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Cable: All is well

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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  • raidertbone

    # vegas raider Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:16 am

    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.
    _____________________________________

    “Close”? Close to what? My tool is close to my sphincter, but the only difference is the smell and the color!

  • RaiderRockstar

    welcome Dakota.

    I’d like to have your take on posts 126 & 140 please

  • RaiderRockstar

    LOL @ Tbone …

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

    Bring in Javier Arenas, and immediately we have one of the best KR in the league.

    Through in the fact he can play in the slot, something Routt can’t do, and is very physical for his size (5 sacks in the SEC for a nickle corner, unheard of).

    Absolute perfect fit for what the Raiders need to upgrade team/secondary.

    McClain in the first, Arenas in the second, and two O-liners in the 3rd.

    Our MLB, 3rd corner, KR, and O-line would all improve.

    Al if you need me, I am here for you!!!!!

    Later Nation!!

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

    Trade DMAC for Justin Miller!

  • raidertbone

    Okay folks, Herrera just came back in with Al’s drycleaning and says that we’re going 8-8 next year!

  • hwnrdr

    What are you talking about? Herrera’s pulling his weeds!!! Then polishing his walker for an appearance in the lawn!

  • RaiderRockstar

    return guys are dime a dozen. you can find them as FA’s or undrafted rookies

    I would never waste a 2nd rounder on one, even Josh Cribbs!

    We have plenty DB’s. a few of them get exposed because the front seven on D is weak and we can’t stop the run

    draft a DT & MLB and watch the secondary be the best in the league with no personnel upgrades

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

    It’s not the weeds that Herrera’s pulling…

  • hwnrdr

    neilb Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:28 am
    It’s not the weeds that Herrera’s pulling…

    My sentiments exactly…just wasn’t going to say it!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade JaWalrus for a Herrerra’s lawn service coupon!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOT WORK.. A GOOD WEEKEND TO ALL, LATER.

  • raidertbone

    Let’s just turn DHB into a return man. He’s fast at least — oh wait, that’s right, he CAN’T CATCH THE BALL, FIRST!

  • raidertbone

    My last word today is this:
    Cable will probably have one more year (or at least HALF of one more year);
    JaMarcus may/or may not make it onto the field as the starter for Game One — it’s all on him;
    Picks One and Two are critical for us this year — we need the best available defensive starter in Round One, and a starter on the offensive line in Round Two;
    McNabb – NO!
    Vick – NO!
    Banner For 2010: “Change is Good. Our owner changes himself 20 times a day”

  • http://www.myspace.com/copenhagenguns Copenhagen_Fan

    Let’s look at the facts.

    JaMarcus was horrible this year. He had 2 rookie receivers and a lousy OL.

    Above and beyond these challenges, he just wasn’t ready mentally and was out of shape.

    You can’t just say that he sucks and should be cut. That is just foolish. We’re not going to eat his salary and use a high pick or trade for a new QB.

    So the hiring of Hue Jackson is smart. Smart because it takes the burden of the offense from Cable and allows him to focus on other things, like the OL perhaps.

    JaMarcus is a chump because he held out and wasted a whole season and then was not prepared this year.

    But all hope is not yet lost. With good coaching and effort he could still make it.

    The question is if he wants it and has the guts to do his best and do what it takes.

    If I was him and I read this blog I would get myself together and do something about it. That’s the question. Does he have any drive at all? We’ll see.

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

    A third year QB should have the smarts to work with rookie WR’s and poor 0-line.

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

    Saying that,a coach should have the smarts to work with rookie WR’s and poor O-line.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kurt Warner presser scheduled today where he is expected to announce his retirement.

    Matt Leinart is under contract for 2010 & 2011.

    DE Berry retired already.

    Karlos Dansby, Chike Okeafor & Neil Rackers are UFA’s.

    Steve Breaston, Deuce Lutui & Gabe Watson are RFA’s.

    WR Boldin on the trade block.

    wow. this division is up for grabs!

  • hwnrdr

    I think Kurt warner should retire, along with Brett Favre. They both had steller careers. Kurt took two teams to a Super Bowl (and almost won with AZ) and Favre was an int away from doing the same!
    Both are SB winners! As for the rest of that team…WOW! AZ got some work to do!!!

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

    Off for a bite.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • RaiderRockstar

    work to do. later gents!

  • Silver-n-Smac

    # Copenhagen_Fan Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Let’s look at the facts.

    JaMarcus was horrible this year. He had 2 rookie receivers and a lousy OL.

    Above and beyond these challenges, he just wasn’t ready mentally and was out of shape.

    You can’t just say that he sucks and should be cut. That is just foolish. We’re not going to eat his salary and use a high pick or trade for a new QB.

    So the hiring of Hue Jackson is smart. Smart because it takes the burden of the offense from Cable and allows him to focus on other things, like the OL perhaps.

    JaMarcus is a chump because he held out and wasted a whole season and then was not prepared this year.

    But all hope is not yet lost. With good coaching and effort he could still make it.

    The question is if he wants it and has the guts to do his best and do what it takes.

    If I was him and I read this blog I would get myself together and do something about it. That’s the question. Does he have any drive at all? We’ll see.

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

    Wow. . . .some actual rational, common sense observations.

    So rarely does that happen around here that I have to do a double-take every time I see it.

    Well said Copenhagen.

  • Norco Bob

    Good morning and TGIF to all of my dear friends in here,..simply no better way to start the day then exchanging theories and ideas and pleantantries. :)

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

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

    ;} Morning Bob

  • Norco Bob

    Yo,…whats happnin man?

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

    Same ole but I cant complain….Gotta go get a wheel cylinder put on the ‘o-Buick in awhile

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

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    …simply no better way to start the day then exchanging theories and ideas and pleantantries.

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

    Better than a pill even?

  • Norco Bob

    I dont mention starting a day with a pill,..that would be like you saying you will start the day breathing.

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

    lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Silver-n-Smac

    uh. . .Go Raiders.

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

    There is nothing better than starting qa day breathing. Just ask Al.

  • Chris in NY

    # Copenhagen_Fan Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    … You can’t just say that he sucks and should be cut. That is just foolish. We’re not going to eat his salary and use a high pick or trade for a new QB. …

    ————————–

    Why not? He’s only guaranteed $3 million more. That’s less than Javon Walker was guaranteed by the Raiders as of last off-season and plenty of people were ready to cut him anyway. I’m not saying to cut JaMarcus right now, but if he doesn’t do a complete 180 in terms of his conditioning, work ethic and most importantly on-field performance before next season then I say go ahead and cut him. Pay him his $3 million and let’s focus on 3 QBs who actually want to play professional football instead.

    What the Raiders need to understand and be very mindful of is the business term of a “sunk cost.” Basically: expenses that have already been paid out and can not be recouped. It’s human nature to put more weight in those things we paid a lot for, but it’s smart business sense to instead focus on an assessment of your present reality and projected future when making decisions. For instance, if you started up a restaurant you thought was going to be great and cost you a ton of cash to get going, but then it struggled for several years and was constantly costing you more and more money with no tangible reason to expect better in the future, you should cut your losses and halt that business rather than obsess about how much money and time and effort you already doled out trying to make it work. That’s how the Raiders need to view JaMarcus right now — with no eye on the past and what he’s been paid and with complete focus on: does this guy want to be here? Is he capable of ever playing competent pro football? Forget what we thought his potential was, what is he really worth on the open market based on the potential/performance he’s demonstrated these last 3 years.

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

    Trade DMAC for 10mg of hydrocodone!

  • Norco Bob

    I would be surprised if Russell makes it out of Napa,…maybe will be final cut casualty,..even if they know he will be cut anyway, earlier, might just want to run him ragged in Napa heat before dumping him. He will never get it, too stupid. Keepin it real.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Chris:

    Bottom line for JaMarcus, as you mentioned, is this:

    (in order of priority)

    1. What type of physical shape does he come into mini-camps in? This will tell us 75% of what we need know. Just by coming in LOOKING ready to play, the kid has made a huge statement that he DOES care and DOES want to make it happen.

    2. Pre-Season games: Give the kid a ton of reps (2-3 quarters, minimum, per game. How does he look? Is he moving the team consistently?

    3. Lose the “even keel” attitude. He may really be that way. Many of us are. But you just can’t be that as an NFL QB. Even the cool, calm Joe Montana would get in someone’s grill if need be. JaMarcus needs to start demanding respect. And that only will come after he’s earned respect (see items #1 & #2).

    Those are the 3 things I need to see before the regular season opener.

  • Chris in NY

    Interesting entry on the SacBee Raiders blog which basically has a quote from John Herrera saying that JaMarcus isn’t guaranteed anything as far as starting next season or presumably even a roster spot.

    The quote goes: “Hue Jackson was hired to work with the entire offense, regardless of who the quarterback might be.” That second half of the sentence is the key.

  • Norco Bob

    10mg oh hydrocodone is basically nothing dude,..Iv never seen one less then 500mg.

  • Norco Bob

    a 10mg valium though is a good one.

  • Norco Bob

    Thank you Chris, what the Hell would we do without some tool in NY to inform of us of a link out here,..youre the man.

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

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 8:41 am
    10mg oh hydrocodone is basically nothing dude,..Iv never seen one less then 500mg.

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

    Norco is 325 mg of tylenol, 10mg hydrocodone (or less).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norco_(medication)

  • Chris in NY

    Norco Bob Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 8:43 am
    Thank you Chris, what the Hell would we do without some tool in NY to inform of us of a link out here,..youre the man.

    ——–

    Ummm, thanks?

  • raidertay

    I love Cable’s deep analysis: We need to score more points and stop letting them score.

    Why didnt we think of that???

  • Norco Bob

    Im aware of that Bo,..but when you buy Vicodin, or Norco, or whatever family of hydrocodone, they dont sell it with only listing the narcotic….they sell it in total mg.

  • Norco Bob

    RaiderTay,..I think Cables point is, hey football isnt rocket science,..its about beating the fukker in front of you,..score,..period.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    # raidertay Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I love Cable’s deep analysis: We need to score more points and stop letting them score.

    Why didnt we think of that???

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

    Well come on now. . . .short of saying “my QB play sucked”, what’s he supposed to say?

    Do you want your head coach to publicly call out his players?

    I’ve never respected coaches that do that. If you want to grill a guy, do it in on the practice field.

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

    Maybe Bob, but when you run out of Norcos you don’t think “No problemo! I still got me some Tylenols!”

  • Silver-n-Smac

    What the hell is all this medicine/drug talk????

    Is this a pharmacies-R-Us blog?

  • raidertay

    Hue knows what he is doing. If the Reiders play really well he will be viewed as a miracle worker and will be able to coach anywhere he wants. If the Raiders play poorly and Cable is fired midseason he will be positioned to take over as the Raiders new HC. Thats definitely a no lose situation.

  • Norco Bob

    I have no use for tylenol,..because I dont pop pills for any pain, because Im never in pain, I take them for kicks.