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Missed scoring chances haunt Cable

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 4:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes following Tom Cable’s weekly press briefing Monday and the open locker room session with Raiders players:

– Raiders coach Tom Cable was more concerned with the Raiders failures within striking distance of the goal line than he was the complaints of a handful of players that they’d been victims of poor officiating.

`We had 16 plays offensively from the 30 yard- line to the goal line and did not score any touchdowns,” Cable said. “Very disappointing, because that’s really the difference in the game, there’s a lot of yards there, and we’re in drives, moving the ball, with some consistency, not as much as you’d like, but to get that many opportunities from the 30 to the goal line is very alarming.”

Particularly troublesome for Cable was having a 14-yard pass from Charlie Frye to Louis Murphy to the 2-yard line negated by a Cornell Green hold on third-and-4 (the Raiders eventually settled for Sebastian Janikowski’s 34-yard field goal) and the exruciating four-shots-from-the-2 sequence in the fourth quarter that resulted in no points.

Asked about the decision not to run the ball or have Frye execute a run-pass option to the outside, Cable said the plays were “check with me,” meaning they were dictated by the look of Cleveland’s defense, the alignment called for a pass “and after that it’s a matter of making a play.”

Frye said a running play wasn’t possible on the first snap, given that the Raiders were in an empty backfield and had five receivers at the line of scrimmage, and credited Rob Ryan’s defense with causing confusion.

“They really mixed it up all day,” Frye said. “Rob did a good job. They never gave us the same look, it seemed like we didn’t get the same look twice. He spaced them out pretty good so we couldn’t get really a jump on what they were doing.”

– Cable remained steadfast in his resolve to keep Russell on the bench, saying on one hand he was a “classy” kid but saying in loud and clear terms the former No. 1 overall pick hasn’t met the job standard in terms of applying himself physically and mentally to the demands of the job.

“I just think it’s a matter of him accepting and learning what it is he has to do to be great,” Cable said. “And I think when he does that then we’ll all enjoy it.”

Asked if he was convinced Russell could still be a great quarterback, Cable said, ““I’m convinced that he has the tools to do it. Every human being has choices to make, and the choices you make kind of dictate who you are and what you become.”

What might those choices be?

“I think it’s pretty clear what he has to do. He has to learn how to take care of business on a daily basis consistently and prepare himself and take care of his development as a quarterback,” Cable said. “We’d be here forever to discuss all those things. There’s a lot of them, but all the great ones have that, and you want to impress upon him to become that.”

We’d be here forever.

Does that sound like someone even close to approaching what was expected of him?

Cable plans on having a sit-down with Russell following the season to go over those expectations in private. That’s assuming, of course, he is still the coach or Al Davis hasn’t made a decision to cut his losses with Russell.

Cable said he expects to be coaching the Raiders next season but hasn’t discussed it with Davis.

For all the talk of the intangible things Cable believes are going on behind the scenes, he concedes the season would be dramatically different had the Raiders gotten something approximating even medicore quarterback play overall this season.

Bruce Gradkowski reached that standard against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Russell had only a few good moments. Frye passed for 333 yards but more than negated Sunday’s league-high figure with the three interceptions.

– Defensive end Richard Seymour reiterated his belief the officials let the game get out of control and said he never thought the Raiders had lost their composure _ they were merely victims of some overzealous flag–throwers.

Cable felt differently.

“Defensively, we seemed to kind of lose our composure there at the end of the first half and I thought it carried over into the second half a little bit,” Cable said. “You like to just keep your head in the game.

“Those things, they’re going to happen. I don’t think that you can allowed that to become a big a factor as we did, and to me, stay the course within the game, don’t let those things get to you, because there’s going to be things like that in every game. This game a little bit more than normal.”

– Cable, asked to review his own performance as offensive coordinator and play-caller, had the following response.

“I think at times an exceptional job and at times an average job. I look at it that way, kind of nothing in between really. As I said, that has to get better, too.”

What did you do exceptionally?

“I think I managed it as well as you can under the circumstances and what goes into the decision making, the opportunities to score points and do things throughout games,” Cable said. “Certainly in game management. I hear a lot of compliment from others that way, feel like that’s a strength and I do that well.”

– Cable thought game circumstances stripped his team of “who we are” in terms of running the ball in the second half.

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey did some running on the field but is no sure thing to be available for the final game of the season.

“I don’t want to go out there and not be able to make plays,” Heyward-Bey said. “I don’t want just to be out there to play because it’s the last game. I don’t want to that, there’s no reason to do that. I want to be out there and be able to cut and run and do everything I can do normally.”

– Looks like Nick Miller will finish astonishing 0-for-16. Cable said he’s made “no progress,” indicating he won’t be available. Unless he’s put on injured reserve before Sunday’s game, he’ll be an undrafted free agent who spent the entire season on the 53-man roster and was never once healthy enough to play in the game.

Go ahead and try and make sense of that.

– Left guard Langston Walker is “questionable” with an ankle sprain, while running back Justin Fargas had a knee drained and more will be known about his status Wednesday. Defensive tackle Gerard Warren could be limited in practice with two sore shoulders. Slade Norris could be limited this week with a hamstring strain.

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  • The Big Banana

    Cable – Ever hear of pounding it down their throats no matter what look they give you? Moron! They couldn’t stop the run all day but they gave you a “look” or formation that scared you into passing from the 2. You spineless moron!

  • The Big Banana

    Meanwhile, Russell still isn’t applying himself? This guy’s a lost cause and incredibly dense. Cut your losses, Davis.

  • The Big Banana

    “I don’t want to go out there and not be able to make plays,” Heyward-Bey said. “I don’t want just to be out there to play because it’s the last game.
    =================================================
    Ummm….you mean you’ve made plays this year? When? What are they? LOL! Did this kid take a page out of the Russell book of absolving yourself of all responsibility?

  • The Big Banana

    Looks like Nick Miller will finish astonishing 0-for-16. Cable said he’s made “no progress,” indicating he won’t be available. Unless he’s put on injured reserve before Sunday’s game, he’ll be an undrafted free agent who spent the entire season on the 53-man roster and was never once healthy enough to play in the game.

    Go ahead and try and make sense of that.
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    There is no sense to make of that Jerry. Only here will that happen. Unreal.

  • 4evaRaider

    nite all =)

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # vegas raider Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Devout Christian is kind of the norm for elite QB’s these days, isn’t it?

    Warner, Brees, Manning, Matt Ryan are all VERY OPEN with their religion.

    Cable and Bruce are big bible-thumpers, for what’s that worth.
    _______________________________________________________

    its worth nothing, I rather have a playbook-thumper than bible-thumper… thats what counts…

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    – Cable, asked to review his own performance as offensive coordinator and play-caller, had the following response.

    “I think at times an exceptional job and at times an average job. I look at it that way, kind of nothing in between really. As I said, that has to get better, too.”

    Wow, these statements sound eerily similar to JaMarcus Russell when he is asked about his qb play. If Cable thinks that he has been an “exceptional” play caller then he is sipping on the same syrup as Russell.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    -Dogg…

    LOL, good point =)

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    LMN

    It is great to see you around. How have you been?

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    -Dogg

    Great, good to see this blog has been good hands while i’ve been away =)

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    I try to dip in when I can, welcome back bro.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    thanks mate =)

  • Nnamdi21

    What a nightmare. Frye’s the starter even though he’s f’in horrible. He threw 2 more interceptions Sunday mind you, negated by a penalty and one foot out of bounds. HORRIBLE. He missed wide open receivers and threw the ball into double, triple coverage HORRIBLE…

    Russell would’ve taken hell. Its not all him, but amn, Cable and Russell don’t have a lvoe affair do they? Russell needs to get his act togehter and LEAD…

  • Dmac20

    Sam bradford 2010 anyone??? I hear he’s the most accurate qb in college football and would have went ahead of sanchez and staffoerd last year. All we need is an accurate qb because our wr have the speed to get open its just our qbs haven’t hit them and aorking with hackett for two years riding the bench behind grads for a year or two would do wonders for him, learn from one of the best coaches and rest that shoulder for a year… I wouldn’t be upset if we picked him.

    my mock draft top 3 rds
    1. sam dradford
    2. anthony davis
    3. stefan wisnewski

  • toec

    “Frye said a running play wasn’t possible on the first snap, given that the Raiders were in an empty backfield and had five receivers at the line of scrimmage”

    So, why the hell would you line up in a formation like that when you’re on the 2?

  • raiden305

    if we would have started the season with bruce. we would have made the playoffs. no doubt in my mind. honest.

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  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    oh well, i better go to sleep, have to take care of FOUR!!!! kids tomorrow =) LOL dammit me and my good ways =)

  • toec

    # raiden305 Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    if we would have started the season with bruce. we would have made the playoffs. no doubt in my mind. honest.

    -If DHB was mostly on the sideline

  • Richochet

    # Nnamdi21 Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    What a nightmare. Frye’s the starter even though he’s f’in horrible. He threw 2 more interceptions Sunday mind you, negated by a penalty and one foot out of bounds. HORRIBLE. He missed wide open receivers and threw the ball into double, triple coverage HORRIBLE…

    Russell would’ve taken hell. Its not all him, but amn, Cable and Russell don’t have a lvoe affair do they? Russell needs to get his act togehter and LEAD…
    ============================
    Frye had all of two games on the field.
    Russell had more than two YEARS on the field.
    Russell did that, and much worse, and got hell..every bit that he deserved.

    And you?

    You’re still crying about Russell.
    Accept it..time to take down your JR poster.
    Time to trade in your JR lunch box.

    Just not going to happen..and that’s a fact.

  • Nnamdi21

    We’ll see when he starts next year how he’s doing. can’t get much worse. Maybe we’ll get our running game going next year with some fullbacks and fix our O line so they can pass protect and maybe, just maybe we’ll hire someone who knows how to coach WRs…

  • Nnamdi21

    Wouldn’t mind securing Troy Smith who’s a RFA with Baltimore. Kids a winner…

  • Florida Pete

    oh no… fargas might not be available…

    what are we gonna do???

    on 3… everybody do the eyeroll with me…

    1… 2… 3 !!!

  • 2romes

    Toec & Big banana, I agree with you 100%.Pound the ball at them and ram it down there throats.I complimented the Raiders last week for there toughness. I though the Raiders were going to play black and blue football. The below average QB play this year should have dictated them to run the ball!!!!How the coaches saw it different befuddles me.

    I would like to see coach Cable stay the course for another years.I would also like him to instill some toughness in the Raiders game. Now, Finesse on offense is definitely not our strenght.It take alot of QB and receiver chemistry the develop a finesse passing game. last sunday Fry threw the ball too much so I put more of the blame on the coaches. I believe Cable will learn from this one.
    Raiders Be With You

  • Florida Pete

    “I don’t want to go out there and not be able to make plays,” Heyward-Bey said. “I don’t want just to be out there to play because it’s the last game. I don’t want to that, there’s no reason to do that. I want to be out there and be able to cut and run and do everything I can do normally.”

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

    but isn’t everything you normally do…

    is not make plays???

    this does not compute…

  • M Lonetree

    Allowing Rob Ryan to dictate terms on first and goal at the 2 borders on lunacy. hell, it is lunacy. Robbo doesn’t have one of the worst ranked defenses year after year for no reason. “Check with me?” and have Charlie “I can do this, really I can” Frye fling the ball without even attempting a run is no different than Zorn’s fake field goal last week. For cause. Fuggit.
    And what about the brilliant mismanagement of the clock at the end of the first half? Crap.

  • M Lonetree

    Yes Florida Pete, DHB stepped in that one without hesitation and you provided the and…? lol

    These players and coaches have no discerning reality confronting their minds.

  • Florida Pete

    well we couldn’t run the ball on 1st and goal ’cause i didn’t have a running back in there…

    we know… we all saw it… and we all thought…

    cable is an absolute moron…

    that wasn’t manning or brees out there… that was our 3rd string QB with the shortest field possible…

    so let me ask you, mr cable… just what is your major malfunction with Bush???

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    The 80yr old GM produces this:

    09′ 5-10
    08′ 5-11
    07′ 4-12
    06′ 2-14
    05′ 4-12
    04′ 5-11
    03′ 4-12

    5 Head Coaches, 8 Starting QB’s.
    Do you really believe another Head Coach, Quarterback is going to make a difference? Really?

  • Florida Pete

    M Lonetree Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 5:32 pm
    Yes Florida Pete, DHB stepped in that one without hesitation and you provided the and…? lol

    These players and coaches have no discerning reality confronting their minds.

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

    Pete’s List of Delusional Raiders:

    DHB: thinks he can catch…

    Russell: thinks he gets paid by the pound…

    Cable: thinks all QBs can be as good as Manning… you just have to make them throw it often enough…

    Al Davis: thinks we’re on the right track… that’s right, get over it…

    and just for grins…

    Florida Pete: thinks he should be a general manager…

  • DKnight007

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    DK, Vick wont help us, development of our reigning pine bencher more so, we truly need to get rid of Cable, get someone to call the plays, AD Football is not working anymore. We have very good talent, it’s just not used to it’s highest ability, IMHO!

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Hiring a GM and Gruden and then adding Vick is the way to go.

    Just adding Vick to lousy AD football with Cable as HC is not the answer as well.

    And why did Cable not bother calling a running play when they were at the goal line or at least a bootleg??

    Another Cable brainfart I guess…..sheesh

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    The 80yr old GM produces this:

    09′ 5-10
    08′ 5-11
    07′ 4-12
    06′ 2-14
    05′ 4-12
    04′ 5-11
    03′ 4-12

    5 Head Coaches, 8 Starting QB’s.

    Do you really believe scapegoating another Head Coach is going to solve this mess?

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

    Cable needs to go.

  • Culebra

    it seems every athlete says the same cliche or over-used phrase to explain their performance in those interviews. For once, I’d like someone to just flat out say, you know, we stunk tonight. I got confused during some plays and I just didn’t know what I was doing. I got burned on some plays and i think it’s because this week i dragged my ass all through practice…

  • r8eray

    DK, it’s on record..Gruden said he loves the kid from the Gators (Tebow). So more then likely, Gruden will draft Tebow if he is our coach. So we won’t see Vick!!

  • 504 Raider

    Cable has lost his right to make any comments regarding Russell. Cable when asked about grading himself as an OC/Playcaller, sounds very much like Russell when he is asked about how he played.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    The 80yr old GM produces this:

    09′ 5-10
    08′ 5-11
    07′ 4-12
    06′ 2-14
    05′ 4-12
    04′ 5-11
    03′ 4-12

    5 Head Coaches, 8 Starting QB’s.

    Do you really believe scapegoating yet another Head Coach is going to solve this mess?

  • raidermot

    “I don’t want to go out there and not be able to make plays,” Heyward-Bey said.

    Heyward-Bum hasn’t made plays all year.

    Why start using an injury as an excuse to keep you out of a game?

  • lefty12

    Pete-no problem with you wanting to be GM.it would be better than all these Madden game experts who believe they should be OC.

  • ab858

    “Asked about the decision not to run the ball or have Frye execute a run-pass option to the outside, Cable said the plays were “check with me,” meaning they were dictated by the look of Cleveland’s defense, the alignment called for a pass “and after that it’s a matter of making a play.”

    ***********

    Makes sense….oh wait, no it doesn’t because we weren’t playing the damn ’85 Bears.

  • r8eray

    New post!!

  • Bobby Bushay

    A better assessment of Coach Cable’s play calling would be average at best, below average during key scoring opportunities. I like Cable, I really do, but he’s not an elite play caller by any stretch. Not running on 2nd and 2, and then again on 3rd and 2 in the first half, then a couple of examples of non-runs in the second half, particular four shots from the 2 – that is just unexcusable.

    We needed to pound the rock more to have an offensive identity. Both Bush and McFadden should have 15-20 touches apiece against the Ravens. That’s 7 to 10 touches per quarter. Sweeps, pitches, counters, traps, screens, shovel passes, McFadden in the slot – I don’t care – just get them the ball. If Miller gets half a dozen touches and the receivers catch around 10 balls total, I dare say we win Sunday. Frye cannot have 300 yards passing to win IMHO.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    “I don’t want to go out there and not be able to make plays,” Heyward-Bey said. “I don’t want just to be out there to play because it’s the last game. I don’t want to that, there’s no reason to do that. I want to be out there and be able to cut and run and do everything I can do normally.”
    ============================

    ROFLMFAO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA

  • LT_Raider

    If Cable stays he cannot be the O.C. He consistently calls plays based on what he wishes his players could do rather than a sober evaluation of what the can do. His failure to use Bush regularly is a mystery.

  • WenzhouRaider

    “They were spreading it out” at the two yard line? But we couldn’t do anything because we were in a 5 receiver set?!!?

    The only reason a team should go into a 5 receiver set at the 2! is in order to spread the d out so that the legsy qb can take it in himself.

    This is the most aggravating team in a while. which is saying something.

  • 90210

    I relly hoped that JaPIG would of started in place of that CHOKE-RAT the reason why? To prove once and for all that this FAT PIG DOES NOT belong in the league and will NEVER revive his career like VY!I hope that the OLD GOAT opens his eyes and relizes that he got ripped off in paying this FAT BUM! I hope he cuts his LARDA$$ and drafts a QB that Paul Hackett could groom over the next couple of years while Grad is taking care of buisness!

  • raidertbone

    QB play is not going to matter much without play-calling and protection. Look at Jay Cutler – he’s horrible! We just need to focus on making the whole team better and change the mindset … Cut JaLoser / Fire Cable. Then, concentrate on making the deals to bring in O-line, D-line, LBs who will step up. Rolando McClain and/or Carlos Dunlap with the first round pick; then an O-lineman in round two.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Keep Darrius Heyward-Bey, Nick Miller, Bruce Gradkowski, Langston Walker, Justin Fargas, Gerard Warren & Slade Norris on the inactive list.

    they are injured and we’re going to face a very physical Ravens team. We’re gonna need our troops at full strength.

  • mack-madden

    “I don’t want to go out there and not be able to make plays,” Heyward-Bey said

    He’s made more plays on the sideline than in the actual game.
    I don’t consider him a bust. But project him to be AT BEST a Bennard Berrian.
    Compare that to other WRs or players drafted after him. I sure hope year two will be a BIG improvement