Cable on KNBR


Raiders coach Tom Cable made a rare local radio appearance on KNBR’s Murph and Mac show Tuesday morning in advance of his team’s OTA, discussing (up to a point) the departure of JaMarcus Russell, shooting down rumors of signing Terrell Owens and expressing confidence in his team’s ability to become a champion.

A few highlights:

— “I think we did what was best for our football team, that’s the only thing that really matters here,” Cable said regarding Russell being waived. “Why, why not, this or that, it doesn’t matter any more. What matters is we move forward as a football team and we did what we think gives us the best chance to succeed.”

Which didn’t prevent co-host Brian Murphy from following up with seven consecutive Russell questions with Cable advancing the “move forward” theme before finally saying, “We’ve talked enough about JaMarcus. Let’s talk about something else.”

Said Murphy: “You don’t want to talk about JaMarcus any more?”

Cable: “He’s not here any more.”

It was suggested that it was Cable’s opportunity to “tie a bow” on the situation and keep Raider fans informed, to which Cable said, “That I understand, but you can only beat a dead dog so many times.”

We’re assuming Cable was referring to the line of questioning, rather than comparing Russell to a deceased canine.

— As was the case last year, the most telling insights on Russell came indirectly as Cable talked up the work ethic and dedication of others. He even bit on a question which referred to Jason Campbell as the “opposite” of Russell as a locker room presence in terms of work ethic and integrity.

“I don’t think there is any question about that,” Cable said. “We make a trade, he shows up he’s here for four days, he goes to minicamp, never blinks.”

— Cable talked up his young corps of wide receivers, whose performance was erratic at best during the mandatory minicamp with Chaz Schilens out following surgery on his foot and Louis Murphy a practice casualty with a minor ankle sprain. Owens, Cable said, has not been a consideration.

“We really haven’t had any discussion about that,” Cable said. “We’ve got a good, young receiving corps, it’s never been a point of conversation.”

— All draft picks, Cable said, were at this week’s OTA session. He isn’t overly concerned about established veterans who don’t show up.

“I think the most important thing about OTAs is taking the bottom half of your team and raising its level,” Cable said. “You want the young guys here, and the guys you drafted a year ago, those are really the most important guys.”

Here’s a link to the page that includes the KNBR podcast with the interview.

Wednesday’s OTA session is open to the media and begins at 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Passing game still struggling ?!?!?!?


    Yes. Boller & Frye kept getting picked!

    the elite QB’s in this league don’t throw in N21’s direction … doesn’t look like Jason Campbell is scared (resulting in incompletions)

  • HairyBush

    *why not my

  • RaiderRockstar

    JLH might get that #4 spot afterall!


    Jhill has seen the light 🙂

  • Joey Thomas picks Boller lob for Zach Miller


    Joey Thomas?


  • HairyBush

    Say no to JLH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HairyBush

    JLH= camp fodder lol

  • GaterRaider

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 11:39 am
    Huff comes from deep center on blitz, Campbell reads it, dumps off to John Owens


    John Owens?

    John Wesley Owens (born January 10, 1980 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football tight end for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

    Owens has also been a member of the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks.

    this is news to me

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: when my boy Johnnie Lee tears it up this year I’m gonna start calling you Jhigg instead of Jhill. cool?

    in his honor

  • HairyBush

    John Owens= more camp fodder

  • HairyBush

    JLH will tear it up…… in the UFL with Daunte Culpepper

  • Tony Allen = camp fodder

  • Gust372

    Br ien, come on, tell me what an OG Raider person is. I have to know. I’m sure Snoop and Cube are scared to death! lol.

  • HairyBush

    It would probaly be quicker to name the teams John Owens hasn’t played (practiced)for. lol

  • jhill

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  • Gust372

    # The Return of Godliness Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yeah time for me to go…..bout to be lunch time….think ima go to jack london maybe Lake Merrit….hit some purple get a few beers…….get chose by some bzies……lol better hope the main thing dont read this lol….so what i still got her in pocket….BAUCE!!!


    If the main bzie sees this, she’ll probably just yell at you and demand answers, the same way you and your “OG Raider” homies are going to yell and demand answers from Cube and Snoop. That’s what women do, yell and demand answers.

  • Is that Danish?

  • jhill

    when my boy Johnnie Lee tears it up this year I’m gonna start calling you Jhigg instead of Jhill. cool?


    Like I said, I’m not rooting against JLH at all. Just pretty obvious to me and a lot of others that he has been sent a message with the Jacoby Ford pick. Ford had a nice practice too according to Jerry. Pretty obvious that if JLH gets his head on straight, something we’ve been saying for 2 years now, he’d be the perfect slot WR.

  • Gust372

    Ice Cube and Snoop both grew up in places where OGs would shoot at you. So you can imagine how scared they must be of self proclaimed “OG Raider people” in Oakland who are threatening to “yell” at them and “demand answers”. lol. I’m sure they’re just petrified.

  • HairyBush

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 11:51 am
    Tony Allen = camp fodder

    He is one of those guys that you will under estimate.
    Have you watched any of the Celtics playoffs games?
    While Pierce struggled mightily before the Orlando series, T. Allen has been stepping up nicely in his place.

    BTW, when you look at the Lakers playoff opponents versus Boston’s I think that tells a little story in itself. Maybe? I wasn’t even getting into the fact that Orlando hasn’t lost a game in over a month and then drops 2 in a row at home vs a engerized and motivated Celtic team.

    It is going to be quite a wake up call for the Lakers come game 1 of the finals. Here’s a quote you can save from Kobe’s future press confrence- “Well they are by far the best team we have played in a while, and we are frankly just overmatched” 🙂

  • RaiderResurrection

    Al smokes CRACK!

    (I’m going to repeat this like a mindless broken record Just like un-KoolKell)