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Cable: All is well

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at 9:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Tom Cable was either doing his best impression of Chip Diller or has long been privy to knowledge he’s kept to himself until Thursday.

Other than a few quick comments to a reporter at the scouting combine, Cable made himself available to his first extended interview with KHTK (1140-AM) and host MIke Lamb and sounded a lot like the Kevin Bacon character in the movie “Animal House,” who told parade goers “remain calm, all is well,” as chaos ensued around them.

For the record, the Raiders continue to insist the Cable’s situation is being evaluated.

A transcription of the KHTK interview:

Q: What do you think of Idaho (guard) Mike Iupati? Seen him?

Cable: Oh, yeah. Good player. Really, he’s got a lot of skill, he’s got a lot of size and he’s got the right combination to be, hopefully, very successful in the NFL.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish at the Senior Bowl?

Cable: Well, you’re really looking at these kids and trying to familiarize yourself with them as you prepare for the next step, which will be the combine. So, you get a chance to look at, basically, 70-some players, you get a chance to go back now and look at all the juniors that are coming out and just kind of start comparing this whole thing and then it gets you ready for the combine. Because that group that was here in Mobile, they’ll be at the combine, as well as all those juniors that came out. So, it gives you a great opportunity to kind of get a jump on it and familiarize yourself with the whole group.

Q: Does the Senior Bowl or scouting combine mean more to you?

Cable: Seeing them work as a football player practicing the game, how they take to the drills, how they learn, seeing how well they can pick things up and then go out and execute because that’s important at our level. You have to be able to do it, really, from Day 1 to a certain extent. So, that gives you an advantage that way. Certainly, you get a chance to really study them and talk to them and interview them at the combine and see them run and do some athletic things.

Q: What do you make of the Tom Cable Watch the past three weeks or so? Have you spoken with Davis and what have you learned?

Cable: Well, we’ve had a lot of conversations. You’re right, there’s been a lot of speculation. But the whole time, we’ve talked about where we’re at as a football team. And that’s everything. That’s the organization, that’s the coaches, that’s the roster, our free agents, who we need to get signed back, just everything that goes into it. We really never have had discussions about what would or wouldn’t happen. It’s just always been about evaluating the Oakland Raiders. I don’t know that at anytime he’s ever said he was going to change or he wasn’t going to change. It’s just an evaluation process that every team goes through. We did great diligence in terms of an organization, the coaches, and here we are getting ready for the 2010 season and starting the scouting routine with the Senior Bowl.

Q: So, do you expect to be the coach of the Raiders for 2010?

Cable: Well, absolutely. I don’t think there was ever any question. That, really, was more speculation than anything else. It’s never been a thought in my mind. We went at this thing every day, whether it was discussions with the owner or discussions with the staff, that we were moving forward and getting ready for 2010. So, it’s never really been an issue for us.

Q: What did you like and dislike about last season’s team?

Cable: Well, there’s a couple of things. The first thing that we learned about this team, or what we’ve become is very competitive. We’re at that stage now, where it’s time to take the next step, and the next step is becoming a playoff team. It will be the hardest step but it’s the next one for this group. That has to be our goal, and our purpose for 2010, is to be a playoff team. Anything less than that isn’t good enough. That’s just how I feel about it. What we’ve learned about our team is, we’ve got a couple of issues. One, we got to score more points on offense. That’s number one. And number two, we’ve had a big issue in terms of the big play defensively, giving it up. Those are two areas that just jump out at you as things we have to do much, much better in 2010 to be a playoff team. And, then the third thing, probably that was most significant, is finding a return game on our special teams.

Q: How big a part of your job is getting Russell to be better?

Cable: He’s just one man on this football team. He knows he’s got to get better. We know we’ve got to get him better. But everyone on this team, coaching staff, players alike, has to get better, and that starts with me. So, obviously, people want to single someone out or whatever that is but right now, it’s about all of us getting better.

Q: It’s a quarterback driven league, how much is execution and how much is leadership?

Cable: I don’t think there’s any question about that. You look at the two teams in the Super Bowl, they both have outstanding quarterbacks, both guys bring leadership to the talble, but leadership to me, comes form all areas, I think you’ve got to have someone like that at every position, so I don’t know that it’s necessarily just the quarterback, it’s everybody involved.

Q: What is Hue Jackson’s role, to get the most of out JaMarcus Russell?

Cable: I think that’s just part of of it. I think the biggest goal for Hue is to get our offense to be more of a scoring threat, with some consistency, and that’s the reason he’s here, and I‘m excited about it. I think it’s something as an organization that we needed to do. I think it will help me as a head coach, to be able to handle some other things, and put more attention to other things.

Q: Was it your decision to bring him in, or one made by the organization?

Cable: I think it was everyone involved, because it’s important that we improve, and when you look at where we need to improve I need to do a better job at
managing this team and looking at all areas and not be so focused in one area like I was and I think it will help us a great deal.

Q: As you called the plays and ran the offense, did you find yourself saying it was more than one person could handle?

Cable: To some degree I did. I think I felt some of that during the season. You know, the second half of the season, we scored doubled our point output in over 100 yards a game in offense, so there was improvement there, but again it gets back to scoring points and I think some freshness, won’t change the system per
se, but try to try and add and make it better.

Q: What are your needs as you look at the Senior Bowl and get ready for the NFL draft?

Cable: Well, we have some things, that I probably won’t talk about right now, let’s keep looking at this, as I said, we’ll look at Moble here, we’ll look at
the group of juniors that are coming out, and see if the players are going to be there for us in terms for our needs and really dial in to those needs.

Q: Did you find it getting easier after first game and did you get some gratification seeing the growth of the team?

Cable: It’s made it more exciting. I don’t know that it’s ever an easy job, but it’s made it more exciting. In our last meeting after the Baltimore game, we talked about what’s in front of us, and the next step would be the most difficult one. That’s going from being a competitive team to the one that wins the games that it’s supposed to and you find a way to win some people don’t think you should, and that’s a playoff team, and that’s the next step, and as I said earlier, that’s our goal, period. I don’t think it’s changing the attitude. I think that’s done. I think, becoming competitive, I think that’s done, and now it’s kind of returning a position to where you can get in the tournament.

Q: When you took the job over if you were 100 percent away from your goal, how much closer are you now, 10 pct, 20 pct?

Cable: I think we’re halfway there, but as I mentioned, but the next half, or the next step is going to be the biggest one, and it’s also going to be the toughest one, and we’re ready for it now, and that’s why I’m excited and ready to do this now and so it will be up to us to see it through and be one of those teams next year.

Q: Sound like conversations went well and you’re going to continue on as coach of the Raiders?

Cable: Absolutely.

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  • weaselbit

    McNabb’s old and inconsistent.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bobby was right when most of us were wrong last year.

    everybody saw potential in Russell towards the end of last season and had hope that he would improve in Year #3 … Bob didn’t buy it and he tried to warn us

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

    “And, then the third thing, probably that was most significant, is finding a return game on our special teams.” —Tom Cable

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

    I got giddy when I read this.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    WOULD U TAKE VICK OR MC NABB ROCKSTAR ?

  • weaselbit

    Bob didn’t buy it cause he looks at the Raiders thru poop colored glasses. Not to be confused with intelligence.

  • raidertbone

    # weaselbit Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    JR’s in Phoenix working with a well known and respected trainer.
    Gym’s on 42nd and Thomas.
    Been seen by many.
    This guy works with top pros and even Olympians.
    If JR does what he’s told, he’ll be in shape.
    Won’t make him smarter or more committed to learning.
    But it’s got to be clear to him that this is his last shot.
    They should have done this w/ him last year.
    All we can do is hope…
    __________________________________________-

    He just needs to realize that the #2 on his chest stands for “2nd chance”; we can only hope that it doesn’t translate to what he’ll do on the field — taking a #2 on the Raider helmet in Alameda would NOT be a good thing!

  • RaiderRockstar

    McNabb’s old and inconsistent

    ***

    weasel: McNabb is at the Pro Bowl this year and led his team to the playoffs

    he’s not the best QB in the league, but he’s a talented QB that is starter material. I’d say he’s a Top 10 QB and we’d be lucky to get him for anything less than a 1st rounder (no matter how old he is!)

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    Absolutely Rockstar….the comment I made concerning Norco Bob was made with respect towards him.From what I’ve seen many people have trouble with not being able to accept things,whatever those things are.Norco has no such problem wid it

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Morning everyone.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dirt Lot: I’d take McNabb over Vick or Russell

    but I’d also take Vick over Russell too.

    does that make sense?

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    I instantly thought of you Vegas whenI read that also lol

  • NoMoreFargas

    I know Russell’s weight won’t solve mechanics and reading D’s, just feel if he was 260 or less he would be much more mobile and could scramble to pass and pick up easy 1 downs with his legs.

  • raidertbone

    McNabb only has two years left; and he is NOT consistent with his throws. Vick is not a dropback passer and the league’s offenses have changed since he was in the clink. Neither one is a good option, if we are looking at truly building our organization. I would rather take one more chance with J-Roll than gut our offense again and start over with Philly castoffs.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Thought for a second it said “Al is well”.

  • hwnrdr

    McNabb or Vick…?
    At this point of time, I would take McNabb. Vick had one spectacular pass in the playoffs against Dallas. But…there may be more of an upside to Vick, since McNabb is getting older!!!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GIVE ME I MINUTE 2 FIGURE IT OUT ROCKSTAR. I’LL GET BACK 2 YA..

  • raidertbone

    # neilb Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Thought for a second it said “Al is well”.
    _______________________________________________

    It said: “Al won’t sell”!!

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    Hopefully he is Neilb!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Trading the first pick for McNabb won’t help our run D.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    YEH, THAT MAKES SENSE ROCKSTAR, GOOD DAY NEILB..

  • hwnrdr

    Norco Bob is at least real with himself and that is the way HE is. You’re right 4eva…many here have a hard time accepting who he is. Like I said, I probably tailgated next to him and not know it. At least he does go to games. But, that is irrelevant!!!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    LOL!!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Good morning Dirt-lot.

  • raidertbone

    You’re better off picking up someone like Whitehurst from San Diego and giving him a shot at QB. The point is – we CANNOT mortgage away more of our high draft picks this year – especially since we don’t have a #1 next year (unless we can do a trade somewhere). I’m not saying McNabb is bad, but he is old and he would NEVER survive the current protection we could put around him. You gonna trust that McNabb can be taken care of by Khalif, Cornell and Carlisle?

  • weaselbit

    McNabb’s in the pro bowl because Favre’s not going.
    Gradkowski lives in the film room and made an immediate impact when he started.
    I’d rather give him a chance.
    Ran the huddle like a leader.
    Has youth.
    Student of the game.
    Can’t blame al for trying Jr because of the money.
    With Grad as legit competition JR might actually try.
    And if or when he fails Grad will step in.
    And because he shows up early and leaves late he will take over at full strength cause he’ll know what he’s doing.
    McNabb would do ok till he gets hit and injured.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t think it’s changing the attitude. I think that’s done. I think, becoming competitive, I think that’s done – Tom Cable

    ***

    I’ll be interested to hear Dakota’s take on this. LOL

  • raidertbone

    How can Cable say the attitude has changed? At least when we ended the ’08 season at 5-11, we were on a two-game winning streak. This year, we lose 3 out of our last 4 games, and we end up with Charlie Frye at QB!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade DMAC for a backwoods redneck bashing welfare while living on it!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    NICE HANDLE WEASELBIT, HAVE U HAD YOUR SHOT’S ? HOW DID U COME BY THE NAME ?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    raidertbone Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 6:56 am
    How can Cable say the attitude has changed? At least when we ended the ‘08 season at 5-11, we were on a two-game winning streak. This year, we lose 3 out of our last 4 games, and we end up with Charlie Frye at QB!

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

    Because this group of players doesn’t quit like previous teams. They play hard consistently. Few if any selfish whiners remain. And the stupid undisciplined penalties are way down. This despite having 2 or 3 key busts starting on offense.

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Raiders were NOT competitive in Weeks:

    3 Broncos
    4 Texans
    5 Giants
    7 Jets
    12 Cowboys
    14 Redskins
    16 Browns

    only the Jets & Cowboys were playoff teams …

    7 out of 16 games we didn’t even present a challenge

    4 games that we were competitive in we still lost, including twice to San Diego

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade JaWalrus for the Semper Fi bumper sticker on BSJ’s Suburban!

  • RaiderRockstar

    This despite having 2 or 3 key busts starting on offense.

    ***

    and 3 scrubs on the O-Line (4 when Gallery was out injured)

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RRS, how many of those games where we were not competitie can be attributed to horrendous QB play? In my mind, a better-than-average QB would have kept us close in all but two.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:04 am
    trade JaWalrus for the Semper Fi bumper sticker on BSJ’s Suburban!

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

    Way off…it’s a MINI Cooper!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    I just drive it like a Suburban.

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

    I wouldn’t want McNabb, especially giving up high picks for him.

    No doubt he would improve the QB play, but he has 2 maybe 3 years left in the tank, and we are not 2 or 3 years away from the Super Bowl anyways. Develop Bruce, JP and Russell and see if a QB can emerge from there.

    McNabb runs hot and cold. Remember how awful he looked against us? He was outplayed by Jamarcus Russell.

  • RaiderRockstar

    In my mind, a better-than-average QB would have kept us close in all but two.

    ***

    Agreed.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Hospital chain accountant, huh? Limited soul in that… Sorta like marketing for a defense contractor LOL.

  • RaiderRockstar

    the third thing, probably that was most significant, is finding a return game on our special teams. – Tom Cable

    ***

    Why is finding a KR/PR more significant than scoring points on offense and stopping the big plays on defense?

  • raidertbone

    Okay, who among us is going to be the one to take over for Herrera?!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    He meant the third thing that was significant…

  • raidertbone

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    the third thing, probably that was most significant, is finding a return game on our special teams. – Tom Cable

    ***

    Why is finding a KR/PR more significant than scoring points on offense and stopping the big plays on defense?
    _______________________________________________-

    I don’t know, I thought watching fullbacks run 15 yards into the middle of a pile was rather humorous! if nothing else, we could usually count on starting out at our own 17 yard line!

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

    Rockstar,

    I think Cable was tipping his hand a little when describing what he was looking at in the Senior Bowl.

    Besides, our KR/PR was pathetic last year. According to Cable, the offense and defense are “close”, but I don’t even think Cable would conceive that our return game was anything but laughable.

  • RaiderRockstar

    who among us is going to be the one to take over for Herrera?!

    ***

    Herrerra isn’t to blame. he’s just the spokesman for Al

    he says whatever Al tells him to say. He may act like a bodyguard or puffed up goon at times, but he’s just doing his job. thats what Al wants, thats why he’s still employed

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

    Rey Maualuga get’s a DUI

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    DO NOT DISTURB HERRERA RIGHT NOW,HE IS MOWING AL’S LAWN..

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

    “get’s” LOL…..*got*

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

    All is well? Not as long as you are the HC of our team Tommy Boy.

  • RaiderRockstar

    we should have kept Justin Miller for KR’s and found another PR in free agency after Higgins got shell shocked & timid. instead of keeping Nick Miller active on the 53 man roster all season long …