and trusted the system, and it’s worked the way it’s supposed to,’’ Cable said. “My passion for turning this thing around and going to the playoffs with the Oakland Raiders is the coolest thing to me.

“I want that more than anything, and it’s not going to happen this year, but it’s going ot happen soon.’’

– Sunday’s win was Cable’s most satisfying because “of the quarterback issue’’ and the fact that “nobody blinked. I think that’s what makes you who you’re becoming and makes you a champion.’’

– Aside from Russell, who Cable said following the game had won a game ball, other recipients were Bush and Tony Stewart on offense, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, middle linebacker Kirk Morrison and defensive end Greg Ellis on defense, and Sebastian Janikowski on special teams.

After the loss of Brandon Myers to a concussion, Stewart was responsible for lining up emergency tight end Erik Pears, an offensive lineman whose girth added to the Raiders rushing attack that finished with a season-high 241 yards on 34 carries.

Stewart also had three receptions for 27 yards, including an 11-yard first down catch on fourth-and-10 on the final drive.

Pears had studied up on playing tight end in an emergency but hadn’t taken a single rep there during the week.

“We kind of did it by the seat of our pants and he made it work,’’ Cable said.

– Greg Ellis didn’t practice until Friday and estimates he played only 30 snaps, a schedule he will probably continue throughout the season.

“The Cincinnati game I think I made a mistake because I played 61 plays coming back less than two weeks off a scoped knee and shoulder,’’ Ellis said. “Probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do. That probably set me back some.’’

– Cable said he hoped Darrius Heyward-Bey would be on the field running this week. He said an ankle injury to cornerback Chris Johnson and knee sprains to Cooper Carlisle and Justin Fargas seemed relatively minor.

Tight end Brandon Myers will join Frye and Zach Miller in line at the computer taking tests to determine if they can return from concussions.

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  • Florida Pete

    101st !!!!

  • Florida Pete

    yeah, baby… i knew i could do it…

    wooo hoooo !!!

  • Richochet

    # spellcheck Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    silver n smac….give it up….you’re wasting your time
    Besides the only one dumber than a moron is the person who’d argue with one.
    =====================================
    In that case, I promise not to argue with you, NorcoBobbo.

    Re: Dummy numero dos? Donte esta’ Br-ein the Clown?

    Another question for ya…why is it whenever you and Br’ein get your ass handed to ya, you both go out of your way to make sure you’re banned?

    One of those “boy, those guys are lucky we can’t sign on, or we would give them such a tongue waggin” thangs?

  • He Hate Me

    Gotta love Gruden taking shots at Walt Coleman during the broadcast tonite.

  • Glutten for Punishment

    we need to get a OC in the off season. preferably a run 1st guy that can utilize the RBs to there full potential. imagine if we had these guys when Norv was here.

  • r8eray

    Sounds like Gruden wants a job!

  • Glutten for Punishment

    Al needs to hire him as the GM/OC

  • Glutten for Punishment

    where the H3ll was this redskin team last week. jesus

  • VanHeathen

    Gruden would have had us in the playoffs, cuase he would NEVER have started JR if he wasn’t ready to do the job, during camp.
    I’ll NEVER forgive JR for selling this team short during the off season, getting FAT, partying, and not learning the playbook. he WASTED this season for his teammates and the fans…

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  • Culebra

    Davis, you senile, buck-toothed mummy, you need to draft Russell Okung or trent williams in the first round to build your O line. And if a OLB Jerry Hughes is still available in the 2nd round get him. The team’s almost complete. All you need is better o-line players and this team’ll be able to make a run to the playoffs!

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  • raiderzmaverick

    # KoolKell Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Bottom line?

    “The real issue is we have gotten ourselves in a turnover issue or (have fallen behind) and it’s taken us away from that,’’ Cable said. “That’s not fair to anybody, but it is what it is, and that’s the situation we have to eliminate. When that happens I think we’ll see whoever getting it 15, 20 shots at it.’’
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    He always finds carries for Fargas though.
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    Yeah, no crap. It’s totally Bull $hit that he doesn’t get Bush the carries in there. What was that? 4 Carries in the last 3 games before this one? It just ain’t right. It took some time to get through Cable’s thick skull about Jamarcus. Hopefully at some point he realizes Bush is the runner who should be in there.

  • raiderzmaverick

    You know, I saw a post above….I think it’s funny but true. No other teams do I know of could say if they minused 3 players from their roster they’d probably be in the playoffs.

    I believe it for us.

    Take away Russell, DHB and Fargas and I do think we’d be in the playoff hunt now. Heck winning only 2 more of our games would put us neck-and-neck in the wildcard race now and we could’ve won 2 more of the games.

    We’re actually much closer than I believed 5 weeks ago.

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  • raidertbone

    # mistic1 Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Some of you guys were upset when jamarcus was drafted, im sure. You wanted Brady Quinn, or Matt leinart the year before that. These guys have not had anymore success the no.2 has. No matter what no.2 does you will want him out. Look at sanchez, he is stinking it up, and he has a playoff caliber supporting cast. How come people arent trying to run him out of town? flacco had a terrible run of games this year so did , ryan, and stafford, no one is trying get them out. Why so much hate for no.2. Last year at the end of the season he looked really good. Whats the difference? The team around was injured, inexperienced and faltered badly, along with a healthy dose of complacency from no.2. himself. He will bounce back, mark my words.
    _______________________________

    Sure, he’ll “bounce” back … because he is a big, fat rubber ball. The differences between him and the other quarterbacks you mentioned have to do with skill, ball delivery, ability to read defenses and do checkdowns — NOT the athlete’s prowess at the buffet table! The Raiders are better off cutting him, and learning one of the most costly lessons in the franchise’s history. We may not have an All-Pro QB next year … but at least (hopefully) we won’t have JaLard-ass!

  • raidertbone

    # Culebra Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Davis, you senile, buck-toothed mummy, you need to draft Russell Okung or trent williams in the first round to build your O line. And if a OLB Jerry Hughes is still available in the 2nd round get him. The team’s almost complete. All you need is better o-line players and this team’ll be able to make a run to the playoffs!
    ________________________

    Exactly! And then, hope that the stud DE from Florida with a bad attitude falls into our lap in Round 2. IMO, that would be a helluva pickup in the first two rounds!

  • RaiderRetribution

    I have complete respect for Mr. Fargas.

    Mr. Michsel Bush though is our best runningback.
    He has has a better average per carry (by a large margin, just look as the numbers) than both Mr. fargas & 1st rd pick Mr. McFadden; this is with the multiple times he was used exclusively in short yardage situations. Michael also has the longest runs on the squad and more of them, all of this with less carries. He only fumbled twice this year and he is a second year rb.

    Coach Cable is playing favorites like some elementry school teacher, rather than being a professional football coach in the NFL.

  • RaiderRetribution

    If we do not trade up to draft Nebraska’s Suh, then we must draft best offensive lineman available or at least have all the qbs gruden has had on his roster plus one, hell we may even have to resign Mr. Ronald Curry back so he can be our emergency qb to our 5th emergency qb.

  • RaiderResurrection

    Fact is line play is our weakest link, but we need a RT and a RG. WE need a NT, not a DT. We got enough capable of rushing the passer. WE need a space eater on the D-line. Like a Grady Jackson or a Gilbert Brown type of mold. Remember those guys aren’t first round talent. We can use the first on a RT, second pick on a RG, and a 3rd pick on a Space Eater NT. We need help in the worst way on the lines. Instead of being 5-9, we could’ve been 9-5 with consistent line play and a QB