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Postgame wrap

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at 9:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes from the Raiders season-ending 21-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at the Coliseum:

– Lots of support for Tom Cable in the postgame locker room.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said he hasn’t heard anything specific about Cable getting fired, but if he has any solid information, “I’m sure that myself and the other captains will speak out on Tom’s behalf.

Said tight end Zach Miller: “I want to see him. I think he’s been good all year. He’s been. He’s had to deal with some tough issues early on. But he’s been the same every week, and really consistent, and I think that’s good for the football team. And I’d love some continuity going into next season.”

Wide receiver Chaz Schilens: “As far I’m concerned he’s a good coach and deserves to be back here. That’s how I feel.’’

Not all the captains would necessarily be receptive, however.

“That’s not my call,’’ defensive end Richard Seymour said, although he added, “ I like coach Cable. I really do. He stayed the course and even when it was tough, he always had the troops ready to play. That’s all you can ask for.’’

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, asked if Cable should return, said, “He should, he should. That’s not my decision. That’s the big leagues upstairs.’’

For his part, Cable plan on being back.

“I am, because I see, and you all see, too, where this team is going, and what we’ve been able to accomplish in proving some things,’’ Cable said. “Where we are offensively since the Cincinnati game, I think, speaks volumes, but again, yeah, I’m pretty sure (I’ll be back). As sure as I can be.’’

Cable said he has not talked to Al Davis about that, however.

– Monte Poole looks at the problems with the Raiders roster issues in his column, and Gary Peterson examines the tenure of Cable as he appears to be headed out the door.

– But while it appears Cable will ultimately pay for the 5-11 season, the all-too-obvious answer regarding what ails the Raiders is in my Web exclusive column.

– The Cincinnati game, of course, is when Cable benched JaMarcus Russell. And there’s no denying the passing offense got dramatically better once Russell went to the bench.

But it’s also true Russell led the Raiders to their won over Denver and looked light years better Sunday in terms of being confident and decisive than he did through the first nine games.

But there were two turnovers, an interception to Dannell Ellerbe and a sack-fumble lost to Ellerbe.

Russell was 9-for-14 for 102 yards in the second half after Charlie Frye (who took a ferocious beating and left at halftime with a lower back strain and an ankle injury) was 18-for-25 for 180 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Asked about the good things Russell did, Cable said, “Not really thinking about that right now, just thinking about our effort and the disappointment I have over not being able to score some points in the second half, because I really thought we would.’’

Russell on his own play this season: “It was shaky, shaky. At times it was like we were on a roller coaster. Once you go up, you go down, you go up, go down, same thing.’’

– The Raiders rather dramatically illustrated the inconsistencies in the three phases of their play in the secondd quarter on consecutive possessions.

First, after Shane Lechler pinned the Ravens back at the 5-yard line with a 45-yard punt, the Ravens went 95 yards on just two plays on what Cable calls “chunk’’ plays.

Joe Flacco got the Ravens out of the shadow of their own end zone with an 18-yard pass to Todd Heap, then Willis McGahee bolted 77 yards for a touchdown, embarrassing Hiram Eugene with a stiff-arm in the process.

Trailing 14-3, the Raiders responded with one of their best drives of the season, with Frye completing 6 of 7 passes for 57 yards and a 12-yard scoring pass to a leaping Zach Miller to cut it to 14-10 with 47 seconds left in the half.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Ravens got a 53-yard return by Jamele Parmalee and the Raiders were fortunate not to give up any points when Billy Cundiff missed a 37-yard field goal attempt.

– Schilens talked up the job Cable did and was effusive in his praise about Frye.

“Charlie played great. He was getting drilled but he was getting the ball off and trusting his receivers,’’ Schilens said. “He played great. I wish it could have been different. I wish he could have stayed healthy and stayed in there, but he’s a good quarterback.’’

When asked about the job Russell did in the second half, Schilens clammed up.

After a brief pause, Schilens said, “No comment.’’

Schilens had a career high eight receptions for 99 yards and although he missed half the season with a broken metatarsal sustained in training camp, led all Raiders wide receivers with 29 catches for 365 yards.

Miller had seven catches for 37 yards, including the touchdown. The Pro Bowl alternate finished with career highs in receptions (66) and yards (805).

– Frye and Russell completed 27 of 38 passes for 282 yards, the most completions for the Raiders since the season opener against the Detroit Lions when Josh McCown was 30-for-40 for 313 yards and still booed heavily.

They completed 19 of 25 passes for 240 yards to wide receivers.

“I always thought we could do that, you know,’’ Cable said. “It’s just a matter of getting some things kind of cleaned up and letting a couple of young receivers grow up a little bit and not making it a one-man deal with Zach all the time.’’

– The Ravens rushed for 240 yards on 35 carries, with Willis McGahee rushing for 167 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns _ including a 77-yard scoring run which he stiff-armed Hiram Eugene.

“I don’t know if that was a stiff-arm or a beat-down,’’ Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

“It’s like he got a good three-way go, really. And he kind of caught me on my heels, and gave me a little club,’’ Eugene said. “Especially when it’s a big play for them, and you know it’s most likely going ot hit Sportscenter, and people are going to look at like, `He was in the middle’ but he’s a safety and he’s got to make that tackle.’’

The Raiders finished 29th in the NFL in rushing, surrendering 2,488 yards and tied the Rams for giving up the most rushing touchdowns with 24.

x-Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted field goal attempts of 37 and 39 yards without a miss to finish 26-for-29 on the season and extending his own club record with an even 1,000 career points.

“We’ve struggled a little bit this year so far but getting 1000 points, you know, it means a lot to me,’’ Janikowski said. “Just breaking the record means a lot to me.”

Janikowski had no comment about his impending free agency. He could be franchised or transitioned, with extra tags available if there is no collective bargaining agreement.

Most likely, Janikowski, like Shane Lechler before him, will get a huge raise.

– Lechler had punts of 54, 52, 45, 59 and 51 yards for a 52.4 average and finished the season at 51.1 yards per punt, behind the all-time record of 51.4 set by Sammy Baugh in 1940.

x-Tennessee running back Chris Johnson, the No. 24 selection in the 2008 draft, rushed for 134 yards on 36 carries and finished the season with 2,006 yards. Darren McFadden, the No. 4 pick in the same draft, had five carries for nine yards and finished with 357 yards on 104 carries.

The Raiders rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries, with Michael Bush (10 carries, 18 yards) and McFadden (5 carries, 9 yards) getting nowhere. The only run longer than five yards was a 13-yard reverse Louis Murphy.

– Cable is scheduled to meet with the media Monday at noon for a season-ending press conference, preceded by an open locker room session for players who haven’t already cleared out.

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  • r8dr4lfe21

    Good morning Dakota,
    have you read my plans for Dmac next season?
    Post 232.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Meet the new head coach for your Oakland Raiders.
    Paul Hackett.

  • http://atm Raider O

    How can a man not love Strippers & Skittles?!

  • jhill

    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    This majestic O-Line that outperformed all other 32 O-Lines in the league are to blame period. They are the reason Gradkowski got hurt, and Frye got hurt twice. Not to mention killed so many drives.

    ——————————————————-

    Exactly!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Fire Cable!

    Draft R McClain in the 1st, Carlos Dunlap in the 2nd, and then draft OL, and CB.

    Move Seymour inside and resign him, and cut Warren, Euk, TK, Green, Walker, and Cooper.

  • jhill

    look at the team with Gradkowski or Frye under center vs. JaMarcus

    difference of night & day!

    ——————————————————-

    Agree with your post in general on Russell, but I disagree with this. The offense was NOT better except for the 4th qtr in Pittsburgh, which is why Cable and his exceptional playcalling have to go.

    We were losing again yesterday and our D was getting GASHED for big yardage!

    I’d like to hear one reason other than Jamarcus Russell that Cable should keep the job of running this offense? Just ONE reason!

  • RaiderRockstar

    r8dr4lfe21: SEE MY ABOVE POST #230

    I am not pleased with this o-line by any stretch of imagination. Satele, Carlisle & Green are backups if they even return next season. Henderson & Gallery can hold down the left side of the OL. Even Henderson got slapped around a few times this year, especially when Gallery wasn’t there to protect him. We also need a quality FB. Even moreso if Oren O’Neil can’t shake the injury bug. I thought we were rushing him along too quickly and I was right. I thought he should have started the season on the PUP list, Nick Miller & Chaz Schilens too …

    even with this crappy o-line Gradkowski & Frye still outperformed Russell. I want the young man to succeed. Every Raider fan does. We have a lot invested in him. He has yet to show me ANYTHING in 3 seasons. Gradkowski & Frye have shown more in far less playing time imo. I want this team to win more than I want some kid to start that doesn’t even “get it” or “want it” as his coaches & teammates suggest

  • http://atm Raider O

    It’s not Rocket Science Al!!!!!

  • Chris in NY

    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    So can we all agree that Russell is not to take all the blame for this season. …

    ———————–

    You’re right. JaMarcus doesn’t deserve ALL the blame for this season.

    Just 95% of it.

  • jhill

    Nah … It won’t be Hackett.

    Russell was barely acknowledging Hackett on the sidelines yesterday. If Cable goes, Hackett is gone with him.

    It would actually be good for Russell to have Hackett though. They clearly don’t like each other, so if they could actually make it work, meaning the Jr boes down to the Sr, then we might have something.

    Maybe Hackett can be Russell’s new Uncle Earl

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I did not want JaLoser. I admit that I wanted McFadden while others wanted Vernon Gholston. Never wanted DHB. 1 of last 3 for me.
    I was an AD supporter with his firing of Kiffin, but finally admitted to myself that he needs help in the role of a G.M. He can not at 80 yrs old be the College Scout, Director of Personnel, and Defensive Coordinator any longer.
    I remember the days he was on the sidelines pregame and told opposing players he was watching them but he cannot evaluate players from the booth and watching film.
    I respect AD but he needs to realize he needs help.

  • Florida Pete

    El Tato Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 7:28 am
    I guess Leach can be at home with us:

    “Famous among fans for his fascination with 18th century pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack, Leach has lectured his players on the history of pirates, and told them before games to “swing their swords.”

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

    yeah… just saying…

    we don’t need Mcdaddy swinging his “sword” any more than he already has…

  • SC

    Keep Cable and hire a OC. That would be ideal. Will happen? Probably not!

    I’m also a season ticket holder. We must take a stand. When your ticket holder rep. contacts you to renew, or get that email….take a stand.

    “WE WILL NOT RENEW UNLESS THEY HIRE A GM”

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    By the way,

    Go Lakers!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d like to hear one reason other than Jamarcus Russell that Cable should keep the job of running this offense? Just ONE reason!

    ***

    i’m not going to vouch for him. However, we’d all be silly to ignore the fact that so much coaching turnover has really hurt the team over the past 7/8 years.

    As soon as the players get one system down, they are switching to another. As soon as they get on the same page with one coaching staff, here comes a completely different one with different expectations and zero familiarity with players strengths & weaknesses.

    a staff has to trust the players to execute and the players have to trust the coaches to put together a sound gameplan and use them to the best of their ability.

    Callahan, Turner, Shell, Kiffin & Cable since 2003.

  • http://atm Raider O

    There are too many good coaches available to keep Cable. IMO and 3 or 4 of them are willing to work for Al.

  • jhill

    Chris in NY Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:32 am
    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    So can we all agree that Russell is not to take all the blame for this season. …

    ———————–

    You’re right. JaMarcus doesn’t deserve ALL the blame for this season.

    Just 95% of it.

    ——————————————————
    That’s just really dangerous man!

    What does that really mean? It seems like we would just simply need a QB change and we could keep everything else in play then.

    Why is EVERYONE saying that we need a C, RG, RT, MLB, Nickle Corner, AND a new HC if Russell was 95% of the problem?

  • http://atm Raider O

    Good Morning RR.

  • jhill

    I agree with that Rockstar. Would have loved to see it work out with Kiffin b/c at least he had a plan. But I just don’t see Cable’s plan.

    I’d be all for him coming back if he brought in an Asst Head Coach/OC, but he is 100% against that. Wasn’t impressed at all with his offense even with Grads except for the 4th qtr of the Pitts game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning O and Happy New Year!

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

    Please help me in welcoming the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders…Mike Leach.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Ex,

    1/3 is not bad. I’m at 2/11. Sir Charles and JR, but to be honest I also would have lived with Calvin Johnson in the 1st & Trent Edwards in the 2nd.

    I was excited about JR & Miller, and I still think JR can be Salvaged.

  • los raiders de don rober

    If Al fires Cable he better have the replacement signed and sealed before he pulls the trigger on the fat man…Re: the draft, I think Al trades down, we have too much money invested in too many 1st round busts. Al always finds his gems in the 2-5th rounds anyways. Free agency? we have to do something about the dammned run D and the O line…Please find Cornell Green another job in the team, Green and Jamarcus are responsible for 70% of the offense’s ails.

  • Florida Pete

    Bills fire entire coaching staff

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 4, 2010 11:33 AM ET
    Black Monday has arrived in full force in Buffalo.

    Per Jay Glazer of Fox, the team has fired their entire coaching staff.

    It’s not a surprise the Bills are making sweeping changes. But it is notable that the team has let go some longtime assistants like vaunted special teams/assistant head coach Bobby April.

    There have been previous reports that interim head coach Perry Fewell was going to interview for the permanent head coaching position. It’s unclear if that is still the case.

    It’s also unclear if cleaning house in the most dramatic way possible will be enough to entice one particular big fish in the coaching pond that reportedly spoke with the Bills last week.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: can you imagine scrapping the zbs?

    means new OL coach and the only 2 good players (Henderson & Gallery) may find the adjustment very difficult. I’d hate to see 5 starters on the OL with “turd status” . remember 2006?

  • tuckrulefool

    awesome Jerry…elephant in the room..well done

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders/ci_14115892

    and..for once and for all …STFU… k0.0lkell

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

    Bottom line is the O-Line stinks. The only reason JaMarcus came in the game yesterday was becuade Frye was a walking crash test dummy.

    Who is the coach on this team that specializes in offensive line work? Tom Cable.

    He is an O-line coach and clearly not as good of a coach as HE thinks he is. If he can’t even get the O-line straightened out, how the hell can he be expected to be a Head Coach as well as an Offensive Coordinator?

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    jhill Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:33 am
    Nah … It won’t be Hackett.

    Russell was barely acknowledging Hackett on the sidelines yesterday. If Cable goes, Hackett is gone with him.

    It would actually be good for Russell to have Hackett though. They clearly don’t like each other, so if they could actually make it work, meaning the Jr boes down to the Sr, then we might have something.

    Maybe Hackett can be Russell’s new Uncle Earl
    =============

    Nothing can help russell except himself. And he has 36 million things in the bank keeping him from dedicating himself.

    Some people GUY’S too much pride to look at it like hey i have 30 something million dollars and im set for life.

    some guy’s like grads hurt his knee and kept playing till he hurt the other one.

    if you could take gradkowski’s heart and mind and put it in russells body then hackett would be able to help him.

    i don’t think al davis was wrong about russells talent but you never know what someone is going to do if they get 36 million dollars guranteed.

    I HAVE A QUESTION—— IF YOU HIT A 36 MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY YESTERDAY WOULD YOU GET UP AND GO TO WORK TODAY ??? EVEN IF YOU LIKED YOUR JOB.

    SOME PEOPLE WOULD SOME PEOPLE WOULDN’T #2 OBVIOUSLY WOULDN’T

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dogg,

    I read a few articles that said Leach will be a great fit in Oak.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Shanny will be hired to coach the Bills and he’ll be given complete control imo.

    I don’t think Jim Fassel would want to be HC here if we fired his son to hire Bobby April for ST coach though!

  • Florida Pete

    i have a hard time believing Allen will hire Shanahan…

    not because he’s a former Bronco HC…

    but because Shanahan is 1-4 in the post season since Elway retired…

    i guess that’s my way of saying that i think he sucks…

  • http://atm Raider O

    If my job was to go play my fav sport like football, then Hell Yeah I would.

    Can you imagine playing football infront of 70k fans?! I love to compete, but that’s just me!

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    RaiderDogg Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:48 am
    Bottom line is the O-Line stinks. The only reason JaMarcus came in the game yesterday was becuade Frye was a walking crash test dummy.

    Who is the coach on this team that specializes in offensive line work? Tom Cable.

    He is an O-line coach and clearly not as good of a coach as HE thinks he is. If he can’t even get the O-line straightened out, how the hell can he be expected to be a Head Coach as well as an Offensive Coordinator?
    =======

    YOU NEED SOME TALENT TO COACH

    THE MAJORITY OF US WERE SCREAMING FOR O-LINE IN THE DRAFT. WE COULD OF GOTTEN EUGENE MONROE OR MICHAEL OHER INSTEAD OF DHB AND STILL GOTTEN MURPHY LATER

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    Raider O Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:53 am
    If my job was to go play my fav sport like football, then Hell Yeah I would.

    Can you imagine playing football infront of 70k fans?! I love to compete, but that’s just me!
    ========

    I could only imagine playing in front of 38,000 or so LOL oh yeah unless it was an away game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • Chris in NY

    jhill Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:40 am
    Chris in NY Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:32 am
    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    So can we all agree that Russell is not to take all the blame for this season. …

    ———————–

    You’re right. JaMarcus doesn’t deserve ALL the blame for this season.

    Just 95% of it.

    ——————————————————
    That’s just really dangerous man!

    What does that really mean? It seems like we would just simply need a QB change and we could keep everything else in play then.

    Why is EVERYONE saying that we need a C, RG, RT, MLB, Nickle Corner, AND a new HC if Russell was 95% of the problem?

    ———————————-

    We need upgrades at all those things but it’s a QB-driven league. Those other needs wouldn’t seem so pressing if we had Peyton Manning at QB and were getting ready for our bye week heading into the playoffs at 12-4 or 13-3.

    And Manning is an extreme example because he may go down as the best QB of all-time, but a journeyman like Gradkowski probably could’ve led this team to 9-7 if he had the whole year under center.

    We definitely do need a run-stuffing MLB and most importantly major upgrades on the o-line.

  • RaiderResurrection

    Come on guys let’s face it. Either one of us would make a better General Manager than Al Davis. You know why? Because anybody in their right mind saw Adrian Peterson as a once in a decade type of running back and would’ve picked him instead JaSkittles. Or would’ve drafted Ryan Clady because we needed the help on the line in the worst way. ETC

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