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Postgame wrap

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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  • CaptainBlack

    Lifer, I noticed that too. The Refs were much more objective than normal

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    R8der4lfe21,

    If you give the job to Bruce, you don’t have to worry about him not “working his a$$ off”.

    That’s what professionals do. Bruce is a professional and would probably work harder to prove himself.

    What is your beef with Bruce? He is 2 years older than Jamarcus and has only half as many career starts as Russell. To me, he is the talented youngster just needing his shot. Frye and Russell have 25+ starts under them, we know what they are. We don’t know what Bruce is yet, because he hasn’t got the same chance as either of those guys have.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    I say M-Bush is our RB, we move McFadden to WR it has been said that he is built perfectly for it, DHB will return KO’s until he proves to be a starter. Schillens, Murphy, Mcfadden our WR. Get back to power blocking, get a real fullback. A new MLB and a CB, along with an open competition at QB and we can make a push for playoff’s.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Vegas i love Gradkowski dude has heart but we do not need him knowing the job is his keep working for it and he will have it. I also like that he has been with Hackett for a while now. Maybe thats our next headcoach Paul Hackett.

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    lol…

    – 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.’’

  • CaptainBlack

    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 7:02 am
    I say M-Bush is our RB, we move McFadden to WR it has been said that he is built perfectly for it, DHB will return KO’s until he proves to be a starter. Schillens, Murphy, Mcfadden our WR. Get back to power blocking, get a real fullback. A new MLB and a CB, along with an open competition at QB and we can make a push for playoff’s.
    _________________________________________________

    If this happens, we will make the playoffs, given we hire a quality HC

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Mike Mitchell had more sacks than Rey M. , Ziggy Hood, Robert Ayers , BJ Raji, Ron Brace….

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Mike Mitchell is a freakin beast, when he is in as an OLB our run D is that much better. I also see that he can cover he has played well and he plays with a mean streak. Mcfadden impressed me yesterday with the hit he put on Ngata he got injured but he laid him out great block.

  • El Tato

    Mitchell has been 90% of the time rushing the passer

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Just saw the highlights of the game on SC.

    Russell’s INT: Thrown into Quadruple coverage. Seriously. Terrible read. Led to points for the Ravens.

    Russell’ fumble: He took 4-5 little steps up in the pocket, had over 3 seconds (I watched the game clock) to throw the ball or protect the ball for a “coverage sack” if need be. It’s the FKN RAVENS, what more do you want the O-line to do? Give him 5 seconds to throw the ball. Get rid of it!!! Took points OFF the board.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Wow i would love this scenario.

    Davis has yet another opportunity to make the dramatic concession desired by fans and many within the organization. The handprints of the boss are all over the team’s descent into irrelevance. We are about to discover how far he is willing to go for a fix.

    Can he bring himself to reach out to Mike Leach?

    He should.

    I don’t know if Leach is the right man to replace Tom Cable, but I know there is no legitimate reason for Davis to summarily dismiss the most accomplished and creative offensive mind not currently employed in a football capacity.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Vegas the coverage on the INT was underneath Russell was going over the top but was hit before letting go. The problem with the O-Line goes beyond us playing the Ravens they suck flat out and kill to many drives.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 7:23 am
    Vegas the coverage on the INT was underneath Russell was going over the top but was hit before letting go. The problem with the O-Line goes beyond us playing the Ravens they suck flat out and kill to many drives.

    *************************

    It was a one point game, we had all the momentum and it was first and 10.

    HORRIBLE DECISION. If he had more time to throw it where he wanted Ed Reed would have picked it. There was 4 guys around the play.

  • El Tato

    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.” His office has been described as a museum of pirate paraphernalia.[8][9] In particular, Leach admires the teamwork exhibited by pirates:

    “Pirates function as a team. There were a lot of castes and classes in England at the time. But with pirates, it didn’t matter if you were black, white, rich or poor. The object was to get a treasure. If the captain did a bad job, you could just overthrow him. ”

    — Mike Leach.

    Leach spends time during each off-season learning as much as he can about various things that interest him. Aside from pirates, he has researched topics such as Native American leader Geronimo, American pioneer Daniel Boone, grizzly bears, chimpanzees, whales, and American artist Jackson Pollock.”

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I know the O-line needs to be upgraded.

    EVERY POSITION MIGHT NEED AN UPGRADE OTHER THAN KICKERS AND TE’S.

    So what? Russell sucks, doesn’t care, his teammates hate him and he led the NFL in fumbles.

    3 TD’s 17 turnovers for Russell.

    Frye/Gradkowski 7 TD’s 8 turnovers.

    Get it?

  • r8dr4lfe21

    He had the Ravens thinking INT but they couldnt get to it fast enough, the ball he throws are darts i believe he could have threaded that needle. Look at the pass to Murphy in double coverage the DB thought he had a pic, besides he always hit Z-MIller i dont have reason to believe this time would have been different given time.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    GOT IT!

  • CTConstruction

    mike leach…lol

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    lol

    Gotta run…have a great day Nation

  • r8dr4lfe21

    My? is if they knew all this about Russell why was he our starter? and dont give me the Davis made him do it. I believe Davis gave Cable the keys to the coaching position and he failed. Our O-Line sucked in preseason i’m sure if not then our Defense did either way Cable was blind in his attempt to fix the problem.

  • CTConstruction

    the raiders need bill parcels to run the day to day operations….period!

    when he got to miami…ronnie brown was in a similar situation as mcfadden is now. he said brown was not in tip-top shape and put an ultimatum on him regarding his weight/physical conditioning. brown got into shape and became a pretty solid rb 2-3.

    tommy kelly, russell, dhb, mcfadden, gallery, chris johnson, morrison, howard, among others need that type pressure placed on them.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Saw Madden at the game yesterday “fingers crossed” he consults or becomes a consultant for this team.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Morning Nation!
    From Silver’s column this morning: As one member of the organization said on Sunday, “Watching Cable turn the corner reminds me of watching a hamster run inside a wheel.” It’s time to clean out the cage.

    I know he’s a hater but right on target.

  • Archangel

    The only way Tom Cable should come back as the head coach is if he gets an offensive coordinator. His play calling has been aweful and inconsistent. He needs to work on the offense where it needs it the most. The offensive line. I don’t care who is the QB, if the line cannot block, than he does not have a chance. With a line like that, than you need a QB who can run and pass. JaMarcus is terrible on both and should be turned loose as soon as possible. Whoever the QB coach is needs to be fired immediately. Look for a veteran QB and in the mean time, have Brad and Charlie battle it out. Defensive play calling has been good. The only problem is not having the right players. Tommy Kelly is stealing money and Howard and Morrison are always out of position. Stanford Routt and Hiram Eugene should never see the playing field. Chaz and Louis should be starting next year and DHB needs some serious working during the off season. The WR coach need to be fired immediately.

  • RaiderRockstar

    on ESPN this morning they said that Al Davis is “inclined” to fire Tom Cable.

    any substance to pair with that rumor?

  • RaiderRockstar

    The only way Tom Cable should come back as the head coach is if he gets an offensive coordinator.

    ***

    Arch,

    Jim Zorn for OC?

  • Carl Weathers

    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.’’

    ———————

    I’m glad Russell could break down the motion of a rollercoaster because I really had no idea what he was talking about without it. Tool!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    ESPN can say Al davis sold the team to Disney if they want. They dont have to back there claim so they can talk all they want. History shows Al only fires and hires when all other 32 teams have there staff intact.

  • Carl Weathers

    I wish a lineman would slap that gaping piehole of his shut.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Stanford Routt and Hiram Eugene should never see the playing field.

    The WR coach need to be fired immediately

    Look for a veteran QB and in the mean time, have Brad and Charlie battle it out.

    ***

    couldn’t agree more with these comments. However, I think you meant “Bruce” not Brad. and Losman doesn’t count as another veteran?

    Gradkowski/Frye/Losman/Southwick for a QB competition

    BUILD THE LINES THIS OFFSEASON !!!

  • ldynblk26

    I am a season ticket holder and I am not renewing until I hear Coach Gruden is Back! I am serious MR Davis!Don’t mean to be disrespectful but You need to wake up Old Man! Listen to the Voices of the Raider Nation…Peace LDY N BLK 26

  • r8dr4lfe21

    REPOST:
    I say M-Bush is our RB, we move McFadden to WR it has been said that he is built perfectly for it, DHB will return KO’s until he proves to be a starter. Schillens, Murphy, Mcfadden our WR. Get back to power blocking, get a real fullback. A new MLB and a CB, along with an open competition at QB and we can make a push for playoff’s.

  • r8dr4lfe21

    My earlier post:

    I think as fans patience will pay off after this offseason. Money is running low for our franchise so we cannot continue to spend it wildly. We trade our pics for proven Vets, get what we can for players like Morrison, and Eugene, Trade Nnamdi “i hate this 1″ but it has to happen. Get Wilfork for him and a draft pic.

  • RaiderRockstar

    History shows Al only fires and hires when all other 32 teams have there staff intact.

    ***

    so very true.

    we get all the coaching & free agent scraps!

    seeing what McGahee did to Eugene yesterday makes me laugh at everyone who said he’s better than Mike Huff (who actually led the team in INT’s this year). Also had 14 passes defensed!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Just my thoughts from earlier:

    Good Morning Nation, The Only Nation.
    So can we all agree that Russell is not to take all the blame for this season. This Cable chosen O-Line with it’s zone blocking is garbage. Russell struggled big time but so did the O-Line reguardless of who was the QB. We cant run the ball, and we cant block long enough to take a 3 step drop “pathetic”. Schillens needs to stick with his no comment cause i seen him drop passes this year that should have been caught, Z-Miller dropped a TD pass earlier in the year. So the team as a whole stunk it up and they all need to look in the mirror not just Jmac. Coach Cable proved he cannot call a game wanting to run against the Ravens but refusing to run against the Browns that is weak.
    Jmac looked so much better yesterday i smiled when he was playing well the Pic was cause he was getting hit as he was throwing, and the fumble came when Henderson got beat to the outside. Jmac had his struggles but yesterday cant be put only on him.

  • RaiderRockstar

    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.

    ***

    how sad to miss an all-time record by only a .3 yard average!

    games AT Pittsburgh, Denver & Cleveland in December certainly made his job very difficult …

  • RaiderRockstar

    private msg to Mr. Davis :

    pay Dick & Seabass!

    we need them!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    I dont think Sammy Baugh punted as many times as Shane did. So i blame Cable for this also.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Come on, we all knew that JaLoser would “F” up. The pick into quad coverage and the fumble as he has no sense of pressure. The game was over as soon as Cable played him to prove a point to AD.

    Fire Cable!
    Cut JaLoser!

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    Cable is expected to fire Al Davis

  • r8dr4lfe21

    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. Then there is the D-Line best in the league kno other Line or Defense allowed more big plays then ours, we give them up in chunks.

  • Carl Weathers

    Players that MUST be cut or replaced:

    -Number 74, offense-*insert penalty here* 5-10 yards

    -Russell- turnover machine and dumb looking

    -DHB- admit defeat Al, or have him returning KO’s and 4th string WR

    -Hiram “b!tch-slapped” Eugene- Now expendable with Mitchell, Branch & Huff- Boyd can fill his role on ST & reserve safety

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    From the Mpls Star Tribune:
    Bills coach Dick Jauron got the short straw. His odds are 3-1 that he’s first out the door. He’s followed by the Jacksonville’s Jack Del Rio (7-2), Washington’s Jim Zorn (4-1), Dallas’ Wade Phillips (9-2), Carolina’s John Fox (11-2), Oakland’s Tom Cable (6-1), Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (6-1), Houston’s Gary Kubiak (7-1) and Childress.
    There also are odds on whether a coach will be fired before Week 1 of the 2010 season. Childress’ odds are 9-1

    They got it wrong. Zorn went first!

  • VanHeathen

    Mr. Davis…

    JR is a MOUTH BREATHING SLACKER HACK!
    Get over it!
    No team can win with his lack of leadership, accuracy and conditioning, period.

  • RaiderRockstar

    r8dr4lfe21:

    Russell is trash …

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

    difference of night & day! time for the walrus to take a huge paycut imo. I don’t care if he finishes out the remaining 3 years of his contract in Oakland, but he’ll have to EARN the starting job and put the WORK in during the offseason. If he shows up for camp & OTA’s unprepared & unmotivated I think he’s automatically 3rd string. If he refuses a paycut he’s done in Oakland as far as i’m concerned

    set your priorities young man. the Nation needs to see some growth, maturity and progress in your game. most importantly, some effort and some success on the football field!

    3 TD’s and 17 turnovers in your 3rd NFL season is not impressive. QB Rating of 50 and a completion percentage under 49 is disgusting for a former 1st overall draft pick!

    have some pride & self respect Mr. Russell. don’t be satisfied with being called the biggest bust in Raider or NFL history just because you got $31.5 million guaranteed money in your pocket. money don’t last forever, but a legacy will

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Well said RaiderRockstar!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    Al Davis has done everything to give us a winning team, with the exception of hiring a GM. I’m so glad we dont draft for this team or call the shots. If we did Nnamdi would have been gone, Huff would have been gone. As i recall alot of us wanted Jmac, Dmac, Gallery, so i say we are just as bad with 1 exception. Al does not give up on players as fast as most of us do.

  • VanHeathen

    How was Al to know that JR liked:
    Getting Inked
    Strippers,
    Nite Clubs,
    Robitusin,
    Skittles
    and MONEY,
    More than being an Elite QB in the NFL.
    We ALL got duped, let’s move on…

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Heads must roll!

  • r8dr4lfe21

    RaiderRockstar,
    How long did you expect Gradkowski to play with this O-Line? I do agree earn it but we were losing long before him.