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Cable quick hits

For those of you who didn’t see it on Comcast, some quick hits from Tom Cable’s press briefing:

– Rolando McClain hasn’t signed a contract, but Cable is hoping he’ll be signed by the time the team practices Thursday.

– The Raiders will again have four days of “learning intensive” practices. It’s mostly choreography and footwork, deathly boring to watch, but Cable believes its of great benefit.

Other than the injury to Chaz Schilens, Cable liked the way the Raiders stayed healthy through camp, without the kind of soft tissue injuries sustained by other teams.

– Jason Campbell is the starting quarterback, information which was first leaked in a story on Raiders.com during a camp preview.

With Bruce Gradkowski not being around for three months, Cable said it was the only thing that made sense.

– Cable wasn’t shy about proclaiming the Raiders a factor in the division, regardless of preseason prognostications. He said the “changing of the culture” has been complete.

– The hiring of defensive assistant Greg Biekert was to retain a sense of Raiders tradition and bring in someone with the kind of attitude who can help with run defense as well as work with McClain at middle linebacker.

– Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will call plays from the sidelines, not in the booth.

More to come later . . .

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  • Coach Elkins

    Whatever you say CJ…still doesn’t change what their record will be!

  • RaiderRockstar

    CJ says: YOU ARE A USED DOUCHEBAG

    CE says: Whatever you say CJ

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    LOL!

  • Raider E

    I have $100 that says we win more than 6 games Elkie. You gonna take the bet, or just blow smoke?

  • CJ Legend 34

    COACHE ARE YOU EVEN A RAIDER FAN?

    WHERE IS THE HOPE?

  • RaiderRockstar

    10 or 11 wins with Jason Campbell

    7 or 8 wins with Gradkowski or Frye

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  • On the beach in Cancun

    It would be nice to see the signing of Rolando TODAY. Team unity and 100% focus on all the little things that make a team jell properly. Rolando is being given big time responsibility in running the defense and based on what he did in Alabama he has the tools and can do it. So, just sign the dude, give him his money and lets roll to a division win, starting with a slap down on the dischargers.

  • Raider E

    That was easy

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hell we won 5 games with Jamarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Mr. do everything Coach Cable, and Kirk Morrison prominantly involved.

    Not to mention the schedule appears much easier this year.

    9-7 with an improved Jason Campbell, 7-9 with the same old Jason Campbell.

  • CJ Legend 34

    RR I have been in rare form today. I am just tired of all of the haters who are supose to be Raider fans. Now when the season starts and they are stinking I will be the first one calling them out. But d@mn we have a good draft, players are positive. We are not making stupid veteran deals and you have the negative dudes like coochie the coach who most likely can’t coach! Calling them out before the first snap! WTF!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    What’s the deal with those guys who have to wait until school is over deal, like last year?

    Do we have any of that this year? Did I miss something, because school should be out by now right?

    I’m confused.

  • CJ Legend 34

    I am so ready for Raider season. I have been with out football so long. I may leave work get drunk and kick someones @$….OK, I am going to far. heck, I need a job. LOL!!!

  • Raider E

    I agree CJ. Coach Exlax dont even matter. He will be on here telling you how he is gonna get a job with the Raiders though? $100 little ones Coach. Where are you?

  • CJ Legend 34

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    To all of my Raiders brotheren on the last thread that was talking about arm strength and accuracy and what does that mean in relation to arm strength. I think this will help shed a little light. First, let me say that accuracy is key but you can not rule out arm strength in relation to accuracy. They actually go hand in hand. Second, someone said that Drew Breeze did not have a strong arm. LMAO!!! Drew Breeze can throw 52 mph at 600 RPMs (fast as an air wrench spins a lug nut off a race car tire). Now a pro/college baseeball player of course can throw in the 80-100mph range but of coure we are talking about another object and they are throwing at a non-moving target.

    Now once again I like Grads but he does not have that touch on the ball like the big name QBs in the league, that’s all. His ball has more wobble than a Drew Breeze. To much Wobble can make a ball go about 5 feet off target. Velocity helps reduce wobble, a long with gravity and the forces of wind, which keeps the ball more on target. So you need arm strength/velocity to create accuracy. Now muscle memory, timing and anticipation and all of those things are just as important as well.

    I am no epxert, I just watch Sports Science, LMAO!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVoqA-LKGb4

  • fat kidd

    COACH EXLAX LOL

  • Raider E

    Come on Coach. Put up or STFU :)

  • aig

    Elkins,

    You still bitter they cut Morrison huh?

  • SacRaider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    if Rolando McClain isn’t signed by 9am tomorrow morning I give him ZERO chance of earning Rookie of the Year honors … I don’t care if he signs and shows up at 9pm tomorrow night

    just saying. He promised he’d be here, he needs to follow through

    Charlie Casserly said he has trouble shedding blocks, Davis hired a guy basically just for him and Jerry Mac reported that he struggles in coverage (lack of “Raider speed”) at OTA’s
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    All he is going to miss is “learning intensive” practice so i don’t see how that would set him back in ROY honors. Heck, his forte is studying film and the playbook so i bet he could come in and teach these practices.. As long as hes here when the hitting starts, thats all that matters..

  • J Wiggle

    Elkins,

    You still bitter they cut Morrison huh?

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    Naw, that’s RRS …

  • Raider E

    Bet ya bite a chip Exlax, you f@*#ing coward….

  • J Wiggle

    Have they handed out the pads yet ?!?!?

    Can’t wait to see our revamped right side of the line with that BEAST Campbell at RG and that 360lb road grader Walker at RT.

    Wonder how long it takes the 6’8 315lb rookie LT to take Henderson’s spot?

  • Raider E

    I think Bruce Campbell might surprise and unseat Carlisle at RG? Any takers?

  • MTraidernation

    i’m a gradkowski fan, and was hoping he would be given the opportunity to compete for the starting gig. that said, i like cable’s method here. it’s better for the team knowing who the man is. if JC goes down, i guarantee grads will be working his butt to be ready for the chance to play.

    is it september yet? there IS light at the end of the tunnel!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    So is Campbell the starter, no matter how he plays this preseason?

    Is Bruce the backup no matter how he plays as well, either?

    Either way, I hope we don’t use this logic for any other positions.

  • J Wiggle

    I think Bruce Campbell might surprise and unseat Carlisle at RG?

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    Get in line bruh, lol!

    RG is there for the taking. Carlisle is done. One of our worst Oline positions last year. Pocket was getting collapsed on his side on a regular. ZERO push from him in the run game.

    BEAST Campbell will get things together at RG for us mayne!

  • J Wiggle

    So is Carlisle the starter, no matter how he played last season?

  • Raider E

    Where did Coach Exlax go? He could have just respectfully declined my wager, but instead he disappears like a coward?

  • VanHeathen

    it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
    Can’t wait to hear what the boys look like on the practice field…

    RIP Jack Tatum, you were the dfinition of ‘Commitment to Excellence’ you’ll never be forgotten.

  • Raider E

    Just Fire is entrenched in his love for Grads lol.

  • J Wiggle

    i guarantee grads will be working his butt to be ready for the chance to play.

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    I can’t wait for the day that GREAT TALENT is rooted for instead of the hard working guy.

    I can appreciate the hard working guys with what we’ve had around here lately though.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So is Carlisle the starter, no matter how he played last season?

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

    I sure hope not. Would be different if he played well, but he didn’t, so he should have to earn his job again this year.

  • Raider E

    I have to agree Wiggle. Bruce is a beast.

  • Raider E

    You sound angry Fire?

  • kvnbntly

    gadkowski does have a chance to compete all he has to do is show he’s head and shoulders above the rest

  • Nnamdi21

    Quoting Star Wars?

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/camp_2010

    C’mon McClain baby!!!

  • Raider E

    Cable got Russell benched, I am sure it wont be as difficult to get Campbell out of there if the time comes. I hope Campbell does well and Cable is “our” coach for the next ten years. It will mean that we are winning….

  • Just Fire Baby

    Just Fire is entrenched in his love for Grads lol.

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

    It ain’t even about that, I just want guys to be pushed and have to earn their jobs.

    What has Campbell done to just merit walking into an organization and be a full-fledged 16 game starter?

    And spare me his stats. As Warren Sapp said, stats are for losers. He went 4-12 last year, with a top 10 defense.

    I guess that only concerns me, so whatever. I hope he does well, and I am rooting for him, but no more free passes for these QB’s just walking in. Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, Jamarcus Russell……call me jilted but I want to see a guy IN Silver and Black play well between the strips before I annoint him anything.

  • Thec07

    If hue Jack would have thought Grads was the answer we would have not have picked up JCamp….

    And Like JCamp said in his first interview, he is the starter…..

    The End.

  • Raider E

    Hey Fire,

    My ex chick does Cliff Branchs’ travel? She is an agent. Small world Playboy :)

  • Coach Elkins

    Raiders E

    How bout this…you bet that 100 on Cable and his leadership skills….

    to go 6-10

  • Thec07

    grads can push but from the back seat, he is in no way shape or form better than Jcamp….sorry

  • Coach Elkins

    Some of you think with your hearts, not your heads…

  • Thec07

    What has Campbell done to just merit walking into an organization and be a full-fledged 16 game starter?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Good question, when you see Hue Jackson ask him…

  • Raider E

    You are listenung to that fat bag of gas Warren Sapp? I pictured you as one of the more intelligent people on this blog Fire? Say it ain’t so….

  • Raider E

    Put up or STFU Coach. Nuff said Hater….

  • Just Fire Baby

    Cliff Branch….coming to a Wal-Mart near you!!

    I got my pics with him up on my FB page, lol.

    Some guy asked him if he played with Bo and he replied no..and than said Bo don’t know these and showed off his 3 rings.

    The highlight of my last few months, other than my biride on a par 4 about a month ago.

  • Coach Elkins

    The addition of Hue Jackson will serve to improve the Offense, but this will only expose further deficiences in our Defense….

  • Coach Elkins

    deficiencies

  • RaiderRockstar

    expose further deficiences in our Defense

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    the run defense has been addressed, the pass defense was already good

  • Raider E

    You funny Thec.