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Cable reverses field on lead back

On second thought, a Darren McFadden-Michael Bush tandem could be the plan in 2010.

Raiders coach Tom Cable’s postseason stance until Wednesday was he was hoping to identify a lead back which could upgrade a running game which sagged in 2009.

Now?

“I think they’re both doing something exciting each day, whether it’s running the ball or pass protecting,” Cable said. “Each one of them has their own strength but they both show up every time we come out here. I actually think their both (No. 1s) and I think it’s a great deal we got going here.”

Bush remained diplomatic saying, “My motto is, `You call it, I’ll haul it,’ so I don’t have a preference as long as I get the ball.” He said he had no idea what the coaches had in store for him but that competition has been stressed.

“We’re two different guys, two different backs, two different players, hopefully they just use us the best we can,” Bush said.

Bush, despite his 240-pound plus payload, chuckles when he is referred to as a power runner, saying, “It’s just me being a bigger guy that makes it seem like that.”

So there’s Bush, the big back who thinks of himself as something else, and McFadden, the supposed breakaway threat who averaged 3.4 yards per carry and has too often gone down too easily.

Asked about the perceived weaknesses in McFadden’s game as a scrimmage runner, Cable acknowledged the Raiders’ top pick in 2008 still has to prove himself in that area.

“I think it’s a mentality thing. I think that we do talk about it,” Cable said. ` I think we’re doing some things (during practice drills) that actually help him a little bit in terms of ball security and having to get down near the ground and keep your balance, those kind of things. But I think he hears it and he’ll do something about it. I believe that.”

Walker has elbow surgery

Neglected to mention earlier today that right tackle Langston Walker missed practice after having elbow surgery which Cable said was not serious.

“(Walker) had some elbow clean-up surgery, taking out some loose bodies, some things like that,” Cable said. “Nothing big, just so we’re ready to go to camp. Felt like it was the right time to do it.”

Erik Pears took the first team snaps at right tackle.

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  • SteveAlford21

    So if you ever saw a black-haired guy in his 20s wearing Raiders gear in Palo Alto (I think it was P.A., maybe Redwood City or thereabouts) at Draeger’s from ’06 to ’09… then you’ve seen ME before.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Dell I’ve been watching fats WR’s outrun any zone any coach can devise. There is no defense for flat out speed……….period
    ————————
    Quit lying, geez.

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

    priesttj Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    Dakota

    get a clue! DHB never played WR in HS he learned the position at UM.
    +++++++++++++++

    How about you get a clue?

    “Heyward-Bey attended the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, where he played football as a wide receiver and linebacker.”

  • Just Fire Baby

    You go to Wal-mart for your cleaning supplies, canned foods, beer and snacks.

    I go to the Trader Joe’s of the world for meats and dinners and the like.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I thought DHB was just fast, but he never ran track after he was like 15 years old.

  • Raider Dell

    Priest

    I appreciate the two example given, Moss and Pittsburgh (not defending Branch)

    So let me back track here, your sentence seems to indicate that this blazing speed works all game, or is a likely happening.

    My defense to you is whether it’s cover 0ne , zone, or Tampa two, touchdowns will be thrown by QB’S to Wide receivers.

    The Tampa two defense or any zone is to have limited passing windows for the QB, so a timing routes or short passing game is more effective.

    When Branch was with the Raiders, one of my all time favorites, he did score on Pittsburgh, but he was defended alot by a zone. Based on what you just said he should have caught more balls and had more touchdowns than his current stats show.

    I don’t count the games in Three Rivers, bad conditions, ice cold, but his playing game stats in Oakland don’t jump out and say what you just said in your earlier comments.

  • fat kidd

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    Dakota Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    DHB has never been a “phenom”…not in high school, not in college…so how can you call him that now?

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

    I don’t know about that, he wasn’t the most touted prospect, but he started as a freshman and was one of the best freshman WR in the country. After his second year he was considered a potential first round pick, and after his junior year he was wildy regarded as a for-sure 1st rounder (just not#7).
    +++++++++++++++

    Guess we have a different understanding of the definition of “phenom” lol. If 40 catches and 4 Tds per year in college = “phenom” I guess there is a schyt load of “phenoms” in college football.

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    I thought DHB was just fast, but he never ran track after he was like 15 years old.
    ++++++++++++++++++

    “In track and field, he finished fifth at nationals as a junior and was the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.[1] He also ran a 60 meter indoor time of 6.83 his junior year and 6.82 his senior year, the joint 6th and joint 4h fastest times in the nation respectively.[2]”

    15? Was he Doogie Howser or something?

  • Just Fire Baby

    OK maybe not a phenom, but we didn’t find him under a rock.

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

    Priesttj Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Dell I’ve been watching fats WR’s outrun any zone any coach can devise. There is no defense for flat out speed……….period

    ++++++++++

    Taken directly from the 1967 Al Davis draft guidebook…still in use by one person today…Al Davis.

  • Nnamdi21

    priesttj Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    Speed will always 100% of the time dominate any defense you can’t stop unadulterated speed. Have you ever seen a cover2 stop Randy Moss? he’s seen a TON of them his entire careeer.

    ==============

    Priest = Al Davis

    You’re not fooling us old man!

    DHB did suffer a weak offense and inept QB in college but his rookie campagin was a bust by any standard.

    Hard work this off season seems to show improvement and thats a good thing, but it is waaaaay too early to annoint him a “phenom” or anything of the sort.

    They isn’t even any contact yet…least their wasn’t supposed to be…

    WHO NARC’ED?!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    15? Was he Doogie Howser or something?

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

    LOL…all right I was wrong. I didn’t think he ran track, but I guess that was just in college, or at least I think again……..

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    OK maybe not a phenom, but we didn’t find him under a rock.
    +++++++

    No, that was Mike YouTube Mitchell.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    OK maybe not a phenom, but we didn’t find him under a rock.
    —————————
    But you’re paying him like a phenom

  • Just Fire Baby

    I called Mike Mitchell the Kimbo Slice of the draft, because of the youtube “fame”.

    Well Slice turned out to be a huge fraud, let’s hope MM has a different outcome.

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

    priesttj Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    Dakota

    get a clue! DHB never played WR in HS he learned the position at UM.
    +++++++++++++++

    How about you get a clue?

    “Heyward-Bey attended the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, where he played football as a wide receiver and linebacker.”

    just in case you missed it the first time Priesttj….do you have a clue yet?

  • jhill

    You go to Wal-mart for your cleaning supplies, canned foods, beer and snacks.

    I go to the Trader Joe’s of the world for meats and dinners and the like.

    ——————————————————-

    Usually hit Stater Brothers because they have multiple butchers in the store at all time. Whole foods is the bomb too.

    I am a BIG believer in you get what you pay for. Easiest example is a $1 McDouble or a $3 double bdouble?

    Or how about those 2 tacos for 99 cent at jack in the crack instead of the $2.50 tacos from King Taco?

  • fat kidd

    McGruff never saw this one coming.

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    McGruff, who is played by D.C. Police Officer Tyrone Hardy, was passing out fliers to children at the corner of 14th Street and Spring Road in Northwest Washington around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when a Metrobus pulled up to the curb.

    The bus driver, 38-year-old Shawn Brim, climbed out of the bus, adjusted both side-view mirrors and then slugged McGruff in the face with his closed fist, according to a police report. Because the huge McGruff head offered little visibility, Hardy didn’t see the punch coming, one officer said.

    McGruff staggered, children screamed, and the crime dog’s attacker jumped back into the bus and drove off, police said. A call of an assault on a police officer went out over the police radio while passengers on the bus yelled at Brim.

    D.C. police working with McGruff hopped in their cruisers and pulled over the Metrobus three blocks away. Brim, 38, later told a supervisor that he was trying “to be funny,” Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith told The Examiner on Monday.

    “But nobody here finds it funny, believe me,” Smith said. “That kind of behavior is not tolerated.”

    Hardy was left with a swollen right cheek but refused to be taken to the hospital by D.C. paramedics. Hardy called in sick Monday.

    “He was in good spirits but seemed more concerned that the attack upset the kids,” police Lt. Alan Thomas said.

    Brim was charged with simple assault. His arraignment had not been scheduled as of Monday afternoon.

    Brim, who has been employed by Metro since 2003, will undergo drug and alcohol testing by Metro officials, and his future with the agency is under review, Smith said. Brim has a history of arrests in the District of Columbia, including on suspicion of prostitution on Oct. 30, 2006, possession of PCP in 1994 and possession of a gun in 1990, according to court records. In each case, prosecutors declined to file the charges in court.

    All Metro transit employees go through background checks when hired, Smith said. Metro applicants are not eligible for hire if they have one felony conviction within the last three years or two within the last 10 years. Applicants with multiple arrests or convictions for lesser crimes will be less likely to be hired, Smith said.

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

    Piggly-wiggly…we had one of those stores here in Hot Springs when I was a kid…purchased all my comic books there.

  • Thec07

    Looks like all the professional, and semi pro guys are rolling in…

  • jhill

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    OK maybe not a phenom, but we didn’t find him under a rock.

    ——————————————————-

    The kid is going to be a PHENOM!

    And just like I told you the day he put up those ridiculous combine #’s, he was the guy we needed at WR instead of Crabtree if we were going in that direction.

    Of course I wanted Maulauga though, lol!

  • Thec07

    LB/DL would have been cool last year.
    OL/DL year before that.
    This year should have been Dez Bryant…

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I remember I visited my kin in Waco TX in 75, they took me to Pigley Wiggley, too funny.

  • Thec07

    Hopefully DHB pans out….would be sad if he goes the way of BRL….

  • Thec07

    Man, they are coming out of the wood work today…

  • Nnamdi21

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    You go to Wal-mart for your cleaning supplies, canned foods, beer and snacks.

    I go to the Trader Joe’s of the world for meats and dinners and the like.

    ===============

    Ufck Wal Mart.

  • Raider Dell

    Priest

    You’re one great salesman. If I didn’t know any better, and dropped down from Mars, or North Dakota, and met you, and then you described to me how blazing speed could never be defended, I would assume all the games would be scored in the hundreds.

    Some times during the course of a game speed matters, yet, if you look at the history of the NFL, more games have been played with less than 35 points scored.

    I guess I missed something there. Zones do work and yes, they have breakdowns also.

  • jhill

    would be sad if he goes the way of BRL….

    ——————————————————

    BRL never worked like DHB does already. Those Maryland boys put in work!

  • Nnamdi21

    http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1920698,00.html

    Wal Marts Project Impact:

    Talk about communism…what do you suppose they’ll do once they have that monopoly?

    Their “foods” are already so loaded with chemicals and known toxins they’re nearly inedible.

    Shop local people…while theres still time…

  • Thec07

    jhill Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:56 pm
    would be sad if he goes the way of BRL….

    ——————————————————

    BRL never worked like DHB does already. Those Maryland boys put in work!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Good point Bro, BRL never worked…

  • Nnamdi21

    jhill Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:50 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    OK maybe not a phenom, but we didn’t find him under a rock.

    ——————————————————-

    The kid is going to be a PHENOM!

    And just like I told you the day he put up those ridiculous combine #’s, he was the guy we needed at WR instead of Crabtree if we were going in that direction.

    Of course I wanted Maulauga though, lol!

    ======================

    Luga may be better this year now that he’s not a raging alky…

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d81811040&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

  • Thec07

    I am confident that this offense will be 1000% better than last year. We will finally have a winning season.

  • Nnamdi21

    617. Yup…

  • Raider Dell

    Thec07

    Please bookmark that comment:

    Thec07 Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    I am confident that this offense will be 1000% better than last year. We will finally have a winning season.

  • jhill

    We will finally have a winning season.

    ——————————————————

    11-5!!!!!!

    Win the division!!!!!!

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

    lol you guys are too funny…

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    There’s no a single Raider O-Lineman with a AV rating over 5.

    Meanwhile Michael Oher, the rookie we could have had instead of DHB had a AV rating of 8.

    So, I’ll predict between 7-9 wins.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/O/OherMi20.htm

  • Thec07

    This team is finally headed in the right direction,
    the team will look so diffrent on offense, and defense
    us members of the NATION wont even recognize it Why?

    Because other forces are at work in the org…

  • Raider Dell

    You guys must have torn into Priest. I had no problems with him in previous times, but I sense a lot of hostility.

    I was civil and just wanted some facts to back up his comments, yet he stayed the company line and moved on.

    I’ve found guys who can’t close usually make better, forget it!!

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

    Thec07 Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    This team is finally headed in the right direction,
    the team will look so diffrent on offense, and defense
    us members of the NATION wont even recognize it Why?

    Because other forces are at work in the org…
    _______________

    Are you sure we are not simply dealing with a situation where even a broken clock is right twice a day?

    If not, then it must be Hue Jackson…

  • Thec07

    I was the only one on the whole blog who said that we will have a logical draft, go check the archives.

    I am also calling we will have a winning season…

  • jhill

    Because other forces are at work in the org…

    ——————————————————

    LOL!

    Well those forces are Marshall defense in year 2 and will have guys in even better position because of familiarity.

    Other forces include new OC, DHB, Campbell at QB, Green gone at RT, more Bush less Fargas.

  • Nnamdi21

    638. 16 other teams passed on Oher too. Wasn’t taken till 23rd overall.

    People thought he was a dummy. People would’ve thought Davis was a dummy for reaching for him at 7.

    Kind of like they thought of him when he took Bey at 7…

    Have to see how that pans…

  • Thec07

    Dakota Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    Thec07 Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    This team is finally headed in the right direction,
    the team will look so diffrent on offense, and defense
    us members of the NATION wont even recognize it Why?

    Because other forces are at work in the org…
    _______________

    Are you sure we are not simply dealing with a situation where even a broken clock is right twice a day?

    If not, then it must be Hue Jackson…

    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Good one Bro, but seriously, other forces are at work here, its easy to see…. I have been calling it, just Like i was calling for Campbell, or troy smith waaaayy
    before we made the move….

  • Raider Dell

    Jhill

    Went to Walmart: Check

    Went to Golf Course: INC

  • Thec07

    Jhill, go back in the archives and check my ramblings, been saying that for months now…

    I wont be shocked by a winning season, as I expect it…

    Other forces are at work…

  • jhill

    Dell,

    Priest is a cool cat man. He talks football for the most part so it’s whatever with me. Might not agree with all of his takes, but I’m sure everyone doesn’t agree with me either.

    No biggie.

  • Thec07

    I gotta go guys, Dell good seeing you back in bro we all missed you man….

    The team has a Forward looking prospectus.

    Take Care NATION…

  • Raider Dell

    Thec07

    Your BRL comment will be part of the english lexicon in our office forever.