By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 3:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders coach Tom Cable told KHTK (1140-AM) radio he expects to be coaching the Raiders in 2010, but apparently no one has gotten word to his players.
It sounds as if ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Cable himself are the only two people who are certain the Raiders won’t be changing the head coach. The Raiders say the evaluation process regarding Cable is ongoing.
Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, in an interview at the Pro Bowl on the NFL Network with Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin, was asked if there was uncertainty about the head coach and responded, “I think he’s back, they’re probably still going over stuff, but if he is the guy, me, just like the the other players, you would like to hear that.”
Asomugha said he “absolutely” wanted Cable to return because “we can’t keep starting over. Five coaches in seven years, that’s tough.”
Asomugha received some pointed questions about JaMarcus Russell and expressed hope the quarterback would be more prepared this season, while essentially conceding Russell will remain the starter.
“I think he can be the guy. I don’t think he was ready for what we went through last year, I think he needed to be a little more prepared, going into each game, going into the season, and I think he has that opportunity this offseason.
“It’s got to be big for him. He knows that too. He has to understand that we’re going to go as far as he takes us. He’s the quarterback of the team.”
Irvin asked Asomugha if Russell’s lack of preparedness was because of Russell himself or the coaching staff.
“Look, we’ve all played the game. You can have all the intangibles, but unless you put in the work yourself . . . look, I came into the league as a safety and I had to move to man corner,” Asomugha said. “Mentally, you’ve got to do it yourself. A lot of it’s going to be on you and I think he’s getting to the level that he realizes that.
“It was tough for him last year. It wasn’t easy going into games getting booed by your own people. That’s tough.”
Sanders managed to get in a dig right early in the interview session after Eisen opened by asking Asomugha about his acting career and role in “Friday Night Lights.”
“You’ve been acting well the last several years in Oakland (like) you want to be there.”